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My sweet stepfather was Captain of the Ann Brent for many years. He passed away with the Mississippi River in his heart. He loved the river. R.I.P. "Fatdaddy" ... I loved you.

Added: June 01, 2018 - 07:12 PM
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May 19, 2018

Today I have been blessed with a most wonderful experience!! On a certain date, shortly after October 16, 1958, a TowBoat Captain and his dear and sweet wife pulled up to my house in Tiptonville, Tn. They had come there to pick up the "kid" and so they did and we began the last leg of their journey to Pickwick Dam to meet the new "pretty little ole boat" as Captain John Morris (I believe) was fond of referring to the William B. Barnett! This was my first time to come to understand the life of a deckhand on a TowBoat that plowed the waters of the Inland Waterways! When we arrived we found that all of the fifteen to twenty barges of it's tow were scattered all over that part of the river (the Tennessee)! I don't remember all of the details of what we did but, I sure remember the work which I had not seen in all of my life prior to that day!! After getting through the Pickwick Dam we headed east towards Knoxville and somewhere, I am not sure where, we received orders to swap tow's with a boat called the Aroco (probably misspelled by me). We had gone through maybe two or three locks to finally get to the Aroco and we swaped tow's as we were instructed to do and began an incredibly difficult, that is "hard" journey back through all of the locks and, eventually back to the Mighty Mississippi! The William B. Barnett was brand new then, just like me and after Sixty years have gone by it still looks like it could cruise "forever"! What a thrill for me to see it in these pictures! I have carried it around in my heart as I often recalled those day of yesteryear! I was eighteen then and next month, June 18th, will be my Seventy-eighth birthday! That will be Sixty years since I first saw the William B. Barnett! I have not seen it since! Boy wouldn't it be nice to "ride" it again after all of these years!! God bless all of you!!


Added: May 19, 2018 - 07:03 PM
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Hal J. Pannel is my cousin . Amazing to see the pictures of the boat named after him . Thank You and hope all you remain safe .

Added: May 19, 2018 - 08:45 AM
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M/V Bootsie b is the now Marquette Legends

Added: May 16, 2018 - 10:01 PM
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My father was Captain Paul H. Johnson. He used to pilot the Rose G and the Sally Ann. Sadly he passed away in 1968.Finding these boats brings to life a little piece of him. My grandfather also was a river captain out of Louisville, KY. He was Captain Luther Commomdore Johnson, but went by Commodore. If anybody has any knowledge of these special men, I'd greatly appreciate your words!!

Added: May 04, 2018 - 10:43 PM
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Saw the Alice Parker barge heading south on the Black Warrior River. It was pushing coal. Saw it yesterday April 23, 2018.

Added: April 24, 2018 - 10:21 AM
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Martha Mac is racheal Mayes at Tennessee valley towing

Added: March 27, 2018 - 04:01 PM
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Man what a great web site I was a tankerman on the Marla helm. With Gene Faulkner and Kirk colette as my capitans.

Added: March 20, 2018 - 09:48 AM
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I was present at the christening of the Ralph E. Plagge, my father. I can tell you what a truly great guy he was and what an honor to have a boat named after him.

Added: February 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM
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Best wishes to Lee & the crew at U.R.S.

Added: January 30, 2018 - 04:13 PM
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