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Shantyboat home in Felton California

Shantyboat home in Felton California. Benzy has to lift the…

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Shantyboat in the Paducah Labor Day Parade

Shantyboat in the Paducah Labor Day Parade. Nathan Lynn playing…

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Lowertown Paducah kiln firing

Lowertown Sunday kiln firing with Mitch Kimball

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Looking through the Mary Wheeler collection at the Paducah Library

Looking through the Mary Wheeler collection at the McCracken County…

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Rev Kempton Baldridge one of a few chaplains for more than 4000 towboats

Rev Kempton Baldridge one of a few chaplains for more…

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Shantyboat On display

Shantyboat On display today and tomorrow. Open House 10-2pm Saturday…

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Bruce Walker king of the bar-b-Que in north Paducah

Bruce Walker king of the bar-b-Que in north Paducah at…

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David Nickell talks about his family history in the Land Between the Rivers

David Nickell talks about his family history in the Land…

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Merryman Kemp founder of Merryman House

Maryman Kemp founder of Maryman House, a shelter for survivors…

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Louie Kirchhoff baker in Paducah for 75 years

Louie Kirchhoff who has lived in Paducah for 75 years,…

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Nathan Blake Lynn, musician, historian, and amateur folk musicologist

Nathan Blake Lynn, musician, historian, and amateur folk musicologist. Interview…

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African glass beads at the Paducah Farmers Market

African glass beads at Melanie and Erileigh's stall at the…

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Shantyboat from Founder’s Room at the River Discovery Center

Shantyboat seen through the windows of the Founder's Room at…

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My favorite Secret History paparazzi photo

My favorite Secret History paparazzi photo. Back from the Benzy…

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Adrian playing dress up

Adrian playing dress up. He already had the radio on…

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Oh no! Freddie’s transmission died in the middle of Lake Kentucky

Oh no! We lost the rest of Freddie's transmission in…

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Old Danville Grain Elevator submerged by the inundated Tennessee River

Old Danville Grain Elevator submerged by the inundated Tennessee River…

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Our first volunteer fish dinner

Our first volunteer fish dinner! When we to hop in…

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Two Weeks in Paducah, Kentucky

Join us in Paducah Kentucky for a two week long…

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Storm looming above the shantyboat

Storm looming above the shantyboat. Photo by Adrian Nankivell

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Not everyone knows it’s good luck to pass under a train bridge

Not everyone knows it's good luck to pass under a…

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David “Scoop” Anderson who worked on riverboats and towboats for years

Davis "Scoop" Anderson who worked on riverboats and rowboats for…

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Shantyboat in the secret abandoned MARINA OF THE DAMNED

Shantyboat in the secret abandoned marina of the planet of…

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Dramatic skies over the shantyboat on the Tennessee River [VIDEO & PANORAMA]

Dramatic skies over the shantyboat on the Tennessee River near…

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We learn to read the river: this beautiful herringbone pattern precedes larger wind waves

We learn to read the river: this beautiful herringbone pattern…

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Pete Selmeci who’s job is to fix big boats and move them around

Pete Selmeci who's job is to fix big boats and…

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Lost at the rainy end of the world! Next episode of the SHANTYBOAT GUYS [VIDEO]

Lost at the rainy end of the world! Next episode…

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Life without the internets! Next on the SHANTYBOAT GUYS [VIDEO]

Life without the internets! Next on the SHANTYBOAT GUYS

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Barges in the mist

Barges in the mist. People ask us constantly if the…

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The folks at Clifton Marina treated us super decently

The folks at Clifton Marina treated us super decently. Say…

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An afternoon roadtrip on Tennessee back roads [VIDEO]

An afternoon roadtrip on Tennessee back roads. Age and I…

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Jackie Irvin runs an opiate addiction program at Jabbok Refuge Center Church

Jackie Irvin who runs an opiate addiction program at Jabbok…

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The fish ain’t bitin next on the SHANTYBOAT GUYS [VIDEO]

The fish ain't bitin next on the SHANTYBOAT GUYS

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Serious beverage situation on the next episode of the SHANTYBOAT GUYS [VIDEO]

Serious beverage situation on the next episode of the SHANTYBOAT…

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Main St of Saltillo leads right down a boat ramp to the river

Captivating on several levels. Main St of Saltillo leads right…

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Roger Lard, fisherman near Savannah TN

Roger Lard, fisherman near Savannah TN, trotline trays in the…

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Living the shantyboaters celebrity lifestyle upriver at a local party beach

After our thorough ten-minute tour of Savannah Tennessee, we went…

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Shantyboat bloody marys for three days provided by generous folks

Shantyboat bloody marys for three days provided by our generous…

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Jabbok Refuge Center Church service just a few doors down from the Tennessee River Museum

Jabbok Refuge Center Church service. Just a few doors down…

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At Tennessee River Museum in Savannah TN the history of Black people is completely erased

Tennessee River Museum in Savannah TN, like many river museums…

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The landscape where one of the great battles of the American Civil War was fought

Pittsburg Landing, the landscape where one of the great battles…

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Hazel dog on the way to Cyprus Creek [VIDEO]

@GoodDogHazel on the way to Cyprus Creek

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The Delta Mariner that carries rocket parts back and forth between Cape Canaveral and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsvile

The Delta Mariner a vessel unlike any we've seen passes…

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Rooster’s Dogs & Burgers surrounded by hundreds of boats attending a strange boat-in only concert in Northern Mississippi

Rooster's Dogs & Burgers surrounded by hundreds of boats attending…

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Shantyboat out of place at the Grand Harbor on Pickwick Lake

Shantyboat out of place at the grand Harbor on Pickwick…

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Shantyboat in high seas on the Tennessee River [VIDEO]

Shantyboat in high seas on the Tennessee River

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Hazel got scalded when an enormous yacht knocked a pot of boiling water off the stove

Hazel got scalded when an enormous yacht came by close…

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A Butch Anthony joins Jesus in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom Gallery

A Butch Anthony joins Jesus in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive…

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Captured by pirates!

Captured by pirates! Mark and Rachel board the shantyboat and…

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Tori Bailey of WZZA Soul Radio

We very nearly interviewed Tori Bailey, possibly the busiest person…

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Anita Cobb knows her family history going back before emancipation

Interview with Anita Cobb, who knows her detailed family history…

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Robert Francil, 4th generation fisherman

Interview with Robert Francil, 4th generation Florence commercial fisherman

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Looking for a used mandolin

Hey Florence friends: Adrian is looking for a used mandolin…

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Emma Lee Dean-Dykes Troup, openly trans woman in small town Alabama

Interview with Emma Lee Dean-Dyke Troup, openly trans woman in…

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Bob Perry, Chickasaw elder and Annie Perry, knowledgable about the history of the area

Interview with Bob & Annie Perry at Tuscumbia Landing. Bob…

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An interview with artist Butch Anthony literally sitting in Cypress Creek [AUDIO]

An interview with artist Butch Anthony literally sitting in Cypress…

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The Annie out of Lake Wheeler comes to visit us

The Annie out of Lake Wheeler comes to visit us…

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Robert Francil known locally as the fish guy

Robert Francil known locally as the fish guy. The sign…

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Shantyboat Dotty near the Old Railroad Bridge in Florence AL

Shantyboat Dotty near the Old Railroad Bridge in Florence AL.…

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Wes Modes at Secret History gallery talk

Wes Modes at Secret History gallery talk. Photo by @christi.britten

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Full house at the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Secret History gallery talk

Full house at the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Secret…

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Kathryn Boyd Rice, 94, regaled us with stories of life in Sheffield AL

Kathryn Boyd Rice, 94, regaled us with stories of life…

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Susan Stewart’s grandpa was chief clerk on a packet boat around 1910

Susan Stewart's grandpa was chief clerk on a packet boat…

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In a land of mostly dry fountains, Florence got it going on

In a land where the previous generations' civic hardscaping have…

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Care package from home!

Care package from back home! Thanks, Benzy @communistlesbiandiscoparty

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Tennessee River trash pouring out of the mouth of Sweetwater Creek

Tennessee River covered in trash ironically pouring out of the…

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Tiny tiny shantyboat 93 feet down at the bottom of Wilson Lock and Dam

Tiny tiny shantyboat 93 feet down at the bottom of…

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Cara introduced me to the concept of Meat and Two

Cara introduced me to the concept of Meat and 2.…

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When we boated up a creek to this little town, you’ll never believe what happened.

We boated up a creek as close to a nearby…

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Waiting for the crowds to subside, cocktail hour and dominos with Jeremiah

Waiting for the crowds to subside, cocktail hour and dominos…

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In the far away land of Alabama there are electrical outlets in public places

In the far away land of Alabama there are electrical…

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We thought we might fit under the train bridge at Decatur AL [VIDEO]

Train bridge Decatur AL. We thought at first we might…

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Passing the time with the song game on the way to Decatur

Passing the time with the song game on the way…

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Cocktail hour! Next on the Shantyboat Guys! [VIDEO]

Cocktail hour! Next on the Shantyboat Guys with @dudicusmaximus

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Thanks to Ditto Landing for hosting us in Huntsville

Thanks to Ditto Landing for hosting us in Huntsville, especially…

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Secret History interviewers interviewed

Secret History interviewers interviewed

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Doris Turner talked to us about her daddy who was a captain on the Guntersville and Huntsville steamboats hauling railroad cars 22 miles to Hobbs Island

Dorris Turner talked to us about her daddy who was…

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Coozies. You’re from California. You wouldn’t understand.

Coozies. You're from California. You wouldn't understand. @communistlesbiandiscoparty @slbenz

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Crazy rainstorm forces us off the river [PANORAMA]

Crazy rainstorm forces us off the river into a sheltered…

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My local service guys left out a seal and fried the gears.

The new motor we got from Jim Wade was not…

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Just your usual sunny day fishing rainstorm experience [VIDEO]

Just your usual sunny day fishing rainstorm experience

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Most epic bocce court. Ever

Most epic bocce court. Ever

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No worries. This is the lock that the US Army Corps said a decade ago could collapse due to aggregate problems and is long past its replacement date

No worries. This is the lock that the US Army…

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