The day was overcast with intermittent showers as we drove across the Mississippi River Bridge to Algiers Point on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. I spontaneously (yes, really) broke into song, in my mind singing a duet with Johnny Horton:
In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.*
But, even docked, the Eagle (USA, left in the first photo above), the KRI Dewaruci (Indonesia, center), and the Guayas (Ecuador, right in photo) were impressive.
To one of the cadets, I observed: "You must have a lot of fun, but you must have a lot of work responsibility."
"But the work is fun," was his response.
Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United
* “Battle of New Orleans,” written by Jimmy Driftwood. (Pop Chart # 1 Apr. 27, 1959.)