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Captain Steers Christmas Parade Through Sistersville

By Staff | Dec 2, 2015

Capt. Herman Hause, who steers the ferry boat, will serve as the parade marshal for Sistersville’s annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. Friday through downtown. Photo by Miles Layton

Capt. Herman Hause will serve as marshal for Sistersville’s Christmas parade.

“It was a surprise when I got a call asking me to do it,” he said.

Organized by the Sistersville Chamber of Commerce, line-up for Friday’s parade through downtown begins at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Drive by the ferry boat landing. The annual parade starts at 7 p.m. and will feature anything from fire trucks to beauty queens.

This year’s theme is “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas” Any children who might want some candy or who are interested in talking the big man Santa Clause should make plans to attend the parade.

“I think we will have a good parade this year, especially if the weather holds,” said Barbara Vincent, a key organizer for the parade.

Hause is captain of City of Sistersville II, the ferry that crosses the Ohio River much of the year.

“It is an honor to be asked to do it. I feel privileged,” said Hause, who has been ferry captain since July 2012.

Hause’s rank was chief boatswain before he retired after nearly 30 years from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011. During his time at sea, Hause was responsible for steering ships and navigation, among other duties. He said no matter how many times he crosses the Ohio River between the landing sites, the trip is never the same a point that he attributes to among other reasons, the river’s current and weather conditions. For nearly 200 years, the ferry has served as link between the Mountain State and Ohio.

“I meet a lot of people on the ferry,” Hause said.

Hause, 52, said he grew up on the New Jersey coast and joined the Coast Guard when he was 19 years old. His wife, Sue, is originally from St. Marys, which is how a New Jersey boy who has sailed all over the world knows about Tyler County. In recent weeks, the couple moved to Sistersville to be closer to family.

“I like it up here. The people are very nice,” said Hause, who retired in 2011 from the U.S. Coast Guard.

For more information about participating in the parade, contact Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939 or Carmen Silliman at 304-652-2392.