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Date: January 13, 2003 at 16:33:44
From: Gordon C Greene, [proxy.rendigs.com]
Subject: Re: FOUND! The Gordon C. Greene!


Well since the name 's the same , I figured I better add a bit. First, I wasnt named after the boat and it wasnt named after me. Both were after my Grand Father. Fact is the Cape Girardeau was purchased by my Dad in June 1935, and the name was changed to the GCG about then. I came along in Aug 1935 so the Gordon predated me. As a matter of interest , I have copies of the corporate papers resolving the decision to buy the boat etc -- she was bought for $50 K -- actually more than the DQ in 1946 -- so she was something of a "big ticket " item !
Any way I had some photos of the sunken remains but havent located them lately. Also there was some litigation over the sinking. I believe the insurance people werent anxious to pay for the loss since the boat sank very suddenly under less than explanable circumstances. I had some business with one of the lawyers from St Louis who had been involved in that litigation. Elmer Goldstein I believe. The case was finally rsolved.
I believe the GCG was abandoned after she sank with no attempt at salvage. And that is where she sits until unearthed just now. WOW. The Mississippi finally gave her up in part after probably 30 years. But still has her.Lots of my formative life on that boat. The river seems to keep us all in one way or another! Cheers


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