We had the Mississippi River to ourselves. At least for a little while a few weeks ago. We were on a dream vacation on a cruise ship we boarded in New Orleans headed to Memphis.

But there was a problem on the Mississippi. You probably know about that, but I will get into the details in a minute. At first, there were no problems on a beautiful new ship named Viking Mississippi, much like the Viking Lines’ other ships, but specially designed for travel on the Mississippi River.

D.G. Martin, a lawyer, served as UNC-System’s vice president for public affairs and hosted PBS-NC’s North Carolina Bookwatch.

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