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Date: October 03, 2002 at 19:08:08
From: Captain Mike Williams, [cache-rm04.proxy.aol.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


Here I sit in a darkened room in my house, wondering what to say. I should be happy that on Saturday, I return to the Delta Queen in St. Louis, to assume the role of master and to take her to Nashville, and then on to Chattanooga. I am happy to return to her, because she will once again lay her worries upon my shoulders. I know that sounds strange, but it is true! As a few hundred folks pack their bags and make arrangements to leave their homes for a week, I sit here and begin to worry about the cruises to come. Oh, don't worry, I take care of that for you! Now, I watch via the internet the river stages of the Cumberland and Tennesse Rivers, and worry about how they will be influenced by the recent hurricanes and tropical storms. So far, so good! I worry about routine crew concerns and other reports from the boat, (yes, I do keep day to day touch with various sources on the boat!) and I try to stay in touch with the very pulse of the boat. I am happy to report that all is well on the Delta Queen, all rudders, thrusters and other pertinent gear are reported to be fully functional, and I am ready to assume command on the 5th of October at St. Louis, the home of my birth.
From all reports that I have, everything functional aboard the vessel is operating fine. The engineering staff reports needing to adjust the stern thruster settings a bit but most of you who know me know that I need no stern thruster! I grew up with out it! Don't get me wrong, it is working fine, but I want you folks to live the whole experience and therefore we will share all trials and tribulations together! I promised to share the "real steamboat adventure" with you, and I shall! To that end, now, looking ahead- A capatins concerns: I am watching the levels of the Cumberland and Tennesse Rivers to see how they might be affected by the recent tropical storms and hurricane. My concern that is if they dump a lot of rain on these river valleys, we may not be able to squeeze the Delta Queen under the bridges! So far, the forecast river levels are good, the region is absorbing the recent rainfalls quite well due to the prolonged drought in the area. At this point everything is go for some great round trips between Nashville and Chattanooga in the fall! Who knows what will transpire? Last year, while moored at Florence, Alabama, on the Tennesse River, Lightning struck the calliope and it be began to play by its' self! True story! I can't wait to see my steamboat family again, and to share with you, good or bad, the trials, tribulations and worries of a steamboat Captain! We will talk again soon!


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