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Old 12-05-2006, 01:47 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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Default Roddy Hammett

What a sad coincidence to read of today's funeral service for Lorena Brown, as I was posting something based on an anniversary of a funeral service - for Capt. Roddy Hammett. It was 11 years ago today that we gathered from all over the country at a moment's notice, for Capt. Robert J. Roddy Hammett's funeral in St. Marys, Westbygod Virginia. I don't think we've ever posted pictures of Roddy, even though we've discussed him, so here are a few. The first one was taken in the NATCHEZ' dining room circa 1985. The second, of Roddy on the wingbridge, shows the French Quarter buildings in the background. Note that we did then, and do still now, use the old megaphone from Master to Pilot. An interesting facet of Roddy: he was terrified of heights, yet it never bothered him to scale that rung ladder and stand up out there on the edge of the boat, in all kinds of weather. The third picture was taken during a 'watch change'. Doc had worked the first cruise, and Roddy came in at 1:30 to work the last two. I just 'happened' to have my camera handy as I was working in the Gift Shop...
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