Condolences to the families, comfort to all the friends, and gratitude to those who so quickly responded.


I took these photos in March 2008.  The tragedy touched me and a lot of folks I know quite hard.


Let me share this photo that comes from William Lafferty, who says “Here’s something of historical interest, perhaps.  It’s the Brother Collins in the midst of being transformed into the Curly B. at the dock of the Calumet Marine Towing Corporation under the Skyway Bridge on the Calumet River at South Chicago, in 1979.  The transformation took a long time, and wasn’t completed until 1982, begun, I think, in 1977.  It would, of course, become the ill-fated Specialist.”

Curly B WL


Here’s one of my favorite hymns, which seems to fit entirely here.