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The River: Becoming friends, building relationships across river and airwaves means suffering loss too

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 does an old-time riverman go after he’s passed away…” JH People working on the river develop relationships with their...

The River: Dreams are made of wonderful stuff, and now the exciting notion of another paddlewheeler . . .

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 dreamed my dreams of the Mississippi River…” John Hartford The only boating I’m doing lately happens after I’ve snuggled beneath...

The River: For a kid with a fascination for the river, having best possible teachers made the difference

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 your work is your pleasure, you’re the happiest person in the world.” Captain C. S. “Rip” Ware All it takes, quite often,...

The River: A frenzied year (thanks, pandemic) as drydocked BELLE OF LOUISVILLE awaits her future

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 frenzied year it’s been on the river. For the most part, the COVID-19 Pandemic worked its invisible destruction upon the inland...

The River: Chasing the Belle of Louisville (from land with Black Beauty), taking photos and embracing fond memories

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 Nothing beats the resonance of a steamboat whistle echoing off the hills along the Ohio River. Although these melodious tones were once so...

The River: 1970 best known for the catchy slogan ‘Save the Delta Queen’ and, yes, a broken anchor

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 DELTA QUEEN departed New Orleans on Tuesday, February 24th, 1970, at twenty-past-noon, bound for Memphis on a chartered trip for the...

The River: A fair boat, indeed, and he took good care of her; more to be told as she begins her next life

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 CLYDE is a fair boat. Take care of her.” Ed Newcomb Over eight years ago, Captain Aaron Richardson sent a text message saying a...

The River: No slackers, loafers or goof-offs welcome on a good crew where every hand is needed

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 Typically, what is the first command given on deck when the Captain says it time for the steamboat to get underway? Hearing the “Old Man’s”...

The River: Young steamboatman learns from the best Captains and steers Delta Queen from runaway barge

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 you think it doesn’t get cold in New Orleans in January – guess again. Though the average temps for that time of year are...

The River: Save the Delta Queen — keeping beloved steamboat from termites, slackers, and extinction

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 “Save the DELTA QUEEN. Don’t let the termites get her,” wailed crooner Gary Busey and his band, CARP. The year was 1970,...

The River: Changes were in the air as grand riverboat begins the year to ‘Save the DELTA QUEEN”

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 During last week’s column concerning the ill-fated Revlon Inc.’s charter of the DELTA QUEEN for Super Bowl IV, 1970, I stated...

The River: Working on a steamboat takes hard work and dedication — ‘fancy pants’ don’t a leader make

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 Working inside a paddlewheel has always been my favorite occupation on a sternwheel riverboat. Though my first experience was on my family...

The River: From the Air Force to a return to the river aboard the Delta Queen — and memories to be made

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 wasn’t more than a week after I separated from the Air Force during the last week of December 1969, that I gave Captain Ernest E. Wagner...

The River: Can’t help but peruse the ‘Boats for Sale’ ads, but probably will rest easily with memories

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 can’t believe it, but since the CLYDE sold and left for distant waters, I’ve been scanning the “Boats for Sale”...

The River: Tracking down particulars of a certain riverboat calliope; answer may never be known

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 internet proved once more to be an invaluable tool in solving a decades-old question among an aging generation of steamboat enthusiasts....