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Date: June 26, 2002 at 00:56:17
From: Captain Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


As I sit here at the wharf and look out the window, we are having a regular "gulley washer" of a rainstorm, it is really blowing and raining hard. Fear not, the Delta Queen is triple and quadruple tied off, I saw to it myself, (yes, I actually doubled and tripled up the lines myself) And to my credit, I love to see a heavy rain like this, because, it really does wash the decks off quite well, and actually saves us some work. And even still, an early summer rain on the decks of an old steamboat is not a bad experience, I can testify!
Well, folks, today we turned the Delta Queen around and dropped her down, (facing down river) to just above the American Queen, so that we could have quicker, closer access to her. The river is at a reasonable level, and the tug boats Mildred M, and the Karche, arrived just before 10am. Buford the mate had all lines laid out and ready as the tugs made up along our port side.I instructed the tugs to push straight in on a "slow" bell to hold us against the dock, and then called the mate to let all lines go. Buford the mate called all lines gone, then I directed the tugs to both begin backing on their lines straight out, slow astern. The Delta Queen eased off the dock as if she knew where she was going, and at the right moment, I called to the bow tug to pull her hard down river, and for the stern tug to push her upriver for all she was worth! The old Delta Queen spun around like a top in the light breeze, and soon was aligned with the dock, facing down river, about 150 feet above the stern of the American Queen. I used the Delta Queens own bow thruster to steady her up with the current while the other tug broke away and shifted to the outboard side, and when he was in position,I directed both tugs to shove straight in, slow, and the Delta Queen gently kissed the wharf, nearly in perfect position! Mate Buford checked down the spring line, and the hand on the stern called, "we got a good breast line on the stern Capt.!" Tied off in good shape and right in front of the office we were, and it was funny to hear some of the office staff, coming out of the building for their lunch break, saying, " when did they move the Delta Queen?" God bless them, they have been so focused on their business, that they don't even look out the window! That is what you can expect from us folks, total devotion to your steamboatin' experience! All is well here, in fact, better than ever, and the Delta Queen says hello to you all, and she can't wait to embrace you all again!


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