A $10 million Project Will See the Pr...

A $10 million Project Will See the President, a Former Mississippi...

There are 34 comments on the Hotel Online story from Apr 17, 2009, titled A $10 million Project Will See the President, a Former Mississippi.... In it, Hotel Online reports that:

A $10 million Project Will See the President, a Former Mississippi River Cruise Ship, Morphed into a Floating Hotel and Conference Center on a Lake in St Elmo, Illinois Apr.

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Terry Hill

Newbury, UK

#1 Jul 14, 2009
Dear Sir. I have just watched Mega Moves on UK TV and was disapointed not to see the project right through to the end.Do you have a web page I can see photos of the progress so far.
Regards
Terry Hill
Simon

London, UK

#2 Jul 14, 2009
Again I am from the UK and have just watched the TV program about the move of the SS President.
It would be an absolute shame if the boat is wasted by a lack of vision to rebuild it. It seemed to be a magnificent testament to what could be done and a show of an optimistic streak of mans abilities.
Wishing all of the people involved the best of luck and hope to see this once fine vessel sitting mighty in St Elmo.
Pete Whitfield

UK

#3 Jul 14, 2009
Guess what - I saw the same programme too. Hope the project gets finished, it looks an amazing endeavour! Good luck to the new owners.
Alan Jones

Sheffield, UK

#4 Jul 15, 2009
I to live in the UK and I must say that the "crew" used to dismantle the SS President looked like a bunch of amateurs. We have an original WW11 U-Boat by us and that was cut up using precision tools that would allow it to be put back together again if needed in the future. Also the site it went to was already prepared. I do hope that this great piece of Southern history is restored and used again.

http://www.uboatstory.co.uk/
HW Guernsey C I

Saint Peter Port, Guernsey

#5 Jul 15, 2009
I watched the TV program about the move of the SS President last night. This morning on the British news they mentioned that the last steamboat on the Mississippi had stopped due to the present recession.
It would be an absolute shame if the boat now in St Elmo was wasted. It is a magnificent testament to America history, giving memories of reading Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Fin and watching marvellous western films showing these paddle boats etc..
I wish all of the people involved with this marvellous project all the best and hope to see this once fine vessel rise again in a St Elmo field.
How about a dedicated web site so that fans across “the pond” can follow your dedication.
r banks

Huddersfield, UK

#6 Jul 26, 2009
i have dune a bit of reserch and shokingly found that the boat has not been put back to gether and lust layd out in pices in st elmo
R Wardale

Stambourne, UK

#7 Jul 30, 2009
It seems strange that all the comments so far are from the UK.
Has the program about the move of the President not been shown in the USA?
It would be a terrible shame if such an important of AMERICAN history is allowed to rust away.
I look forward to seeing her re-assembled and how about a dedicated webb site, as suggested earlier, to check on progress?
Come on St Elmo where is the American hard sell!!
dumbfounded aussie

Eastwood, Australia

#8 Jul 31, 2010
amazing!, here's $10M , now go get a gas axe & a bloody big crane and destroy 85yr old history in a documentary that obviously the rst of the world will see except the locals, & btw great advert for not moving one's house.
another dumbfounded ozzie

Surrey Hills, Australia

#9 Jul 31, 2010
being an engineer this amazed me about the way it was cut up with the oxy. It could have been sawn in most cases with a special saw, like a concrete saw. This would enable the welding back together to be carried out very easily. The crane regulations on lifting must be very slack compared to australia. I wonder if it will ever be finished .
Disgusted Aussie

Australia

#10 Jul 31, 2010
As a tradesman Boilermaker and having just watched the show where the boat was dis-assembled, I am astounded at the ignorance of the yokels that did the job!
To butcher it apart the way they did will make it almost impossible to acurately refit all the pieces together! After tidying up all the rough cuts there will differences in dimensions of heights and lengths that will be a horrific mess to rectify, if at all.
I sure as hell wouldn't want the job of having to try to weld it back together !!
From my experienced eyes, all I see is an expensive pile of scrapmetal !!!
Someone's definately confused a dream with a nightmare.
'ONLY IN AMERICA'
annoyed aussie

Mount Waverley, Australia

#11 Aug 3, 2010
Just watched this on telly here in Australia and decided to do some further research in regards to the fate of the steamer. The whole thing was bodged together. the tugs weren't exactly careful in the lochs, they didnt check the depth BEFORE they arrived, they cut with whatever was easiest not the most accurate and they didnt have the equipment they needed before they started! Whats wrong with leaving the original intact and building an accurate replica! Clearly regulations with things like crane operation are extremely slack.

I think it was a massive waste of money!
During my research i found a website for st. Elmo and reading the minutes was like watching an episode of 'Home And Away'(Aussies will know what im talking about)
And now this beautiful piece of American history is rusting away in a paddock somewhere. why not send historically important parts like the boilers etc. to museums for everyone to learn from rather than just the cows?

Did the residents of St. Elmo think about maybe donating some money to charity, or to a third world country or maybe to further development of their own town? Imagine what could be done with that amount of money!

Just my 2...or 10c worth
kirkuas

Big Bear City, CA

#12 Sep 2, 2010
As I watched the total destruction of the PRESIDENT it was evident to me that this once grand steamboat would never see anything but more cutting torches and a scrap yard. Any one can torch anything into pieces. I would be my guess that there is some money behind this tv production and no thought or planing given to the re assembly of this steamboat. DISGRACEFUL!!!
Captain John

New York, NY

#13 Sep 10, 2010
I was working as pilot for Federal Barge Line on the big towboat J S McDermot and we took the President from New Orleans to St Louis in 77 or 78 , along with 35 or 40 barges, when they re powered it with diesel engines. They fired up the one remaining operational boiler 3 or 4 times during the trip north. We had 1 barge length notch on the port stern of the tow to keep the couplings square,as required, between the barges. Thats where we had the president wired in and it hung back over half way of the towboat. While they had steam up i could see steam coming out from around the calliope just across from my pilothouse window.I really wanted to try my hand on the calliope but they never kept the steam up until i got off watch.Any way I say , just shed a tear and let the old boat go. We loved her, but she cant last forever.
still there

Altamont, IL

#14 Oct 23, 2010
It is still sitting in pieces in St Elmo!! It has however been moved to a different location in St Elmo. Sitting and rusting to more and more everyday!!
Dan the Frenchie

Fronton, France

#15 Dec 29, 2010
Alan Jones wrote:
I to live in the UK and I must say that the "crew" used to dismantle the SS President looked like a bunch of amateurs. We have an original WW11 U-Boat by us and that was cut up using precision tools that would allow it to be put back together again if needed in the future. Also the site it went to was already prepared. I do hope that this great piece of Southern history is restored and used again.
http://www.uboatstory.co.uk/
I totally agree with you.
I saw this program last sunday, and I was so surprised by this "bunch of amateurs" that I'd like to use this video for a training on cranes safety: it is perfect an example of what you mustn't do !!

The way they worked is amazing: they will never be able to rebuild this steamboat again...

This is just an incredible battlefield...
T Dikkers

New Ulm, MN

#16 Jan 6, 2011
Just watched the dismantleing of The President. For 10 million dollars they could have built a look alike from scratch and scraped all that steel.
David Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

#17 Jan 20, 2011
Hyggeligt opgave, god gået
martin australia

Perth, Australia

#18 Apr 2, 2011
dumbfounded aussie wrote:
amazing!, here's $10M , now go get a gas axe & a bloody big crane and destroy 85yr old history in a documentary that obviously the rst of the world will see except the locals, & btw great advert for not moving one's house.

I love the way that fat moron worked it all out carefully, what an absolute cowboy.... if only his brain was in proportion to his corpulent body...

If I was spending 4 mill I would be working out the rest carefully... any twonk can disassemble a motor, it's the putting together that's hard... what a bunch of pea-brains... blind freddy could have seen total crude-disassembly would never work. Perhaps they should have powdered it, then you could just add water later.
William

Kendall Park, NJ

#19 May 19, 2011
I just saw that "Monster Moves" program today. The title is misleading as the ship was not reassembled during the course of the program. A more accurate title would be "Cutting Something Up for Scrap" as that what it was at that point and probably will end up as anyway. The crew on the job came across as a bunch of bums picked off a street corner and pain in a couple cases of beer.
Rick

Mount Vernon, OH

#20 May 20, 2011
Heard about this awhile back, but just saw the documentary yesterday. What a waste. I remember the President fondly, listening to great music while cruising the lower Mississippi out of New Orleans. It's a shame the fate of such a beautiful boat came down to being torn to pieces by an incompetent lot and left as scrap to rust. She deserved better.

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