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Date: August 04, 2002 at 18:29:51
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


I hope everyone is satisfied with the posting time,to be honest, I would rather that you guys out there are happy! As a mariner and a licensed airplane pilot, I can read the time and interpolate it no matter where it originates from! I am honored that Franz chose Central U.S. time, but I wish everyone to be satisfied!
We had a pretty good day in the drydock, another hot day, but a breezy one as an off shore tropical depression begins to move in. Looks like lots of rain for the next few days. No worry, we will shift to inside work as necessary. Today, the Delta Queen got her well deserved "Back scratching" that I have been talking about. The skilled workers at the Avondale Drydock carefully and slowly "slurry blasted the hul down, nice and smooth. Slurry blasting is different from sand blasting in that water and a special, environmentallly friendly abrasive material are combined and shot out of a special hose under very high pressure to remove moss, rust, and old flaking paint from the hull (With almost no dust!) The end result was that by late this afternoon, the DQs hull had begun to look as smooth as a new babys' butt!. Once the slurry blasting is done, the hull will be sprayed with an anti- corrosion primer and then painted with 2 coats of black marine paint. I can only imagine how it must feel to the old girl, to have her back and bottom cleaned and well- scratched for the first time in almost 6 years! Her upper deck bulkheads and all of her interior passenger cabins have been painted and touched up, and even amongst the shipyard mess you can she her beginning to shape up! She remains an awesome sight, out of the water, and I never tire of being able to walk around and under the hull of this great old boat, even though this is my 6th drydocking with her. Tommorrow, we go full speed ahead on all repairs, and step on more day closer to sailing again!


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