Capt. Stacker Lee

When cotton shipping season began in September and rouster crews were difficult to recruit, Capt. Stacker would take his walnut cane and walk from the Beale Street landing where Lee Line boats were moored and walk up Beale Street and into the dive bars and brothels and loudly announce “indeter is coming and bellies will be empty and there will be no food for those who do not work.”  Rousters who worked on Lee Line boats knew they could find a meal on board Lee Line boats during the cold slow winter months.

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