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    The BECKY departs Marietta

    The Marietta Times reports that the BECKY THATCHER departed for Pittsburgh shortly after 11:00 this morning. Accompanying photos show the Harmar Bridge being turned and the BECKY (with her stack tops removed and lying on the roof) being pushed out of the Muskingum into the Ohio. More is to follow in tomorrow's edition.

    Bon Voyage Becky!

    Click on Becky Thatcher leaves town - MariettaTimes.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Marietta Times

    BECKY Photos from Years Gone By:
    (1) Harmar Bridge and stern of Becky - September 13, 1980.
    (2) A view across the Muskingum - 1992
    (3) TWO grand ladies of the river - squint your eyes and you'll see the DELTA QUEEN in the distance, out in the Ohio, preparing to land at Marietta with calliope heralding her arrival.
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    #2
    The BECKY is well on her way to Pittsburgh and there are MANY photos of the moving operation on the website of The Marietta Times. Some of the pictures are available for purchase in various sizes. To view todays account of the boat's move out of the Muskingum click on Bye, bye Becky: Showboat escorted out of Marietta, bound for its new home in Pittsburgh - MariettaTimes.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Marietta Times

    A few more photos from my memories of BECKY album:

    (1) Noted river photograher Allen Hess on Becky roof - September, 1975, during open house on boat during S&D weekend.
    (2) Keith on Becky's capstan - St. Louis - September, 1973.
    (3) St. Louis riverfront from helicopter - 1967 - left to right, ADMIRAL, GOLDENROD SHOWBOAT, BECKY THATCHER, HUCK FINN wharfboat, MISSISSIPPI BELLE & DELTA QUEEN.
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      #3
      More BECKY pix

      Here are 3 pictures I took during S&D weekends. The first two were in 1979. That is Ruth Ferris and Keith in front of the BECKY. The third picture was taken from the Harmar Bridge in 1988 or so.
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        #4
        And even MORE pix of the BECKY during her 34 year sojourn at Marietta....

        (1) Stern view from Harmar Bridge
        (2) Keith on Harmar Bridge with BECKY in background - September 11, 1976.
        (3) At her Muskingum River landing.
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          #5
          Becky Thatcher Departs Marietta

          The Becky Thatcher cleared the swing span of the Harmar bridge in tow of the Sarah E. Neale shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday. It was pretty hard for me to find a parking spot in the city since quite a few came out to watch the move, and I barely got there in time to see her drop down through the bridge.

          The Amber Brittany was originally slated to do the move all by herself, but the Sarah was called in to assist due to to being shorter and a bit lighter than the Brittany.

          After getting the Thatcher out into the Ohio, she was held there by the Sarah for the Brittany to come alongside with a loaded sand barge in tow. After the Thatcher was made up alongside and the southbound traffic cleared, she was officially on her way to Pittsburgh.

          For those wanting to see some photos of yesterday's move, I've posted up a few on Flickr for everyone to view:
          Becky Thatcher Departs Marietta

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            #6
            These are excellent photos! For those who don't know, C.R. Neale is a youthful towboat captain who is good at photography and towing. His family has a harbor and fleeting service on the upper Ohio River. I think C.R. said his dad had towed the Becky to her dock when she came to Marietta all those years ago, and Wednesday he was the same captain towing her back out!

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              #7
              How and by what means was the former B & 0 Railroad bridge opened and does anyone have any photos of that operation they could post?

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                #8
                Thanks very much for sharing those EXCELLENT photos! I dug into my voluminous files on the BECKY last night and dredged up lots of newspaper clippings pertaining to her move from St. Louis to Marietta in August of 1975 -- 34 years ago - good grief! I think she was towed by the M/V LOUISIANA of M/G Transport at that time, at least for part of the trip. She was tied up near Parkersburg, in a fleeting area, until the old Harmar bridge could be opened to allow crews to remove some old lock gates on the property along the Muskingum where the BECKY was moored at the site of Lock #1.

                Also, I had forgotten about all the legal battles and other obstacles that had to be dealt with and overcome in getting the BECKY out of the St. Louis harbor. I'm pleased that THIS move has been well documented on film -- I have seen only ONE picture of the 1975 move and that was a photo of her passing through the Cannelton Lock. She passed Louisville in darkness or I would have been clicking my camera!

                The BECKY will always have a special place in my heart, due to my longtime association and friendship with Ruth Ferris, who was designer and curator of the wonderful Midship Museum on the main deck. I also enjoyed a lengthy friendship with the late Mrs. Theo Cook, a dear, southern lady whose husband, Capt. David M. Cook, was the longtime master of the Str. MISSISIPPI. So it was always most memorable and meaningful for me to visit the boat and to prowl around the decks, at St. Louis, and at Marietta after her relocation. The first time I was aboard the boat at St, Louis, EVERYTHING was still intact from the engine room to the pilothouse -- even dishes still in the cabinets from her operating days for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Now, she's virtually just a "shell", but still a vestige of a grand old steamboat!
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                  #9
                  BECKY photos

                  Thank you for those photos and the 'inside' scoop on how the departure transpired. The BECKY certainly looks different without the red and blue trim.

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                    #10
                    opening the Harmar bridge

                    Originally posted by Jim Blum View Post
                    How and by what means was the former B & 0 Railroad bridge opened and does anyone have any photos of that operation they could post?
                    There were some pictures and an explanation of the operation in the Times article. Franz has that on his blog and its in one of Keith's postings too. It looks like it took about a dozen people to get it cranked open.

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                      #11
                      Becky thatcher steamboat

                      Why do all the good old steamoats/classic ships get scrapped or sinks or something like tthat its stupid....... Sorry for my rubish writing but i am not american/english. But i still wish visiting usa.

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                        #12
                        Becky Thatcher Riverboat

                        Johnathon The Becky Thatcher built in 1926 retired 1961 used by the Army Corp of Engineers and as a restaurant started taking on water on Feb 19 2010 and became partially submerged. It was docked at Neville Island Pa.The owner at that time was Jeffery Nivens. It was a 3 story boat an was mostly submerged leaving third floor open an only part of 2nd floor an from pictures I have seen not much of the first floor. They had recently had a huge snowstorm in the area an think that might have contributed to the sinking plus the boats age. Mr. Nivens determined the boat would not be salavageable an decided to scrap it thus ending a long an varied career of the riverboat. Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fla PS Check out Keith Norringtons REQUEIM FOR THE BECKY

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