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    Oh that was on the MQ actually. I think the DQ had one machine in their Crew Mess. And of course Prohibition started in 79 about the time I became a mate and the officers could still posess and consume alcohol so I just did miss that one.


      Crew beer machine

      Originally posted by mel hartsough View Post
      Oh that was on the MQ actually. I think the DQ had one machine in their Crew Mess. And of course Prohibition started in 79 about the time I became a mate and the officers could still posess and consume alcohol so I just did miss that one.
      I recall one trip where some passengers found out about the crew machine and had the gall to go down there for their beer... if you could afford to ride the boat, you could afford the Texas Bar price. I don't know what beer was, but my Planter's Punch was $2.88, including tip!


        Just had a thought.....

        Did anyone think of how perfect the M/V GENERAL JACKSON of Opryland would be as a conversion to overnight? She has a drivetrain that is very mega efficient....she IS a paddlewheeler....she has the LOOK of an oldtime boat down pat! She was built with a steam boiler for the whistle and calliope (although neither work, you could get one back onboard).

        There you have it, looks, modern efficiency, ambiance...what more do we need?

        Think of it, her show room would convert to the insides of a overnight boat so easy...its hollow!

        Wonder who would have the money to buy her plans and recreate her? Or, perhaps who would buy her lock, stock, and barrel from Gaylord Entertainment (her owners) and convert her?

        Any ideas?



          And, if you hit the beer machine just right, the beer was free. Yes, there was some abuse of this priviledge, but too much abuse and you were gone. I thought the prohibition was uncalled for, but that was the tip of the iceburg on what suddenly was prohibited. Another entertaining aspect of the old days was that you had to be on board by departure time, not an hour before departure. This caused a lot of last minute scurrying to get on board, especially if the "Last of the Mohicans" were a little enebriated, which they usually were. Capt. Wagner liked to raise the stage a little before departure, and, for some, it was a little too much, causing some last minute arrivals to have to struggle. Highly entertaining. So that's how I would do departure.


            Crew arrivals

            Yes, Lexie, the crew arrivals after a shore stop were often interesting - all you have to do to get one famous crew member red in the face is say: "Kentucky Lake"! Unfortunately there were occasionally passengers arriving late, not inebriated, but usually loaded with souvenirs from town, and who acted like they were royalty because the boat had waited for them. On my one and only Caribbean cruise, a couple arrived back at our ship after the lines had been let go and we were perhaps 10 ft. off the dock in Cozumel. They had to hire a water taxi/pilot boat to bring them to the ship - our Captain was a German and was no nonsense. I wish we would have had another shore stop because I would have loved to see when that couple would have returned that time!


              I digress, so Mea Culpa for stating this...the beer machine reminds me of traversing Stark's in PDC with a certain entertainer who will remain nameless with a liquor list for various members of the crew! I was just 16 & used my parents' Pontiac to drive up there as they had dropped me off to ride the DQ up to St Paul so I could drive Grandpa Zahn back to Door County!
              Yes, in those days, I was 16 and could freely enter a liquor store in WI...but that's another story!

              As seeing as I was a passenger, I could carry on "anything", as I helped that entertainer in question deliver those parcels into the crews quarters...and that same entertainer had also briefed me..."what you see in the crew quarters, stays in the crew quarters!!!"

              25 years later, it makes for a funny memory! Needless to say that 16 year old Pete made a few friends that cruise for delivering the hooch!



                Hate to be a wet blanket, but there's no one, with money, chomping at the bit to throw their wad into an overnight venture whether it be steam or diesel, old or new, paddlewheel or screw. It's dreamers like us, without a spare nickel, who have these grandiose pipe dreams about the next grand dreamboat.

                No one loves hot, water vapor more than I, but diesels make things a lot less complicated and less costly to build and operate, althought I dream along with Cap'n Ted and believe that Steam is the only way to go.

                The CASINO ROCK ISLAND is for sale, just about the right size, and about one of the prettiest sleep-aboard boats ever built.


                  MeL: If I can get this done, here is a photo of the deckhands on the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE doing their thing. It was taken on October 11, 2009. That is Pete O., alternate Master on the wing bridge. Cap'n Walnut
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