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  • Keith Norrington
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    St. Louis Levee Scenes

    Thanks, Mike, for the information about the link on YouTube. I enjoyed viewing it and also the one entitled FLOATING RESTAURANTS THAT SINK #2, which had a number of great photos of the BECKY THATCHER (formerly the Str. MISSISSIPPI) during her St. Louis days, at Marietta and of her sad and senseless demise at Pittsburgh last year.

    My mentor and patron saint of steamboating, Miss Ruth Ferris, who was curator of the Midship Steamboat Museum aboard the BECKY THATCHER, told me that a pleasant routine of hers was to step out the museum door on the main deck and wave to the captain (usually Capt. Bill Streckfus or Capt. Bill Carroll) as the ADMIRAL steamed close to the BECKY on her approach to the Streckfus wharfboat to conclude her daily excursion. Ruth often took movies of river traffic from the BECKY and it's probable that there's something of the ADMIRAL in the Ruth Ferris Collection of River Life and Lore at the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

    Besides the Pott Waterways Library of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the Missouri Historical Society and St. Louis television stations all have extensive archives of film footage. Given the fact that the boat operated at St. Louis for 40 years, I'm sure that there is film of the ADMIRAL (underway) available in these places, not to mention that there likely are numerous people who rode the boat that took home movies of the big silver boat. I'll bet a published letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch seeking ADMIRAL film would turn up something, somehow, somewhere! Meanwhile, the Post-Dispatch has published a book entitled Rollin' on the River, loaded with photos and memorabilia of the S.S. ADMIRAL. The book is available from the newspaper website and on Ebay for $19.95 plus shipping.

    Thanks again Mike!

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  • Mike Marty
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    Go to youtube and search riverboat admiral and you'll find a video titled Scenes from St. Louis Riverfront 1969. It's poor quality, only lasts a few seconds, and doesn't show the boat moving but moored at the dock. You also get a brief glimpse of the Goldenrod and the Becky Thatcher.

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  • Lexie Palmore
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    They do exist

    Well, there's got to be something somewhere. I was watching a short on TCM, which just happened to be about St. Louis, and I'm pretty sure they showed the Admiral. The short could not have been made any later than the 50's, so she would have been under steam. There has to be more.

    Those old shorts are amusing. I just saw one about Natchez last week. It could set civil rights back 100 years. It could have been filmed 150 years ago if they had had motion pictures then.

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  • Stephen McMullen
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    Video of Admiral in its prime days?

    I wish someone somewhere could share some video of the Admiral sailing under its own power (An extra star for sailing under steam!). I have looked everywhere and there is nothing. Hard to believe that this wonderful vessel has passed from existence with no video left behind.


    Anyone????

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  • Steve Huffman
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    Yesterday's Madison newspaper said the CVB had rejected the idea of acquiring Jeffersonville's current cityfront barge at scrap value (stated as being $125K-$150K). It apparently needs too much repair work to make it seaworthy.

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  • Judy Patsch
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    The big blue whale

    I just can't see that monstrosity cluttering up the Jeffersonville waterfront - the barge they now have seems to be proportionately correct for that venue.

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  • Dan Lewis
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    Remnants of the Admiral landing

    Here's a shot of the Admiral's landing as it sits at Jeffboat. It arrived last week.
    Attached Files

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  • Jeffrey Williams
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    Admiral videos - from it's final departure

    Don't know if anyone has seen these stories, but thought I'd share it in case you haven't. Interesting stories. This one This one. And this one.

    These videos were on KSDK TV last month when she moved.

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  • Danny Daugherty
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    Admiral book

    The local St. Louis newspaper the Post Dispatch has a sale on books including the one they did on the Admiral. It is grouped together with 4 other books for $25, or by itself for I think $17.95. Here is the link:


    Book Bundle A

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  • Stephen McMullen
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    Still Visible for a little while

    If you go to Cliff Cave Park off Telegraph in South St. Louis County you can
    still see the the remains of a big silver steamboat * tied up across the river at Luhr Bros. I was surprised at how easy it was to see it.


    * I refuse to call it the Admiral anymore, after it has been raped and plundered. I looked at some of the pictures of the inside after it had
    been torn down and saw a white 6-panel door! A 6-panel door in that 71 year old hulk. After 6 Flags and the casino got ahold of it it was definitely ruined for good.

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  • Keith Norrington
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    ADMIRAL photos

    Wesley,

    Probably the best way to see ALL of the photos and articles from the past week or so is to first go to St. Louis Sports, News, Jobs, Classifieds, Entertainment & Weather and then type ADMIRAL into the search box. Scroll down and there are numerous images and articles -- and even some videos of the boat being towed away from the St. Louis riverfront.

    Hope this helps!

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  • Wesley Paulson
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    Admiral Photos

    I checked the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website and there are numerous, and very sad, images of the ADMIRAL being torn apart at Columbia, Illinois. They certainly have wasted no time in dismantling her. According to the news accounts, it still remains to be seen as to what will be done with the ALBATROSS hull.

    Keith,

    Can you post a link to the photos?

    Thanks,

    Wesley

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  • Keith Norrington
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    ADMIRAL in Waterways Journal

    The July 25th issue of The Waterways Journal just arrived and contains a lengthy editorial and another article, with a color picture, concerning the final journey of the ADMIRAL. Capt. Alan Bates' old boat column in this issue of the WJ is a most interesting photo and historical account of the Streckfus steamer SAINT PAUL/SENATOR.

    I checked the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website and there are numerous, and very sad, images of the ADMIRAL being torn apart at Columbia, Illinois. They certainly have wasted no time in dismantling her. According to the news accounts, it still remains to be seen as to what will be done with the ALBATROSS hull.

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  • Stephen McMullen
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    Caterpillar Diesels

    >>>Michael Luhr used the appropriate four short blast "whistle" signals<<<

    That they did....that they did do<<<<<

    You know, I would have sworn that the engines were caterpillars too.....until I visited a man who worked for Cummins (then retired) and claimed their company sold them to Streckfus. Also, he claimed that Cummins had to come back out and remove the engines because of non-payment. Other than what he told he, I cannot validate any of this information. He died a couple of months ago.

    Not that it really matters anymore. It's gone....and this time forever.
    Last edited by Stephen McMullen; 07-27-2011, 08:37 AM. Reason: Addition

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  • Jim Blum
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    In the interest of historical accuracy the M/V Michael Luhr used the appropriate four short blast "whistle" signals albeit by airhorn for departing the Theater Barge and then backing down through the Missouri span of the Eads Bridge.

    The Diesel Engines installed on the Admiral to replace steam were Caterpillar products. [The diesel engines installed in the President were General Motors products].

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