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  • Judy Post
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    Pics from July trip

    Sure enjoyed meeting Mary, and it was nice to put a face to Shipyard Sam. Here are a couple pics from the trip.

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  • Shipyard Sam
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    Luv Your Outfit

    Mary in a more familiar role...
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  • Elaine Santangelo
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    Congrats Mary- You look like Peter Pan : )

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  • Dennis Shenk
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    Mary's new temp job.

    Mary is filling in a a watchperson this week. I thought you all would like to see her.
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  • Shipyard Sam
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    Alabama Surprise

    What a surprise it was to find the DELTA QUEEN in Decatur, Alabama, this weekend, as we Rabbit Hash Shipyard reps were in town to consider buying a workboat for the yard.
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  • Mary Sward Charlton
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    OK, I promise to add more soon--internet is so rarely available on steamboats! I'll be home in a week, so I can add some. I am still loving it--I wake up early every day just to see what is going on everywhere on the boat! The Delta Queen is such an important legacy--we need to keep her going.

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  • Shipyard Sam
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    Mary sent a story around to those on her email list, a day or so ago, and WOW can this gal write! I have asked her to write her "stuff" in a blog aboard the ORG so all can share. Hope she does.

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  • Elaine Santangelo
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    Thanks for the pictures : )

    You go girl- Mary- you go : )

    That was a treat to see.

    Cheers
    Elaine

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  • Shipyard Sam
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    Mary Sward Charlton

    Mary enjoys being a valuable member of the crew, and is keen to learn all she can about the venerable old steamboat.
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  • Shipyard Sam
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    Mary's Pictures

    Click onto the link to see Mary's DELTA QUEEN Engine Room pictures. If that MSN "Timed-Rook" thingy shows instead of a picture, click onto it and the photograph will open.

    http://groups.msn.com/WillieandBuste...on.msnw?Page=1

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  • Mary Sward Charlton
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    Hi, folks--I have been unable to post the pictures I promised of the engine room, circa 1980. If Shipyard Sam agrees, I'll send them to his website, and maybe he will agree to post them for me. I just can't figure out the new software!! What do you say, Sam? In the meantime, I'm back on the boat, currently in Natchez, where I think it's hot, but the locals think it's cool. And I'm still loving it.

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  • Kathleen Cade
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    Hi, Mary! Glad that you are enjoying your experience on the DQ! I was Human Resources Coordinator, Asst. Purser and Chief Purser on her in 1999-2000 and 2003-2004. I spent much of my free time in the engine room but also enjoyed sitting out on the bow in the evening while we were underway or on a rocking chair on Cabin Deck by the paddlewheel. I have many great memories of my experience and the crew on the DQ, as well as the MQ where I was in 1998-1999 and 2003. I still get quite homesick for the DQ and her crew.

    Kathleen Cade

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  • Mary Sward Charlton
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    Great story! My observations from the bench in engineering tell me that although the laundry methods may have changed since those days, they are quite possibly the most organized on the boat. What else would you expect from a bunch of engineers? (They are the nicest guys--they allow me to sit there as much as I want!). By the way, I think there might be a picture of Rabbit Hash in those slides I'll pick up later today.

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  • Shipyard Sam
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    My Washing Machine Story

    The only washing machine on the DELTA QUEEN in 1965 was that same wringer-washer that was kept in the small "laundry room", on the port side alongside the low-pressure engine. It belonged to the engine room crew, and no one used it without their invitation and consent, especially those who did not belong on Chief Cal's crew. Captain Wagner found a spot for me as a temporary Watchman punching the clock for Bruce Edgington and his partner so that they could get some time off, for in those days there was no off-time or vacations unless someone else came in and worked for you, or else you quit.

    My experience trying to clean my clothes by dragging them off the fantail of the AVALON had been a dismal failure, so that same method was not an option on the DELTA QUEEN. Instead I found a five gallon steel bucket, and as there was also a live steam line in that laundry room, I was able to persuade the Chief Engineer to allow me access to his live steam, and so was able to construct a primitive washing machine that far exceeded a handy line for cleaning clothes.

    Actually it was fun boiling my knickers in my invention, but after a few uses, I noticed that I drew a small, curious crowd on the other side of the engine whenever my "washing machine" was boiling away. And I could not be sure whether they were admiring my inventiveness, pitying me, or waiting to see if I would end up like a scalded dog. Eventually the Chief must have either felt sorry for me, or else thought such genius deserved its own reward, and one day as again I begged permission to make use of his hot steam, he casually said, “Why don’t you just use the washer?”

    So with that I was a member of the exclusive wringer-washing machine circle, and remained so because as soon as Brucie came back from vacation, my next assignment was as a Striker in the Engine Room, right next to the washing machine.

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  • Mary Sward Charlton
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    Guess I'd better post a picture of it when I get it digitized. How about some stories??

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