Originally Posted by P.Arnold
I did 4 trips on the Valiente,up the river. From New York, via nearly all of the WI islands, and up to Manaus, Iquitos. Round trip of about 13-14 weeks. Drydock in Hoboken with bent prop, nearly every trip.
Had my 20th birthday in one of the wood ports.
It still has the Wow memories 50 years later.
Oh yes the bent props - every trip!And one lost altogether. That was fun. I recall to this day spending my watch on the river standing next to the engine telegraph. On hitting a tree, stop engines, engineer sitting on a beer case knocked off the fuel, count 10 seconds and restart. Looking over the back end the tree would shoot up. Hence bent props!!