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Old 09-20-2006, 07:10 AM
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Location: On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky
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Default Take the BECKY (MISSISSIPPI) "home" to Vicksburg!

P.S. I'm still hoping that a possible NEW home for the BECKY THATCHER might be in returning her to her OLD home on the Lower Mississippi, where a new LMR interpretive center and museum are in the design stages at Vicksburg and which will include the M/V MISSISSIPPI IV, which succeeded the current BECKY in 1961. The Corps of Engineers museum might as well include their old steamboat (which was the inspection boat for the Mississippi River Commission) and they can then show the evolution of steam to diesel power on the river! Anybody listening down Vicksburg way??????????

In 1974 when the BECKY was for sale after having been foreclosed upon by the bank at St. Louis, the Corps considered buying her to use as a display vessel during the nation's bicentennial year in 1976, with the plan being to tow her from town to town along the rivers. The idea was that people could tour the boat and view educational displays of river history as well as learning about river improvement projects. By the time this was proposed, the Ohio Showboat Drama group had already signed the papers and bought the BECKY. So the Corps authorized the about-to-be decommissioned Missouri River inspection boat SERGEANT FLOYD instead and her final assignment was towing a display barge up and down the inland rivers and intercoastal waterways for 18 months. The FLOYD, by the way, is a Howard built boat and the brass caps on her bitts contain plates with the year and location of her building at Jeffersonville in 1932. Sergeant Charles Floyd was the only person to die on the Lewis & Clark expedition. Following her farewell tour, the FLOYD became a tourist attraction on the St. Louis waterfront until being sold in 1983. Today the vessel is "high and dry" at Sioux City, Iowa, in use as a beautifully maintained visitor center and river museum, containing fine Missouri River steamboat models and other exhibits.

Last edited by Keith Norrington; 09-21-2006 at 07:07 AM.
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