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The River: ‘Detoxing’ after a very long life on the river, having mixed feelings and a lot of 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 Ever since the CLYDE arrived safely at her new home on the Tennessee River System, a little over a week ago, I’ve been de-escalating from...

The River: Finally the words he had anxiously awaited — ‘The CLYDE and crew have landed safely’

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 Was I lost at the end of the day last week! According to my calculations on Thursday, 23 July 2020, Capt. Tim Roberts had the CLYDE running...

The River: 600 river miles to go, CLYDE is ‘slow and steady,’ gets an oil leak and runs into ‘big 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 Last week we left the CLYDE and her crew, Captain Tim Roberts and deckhand Rick Welton, at Paris Landing, Kentucky, Mile 66, their first...

The River: Tracking the Rafter CLYDE on the long journey from Aurora to her new home in Tennessee

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 week, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, I last saw the Rafter CLYDE heading below Rabbit Hash, across from Rising Sun, Indiana, on the Middle Ohio...

The River: Seeing the CLYDE from a new perspective never before seen — underway, going away

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 my phone rang, it was Captain Bill Judd with a reminder, or more like a warning: “Remember, what the Greene Line’s Purser, Bob McCann,...

The River: Rafter CLYDE to soon be on her way with new mistress; will her former Captain watch her go?

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 In a couple more days, the Rafter CLYDE will point her bow westward, headed in the direction of the mouth of the Cumberland River, some 422...

The River: Final touches on the Clyde; and a sad notice of the passing of Miss Letha Jane Greene

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 Since the Rafter CLYDE sold a few weeks ago, I’ve mainly invested my time completing a few onboard chores before the sternwheeler paddles...

The River: A sad story of tragedy on the river at Natchez; someday perhaps a better story will be told

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 On the morning of the 13th of May, 1911, the magnolias were yet to bloom in the yard on North Union Street, although the mocking birds chattered...

The River: A sad/happy farewell as the CLYDE is sold and the Captain is a boatman without a boat

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’m about to move on to the next, possibly final, phase in life. The Rafter CLYDE, my last physical connection to the river, sold last...

The River: It was a busy day of scrubbing, painting to get CLYDE’s paddlewheel free of winter’s worst

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 past Wednesday was a busy day aboard the CLYDE. The paddlewheel awaited a scrubbing to remove six months of submergence in the murky...

The River: No reason at all to be bored, given water striders, whirligigs, critters; and a boat of course

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 About a year ago, I read where a pleasure boater noted he left his marina in his fast plastic boat only to discover it was too early for...

The River: From shutdown to reopening, things are cranking, up, down and all around (as internet rules)

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 two months of the shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is suddenly reopening, just like that. Traffic has already increased...

The River: How a riverman almost had a gig in the TV production industry — and first met George Clooney

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 strange it is that a simple comment or question can shake so much dust and cobwebs off long-buried memories. For example, an older article...

The River: ‘Geetars and mouth harps’ were part of the river journey, and then there was also John Hartford

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 Half a century ago, in the summer of 1970, just a moment in time, cell phone and instant communication devices weren’t imaginable in even...

The River: Growing nostalgic for the lost riverboats, saluting heroes — a long and two shorts on whistle

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’ve seen better days on the river than now. Old Man River pays no mind to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps on rolling to the Gulf of Mexico....