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  • carole matthews
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    RE Mammie S Barrett

    Mammie S.Barrett Hi Jeff re you recent post. You should be applauded for your efforts. We need to restore these old icons for present an future generations.Would fundraising be of any help such as being done with the Delta Queen an Goldenrod?I cannot imagine what that would cost. That is what Atlas Media out of Burbank Calif. is attempting to do for a 5 season tv.show. Thanks for posting Carole M Pompano Beach Fla.

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  • Jeffrey Williams
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    Carole:

    I have been very well aware of the fate and efforts on the Mamie S. Barrett. Keith and I have discussed this at length over the years. I've also had a few conversations with the person who owns the land that she's been beached at. The problem, like all preservation projects here, is one of money.

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  • carole matthews
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    re Jeffrey Williams post

    Hi Jeffrey. In regards to the Mammie S Barrett several years ago Keith Norrington from Howard Steamboat Museum was looking into bringing her down to the musems grounds and possible restoration. He gave up on the idea as due to cost and insurance problems.There was a statement made some time ago the Board of Directors for the Howard does not want to pursue this any more.PERIOD. There was a smaller float made of The Belle of Louisville last fall for the big riverfest in Louiville Ky.In talking with Linda Harris the former CEO for The Belle.They transporting the float back after the festival an it crashed into a bridge an was demolished. They say there is not much of the Mammie left to restore.Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fl 33064

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  • Jeffrey Williams
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    I agree with Judy's sentiment. I have had my eye on the Mamie S. Barrett for many years now but the biggest problem is funding. Heck, I've even gone so far as to get back into school to pursue an MBA in order to figure out how to gain access to the capital markets to put something like this (and other business ventures) together. No funding = no boat. (sigh)

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  • carole matthews
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    Northstar Riverboat Casino Auction

    Offered by Stuart B. Milliner and Associates. Located on Ohio River at 133 Rose Drive Ledbetter Ky 42058. Former casino fully functional riverboat. Invitation to bid sale closes June 8 2015.Boat built in 1994 with details at on line site.Looks like pretty good size boat as per the photo. Thanks Karl Marx for posting. PS In photo looks to be in good condition. Information obtained said some of the ceiling tiles and carpet have been removed.Otherwise still intact.Check it out Carole M Pompano Beach Fla PS Online form for bidding.

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  • Karl Marx
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    Big enough?

    Riverboat Available Again for Limited Time in Invitation to Bid Sale - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |...

    Invitation to bid on the North Star riverboat casino located in Paducuh, KY.

    Just when you thought you missed your chance to buy the riverboat...it's back!

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  • carole matthews
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    Re Bob Kings Message dated May 26 2015 9 53 AM

    BOB I have your other e mail and responded to your message as was not able to do so on the org. Site Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fl Nice to hear from you.Bye

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  • carole matthews
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    Riverboat Television Show

    Riverboat television show ran from Sept.13 1959 to Jan.2 1961 2 seasons was in black an white It an starred Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds. 44 episodes .Was on NBC. 100 foot long sternwheeler they called Enterprise was used in the series.Supposedly shot about 1840 or so. Seems as though McGavin had won the Enterprise in a poker game. Each episode ran 60 minutes.Produced by Revue Studios. Reynolds was in 20 episodes an McGavin in 42.Noah Berry Jr a relative of Wallace Berry was in some of the episodes.Mary Tyler Moore was also mentioned. Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fla 33064. PS I remember the show pretty well as I a teenager at that time.Guess that dates me? Thanks for reading.

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  • David Dewey
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    I credit The Riverboat TV series for starting my Steamboatin' habit. We had just gotten TV, and it was one of the shows we could get (three whole channels)--I was about 5 or 6 at the time. Never did find out what I was watching until a few years ago, and I now have the DVD collection of the series. Some of the sets are pretty realistic, others, well, it was Hollywood!
    That's the only reason I can figure that a kid raised in a mountain Railroad town would develop a love for river steamers! Well, maybe Mark Twain's books helped too.

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  • John Fryant
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    I remember the Riverboat TV show. It had a format like a typical western except that the heroes rode a riverboat instead of horses. The producers of that new TV show should get copies of Fred Way's "log of the Betsy Ann" and "Pilotin' cones Natural". The story lines and events described in those volumes should provide enough river related subject matter for several seasons. The true stories and events that happened on the rivers during the steamboat era are much more exiting than anything that Hollywood has yet dreamed up.

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  • carole matthews
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    Riverboat restoration t v show

    HI Guys Atlas Media Corp West Coast Burbank Calif indicated they were seriously looking at the BOOMTOWN BELLE a closed up riverboat casino in Belle Chase La.Mark Dalbis is the casting director and who is looking. I indicated I would like to help out and after 3 days of looking till like 3 AM I finally located a contact person for them.Mark thanked me an said they will keep me posted That was last Thursday late in the day.The show is still in the planning stages and he said they were hoping for 5 seasons at leas.Does snyone remember the old t.v.show called Riverboat starring the late Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds? Please look on the Delta queen site.M Washenko wants to send out Delta Queen donation flyers an I to give out but cannot get through on the e mail he gave.Carole Matthews Pompano Beach Fla.Mark was hoping to contact Keith Norrington to get his take on riverboats in general not that oarticular one so Keith if you read this remember I sent you his phone last week since you were busy with the Julibee maybe call him next week as they value you take on riverboats/steamboats in general NOT THAT PARTICULAR ONE Excuse spelling.

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  • Marcus J. Lynn
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    Riverboat Restoration

    I believe this is a wonderful idea that would both expose people to the riverboating world and add another riverboat to our rivers! As stated earlier, there are many problems. Because most of them have been responded to, I must agree with Ed (partially) with the point that finding a riverboat with your requirements would be difficult. The riverboats available for restoration are mostly either almost too gone to restore at all, or are too small of a job for what you're looking for. Perhaps you could do minor restoration projects on multiple boats? If not, renovating the PRESIDENT would be an interesting task, but you wouldn't just be starting from square 1... you'd practically be starting from scrap. And the condition the parts left are in, this project would need to be humongous! The MAMIE S. BARRETT, in Deer Park, LA, could be restored, but again- that would be a task where you'd practically be starting from scratch. Also, it doesn't have nearly the capacity of 1,000 people. On the other hand, many others have thought of beginning a project for saving her, but nothing has happened. Perhaps these ideas are a little outlandish, but sometimes in the TV world outlandish is great. Good luck!
    -ML

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  • ed frazier
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    From what I've read, a riverboat of any kind in existence is not going to meet the criteria for your show. I have to move away from the rivers. I feel for what you are asking for, the S.S. United States would better suit your needs. If not, I would say get a show together and try to restore the President as it is a riverboat that is at the base level of any loose translation of the word restoration. It would make for an entertaining show.

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  • carole matthews
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    TV show abandonded riverboats

    Looked up Columbia on line and the sister ship Ste Claire. Columbia built 1902 other 1910 both carried about 2500 passengers.Ste Claire in 3rd stage of renovations an looks fantastic an Columbia supposedly being restored but looked a little rough in picture I saw.What a great suggestion an I passed it on to the people who are doing the documentary. A side note both boats were partially restored an featured in the 2014 film titled Transformers Age of Extinction. Carole Matthews Pompano Beach FL

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  • Frank X. Prudent
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    Wesley, that is a capital idea! I still hope that the DELTA QUEEN gets the nod, but the COLUMBIA would be an excellent choice too.

    The COLUMBIA is indeed a historic vessel, and her restoration is in the early phases. She was designed by noted marine architect Frank Kirby to carry folks to and from Detroit, Michigan's BobLo island Amusement Park beginning in 1902. Currently in a Toledo, Ohio shipyard she is being prepared for a journey to New York later this summer. Plans are for her to operate on the Hudson River. The COLUMBIA could carry over 2000 souls at a time during the 88 years she was operating, and many Detroiters have the same fond memories of her that Cincinnatians have of the ISLAND QUEEN

    For further information check SS Columbia Project | Restore | Protect | Revitalize | Educate

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