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Remembering Captain Robert James "Roddy" Hammett.

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    Twenty Years Today.

    My, how fast twenty years have passed, but Captain Roddy is still fresh in my memory.


      Reliving That Night....

      For those who did not know Captain Roddy, this is generally what happen on that horrible night twenty-years ago, today:

      Captain Roddy was, at the time, working on a casino boat in Baton Rouge, the CASINO ROGUE, and he had just gotten his first time off after his first hitch on the boat. Roddy had not gone directly home to West Virginia, that night, due to a snow storm that left the roads, there, impassable. So he decided to spend some time in New Orleans while waiting for the roads to reopen, and while he was in town, he had dinner with Captain Clarke "Doc"Hawley. After dinner, Rod asked Doc if he would care to go to Schwegmann's Bros. grocery where Roddy wanted to purchase Louisiana Yams for his mother and other items for WV friends as he usually did when he returned home from New Orleans. Luckily, Doc could not accompany his friend, so Roddy went alone. When Roddy finished shopping and returned to his car in the grocery store parking lot, apparently, the killer was hiding in the back seat and forced our friend to drive to the 2200 block of Napoleon where he robbed, shot, and murdered one of the finest, kindest, and most gentle of men who ever lived. The world became a colder and meaner place that terrible night...


        Twenty-two Years...

        Twenty-two years, today, and counting until eternity. Rest in peace, Cap'n Roddy...
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          Amen Brother Don. The Railroad (former Baltimore & Ohio--now CSX) still runs down the Main Street of St Mary's WV, the Ohio River still laps at the old landing, towboat [a bit of poetic license please] whistles still echo a hundred miles in the mist and fog but it's a more lonely place now.


            Captain Hammett is mentioned in an article in the current issue of Trains magazine. It is a passing reference, both to him and to the "Natchez", but makes particular note of his gracious hospitality to the author when said writer took an afternoon trip on the boat in the early '80s.