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Date: July 04, 2002 at 14:55:03
From: Capt. Mike, [user-119at1j.biz.mindspring.com]
Subject: The Captains Log


Hello everyone, and Happy Independance Day from the Southern Steamboat Headquarters! We are having hot days and a falling river, but all goes well. Tuesday, we did a lot of boat shuffling due to the falling river. First, we had three tug boat wash the mud from under the Delta Queen, and then we pulled her out and moved her up to the old River City Casino dock justup river from Robin Street, and tied her off uneventfully. Then, we had the three tugs tie off along the wharf, and they used their prop wash to clear out the mud and sand and to deepen the area right along the wharf. After about three hours of "prop washing" the wharf, I had the tug boats drop down and tie off just above the Grand American Queen, who had her rudders buried in the mud and sand. She was never in any danger, but we thought it prudent to free her up and to move her to deeper water, as the river continues it's slow fall towards a normal, summertime stage. After about two hours of tug propwashing under the AQ, our engineers fired up the Z-drive propellers on the boat, and we gradually rotated them back and forth, futher washing away the mud. Sunddenly, as we throttled up the powerful props to full speed out, The Grand American Queen broke loose from the mud and swung away from the dock. I quickly stopped the Z-drives, and the big boats swing out was arrested by her double stern lines. I called to the tugs via marine radio to stand clear, and with "Buford" the mate down on deck handling lines, we set the American Queen free! Using her super manueverable z-drives, I backed her slowly, under her own power straight out into the river, then straight back, all the way to the upper end of Robin Street Wharf, where I settled her back gently against the wharf and Buford and crew tied her back off. Then, we all shifted back up to the Delta Queen, which was just behind the American Queen. There I resecured the tugs , Buford and crew let her go, and we pulled the DQ out, dropped her down around the AQ and resecured her against the wharf in front of the office. Needless to say, I have been keeping up with my boat handling skills,and it was good practice to work with tugs, z-drives and bow thrusters. What would Mark Twain think of all of these fancy gadgets? Happy 4th of July from your friends at Steamboat Central! God Bless America!


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