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Interviews with River Pilots During High Water

WWL-TV Collection



Genre: News

Place Covered: Louisiana General, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: Circa 1970

Duration: 00:18:55

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.