Interviews with River Pilots During High Water
Place Covered: Louisiana General, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State
Date Issued: Circa 1970
Subjects: MISSISSIPPI RIVER | RIVER PILOTS | flooding | Towboats | Hahn, Elmer | Murley, Johnny
- Elder, Bill Interviewer
Footage of ships in the Mississippi River during high water. Interview with unnamed river pilot regarding: how hard is it to take a ship down river during high water; regulations for tow boats that don't answer hails; how dangerous it is on the river; and chances of ships hitting the levee during high water; Interview with Elmer Hahn regarding: how difficult it is to take a ship down river; what to watch for during high water; problems with tow pilots; and his biggest gripe as a river pilot; Interview with Johnny Murley regarding: if he thinks the river is dangerous during high water; if accidents with barges breaking loose is increasing; what should be done about tow pilots; the biggest problems when at the helm; is the river getting harder to navigate; and should there be more rules and regulations in place. The interviews are followed by more footage of ships in the river during high water.