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Judy Patsch 10-28-2009 01:08 PM

"boat" for sale
 
[url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MISSISSIPPI-RIVER-BOAT-ST-LOUIS-LANDMARK-CASINO_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQha[/url]
This is the former BELLE ANGELINE, a restaurant barge in St. Louis and then later the BELLE OF NIGHT over on the Illinois, in Havana I think.

Keith Norrington 10-28-2009 01:44 PM

I'd nearly forgotten about the BELLE ANGELINE pseudo-sidewheeler restaurant which appeared on the St. Louis waterfront in the late 1970's. Had a nice lunch aboard with Ruth Ferris and Capt. Lexie Palmore during a DQ stop. I recall that Ruth was VERY pleased with the make-it-yourself-sundae bar!

Hope the "boat" finds a new home, but there are many such vessels "homeless" at the moment -- and several of them are HISTORIC, AUTHENTIC riverboats.

Shipyard Sam 10-28-2009 04:13 PM

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The BA was at Players Casino, Metropolis, for a while, and if you want her you can have her.

My perspective of most any boat, or "boats", is from the operational side, and I wouldn't have it any other way, but..... when I think of the BELLE ANGELINE, I remember most the sewage tank constantly overflowing and wading in the stinking mess to get the system straightened-out and back on line. Don't ask where the foot and a half of black water in the basement went. And then there was the time we were restacking hundreds, if not a thousand, concrete blocks down in the bilge, to reballast the BELLE. My fingers still ache with the memory.

Perhaps because the BA wasn't a "real" boat was why I did never [I]bonded[/I] with it, but the very name brings a chill to the air, although there was a very pleasant atmosphere inside the dining and bar facilities, and our specialty hamburger, the "Murphy Burger", named for the Great and Late Captain Ken Murphy, was only matched by the "Rudy Burger", the specialty of the house at the Kuttawa Marina on Barkley Lake where small green turtles float on the surface of the lake begging for offerings of bread and grilled beef.

Keith Norrington 10-29-2009 07:03 AM

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Here are a few photos of the boxy, built-on-a-barge BELLE ANGELINE during her days as a restaurant on the St. Louis waterfront.

(1) BELLE ANGELINE, GOLDENROD SHOWBOAT & ADMIRAL - from HUCK FINN - November, 1989.
(2) BELLE ANGELINE at night - 1978
(3) BELLE ANGELINE - closed and deteriorating - May, 1987.

Judy Patsch 10-29-2009 08:06 AM

BA/GCG
 
The BELLE's location was practically over the remains of the RIVER QUEEN, aka GORDON C. GREENE


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