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Date: April 13, 2002 at 23:48:29
From: Capt. Mike Williams, [user-vc8f7cq.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The steamboats


Hey, folks, don't worry about it, when it comes to our steamboats, yes, I am a nut! Just like anyone else who in their life ever connected with that which made them feel alive! I am not offended at all by someone who thinks I am a nut, because I would love to share some steamboat time on the river with them and see them become enlightened to that great, unique American experience that we all cherish. We are all steamboat "nuts" and proud of it! And personally, I must say, that there is not a finer, more devoted group of people in the world, and I am proud to call you all good friends! Steamboat nuts? You better believe it! Come on, join in, you will love it!
We are just wrapping up another hard day of work here at Robin Street Wharf, it started out as a dreary, overcast day, then bloomed into a beautiful, cool day with a partly cloudy sky. Mate Buford and the deck crew immediately set to work painting in both the paddlewheel and up on the calliope bar deck. I love it when the weather is nice, it puts ole Mate Buford in a good mood, he loves to get out there on deck and make progress painting! As we speak, chiefs Tad Kornecki and Dave Lorman are filling the distilled water tanks with fresh "Culligan" water, in preparation of firing up the boilers! Up in the passenger areas, Barbara Burch and Teresa Eberling have already had all the carpets cleaned and have set up the dining room furniture, it looks like the Mississippi Queen is ready to sail today! The paint crew scurry from cabin to cabin doing final touch up and detail work, and so far, we are well on schedule. Today I fired up all wheelhouse electronics, radars, radios, navigation lights,fog horn, and tested all water tight doors and fire doors---everything worked the first time ! Can you believe it? Tell me this boat doesn't want to sail! God Bless her, sail soon she shall!


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