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Date: May 03, 2002 at 02:04:52
From: Capt. Mike Williams, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


I know everyone is concerned about tommorrows sale, and I am too, but I really have no more information than some of you. Suffice it to say that with the sale, we will sail, so onward we go in to another chapter of steamboating history.
This morning I waited nervously near the MIssissippi Queens' gangway for the US Coast Guard Inspectors to arrive and begin the second day of their inspection. 9 am came and went and no inspectors appeared. At about 9:30 I went into the office to call the Inspection office when our Marine Director Ron Adams told me that the Coast Guard had just called, and said that they were tied up for the day and wouldn't be able to come back until Monday! But the good news was that they said they hadn't seen anything terribly wrong on their inspection the day before, and that they would deliver our Certificate of Inspection on Monday! Hooray! A major hurdle past, and a big step towards being back in business! I rushed back to the boat and spread the good news to all, and I believe I heard a collective sigh of relief from everyone. Now everyone has redirected their focus back to the task at hand, which is making the boat as clean, pretty and ready for our very special guests on the 7th! Be warned, we here intend to have fun with you and show you a good time! Get ready to kick back, relax, have a few laughs, and just watch the river roll by! River conditions are good and improving all the time, with a slow falling river, we shouldn't have any trouble with making our scheduled stops. We have contacted our friends in each of the ports we will be visiting, so be prepared for special, welcome back greetings along the way! Soon you'll be walking the path between the huge, ancient oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation, looking for friendly spirits at "The Mertles" plantation at St. Francisville, or sipping a Whiskey Sour at Natchez UnderThe Hill. Ah yes, back again! Make no mistake, the remainder of this season will be extra special as the boats begin to sail again. Come on back and give it a try, there are good cruises still available on both the MQ and the DQ, be a part of this historical year! I know the recent events have really been an eyeopener for me, and I plan to rededicate myself to serving and just being a good friend to you people who love the same things as me- steamboats, the river, and America the Beautiful!
Good night from the Wharf!


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