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Date: January 13, 2003 at 06:10:47
From: Keith Norrington, [66.83.131.6.nw.nuvox.net]
Subject: Gordon C. Greene/River Queen


It's great to hear that Capt. Mike and his brother explored the hull of the River Queen (ex-Gordon C. Greene)along the St. Louis levee. The hull has been in the river since the boat sank in December of 1967 and could not be salvaged. The boat began life right here in the Louisville area at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1923 when the Howard's built her as the CAPE GIRARDEAU for the Eagle Packet Company of St. Louis. She remained under their ownership until 1935 when the Greene Line purchased her and renamed her GORDON C. GREENE. Retired in 1952, she became a restaurant boat at such places as Owensboro, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio, New Orleans, Hannibal, Missouri and finally at St. Louis where she sank. One of my BIG regrets is that I never got to see her, as my first trip to St. Louis came in the summer of 1968 when I was 14. Nothing was left of her by then but the hull. However, I do have a chandelier from her cabin and a few other artifacts. I have visited the hull numerous times, the most recent being on November 23rd, while in St. Louis for the memorial cruise honoring Jimmy Swift of the Waterways Journal. I stood on the hull and Judy snapped a photo. So, TECHNICALLY, I have been ABOARD the Gordon C. Greene!!!!!


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