[Chicago Slices raw: Wendella Boat Captain]

WENDELLA BOAT CAPTAIN: JOSEPH O'NEILL, Captain of the Sunliner, on Chicago River, through the LOCK, into Lake Michigan. Skyline shots, interview.

00:00Copy video clip URL This footage continues from the end of tape 14048. The Wendella Sunliner pulls away from the dock.

00:35Copy video clip URL The Wendella pulls back into the dock.

01:06Copy video clip URL The Wendella crew puts down gangplank, passengers disembark.

01:39Copy video clip URL In the wheelhouse with Captain Joe O’Neill outlining where the boat trip will take them today. Talks a bit about how long he has been captain. The boat gets under way.

03:40Copy video clip URL Footage follows the captain driving the boat and giving audio tour of Chicago architecture.

05:16Copy video clip URL The captain talks about how he learned the history of Chicago architecture.

05:56Copy video clip URL Interview question: How many tours do you give a day? (Five to nine tours.) Captain O’Neill continues his tour.

06:35Copy video clip URL Interview question: Any interesting things happen? Captain talks about driving in storms. He continues his tour of architecture as videographer shoots views of the city from the river.

10:50Copy video clip URL As they approach the lock captain talks about what to expect in the lock, answers various questions about being captain, the threats of various weather conditions, gives stats about Lake Michigan, and continues giving his audio tour to the passengers.

14:30Copy video clip URL B-roll of the wheelhouse controls, captain talking about how the lock works, that it’s a war zone on weekends filled with drunk recreational boaters. He talks about the dangers and problems the lock faces, tells of close calls with recreation boaters.

17:38Copy video clip URL Boat continues waiting for the lock to open. Captain describes various radios in wheelhouse. Interview question: What are the biggest problems a captain deals with?

19:31Copy video clip URL The captain speaks about the authorities who take care of the lock, mentions the lock has been closed all week.

21:09Copy video clip URL B-roll of control dials in wheelhouse. The captain describes how the lock works.

22:08Copy video clip URL B-roll of the Chicago skyline, b-roll of various boats emerging from the lock.

23:13Copy video clip URL B-roll of wheelhouse interior and various passing boats.

23:45Copy video clip URL The Wendella heads through the lock.

24:24Copy video clip URL Interview question: Have any famous people been on board? (Norman Fell, David Letterman, Alice Cooper, Danny Bonaduce). The captain explains to the passengers the lock procedures and stats.

27:08Copy video clip URL Various b-roll shots of captain in wheelhouse, various boaters, shots of the lock opening and filling with lake water – about one million gallons.

29:11Copy video clip URL Interview question: What kind of weather do you not go out in? Captain tells stories of bad weather trips.

30:35Copy video clip URL The Wendella starts through the lock into Lake Michigan.

31:40Copy video clip URL The captain continues his audio tour, facts and stats about Lake Michigan, various b-roll illustrating the captain’s remarks, shots of various boaters. The captain talks about where the boat is allowed to go on the lake.

34:24Copy video clip URL View of Chicago skyline from the lake as the captain continues his audio tour.

36:17Copy video clip URL Interview questions: What’s your favorite part of the job? When/how did you decide to be a ship’s captain? The captain tells the sequence of events that lead to him becoming captain.

39:14Copy video clip URL Interview question: What’s the most important thing a captain must do? (Stay alert.)

40:15Copy video clip URL Interview questions: How fast does the boat travel? Is it well maintained? The captain discusses how the boat is maintained yearly and the safety measures on the boat.

42:38Copy video clip URL The captain talks about the demographics of his passengers: people from out of state and other countries.

44:07Copy video clip URL Captain talks more about his personal journey towards becoming a captain, various chit chat.

44:48Copy video clip URL Interview question: Is every trip different?

46:02Copy video clip URL B-roll of captain driving the boat, views of the lake and city skyline.

47:38Copy video clip URL Captain continues giving audio tour, views of the skyline at sunset.

51:23Copy video clip URL Interview question: What’s your favorite building in Chicago? Do you like Chicago?

51:51Copy video clip URL Continue b-roll of the skyline as seen from the wheelhouse.

52:30Copy video clip URL Captain talks of his love for the job.

53:25Copy video clip URL Interview question: What personal qualities does a captain need?

56:33Copy video clip URL The boat prepares to re-enter the lock; b-roll of the skyline.

57:21Copy video clip URL Shots of kids on the boat.

58:26Copy video clip URL The boat enters the lock; various b-roll and chit chat.

59:36Copy video clip URL END TAPE.

 

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