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Alan Bates 01-19-2007 04:04 AM

Charles F. Richardson
 
Pete Serodino sent me to examine the hulk of the Charles F. Richardson at the MVBL Landing in Cincinnati. The boat was huge. I was astonished at the WEIGHT of everything aboard. The columns supporting the boiler deck were 8" in diameter and strong enough to carry a moving locomotive. Gigantic beams carried the steel upper deck, which was of heavy steel plate. The cabin arches, loaded with Victorian flub-dub, were still in place although the stateroom bulkheads were missing. Everything was gray with dirt and age. In Way's Directory the remark is made that this was the only towboat that did nothing during WW II.
The idea was to make a restaurant/night club of it. It was towed to Serodino's for alterations, but there was so much rot, rust and corrosion they dismantled it. Instead a huge imitation sidewheeler was built and parked across from Cincinnati, where it failed.

Edward Ray 01-19-2007 02:00 PM

Allen

The name of the steamboat Charles F. "Richardson" reminded me of two other "Richardson" the Marcy and the Ellen of the West Kentucky Coal Company in Paducah, KY. As a young man I remember the "Marcy" sitting high and dry on the bank at the WKCC "barge plant. Also the Ellen was towing coal from Caseyville, KY.
Ed Ray

P.S. The "Margaret" was a small "tugboat'" which managed their coal barge fleet.

Shipyard Sam 01-19-2007 02:43 PM

The SPIRIT OF AMERICA
 
That huge imitation sidewheeler was the SPIRIT OF AMERICA. A truly elegant imitation that gave an idea of what the J.M. WHITE and other cotton queens must have looked like. What a shame the SoA did not work out for the Bernsteins. It was an awesome boat that I loved being aboard. The SPIRIT OF AMERICA ended up at Argosy Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, about 35 miles downstream from where it originated in service, as a landing boat for their casino boat until a permanent dock was built. After Argosy finished with the SoA, we heard it went to the Alton, IL area, and there is where my information stops.

[URL="http://www.serodinoinc.com/Spirit%20of%20America.html"]http://www.serodinoinc.com/Spirit%20of%20America.html[/URL]

Tom Dunn 01-19-2007 02:53 PM

Imitation sidewheeler
 
[QUOTE=Alan Bates;3314]Pete Serodino sent me to examine the hulk of the Charles F. Richardson at the MVBL Landing in Cincinnati. The boat was huge. I was astonished at the WEIGHT of everything aboard. The columns supporting the boiler deck were 8" in diameter and strong enough to carry a moving locomotive. Gigantic beams carried the steel upper deck, which was of heavy steel plate. The cabin arches, loaded with Victorian flub-dub, were still in place although the stateroom bulkheads were missing. Everything was gray with dirt and age. In Way's Directory the remark is made that this was the only towboat that did nothing during WW II.
The idea was to make a restaurant/night club of it. It was towed to Serodino's for alterations, but there was so much rot, rust and corrosion they dismantled it. Instead a huge imitation sidewheeler was built and parked across from Cincinnati, where it failed.[/QUOTE]

Hello Alan ! That huge imitation sidewheeler at Covington Landing "Spirit of America" is now the Argosy Casino in Alton Ill. painted a god ugly purple/yellow/orange.Typical of a casino. Hope all is well with you.

Bob Reynolds 01-19-2007 05:58 PM

Not only is it painted in horrible colors, but they moved the pilothouse forward of the stacks. The pilothouse was originally historically correct, and I thought the boat as originally built was pretty good-looking.

In my book, the best looking casino faux-steamboat is the one at Natchez.

Tom Schiffer 01-20-2007 09:19 AM

Who designed the "Spirit"?

Edward Ray 02-07-2007 04:12 PM

Allen

In the absent of any response to my above post about other the "Richardson" family of steamboats owned by West Kentucky Coal Company, I just ran across a photo of the Charles F. Richarson at the WilleandBuster site. To my complete surprise forward on her lower cabin was a sign "West Kentucky Coal Company." I have no ideal when the picture was taken but apparently she was in the coal trade at one time.
Regards, Ed Ray

Jim Blum 02-07-2007 07:32 PM

The last and one and only time I visiited the Argosy Casino in Alton was several years ago when Annie and I went over on a Sunday for "Sunday Brunch". The food was PLENTIFUL, quality so-so at best. Our view of the River good. The SoA painted in those god-awful colors was showing her age and relative 'ordinary' construction i.e wheelboxes covered with plywood that was in the process of delaminating. Maybe they have spiffed her up since then, I don't know. Haven't been back since.

One interesting aspect of the actual Casino Vessel itself is that the top deck is off center, maybe more correctly stated, there is no passenger seating area on the port side, only a narrow walkway for crew, stern portion open for seating. The Starboard side had space for chairs for 'passengers'.

I'm sure ALL the other Lurkers on here can give a better, more detailed and authorative description than I am able.

Alan Bates 02-08-2007 04:02 AM

I do not know who designed the Spirit of America. It was not I. Whoever did it made a nice job.
Leave it to the casino owners to foul up everything aboard! Every casion I ever entered (three) made me itch to become an arsonist.

Bill Judd 02-09-2007 12:17 PM

Spirit America design
 
The Spirit of America was designed by KZF Architects & Engineers, located here in Cincinnati. The young man assigned to be the designer haunted the Inland Rivers Library and pestered the heck out of yours truly. He did a super job. Serodino did the hull work and superstructure framing. The skeleton framing was finished out by Maescher Construction at Covington. The finished product passed an inspection with flying colors by the team consisting of Capt. Fred Way, Jr., Jeff Spear and Catherine Remley. For Capt. Ways reaction read page 18 of the September 1990 Reflector. Its worth the read.


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