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I wanted to find a way to thank everyone for your kindness that you have shown to me in dealing with the difficulties of the mail service, and the great… Read More

You probably don’t remember, but you published an article in the September 12, 1981, issue of The Waterways Journal about the “One-Stop Shopping Center” for towboaters down in the wilds… Read More

Letter: Eagle Boat Store

September 8, 2021

Regarding Keith Norrington’s Old Boat Column of 8 June 2020, “The Eagle Boat Store.” The operators of Ward & Brady, the predecessor to the Eagle Boat Store, were retired steamboat… Read More

Letters: Cars On Barge

April 5, 2021

Loved your story about cars-on-barge cargo, and the great picture (Old Boat Column, WJ, March 1). Towing companies need to learn about the new Kia auto factory in Monterrey, Mexico,… Read More

Letter: Ron Nokes

April 5, 2021

Congratulations to Ron Nokes (Kirby Operating New Mv. Ron Nokes, WJ, March 22) on a well-deserved honor from one old barge salesman to another. Bill Robertson… This content is… Read More

Letter: Executive Orders

March 1, 2021

I am deeply concerned about President Biden’s use of executive orders. First, the open borders policy that the Biden administration has adopted. I have been to Central America many times. Read More

Letter: The Admiral

January 18, 2021

I always learn something from the Old Boat Column—and also have the fun of my memory being kicked a little down the river. Keith Norrington’s article on Twilight on The Levee… Read More

After many years of planning and delays due to high water, and many other issues, work has finally begun on a new excursion boat landing in Kimmswick, Mo. Ground has… Read More

Letter: Towboat Poem

January 4, 2021

Towboat Poem As I’m on this boat, looking out of the window I think about my life, and how far I will go Will I ever be a captain? Or… Read More

Letter: In Retirement

December 6, 2020

Since retiring in August, my wife, Mary, and I have been very busy. We sold our home in Louisville and moved to Edmond, Okla., on the first of October, and… Read More

Letter: Wire Rope

September 20, 2020

To the editor: If my barge has winches, I am using a barge fastener completely different from rigging. I am using rope (wire rope). If I am going to use… Read More

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