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Date: August 05, 2002 at 18:19:45
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


Ok,folks, the hull is not going to change anytime in the near future! It is precisely as Judy said, her bottom has simply grown some what with age! And her hog, or sag, has not increased at all for several years, it was merely a matter of her "relaxing" into her new supporting hull. Wider yes, a little chubbier and less attractive from the bow, perhaps, but I would proudly put her up against any other boat on the river for durability and endurance! By the way, that fat bow of hers is made up of 1 inch thick Sheffield steel, thicker and much stronger than most boats or barges on the river! I knew it! As soon as the old gal has her bottomside exposed, people have to start taking shots! Not me! I love her in spite of her imperfections. Her changes simply reflect how she has been subject not only to time, but to the ideas and influences of many people. If I had a hundred million dollars, I would take two years, put her in the finest ship yard, and completely, 100 per cent restore her to EXACTLY the way she was when new in California! But that dream is sort of like each of us wishing to go back to our childhoods, to times that we percieved to be better, but don't you see, that is what the Delta Queen is doing for us, marking and acting as a chronicaler of time, letting us touch what was and was is. She shall most likely out last most of us, I know she will outlast me.
In regards to photos, I would love to show you all photos of this beautiful old vessel out of the water, but the devoted security folks at the Avondale Shipyard forbid any photography. Avondale is of course a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, a military contractor, and folks, they are serious about checking ID, bags and safety gear coming and going, as well they should! Could you imagine how it would look if the Captain of the Delta Queen was caught trying to sneak a camera into a naval ship yard? No thanks, not for me! I love you guys and wish I could show you all, but I also love my country and wish to do whatever I can to keep it safe. When we installed the new hull on the Delta Queen, over 10 years ago, I took the time to video and chronicle the entire four month project. I edited the tape and narrated it and even set in some music. It shows you exactly, every inch of the process, as well as the interior as well as the exterior repair and construction. If you would like a copy, I will make you one for my expense cost. Just contact me at my e-mail, and I will give you details.Otherwise, all is going well, in the dry dock. I had intended to spend tonight describing more detail of the work, but I felt that I should pause to defend the old ladys' honor! Thank you all for your comments, and looking in on, "The Delta Queen".!


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