1. Brandon of United Barge Lines


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    Time Warp: Six months ago, MOR+G chaplain Kempton Baldridge asked Brandon, a new deckhand, some questions. Hear how his answers have changed -- and stayed the same -- since then.

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    • Martin of the MV Mountain Girl


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      Martin, a fairly new deckhand on McGinnis's MV Mountain Girl, has responsibility for teaching an even newer colleague the ropes. "I find it a lot easier to teach him because a lot of things are still fresh on my mind," he says. "I can relate to him."

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      • Ron Nesler of AEP


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        Ron Nesler, a pilot with AEP River Operations, explains the difference between his former position piloting line haul vessels and his current job in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

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        • Gus Haralambidis of Ingram Barge Company


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          Meet Gus, originally a deep-sea mariner from Greece. His colleagues call him one of Ingram Barge Company's hardest workers. "I'm not scared of work," he says.

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          • Kurt Arnold of the MV Janis R. Brewer


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            Kurt is retired, but that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his pilot’s license active and joining up with a Crounse Corporation towboat when asked. With 41 years of experience under his…

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            • Bill Nunn of the MV Dr. Edwin H. Welch


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              Bill describes how his "towboat family" sometimes welcomes new members: with practical jokes, including something known as "antiquing."

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              • Capt. Jim Sharp of the MV R.P. Gettelfinger


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                With 48 years on the river and nine pilot's license renewals, Capt. Sharp is more than the head of the boat. He also acts as a mentor to the younger crew. His advice for potential towboaters? "Apply yourself and you can make anything you want."

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                • Hammer of the AEP Cook Coal Terminal


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                  "Hammer" works above the river traffic in AEP´s Cook Coal Terminal loading coal from railcars to barges. He and his colleagues at this facility transfer more than 13 million tons of…

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                  • Margaret Casarez of the MV Dale A. Heller


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                    When she became a cook aboard Ingram's MV Dale A. Heller six months ago, Margaret realized that her job required more than just putting food on the table. She has devised a system to ensure that…

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                    • Larry Cox of the MV William B


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                      Larry came to work on the river thinking it would be temporary. Now, he says he prefers the adventure of towboat work to the mental stress of corporate life. "I just can't see myself doing…

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