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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...

The River: Clyde has a boatload of mascots; gift of an ‘Old Crow’ from River Rat Barb is newest one

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 plastic crow was symbolic of a much larger Old Crow Captain Ernest E. Wagner kept as a mascot in the pilothouse of the DELTA QUEEN. The...

The River: An 80-year tradition continues as Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen rendezvous

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 Phillip Johnson, the Chief Engineer on my sternwheeler Rafter CLYDE and part-owner of the Steamer DELTA QUEEN, was the guest speaker at last...

The River: Ah, the sweet remembrances, of old river friends and tales to be told; always good to meet up

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 big fellow in the check-out line in the big-box store ahead of me looked familiar, so I blurted, “Mike, is that you”? He quickly...

The River: Amazing thing, the Internet, to connect friends, because, really, it’s a big river out there

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 Within the area upstream from the CLYDE, Chris Henderson, a U. S. Navy Seabee still on active duty, is kayaking the length of the Ohio River. What...

The River: Paddlewheelers, especially wooden ones, are a special kind of boat; here’s a tutorial

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 paddlewheel on the Rafter CLYDE, my 53-foot sternwheeler, is said to be one of the very few authentic wooden paddlewheels remaining on...

The River: Young riverboat captain has gathered big load of rosebuds fast, wants to stay on river forever

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 Alex Schuchter, age 19, who has been mentioned in this column before, commanded his first passenger excursion boat, BB Riverboats, RIVER...

The River: Miscellaneous reflections of a life fully lived on the river — gathering rosebuds while I may

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 Reflections Captain Jesse Paul Hughes (1875-1973) Cap’n Jesse lived nearly a century, and I only remember him as an older man. Cincinnati...

The River: Welcome to boat ownership, Everett Dameron, who finally found a vessel of his own

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 Everett, though, in spite of his reluctance to assume boat ownership, was always welcome aboard the CLYDE where he’d been the cook, dishwasher,...