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Date: April 18, 2002 at 02:36:30
From: Capt. Mike Williams, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Steamboats


We had a very good day here at Robin St. Wharf, New Orleans. The weather has favored us, unbelievably, sunshine and moderate temperatures. A painters dream. Buford and the deck crew are making great progress all over the boat. The paddlewheel, fantails, and backboard have all been completely pressure washed and painted, and as you approach the boat from down stream walking up the wharf from the office, the Mississippi Queen looks like a new vessel! Hey believe it or not, we have office folk here who are taking people on tours of the crew storerooms and laundry areas to show them how good the boat looks inside as well!Engineering work progresses well , and folks if there was a major problem to report, I would! So far, so good. Yesterday I chlorinated the potable watertanks in compliance with all Federal Regs, under the cooperation of Chief Engineers Dave Lorman and Tad Kornecki, we filled the no. 5 tank pairs with 40000 gallons of fresh,super chlorinated water. which will set 24 hours and them be pumped through every faucet on the boat, insuring, fresh, clean water. The tanks will then be dumped and refilled again in preparation for the crews arrival on April 22nd.
The river has finally begun a slow fall, you might think , good, but now I have to continually watch all three boats and slack off lines five times a day! Now I know how a mother duck with 10 ducklings feels! Oh well, just part of the grand "steamboatin" experience. Honestly, I hope all of you river city folks fared the recent high water well, I know it got fairly high up there in some places, and we have been thinking of you. Hey, Steamboaters, look at it this way, if we would have been sailing, we would have been stuck somewhere between bridges or changing our schedule to deal with the high water. Some of you will agree, and then some of you real hard core steamboaters will say, Yeah that's the thrill of it, to be out there and deal with the whims of "Old Man River". God Bless us River Addicts!


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