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Date: May 02, 2002 at 03:00:31
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


It is twilight here at "The Wharf", the fading end to another hot but productive day aboard the Mississippi Queen. I arose at 5am from a restless night of tossing and turning, having been kept awake running over Coast Guard requirements and boat business in my head. I wish I could say that I slept well and that I wasn't concerned, but I feel greatly indebted the this vessel and her crew and am committed to do my best to see us through this struggle. I always wonder if I have done enough, if perhaps I would have done some things differently, maybe things would be better. My blistered hands and sore back tell me that I have worked, I just hope that all of our efforts pay off by giving our guests better steamboating adventures than ever before. Amongst all of the shore staff and crew here at the wharf, there is a renewed and determined mindset to be better than ever, and to show the steamboating public that we are worthy of their trust again. I sat today and listened as our office management staff spoke to the crew of the Mississippi Queen to discuss the future of the company and of steamboating. It wasn't a typical staff type meeting, it had the sense of real family members talking openly together. I watched as one of the top guys in the company spoke of his concern for our past passengers and of the crews, and saw him near tears as he spoke of our common dedication to making this the bset steamboatin' year ever, especially for you devoted river and steamboat fans.With sincerity, honest concern and undogged determination, we will resurrect the Grand and uniquely American tradition of Steamboat Cruising, so that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will be able to touch, feel and live the river experience.
Tommorrow we hope to finish our Coast Guard inspection, and I will let you know the outcome. So far, it has gone very well. With the reciept of the Certificate of Inspection from the Coast Guard, (never easily won!) I will be able to breathe easier, but not relax. When the Magnificient Mississippi Queen sails away May 7th for Memphis ,Tennessee, I will proudly wave goodbye, then turn and walk up river to visit the Delta Queen. I'll finally be able to tell her that now, you, I, and all of the people here and across the country, have come to take her home to our hearts again! Good night from the wharf!


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