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The River: Continuing journey on the Clyde with good friends, good food; making some repairs along way

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 Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, found the CLYDE hanging on the one-inch nylon anchor line in the swift current of Andalusia Slough outside...

The River: The CLYDE’s Trip From Alma to Aurora with big trouble at Andalusia Slough

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 Seven years ago this week, Everette Dameron, a longtime friend from my hometown of Covington, Kentucky, and I, began a 1,300-mile river trip...

The River: Crew risks everything in harrowing voyage over raging seas to massage ship captain’s ego

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 Part two of two: in the previous installment, Capt. Don described a mostly uneventful trip to Bermuda. In part two, he details a harrowing...

The River: The voyage to Bermuda on the ACADIAN VICTORY as low man on the totem pole

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 is the first of two parts Forty years have mercifully erased the memory of the more than fifteen-hour and one-thousand-and-some-mile...

The River: He wants to go to sea, so he starts a journey and meets some interesting folks along way

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 After the Fish walked out the door the last time and left me alone at the Albro House, I panicked. Once my 1937 trawler, JOHN HENRY, was...

The River: Remembering Camp Day — and my first excursion onto forbidden shores of Licking 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 Forgive me if I repeat myself if I talk about “Camp Day” remembered every May the 19th as the beginning of another glorious summer season...

The River: Grizzled Capt. Howard Tate taught me a lesson when he challenged me on the ‘Fool’s Knot’

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 happened on the bow of the DELTA QUEEN while splicing an eye into a busted line that the grizzled, cantankerous, old river pilot, Captain...

The River: The Crack(ed) Crew of the Delta Queen, 1970, and sketches by the self-taught Bob Sikes

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 Robert “Bob or Bobby” Sikes, a dark Herculean specimen of a young warrior was fighting in the jungles of Vietnam only a year, or so,...

The River: Finding night watchman’s job after college, meeting characters and gathering up stories

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 Captain Ernest E. Wagner found an opening for me aboard the DELTA QUEEN as a relief night watchman after I was finally graduating from college...

The River: There are countless steamboats he never worked on — but he would’ve if he could’ve

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 Of the countless number of steamboats I never worked on, but “would’a if I could’a,”  the most common reason for my absence...

The River: Commanding the P.A. DENNY — and telling the stories of the first adventures

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 When Cappy Lawson W. Hamilton, Jr. hired me to command the P. A. DENNY, his new stern paddlewheel boat was moored at Port Amherst, West “By...

The River: In between Delta Queen and P.A. DENNY, there was saving historic homes in Covington

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 Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Although it’s been nearly sixty-seven years since I answered the alluring siren call beckoning me to the river, it’s not like I’ve never...

The River: He hates change — but knows that everything has to change sometime . . .

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 If one sentence could best describe my general attitude about life, it might be: “I hate change!” Change, though, is inevitable; the...

The River: Sometimes after a storm and rising water, a riverman has to rescue a lost sawhorse

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 After a huge storm blasted through the area, earlier this month, we found a sawhorse belonging to the CLYDE. blown into the water where...

The River: There are rivermen and there are rivermen, then there’s unforgettable steamboatman Ed Smith

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 How many tens-of-thousands of men, and a lesser amount of women, have the Mississippi and tributaries rivers caused to labor within their...