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Old 07-14-2006, 07:48 AM
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Default Str. MONTANA - Book / Programs / Plaques

For those who have seen the very interesting television program on the steamer MONTANA, which hit the St. Charles, Missouri railroad bridge and sank in the 1880's, there's more available! Mr. Nelson O. Weber, an engineer who first explored the site of the sunken steamboat in 1967, has written a fascinating and profusely illustrated book. The book (loaded with color photos) is available for purchase directly from him, as are small plaques made of wood from the boat. For further information contact him at or at 636-677-8972. Mr. Weber is available as a program speaker and does presentations on the saga of the MONTANA. Yes, I have already prevailed upon him to be on the "River Ramblings" progam series at the Howard Steamboat Museum!

In 1970, somebody brought curator Ruth Ferris a very dilapidated wooden wheelbarrow from the MONTANA for display in her Midship Museum aboard the Str. Becky Thatcher at the St. Louis levee. The wheelbarrow was still on the boat after Ruth retired and the remaining artifacts in the museum room became "background" for the gift shop. The River Room of the Hermann, Missouri museum also has a wheelbarrow from the MONTANA, but it is not the same one that was on the BECKY, so there were at least two of them excavated from the wreckage.

In the fall of 1976 during extreme low water, amid much media coverage, the Str. BLUFF CITY (only sternwheeler of the famed Anchor Line) came out for air at Chester, Illinois. The Str. JULIA BELLE SWAIN made a stop there and the crew "obtained" a few souvenirs in the way of timbers and square spikes from the old hull (built at the Howard Shipyard) from the burned boat. At St. louis, the exposed hull of the RIVER QUEEN (ex-CAPE GIRARDEAU/GORDON C. GREENE) also was featured in newspapers across the country.

Many of us on this board have visited the remains of the RIVER QUEEN, but is there anybody else out there who has explored the "bones" of the BLUFF CITY and/or MONTANA?

Last edited by Keith Norrington; 07-14-2006 at 09:59 AM.
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