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    SS ADMIRAL dismantling

    Here is the article which appeared in the QC Times yesterday. The picture wasn't online so I snapped it and added it below. The photo credit is to Steve Nagy of the Belleville News-Democrat. Belleville is across the river in Illinois.
    Century-old St. Louis riverboat being scrapped
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    Admiral pics

    Here are several more photos from 6/15. I heard that the boat is still going to be dismantled in Alton after 4th deck removal.
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      A few more Admiral pics from the 15th. Notice that the 4th deck is being removed.
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        Dismantling at dock

        I suppose they figure they might as well remove as much as possible here, since she can't get under the bridges as is, and it doesn't look like the river is going down anytime soon. The more they remove, the sooner it can be towed up to Alton. The landing barge has been sold to Jeffersonville, so that needs to be taken out of there soon in order to be made ready for that journey and new life.


          Admiral departed from above the MLK bridge this morning about 10:45am with the towboat backing through the MLK and Eads bridges and then was turned out at the foot of Washington Ave which was, of course, where it was landed throughout it's cruising days and also where it always turned out to heas south. The destination is Columbia, IL, which IIRC is about where admiral made it's turn to normally head back on night cruises. Guess the end is finally here!!



            Is there a scrap yard/service there? She's obviously too big to be scuttled like the remains of the SENATOR....


              According to local TV, Admiral is going to a construction company at Columbia. Presumably they also do not such nice things to boats.


                My father-in-law, Irv Shrake, passed this along to me in an email ealier today. I could not see the source of his info., so copied and pasted it into this post.

                Vmix : Raw Video: Admiral leaves the St. Louis Riverfront

                UPDATED at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday
                ST. LOUIS • The Admiral pulled away from the St. Louis Riverfront late Tuesday morning and is heading south to Columbia, Ill.

                Towboats were on either end of the Admiral as it began its journey. It is supposed to arrive in Columbia by the end of the day. There, the remaining parts of the boat's superstructure will be dismantled for recycling.

                About 10 people were watching the workers with Luhr Bros., the towboat company that is handling the removal. The small crowd included a couple that dated on the Admiral, starting in 1956. They had fond memories of the boat.

                Jim Rodgers, 77, of St. Louis County, is a retired Monsanto chemical engineer. He and his wife, Patti Rodgers, 73, met on a blind date in the 1950s when he was in Air Force flight school in Malden, Mo.

                Every other weekend, he would drive to St. Louis from Malden and they would go on the Admiral. They said it was romantic to be on the top deck.

                "It was a big deal to go on the Admiral," Patti Rodgers said.

                EARLIER STORY


                Get ready to wave goodbye to the Admiral.

                The old excursion boat last used as a casino is scheduled to leave the St. Louis riverfront Tuesday morning. St. Louis Marine, which bought the Admiral last year from Pinnacle Entertainment, plans to take the boat down the Mississippi to the Columbia, Ill., area.

                Bill Kline, St. Louis Marine's spokesman, says work will begin at about 9 a.m. tomorrow to remove the Admiral from its mooring just north of the Eads Bridge. The river level has dropped enough in recent days to allow the Admiral--its top deck already removed--to clear the old bridge.

                Three towboats will take the Admiral to Columbia, where the remaining parts of the boat's superstructure will be dismantled for recycling. Kline says a decision has yet to be made on what to do with the Admiral's hull.

                Hull weakness discovered by the Coast Guard in 1979 led to the Admiral's banishment from cruising the river. Streckfus Steamers, which had put a million-dollar Art Deco steel skin on the Admiral in 1940, sold the boat in 1981 to a Pittsburgh businessman who removed its diesel engines and announced a plan to move the boat there. He later sold the Admiral to interests in St. Louis, where it reopened in 1987 as an entertainment center managed by Six Flags Corp. It flopped.

                Refashioned as the President Casino in 1994, the Admiral was again busy for a few years. A dispute in 2010 between Pinnacle and Missouri gaming officials over the President's declining revenue led to the company's decision to surrender the casino's state license, remove the gaming equipment and sell the Admiral to St. Louis Marine.

                And now, stripped of all artifacts of its cruising and gambling days, the Admiral is almost gone for good.


                  Luhr Brothers

                  Luhr Bros. construction company is a company that specializes in river construction work -- revetments, dikes, etc. They own towboats, dredges, rock barges, cranes, earth moving equipment, etc. and have a small shipyard operation at Columbia, IL about 3 miles below the Jefferson Barracks (JB) Bridge on the Illinois side. They do work all over the inland waterways system and have been responsible for transferring a good bit of Missouri and Illinois to Louisiana.


                    Adieu to the ADMIRAL

                    Thanks to all for the inevitable sad news and images concerning the final journey today of the ADMIRAL. Many of us "elders" on this board have enjoyed riding "the big silver boat" on both daytime and moonlight cruises when she was still a steam sidewheeler. It was a unique thrill to roam the lengthy decks, hear the blasts of the 4 barrel whistle (from the Streckfus Str. J.S. Deluxe) and the steamy tunes reverberating around the riverfront from the calliope, formerly on the Streckfus Str. CAPITOL. Also awesome was watching the huge dancefloor moving up and down (often seeming to keep time with the orchestra!) as the giant vessel, usually with a capacity crowd of 4,000 aboard, cruised up and down the Mississippi.

                    Just last week I had visitors at the museum, a delightful couple from St. Louis, who told me that their first date was aboard the ADMIRAL in the 1950's. Although not steamboat fanatics, they, like many of us, are mourning the loss of the unique excursion steamboat that was long an icon of St. Louis and will always occupy a prominent place in river history.

                    Farewell Steamer ADMIRAL.


                      Definitely a sad day in the Gateway to the West. Approx. 100 degrees. St Louis Gage 25.2F

                      She was turned loose at 1116 and completely tied off approx 1500. The M/V Michael Luhr faced up to her stern and dropped her down thru the Missouri span of the Eads Bridge, left drift run out then nosed alongside a Luhr Bros. spud barge to let drift more run then rounded her up and went downriver--directly under the center of the center span of MacArthur & Poplar St. Bridges and later JB Bridges.

                      The man behind the sticks of the Michael Luhr could not see over the top of the BSB and was being relayed instructions from the roof of the towboat. Excellent boat handlers.

                      The owner will continue demo. at Columbia, IL, which I suspect, will proceed rather rapidly.


                        Here's a TV video of the move

                        Admiral move prompts moving safety zone |


                          Emotional day for a lot of St. Louisans, including me. Here are a couple of pics taken from the Eads Bridge.
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                            Her last trip

                            Forget about the upper deck carnage, and she could have been going out on her 6 hour excursion! Thanks for being there and sharing with us.


                              Poignant Pictures

                              Thanks very much, Mike, for sharing those sad, but poignant, pictures of the ADMIRAL. Watching the videos from St. Louis television stations of her final journey was truly heart wrenching. How appropriate that, one final time, she was turned around at the foot of Washington Avenue, her longtime landing place, and then headed gracefully downriver as she had done literally thousands of times on her excursions during the four decades that she was the pride of Streckfus Steamers.

                              Image: ADMIRAL departing from the St. Louis Levee - 1961.
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