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Date: July 01, 2002 at 01:05:15
From: Capt. Mike Williams, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


Lot's to report today, really don"t know where to begin! Another nice, hot day here at the "wharf" sweating our butts off as we work through this beautiful, hot Sunday! First thing this morning I checked my trot- line, ( YES, ALL REAL RIVER BOATERS KEEP A TROT LINE IN PORT!) I had 1 Fiddler, meaning small Blue catfish! that's all, so far, I know there are some 100 pounders under the wharves this time of year, I will let you know of any big catches!
I spent most of the day checking, counting and bagging life jackets on the Delta Queen, we have plenty, even after me destroying/ rejecting 25 of them! The Coast Guard will allow self inspection of jackets if you have a good track of honesty with them , and I try to maintain that professional trust, it is essential! As usual, I made the rounds of the boat, checking bilges, lines, etc,etc. The biggest worry right now is the rapidly falling river, I have been sounding alongside the DQ and the AQ for days, and the river is falling about a foot a day, and already, the Delta Queen and the American Queen are getting aground as the sand fills in around them. But fear not, I will summon tug boats to pull all vessels off to the safety of deeper waters! Robin Street is cursed by being right below a point in the river, and when high water comes, it creates upstream currents, or eddies, that flow upstream along the shoreline, and drop sand and mud alond the wharves, usually, right where the Queens are sitting! Funny thing about the New Orleans Wharf Board, if you rent or lease a wharf, you have to pay to have it dredged, but if it is an empty, unleased wharf, it is dredged and kept open for free! I personally think that this is wrong, and if you do too, please contact your local Congressman or Senator to let them know! OK, Well, about, I was out on the main deck bow, and I heard a loud, "Peep,peep peep". After careful inspection I found a lost, 4 week old mallard duckling crying for it's mother. It sawm up and down alongside the Delta Queen, and as the Captain, dammit, I had to take action!, Using a net that the engineers use to clean their sea strainers, I made a lucky swoop and plucked the baby duck out of the river.He was mad, he was happy, he was scared to death, take your pick, but he was saved! Fortunately, I had seen where his mother had built her nest, about a thousand feet down river from where I had found the little fella, so I hand carried him down to just above the sight of the nest and dropped him in amongst his peeping brothers and sisters, all 13 of them! So much for graditude! In about ten seconds, he was lost in his family, and I couldn't even pick him out of the bunch! Gosh darn it, the ungrateful ducks of the Mississippi! Life at the wharf goes on!


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