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Date: May 06, 2003 at 08:38:18
From: Keith Norrington, [66.83.131.6.nw.nuvox.net]
Subject: Re: Goldenrod Showboat - Univ. of Minnesota's New Showboat


Ted: Indeed, those of us who remember the final days of the traveling showboat (MAJESTIC) in the 1960's would love to see another showboat on the river. With the GOLDENROD being of 1909 vintage, with a 1947 steel barge for a hull, she undoubtedly is much better off being a stationary vessel. The University of Minnesota has just built a new showboat (which meets all Coast Guard requirements) to replace the venerable steamer GEN. JOHN NEWTON (former Army Corps of Engineers sternwheeler) that was converted to showboat use in the late 1950's, and which stayed pretty much close to home in her limited travels near St. Paul. The NEWTON was drydocked two years ago to undergo a complete renovation, when a workman's torch was left on overnight and the old boat burned down to her steel hull. Another historic riverboat lost to carelessness! The University has a website for the new showboat.


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