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Date: August 17, 2002 at 18:46:40
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


I did'nt sleep well last night, in my mind I keep reviewing the details that must be attended to the next day, so much to do, so little time! Every one of us here want these first cruises to be perfect, I can see it in the determination, and the set of the jaw as our devoted crew toil each day with heavy loads on their backs. Gone are the days of only the men enduring backbreaking labor on the rivers! Today I am witness to the young women of the Delta Queen dragging matresses and heavy bundles aboard, the likes of which will tax the strongest man! I am infinitely inpressed and deeply proud of these young people who manifest their devotion to the Delta Queen each day, and testify to such with sweat drenched shirts and the rapid pace at which they attack their tasks! No obstacle shall overwhelm us now, for we endeavor to sail, and to steam, and to steam we shall!
Now each day I round the vessel, every deck and every hold, a dozen times a day, fretting and looking for details overlooked in the fury of preparation. But, each day now, as we progress towards readying the vessel, I have become more and more comforted and wiser to the fact that no longer am I alone in my love and hope for the Delta Queen, that there are many others who care and are determined that she shall sail, and I must say that it is a tremendous relief to finally find rest in a devoted crews commitment! Have I been a fool to worry, to wander the decks at night, to tighten this valve, to close this door and that window against the night fog, to listen for that strange, unfamiliar sound, to sniff for that unusual odor? I think not, I think and become more convinced that the love we expend in this life is returned later. I feel an investment in the Delta Queen shall not be in vain; and perhaps, many years from now, the happy tinkle of champagne glasses and the buzz of pleasant conversation will still gently echo off of the walls of the Delta Queen, and our memories will remain indelibly imprinted there forever! by these words, set your marks, The Delta Queen is coming home, to you!


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