I do not know Bill personally but I've heard a lot about him. Bill had an adventure in life like very few people have had. I say to his wife, children, grandchildren, and everyone associated with Bill, Wow, what a ride! The ship is now in Evansville and we have some big shoes to fill. We are blessed with a lot of people volunteering their time and resources to keep the grey lady going. I need to qualify and restate the previous sentence.
We are not just going forward. Yes, this ship looks pretty, and it does, I challenge anyone to show me a WWII ship that looks this good without federal or state funds for the most part. Then we can talk about a good looking ship that actually runs....whoa! What the deck crew and the engineering crew continue to do is extraordinary. I am on the ship every weekend while in port as a tour guide and my secondary position is on the Board of Directors.
I feel privileged to hang with these kind of people and this unique piece of history. So, with that I'll say fair winds, Bill, and I hope we're making you proud.