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Old 05-04-2011, 03:37 PM
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Default Was This Boat The First?

Yesterday while finalizing getting the Howard Photo's on the UofL website, I came across a boat I had never heard of nor seen a picture of, the PILGRIM. In the Howard collection there are two pictures of the steel hull being built, but no picture of the completed boat. The PILGRIM was built in 1916, 200 ft. long, steel hull, as an excursion boat. Apparently it ran out of New Albany carrying excursionists to Sugar Grove which was a picnic grounds located 13 miles down river from New Albany.
In 1924 it was sold to interests in St. Louis who converted the PILGRIM to a tourist boat named HARRY G. DREES. It ran in the St. Louis/St Paul trade with occasional trips up the Tennessee River. It wasn't a success because in 1927 it was sold to interests in Tampa, Fla. and taken there where, apparently, it was an even bigger flop because by 1930 it was gone.
My question is this....was the HARRY G. DREES the first strictly tourist boat, built and operated for that purpose only?
Picture 1......the PILGRIM at Madison
Picture 2.......the HARRY G. DREES somewhere on the Upper
Picture 3........cabin to the DREES with balcony much like the CINCINNATI
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