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Date: August 21, 2002 at 17:05:27
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


When the Delta Queen ceased operation in January, a noise rippled out into time; it seemed that the echo in history would never return. Today, I shall report that the boilers of the Delta Queen are fully pressurized,on line and ready to go! The refinished Orleans room floor was uncovered, revealing the golden glow of the original, 75 year old iron wood,newly and completely restored better that ever by ships carpenter Craig Hall and assistant Tony Willis. It is hard to describe the level of activity aboard, all of the crew has now returned and the decks,halls and passageways ring with happy shouts of welcome, and of river friends and fellow crewmen reunited! I paused in the forward lounge, and savored the rush of activity, and noted that this is no hurry inspired by panic or desperation, no indeed! It is the joyous return to a way of life that is very special and still unique.
Today we accomplished much. Coast Guard Inspectors were aboard and we completed several crucial areas of inspection. most of the outer decks and crew hold floors were painted, further adding to the fresh boat feel. Now we are being to wrap her up and to begin to apply that attention to detail and that special touch that we pride ourselves on! The Delta Queen fully alive again! That sound heard back in January, now has returned, as an echo bringing the Delta Queen back from a once uncertain future, to her rightful place as the greatest representative of our past!


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