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Date: August 15, 2002 at 18:09:49
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


My legs ache and my feet are dog-tired, as are those of all of the devoted Delta Queen crew who rush each day to prepare the vessel to sail. The weather forecast was for heavy rain today, which would have put a tremendous damper on our painting plans, but low and behold, not a drop appeared! Luck or providence, you decide! We got a lot done today, generators running, sprinkler system filled and functional, PA system fired up by our A Number one chief electrician John Kilbert! Our potable water tanks have been chlorinated and flushed and refilled, and today, the grand Staircase carpeting was uncovered and cleaned, leaving the Magnificent stairway exposed in all of its slendor for the first time in months! I stood at the bottom of the staircase and looked at its' beauty as if in a dream, I remembered the wonderful times greeting steamboat family at the foot of the stairs. I imagined the good times to come, as we once again embraced each other at this marking point in steamboat history! From stem to stern, the Delta Queen is beginning to glow, and I can really feel it now, amongst the crew, engineers who were doubtful last week, now are happy, energetic, and are charging forward! Deckhands who couldn't believe they would ever drag a line up a riverbank again were singing as they painted in the paddlewheel!The brass from the office came over and said how great the boat was starting to look, and that they wouldn't have believed it possible! Possible, hell! It is and always was inevitable that steamboating would survive and be triumpant! Especially when lead through the battle by the Steamer Delta Queen! Soon, another part of Steamboatin' returns, proud mother of the Mississippi Queen, intent on not only touching us all with her charm and that of her daughter the Mississippi Queen, but to gently awaken from her tender slumber, the slendid and Grand American Queen! Soon, the family reunited and complete again!


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