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Date: January 15, 2003 at 15:29:14
From: Ted Guillaum, [170.141.109.74]
Subject: Re: 1979 Delta Queen Presidential trip Part II


That storm that Judy referred to was by far the worst I experienced while working on the river. It hit in the afternoon while I was off duty. Since I opened the office and closed in the evening, I usually took a short nap. My room in the Officers Quarters was the first one on the Port side. I awoke to wind and rain so hard that that you could not even see the shore. The rain was blowing in through the cracks around my window at an alarming rate and I was stuffing it with towels thinking this is going to leak into the rooms below if I don't do something. Well it did, but it was not just my window but every window on the boat. I considered for a very brief moment that I should get to the Pursers Office to check on conditions there but it seemed too dangerous to stick my head out on deck. It turned out that the President, the old Navy man that he is, rode out the storm in the pilot house, the most dangerous place he could have been. Any of those windows could have blow out in that heavy wind. The DQ was and is a mighty strong boat. Jim Sedgwick was one of my Pursers and he was on duty in the office during the storm. He liked to kid around. The Forward Cabin Lounge was leaking as if there was no roof at all so he found an umbrella and was walking around as a joke. A wire photographer got his picture and it made several national papers the next day.


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