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Date: April 18, 2002 at 02:13:47
From: dqmastermike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: Re: Steamer Portland


Whoa, Travis! I can honestly say how you feel, but you must begin the struggle by befriending the Coast Guard, not alienateing them! First of all, you need someone knowledgeable in the "grandfather clause "regulations, and how certain exemptions can be made to apply to specific vessels. Secondly, you must begin a "save the vessel" campaign, that is best handled through the local and state voters, you will be surprised how the Coast Guard will flex when they have State Senators breathing down their necks. And lastly, please don't ever underestimate what the Americans in the US Coast Guard do for us, they are mostly a wonderful, deicated and devoted group of citizens in service of our country. Sometimes, in regards to local issues, they do tend to seem a bit overzealous in matters such as the Steamer Portland, especially in times like these. The Delta Queen has set a precedent for all parties in regards to dealing with historic vessels, and the Portland issue must be dealt with in the same, calm, methodical way. I am confident, even with my limited knowledge of that vessel, that if Delta Queen precedents are applied, the Coast Guard cannot rightfully restrict the vessel so long as reasonble provisions are met. Good luck!


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