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The River: Passing chilly winter day pursuing mystery related to 1871 steamboat explosion. . .

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune What started as a simple inquiry on one of the many steamboat social media pages I spend an inordinate amount of time perusing during these...

The River: Started the year off with a bang, triggering memories of New Years past and ending on internet

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The third decade of the 21st Century arrived abruptly with someone firing a semi-automatic rifle of an undetermined caliber over on the Kentucky...

The River: Remembering a year of river tales, great friends, explorations, adventures and still hangin’ on

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune It’s been 108 weeks, over two years, since I started writing this river column for the Northern Kentucky Tribune. This addition is also...

The River: Just another adventure for the books as friends and river rats come to the rescue

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune According to the weather reports I’ve been following, there’s no snow forecast for Christmas this year. Old Santa’s going to be battling...

The River: It was a busy week, on and off boats — and ended with meeting a future riverboat master

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Many rhythms and patterns of the cityscape around the Greater Cincinnati region have changed in the nearly thirty-years since I abandoned...

The River: Memories of winterizing the steamboats for the season and other historic times on the river

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Back when I was steamboating, the AVALON and, later, the DELTA QUEEN were tied up for the end of the season by early December, this time...

The River: The worst cook on the river reflects on ‘Turkey Day,’ recalling a few meals long since passed

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune A relief pilot, a lanky, somewhat onery-looking fellow from somewhere on the Arkansas River, came aboard while I was standing duty in the...

The River: A busy week aboard the Rafter Clyde — dining in new galley, visitors, and memories galore

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune I always enjoy eating aboard the boat, especially with guests, in the intimate galley area seated at the oak table covered in a red-checkered...

The River: The cold came early so we weren’t quite prepared, despite the forecasts; it can get colder

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “Where the hell’s this cold coming from so soon?” was the question asked a million times this past week, especially by deckhands...

The River: After too much procrastination, the Rafter CLYDE finally gets her fancy White Collars

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Finally, after nearly eight years of vacillation, the Rafter CLYDE, my sternwheel replication of a historic 1870s Upper Mississippi River...

The River: 100th column in busy week; remembering how it all started and how much more there is to say

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune This edition is the 100th “The River” weekly column I’ve scribbled since editor and veteran newspaperwoman, Judith Clabes, unexpectedly...

The River: As dense gray fog spread over river, word came of Capt. Charles Tandy Jones’ death at age 101

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Like a light mist this past week, the first whispers of the death of Captain Charles Tandy Jones spilled from the steep banks of the Great...

The River: A week on a ‘quiet’ river, turning cold, was really packed with activity — and work

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Last Sunday, the 13th of October at the former McKinley Elementary School, now the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati, I received my first...

The River: Old friends meet again, share meal, music, memories; parting, they know there’ll be a next time

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The last time Charlie Rafferty and I were together was atop the bonnet on the smokestack of the DELTA QUEEN over 41 years ago. John Hartford...

The River: The river as a rapids, destruction of Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, and more drama

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune What a week this has been on the river! Heavy rains have, again, swollen the Upper Mississippi River and turned it into a mill race between...