On a New Years cruise on the Mississippi
Queen while serving in the capacity of Master, One
of my duties was to host a "repeaters" party.
People who had been on the boats more than once were
invited for snacks and refreshments. There were prizes
for those who had traveled the farthest etc. One of
the prizes was for the most trips.
After the gathering
ended, a couple approached me and stated that the
prize for most trips had went to the wrong person.
I questioned if they had notified the purser's office
as to the amount of their trips. They informed me that
her mother had 37 trips on the boats while alive, and
7 since she passed, and that she was currently presiding
in their stateroom.
She was onboard every New Years
so a few more of her ashes could be sprinkled over
the paddle wheel at midnight. I apologized and told
them that a gift from the boat store would be provided.
I encountered the couple several more times during
the cruise and found them to be very personable.
The last night of the cruise it is customary for
several couples to be invited to dine at the Captains
table. I decided to include these folks.
The wife approached
me the afternoon of the event and asked if mother
was also invited. I explained that if were just
us it would be no problem, but since there would be
four other couples I didn't know how well received
mother would be. I don't know if all of mother's
ashes made it to the wheel before the boat was retired...
Picture courtesy of Capt. Jamie Donahue
Capt. Jamie Donahue
Paradigm Yacht Sales
Donohue brings a lifetime of boating experience
to Louisville and Paradigm. His first income
from out of the home
came from washing boats at age 12. At 20 he was
restoring wooden cruisers.
For the past 20 years
Jamie has been involved in sales and construction
custom aluminum yachts and commercial Coast Guard
approved vessels at Pluckebaum Boats. With a Any
Gross Ton Masters license he has worked on the
steamers Belle of Louisville, Delta Queen, and
Whether you are buying or
selling a 12 foot jon boat or a 100 foot mega
yacht, let Jamie’s
50 years of boating give you the advantage. Contact
was contributed to this site by Paradigm Yacht
Sales, Louisville's largest brokerage.
looking to buy or sell a boat, you can reach
P.O. Box 1043
US Highway 42
Prospect, KY 40059