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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,...

The River: Getting the CLYDE spiffed up for potential sale, Capt. Don offers up some descriptive vignettes

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 All this past week I’ve been inside the paddlewheel of the Rafter CLYDE scrapping, wire-wheeling, painting and getting the sternwheeler...

The River: Big boats are great, but small boats are wonders; anyone have a hankering to build 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 Of all the many jonboats I’ve seen in my nearly 70 years on the river, the best looking was the wooden beauty Walter Hoffmeier built and...

Permit approved for Newport’s SkyWheel on the riverfront; construction to start ‘as soon as possible’

The U.S. Army of Engineers has approved The City of Newport’s permit for construction of SkyWheel, the riverfront observation wheel planned for the city’s popular riverfront. The 230-foot tall SkyWheel featuring 30 climate-controlled gondolas will be built at Newport on the Levee adjacent to the Newport Aquarium by Koch Development of St. Louis. The project will include the construction...

The River: A more modern tale this time, about the Great Riverboat Race of 2019 (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. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune When the noteworthy information was first ballyhooed that the fairly-new overnight passenger boat, the AMERICAN DUCHESS, was visiting the...

The River: Father Time is invisible passenger on big adventures of the Clyde; it’s time to say goodbye

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 past week saw the CLYDE’s crew become three after my brother, Bob Sanders, met us at Owensboro on Independence Day in time for a fireworks...

The River: Aboard the CLYDE and on the Ohio, traveling from Alma to Aurora; home 150 miles 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 In the wake of an eventful week battling the Mississippi River from Quincy, Illinois with a harrowing experience in the Chain of Rocks Canal...

The River: Continuing the journey on the CLYDE, headed toward the Ohio, meeting with emergency

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 an eventful and exciting week, the CLYDE and crew found themselves at the strangely-deserted Quincy, Illinois Boat Club where a hand-lettered...

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...