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The River: Cap’n Jack remembered for his many years on the river and his death on a shantyboat

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “Guess you heard they found Cap’n Jack’s body – or what remained of it — on that so-called ‘shantyboat’ of his...

The River: Remembering Madison Berry, 29, on anniversary of his death; ‘riverlorian’ who loved 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 is a part of a long and continuing story. This tribune first appeared a year ago. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Last week found me asking, “How much difference does a year, or so, make?”  Now I’m asking,...

The River: Reflecting on many years on the river, I hope others will say ‘I love hearing that whistle blow’

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 “Tell me what you liked or didn’t like about the river,” was a question tossed my way recently. “Hmmm….. That’s a lot to ponder,”...

The River: A more modern tale about the Great Riverboat Race of 2019 which American Queen wins

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. This column is reprinted from July 21, 2019. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune When the noteworthy information was first ballyhooed that the fairly-new overnight passenger...

The River: Lead us not into temptation and other concerns aboard busy riverboat gaming casinos

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders shares 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 Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “And lead us not into temptation…” –The Lord’s Prayer Gambling boats bet their existence on the temptations...

The River: Thinking about big day in Charleston and reminiscing about celebratory fireworks 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 Today’s a big day in Charleston, West “By God” Virginia. Early this afternoon, the paddlewheelers will square off in a series of races...

The River: What’s hot on the river? The revamping of Charleston ‘Sternwheel Regatta’ and thus 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 What’s hot on the river besides the usual summer heat advisory is the news of the revamping of the Charleston, West “By God” Virginia...

The River: Remembering the eventful day that the CLYDE became mine, and, yes, I’d do it all over again

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 Thursdays are my “writing days” when I sit at my computer and fret over what to draft for the upcoming river column in the NKyTribune....

The River: There are countless riverboats 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. This column first appeared In April 2019 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 River: In honor of Memorial Day, the Captain remembers those who served and sacrificed

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders is 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 Tomorrow, May 30th is Memorial Day, dedicated to remembering those who died while serving in the U. S. Armed Services. The closest person I’ve...

The River: It’s true, as they say, that ‘something is always happening 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 A decade ago, on Monday, 17 May 2012, after scrawling my John Henry to a couple of checks, the paddlewheeler CLYDE changed owners. It was...

The River: Happy May 19th to all; remembering Camp Day and first excursion onto forbidden 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. This column first appeared on May 19, 2019. 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 River: Eventful week on river — fire aboard historic NATCHEZ, Belle of Louisville wins Derby race

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. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune A fire aboard the historic New Orleans steamboat NATCHEZ had the river community astir this past Tuesday. Currently, the steamboat lies docked in the Industrial Canal for maintenance....

The River: The voyage of the sternwheeler, SPIRIT OF PEORIA, leaving namesake city for LaCrosse Wisc.

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. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The voyage of the sternwheeler, SPIRIT OF PEORIA, Captain Troy Manthe’s new toy, is the most-watched excitement on the river this week. Cap’n Troy recently acquired the SPIRIT in...