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Date: June 25, 2002 at 01:47:04
From: Captain Mike Williams, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


Hello everyone! Today I arrived back at the wharf, and rather than go to the office, I went straight up river and boarded the Delta Queen. She sits silent, patient and alone, and as I walked through her darkened interior I felt the greatest sense of happiness that I can describe. I talked to her, and told her how much I had missed her and that now, she must awaken, for we were returning to gently shake her from her slumber and prepare her to take back to her family again. What a good boat she is, god bless her wood lined soul! She sits high, tight and dry at the wharf, her interior is as if she just put into port yesterday, clean, dry, quiet. Outside,she has a light coating of mildew, as if she had but been out for a camping trip for a week or so,but nothing that Buford the Mississippi mate and a couple of steadfast deckhands can't clean off with a good day's scrubbing! Down in the crew holds, she is as clean and as dry as tinder, not a drop of condensation for this old double hulled gal! It is as if the day the disheartened crew left, unknowing of the future of their beloved friend, the Delta Queen once again stopped in time, as if to pause in love and devotion to say to all of us who love her, "I will wait for you to return". Who can tell of the silent conversations whispered in darkened hallways late at night on the empty boat, as those who "dwell" aboard and protect the old boat waited for what was sure, our return, and the renewal of another generation of wonderful, American Steamboat memories! And so, soon my friends, to the heart and soul of this great nation will return the symbol of freedom, and the steadfast,undying symbol of the American Rivers, The Delta Queens Lives! More to follow soon! God Bless!


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