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Old 02-09-2016, 03:04 PM
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Steamboating colleagues:
Judy makes excellent points going back in the history of .org and her own experiences. Judy did legion work helping with this n' that when the boat was in. But in time I heard even those gestures were rebuffed by somebody, someplace with a computer on their desk calling the shots. It was so flagrantly transparent when the boat set up their so-called Homeland Security measures at the landing stage as to be laughable if it wasn't so pathetic. More than once the individuals stuck with the job didn't really know the policy themselves with confusion, running back on the boat with driver licenses, U.S. Passports in hand whispering to 'somebody' supposed to know. A stamped, dated U.S. Passport up to date can get you admission to some pretty secure locations--but it was an 'issue' with the DELTA QUEEN operation. Look, we were talking the DELTA QUEEN here and not the Ark of Mt. Arat, royal yacht or a nuclear submarine. A number of us went for years not laying eyes on the DELTA QUEEN let alone goveling to be admitted aboard. Granted, there had to be some sense of security with the boat following those 'incidents' of passenger cabins being entered, items lifted by so-called visitors. But that happens even in land hotels, resorts, shopping malls etc. Nothing new. Again the insurance underwriters got in the act with all it entails. Even the big blue water ships in port have also now blocked visitors aboard on sailing days and only under the most extreme situations. As posted, the real kicker for me was when the AMERICAN QUEEN crew--and officers--left that big, heavy, vital piece of landing equipment component with me being the one to bump, bounce over it in my SUV on the dark landing here. Well, again, what do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati
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