Whether we are talking pilots, captains, or owners, the waterways and the ships that traversed them helped define St. Louis and the region. At first, it was every man—or boat—for himself, but soon set timetables and routes were established. This led to competition among private owners and groups, leaving casualties in the wake of organization. Then there is the river: at once a superhighway and a vexed spirt. Accidents and mishaps on the Mississippi mean a short life for most ships and many who guide them.
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