Historic St. Louis riverboat now rust...

Historic St. Louis riverboat now rusted scrap

There are 66 comments on the KSDK NewsChannel 5 story from Jun 17, 2009, titled Historic St. Louis riverboat now rusted scrap. In it, KSDK NewsChannel 5 reports that:

It was the first all steel riverboat on the Mississippi; built in 1924, the S.S. President had a storied history as a luxury steamer.

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Glasgow, UK

#1 Jul 15, 2009
As the other UK residents have written I to watched the doco'Monster Moves' last night and went to look up the SS President to see it finished & was sadden that the only decent info on it was this news article.

Both my husband & I had said before the programme finished that when we next plan to travel to the states we would def look up the SS president to visit / stay.

I think it would be successful as both a hotel & confernece centre & would def bring more business to the town.

I really hope that the doco last night goes someway to showing St Elmo what a great addition to the town the SS President will be & I will def be interested in following its progress. As mentioned by another post I think a dedicated website to SS President is a fab idea.

Decatur, IL

#2 Oct 8, 2009
Tell the Brits to save their money. In the year of 2025, the St. Elmo city council will try to determine what to do with all this junk that is still laying alongside I-70..In the meantime it will be a home for snakes and field mice, rusting away a little bit at a time, the owner not having the money to do anything and the town of St. Elmo, not willing..and rightfully so..This was a silly venture to start with..

Zuidwolde, Netherlands

#3 Dec 21, 2009
Just have been watching discovery channel about the move of this historic ship.
During the program i already had my doubts if this was handled in the most efficient way. I was very curious how the story ended after the move of all the pieces. Unfortunately no progress until now.
Dave H

Bertrange, Luxembourg

#4 Jan 11, 2010
I also have just watched the TV show here in luxembourg,although it seemed strange not to just scrap the steamer and take the cash, i understand the dreams of the people.
Who in there right mind would leave the interstate to stop in a concrete hotel with no charm? Not Many.
But to just visit or even stay in something so fantastic as this riverboat is something else,please do not give up the dream live the dream.
I for one have it on my agenda to visit finished or not,hopefully the prior.
Bucko england


#5 Jan 11, 2010
I watched the show and thought it was a nice idea but that was all. What a looney, the woman who started off the dream must have been a few tools short of the tool box when she thought she could make this work. As iI said, "nice idea".

Toulouse, France

#6 Mar 11, 2010
It would have been so simpler to restore it on the river
(to enjoy it on his first function : NAVIGATE !!)
This Boat was absolutely a beauty , they made it a wart in the country ...
What a Waste !!

Tulsa, OK

#7 Mar 11, 2010
Where did the ship pieces go?

Dexter, MI

#8 Mar 13, 2010
I too, wanted to know the "Rest of the Story" and was disappointed. I thought as I was watching about all of the money going into this. How much more money would it take to reassemble???? Too much, huh? I would have made it a destination trip or at least a "look-see" stop. Sad!
From St Elmo

Chicago, IL

#9 Apr 2, 2010
The President is now just a junk yard. They city forced them to move it just outside of town and there it sits. A

According to the experts it would have been impossible to rebuild anyway. They didnt even track the pieces in any way they just chopped it up. I drive by the huge piles of rusted metal laying haphazardly in a field every day.

Eventually it will be sold for scrap I am sure.
Andre Naarden nl


#10 Apr 20, 2010
When I saw this on discovery and the way they destroyed this ship I was wondering how they reconstruct this again into a hotel.
I feel sorry how they destroyed this piece of US history and with more knowledge and research this wonderful mississippi liner could have been saved.
Soren - Denmark

Herlev, Denmark

#11 May 1, 2010
IT was in Danish TV yesterday. After I saw the program I immediately searched the web to see how the project was going, as I wanted to add this destination to my future vacation.
Sadly my search resulted in these news.
I hope you get it build soon.
Pia from Denmark


#12 May 25, 2010
Like everyone else, I was also curious to see the reassembled riverboat after watching the documentary on Discovery Channel! What a disappointment to learn that the historic riverboat is now a pile of junk!

Pascoe Vale, Australia

#13 Jul 31, 2010
Just watched this in Australia. Noticed that the program 'monster moves' was from 2008, so was hoping to be able to find some completion photos.
Quite dissapointed really... Seems such a waste, no idea where St Elmo is, but was about to look it up to see if feasible to visit.. shame.

Buxton, Australia

#14 Jul 31, 2010
just saw the monster moves and was speechless with the way the whole move was handled im from Aus and if they tried to do a move in that way over here (cutting corners ect) they would be in goal now! was a great boat but sorry to say im not surprised to hear its just scrap now
Miss H Australia

Melbourne, Australia

#15 Jul 31, 2010
Have also just watched the monster moves program on TV tonight. What dedication from a local who is trying to do something good for his town to be howled down by the doom sayers. Jealousy has a lot to answer for, small, dim witted, narrow minded people. Lets see ya'll come up with another answer to your towns diminishing appeal. Shame that another government department (tourism) can't assist with financing the venture.
Aussie Jody

Deception Bay, Australia

#16 Jul 31, 2010
I also just watched the doco in Australia, and wanted to know what it looked like 'completed', particularly as there was no details given. Such a lovely boat, what a waste of effort, time and dollars (except for Jeremys company). We kept saying, how are they going to put it back together?! Turn it into a community centre, function centre and tourist attraction and it would be better off for all concerned. better than rusting in a huge scrap pile. But the money involved?
wombat in oz

Wantirna South, Australia

#17 Jul 31, 2010
a great idea but sad ending to a great boat.could not happen in aust i hope

Melbourne, Australia

#18 Jul 31, 2010
Just watched this in Aus too. Really sad to see it as scrap now.

My suggestion is to ask U2 to fund the project. They have a connection with the steamboat and heck knows they can afford it.

U2 performed on the President in the 80's and also did a photo shoot there. See: http://www.u2gigs.com/show66.html

Good Luck!

Adelaide, Australia

#19 Jul 31, 2010
I am so sad, the boat was a piece of history and is now an unfinished jigsaw puzzle.

What a waste of time and money.

We would have liked to have seen it as a motel!

Adelaide, Australia

#20 Jul 31, 2010
We were so disappointed to find out the sad news that "The President' still lies in pieces.

We just watched the Monster Moves doco and were so looking forward to seeing the finished product and hoping that we would one day visit the refurbished boat in all its glory!

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