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Date: April 30, 2002 at 02:15:19
From: Capt. Mike Williams, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The captains Log


Today folks, I was suppossed to be going home, but one of the other fellows couldn't return right away, so I have been asked to stay on until the 5th until Capt. Gabe comes back. I have to admit that I am looking forward to going home to my beautiful wife and daughter, but somehow I knew that I would be here to see this project of love all the way through. Yesterday was another day of hard work for us, now mostly detail stuff, millions of little details trying to primp and tweak every little item as near to perfection that we can. Several more crewmembers came back today, and tommorrow, the companionways and decks will ring with the joyful calls of fellow steamboat crewmen and women preparing the Magnificient Mississippi Queen to sail. In every voice I hear the barely disguised elation at being back aboard, the relief from the dawning realization that steamboatin' yet lives,and the almost child-like exuberation and anticipation of ports and friends nearly lost, to be soon seen again! Oh, yes steamboating is yet alive, just imagine the first time when the boat glides into your port, you"ll hear the landing whistle sound,the melodic tones of the calliope from afar, won't it be grand! We can't wait to see you all again!


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