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Judy Patsch 08-27-2009 09:43 PM

GOLDENROD showboat pix ...etc.
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Here are some pictures taken from the SPIRIT OF PEORIA last Sunday as we passed the GOLDENROD showboat. As I mentioned in another thread, she has been moved above the town about 2 miles (mile 34). The first pix shows the terrain and surroundings, should anyone be inclined to search her out. She was moved due to lack of payment of docking fees during this battle over ownership. It appears she is not affixed to anything other than trees, certainly no landing barge is there.

Judy Patsch 08-27-2009 11:46 PM

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Just a couple of miles downriver from the GOLDENROD is the M/V AMERICA, a 8,500 hp towboat. The plans have been for a restaurant, and although painting and other work has been done, it has yet to open up. Its thought that the owners are living aboard, so at least it is being used in some capacity. Note the large screened-in area aft of the stacks, most likely an outdoor dining area or bar. That is Matt Dow in the third shot, taking one of his 1000 pictures this trip.

Judy Patsch 08-28-2009 12:04 AM

Lt. Lee, admiral, casino queen
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3 more boats as viewed on Monday from the SPIRIT OF PEORIA:
1) the restaurant barge LT. ROBERT E. LEE, moored above Mullanphy Street in St. Louis
2) the late great ADMIRAL, in its sad casino state. News today was that the owners will not be allowed to automatically transfer her gaming license to a new barge, so if they want to assure themselves of the license, they'll have to keep her and maintain her...
3) the former gambling boat at East St. Louis. It is a two-piece unit, the power being in the rear section, the last third of the boat. This is one of four, I believe, built in this manner for gambling: the PRESIDENT IV,(or whatever number it was) for Mississippi, the BELLE OF ST. LOUIS/DIAMOND JO in Dubuque, this CASINO QUEEN, and one other which slips my mind now. She reposes in Mike's Shipyard in Wood River, where the PRESIDENT and AMERICAN QUEEN previously resided. Those are Marquette Transportation towboats fleeted with her.

Matthew Dow 08-28-2009 12:19 AM

Judy, it was more like 1,200 :). I'll get some up here when I get the chance

Lexie Palmore 08-31-2009 12:27 PM

Are we talking about the same America that you said on another post was 10,500 hp? Just to prove that I am not losing all my marbles, I balked at both and confirmed that the hp was 9000, unless it was repowered sometime since the 1970's. Now I'm glad I didn't throw away all those old Inland River Records.

Judy Patsch 08-31-2009 12:48 PM

Your marbles are intact.... I had originally posted 10,500 without checking it. Keith corrected me to 8500, so I edited my posting. Now as to the 8500 vs. 9000 rating, I don't know.
What is the boat with the most hp still running today?

Judy Patsch 08-31-2009 12:53 PM

Riverboat Casino sale ad
I just noticed the Riverboat Casino for sale ad on the .org page and clicked to it. That is the landing barge which is idling just below the garishly painted casino boat and Spirit of America barge in Alton. Does anyone know where it was used originally?
[url=]Waterfront Ventures-River Boat Casino for Sale[/url]

Darin Schuld 09-01-2009 10:26 AM

Judy, I believe that this was the landing barge for the original Alton casino, which was replaced by the "colorful" one that is there today. For a few years, after being replaced, the barge sat, unused, down at Wood River. Someone tried to make a go at a restaurant/banquet center recently. Apparently, that has not worked out.

Lexie Palmore 09-01-2009 12:03 PM

It's 9000 according to the 1978 Inland River Record, which is what I remember. I don't know if any of the 10,500's are still running or have all been repowered and renamed, so who knows. There has long been a tendency to lower horsepower, slower rpm engines, fuel economy, and letting the river provide most of the downstream motion, sort of reverting back to the old days. Ax Bob Reynolds. He prolly knows.

Keith Norrington 09-01-2009 12:16 PM

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My information came from the 1958 christening booklet for the M/V UNITED STATES, several fancy brochures from Federal Barge Lines and a file folder of clipped articles and St. Louis Ship advertisements from [I]The Waterways Journal[/I]. The UNITED STATES came out in 1958 and the AMERICA in 1959. At the time both towboats were touted as being the most powerful on the river. Since the AMERICA came out last, was her HP increased? When were the boats retired? I think my "youngest" Inland River Record is for 1969!

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