Riverboat moving to
, IL Scrap Yard Columbia
Demolition crews have been working in the past few weeks to make the riverboat shorter. Workers are taking off the top deck of the boat. That gave it another ten feet of clearance under area bridges so the boat can be moved Tuesdays morning to a scrap yard in
. Columbia, Illinois
Cutting off the top was necessary because the
Mississippi River continues to run high.
The Admiral has a long history in
. The art deco vessel would cruise the St. Louis riverfront from the 1940's to the late seventies. St. Louis
The engines were removed and the boat was anchored near the
. The boat later found new life as the President Casino, but the casino finally closed and the Admiral's days were numbered. Eads Bridge
Three towboats moved the Admiral to
where the rest of it will be torn up for recycling. Columbia, Illinois
And all we'll have left are lots of memories………
The Admiral was once recorded as being the largest river cruise ship in the world and the first Mississippi Riverboat to be fully air-conditioned. In the 1990's the Admiral became a riverboat casino, known as the "President Casino on the Admiral", which went out of business last year.
Source: KY3. By John Pertzborn. 19 July 2011