You may obtain a copy of Capt. Fred's book at:
'Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1983.'
C/O Ohio University Press
Athens, Ohio 45701
*Fred also did the monumental 'Way's Steam Towboat Directory.' Same address above. Don't know the current price now.
Yes, much of the data is from Fred Way's 'Directory' and other books he wrote through the years. Other data is added from my own family memories, conversations with old GREENE LINE hands etc., letters, books, drawings, clippings and related documents, my extensive travel and Navy experiences on ocean ships etc. Tons of junk in the Flick packing boxes. It isn't so much being expected to know or remember totally--it's putting your fingers on the 'right stuff' to verify/check and enrich memories and enecdotes from those long gone from our rivers and boats. As a kid I always was taught to 'listen' to the old timers and seek them out for their history. 'Oral traditions,' like the classic myths, hold direct kernels of truth. Oh, if that big, old dining room table could talk!
Cheers and good book ordering,
R. Dale Flick
PS> Keith, Judy, Jane and others on our great web are a marvel with the information/memories, living experiences they've absorbed. 'Each one teach one,' so to say. If I can't remember or get confused I E=Mail or talk to Keith, Judy, Jane, Virginia Bennett, Helen Hughes Prater asking, "Hey, do you remember so and so or when...? Fred Way did that all of his long life and career. Fred once said, "People think I know everything--well, I don't." He did in my book for sure.