This October 20th will mark the 47th anniversary of the M/V George Prince Ferry Disaster (1976), in which at least 77 perished, and became the worst disaster of its kind in the nation’s history. The early morning of October 20, 1976 on the Mississippi River near Luling, Louisiana was clear, crisp, without haze or fog and visibility measuring around 8 miles (USCG, 1978). The George Prince Ferry, which had been moving people, their vehicles and other cargo across the river from Luling to Destrehan since the 1920s was no stranger to these waters or its passengers, many of whom relied upon the vessel to get to work every day. This trip in particular left just before daylight at around 6:10 am and was loaded with 20 cars, 8 trucks, 6 motorcycles and an unknown number of pedestrians (USCG, 1978). Being that the route normally took under 4 minutes, many passengers elected to stay in their vehicles for the short endeavor to escape the early morning cold.