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    Pitmans disconnected?? What's up??

    Hi all,
    Just read a guest editorial in the Marietta Register by Cap't Mike, and quote;
    "Recently I found the DQ very quiet drawing eight feet forward in the Tennessee River, looking a wee bit seedy, green algae growing on the paddle, pitmen beams disconnected and unattached. A few persons, yelling at each other, were sprucing her up though."
    Soo. . . . What's going on???

    S'
    David D.
    PS Nice editorial BTW, here's the URL
    The Marietta Register Online :: Exit the Delta Queen, Guest Column by Capt. Mike Giglio

    #2
    David's post about the removal of the Pitmans concerns me too. I hope they're not considering refitting the DQ for diesel! That would be the last straw!

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      #3
      Speculation re: Pitmans

      Does removing the pitmans somehow satisfy a requirement that the DQ is physically (and visibly) out of service without doing any other harm to the steam plant?

      Wesley

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        #4
        I just spoke with Jennifer Lemmon, who is working on the DQ these days, wearing many hats. She has been shore tours director the past two seasons. To her knowledge, the pitmans are not disconnected, but she will check when she returns to the boat in a couple of days. In the past, there had been some talk about running the paddlewheel a bit, just for show--keep in mind, this is along the lines of "wouldn't it be nice if . . ," and is not a priority. They are very busy getting the boat systems ready for hotel guests in May--the alarm system was being tested the past few days; sprinkler system charged and ready; lots of painting going on. They don't have time for "what ifs" at the moment! So I'm not sure if Captain Mike's glance from a bridge while driving was completely accurate. Jennifer will let me know when she gets back to the boat, but as far as we know, there is no reason the pitmans would be disconnected.

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          #5
          Capt. Mike

          And it should be clarified that the Captain Mike is Mike Giglio, not our Capt. Mike Williams of the DQ...

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            #6
            Thank you, Judy. I thought of that after I hit "post." Our Captain Mike Williams would have gone down and started scraping the algae himself, and had an answer one way or the other on the pitmans!!

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              #7
              The Delta Queen

              This IS the Real Captain Mike Williams, and to my knowledge the pitman arms have not been disconnected, as a matter in fact I spoke with some one there yesterday,and the lease with the owners states that the lessor must maintain the vessel in operating condition, regardless, unhooking the pitmans in a minor issue and would only be perhaps in response to Coast Guard demands to "disable" the vessel from operation, a technical matter easily resolved. As far as the other poster, "Captain Mike", no doubt a good man and Captain, but I am Captain Mike Williams of the Delta Queen, 25 years onboard and proud of it!

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                #8
                Thank you all for the clarification!
                It's hard way out here in Californy to no be very worried about "our" boat!
                S'
                David D.

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                  #9
                  As promised, Jennifer took a careful look-see this week, and OF COURSE the pitmans are still connected, as we thought, with no plans to disconnect them. There are no plans, either--no reason to disconnect. The hotel plans are moving along nicely, and Jennifer has been giving lots of tours.

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                    #10
                    Puzzled ???

                    What puzzles me about this hotel arrangement is why would anyone invest so much into a project like this if it could suddenly end should the boat be sold to someone else. Seems odd.

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                      #11
                      Puzzle answer

                      Guaranteed buyout if boat is sold and moved prior to a certain time.

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                        #12
                        Huh? Sorry, but I'm more confused than before. Who gets the guarantee? The hotel people? MAL? What happens if the DQ "hotel" becomes a desirable destination and folks are driving 300 miles only to find it's been sold and headed down the river? There's something fishy about the whole setup from this perspective.

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                          #13
                          the dq

                          I'm going up to the Delta Queen ,with my wife Myra, former Chief purser, very soon, and I can't help but say I get angry hearing some folks pontificate about the boat they worked on for a couple of seasons, prescribing a course of action to save the boat... I suppose we all love the old Boat, and have fond memories, and I too, hold her very close to my heart, a quarter of a century's worth... Some of our destinies are inextricably entwined with the Delta Queen and will eventually be revealed...

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                            #14
                            Why are some seen as pontificating because they are trying ideas, any ideas, to save this inanimate object that we all so cherish? Maybe some did only work for a few years on the Legendary One, why is that a disqualifier?... Frankly, even people that only worked for a few years on the boat are a hellava lot luckier than me, and I feel their abbreviated work schedule makes them no less ambitious and enthusiastic for saving our DQ than the old timers...I consider myself extremely lucky for my experiences...but I don't qualify in my enthusiasm in your eyes, do I? We missed you in Madison this weekend, Deb and I are in Ashtabula, as we speak, re-enjoying the friendship shown to us, the wayward New Yorkers, this weekend...

                            I think a deep breath is in order, my friend...and I shudder at what you have probably said about my posts...you have something to reveal? We've all been waiting, since the first time you mentioned this...

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                              #15
                              Especially those who have spent thousands of their hard earned $ to ride the DQ year after year. They can pontificate to the moon as far as I am concerned. Viva Ann Zeiger, the best pontificator of all.

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