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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Perth, Australia

#21 Jul 31, 2010
Remarkable that this show has spurred such interest. Maybe this will inspire someone to attempt to finish the project. Seems to have captured the interest of lots of people. I also was horrified at the way this crew hacked this boat apart and could see it would become a nightmare to put it back together. The program ended with Jeremy saying he still needed to put it together. I wonder what justification he came up with to not finish what he said he would do?


#22 Jul 31, 2010
i have just watched the doc'o and jumped on the net to check out how it turned out. what a shame wast of a good old boat the us government should have never let them cut it up in the first place. and if they approved it they should have made shaw they had the skills and money to put it back2gether again. what a waste
Pete from Perth


#23 Jul 31, 2010
"Everybody said it couldn't be done..."

I guess they were right....=(

Mullaloo, Australia

#24 Jul 31, 2010
I do believe this would make a fantastic motel that I would visit. I hope it reaches it final state of completion and not deletion.
Wayne and Sindy

Mullaloo, Australia

#25 Jul 31, 2010
Just like everyone else we have just watched the Monster Moves TV show on the SS President and were very interested to look it up and see the finished project. Boy were we extremely dissapointed to find that it has not been completed to create the fantastic and very different Hotel that it would make. Reading through all the comments and articles we could find on why the hold up, it seems that they can't just put it back together until the sewage, water and roads are approved in the first place by the council. The council also needed to add finances to do the refurbishment to which the council has declined to add 1 cent to it until they have some guarantees. Obviously these coucil members have inverted testicles and will deserve to see their town unfortunately turn into a ghost town and disappear from the face of the earth. Are they so bloody narrow minded not to see how many people from all over the world have shown a great interest in this and would be willing to travel to see it and stay there and hence be tourist in their town generating revenue for all the towns people. Just as the people of England have been restoring their great ships of the past, we in little old Adelaide Australia are currently in the process of bringing back one of the last of 2 surviving composite clipper ships the City Of Adelaide back from Scotland where it has been laying in a sad state just like the President is now in. It is on it's way home right now after international dealings to achieve this, so why is it that a small town council can't pull their finger and heads out of their bum and get this project back on track when the President is already there on their doorstep. One person from St Elmo wrote it will be decided in the year 2025 what will be the final fate of the President, bloody hell, if it takes them 15 years to make a desicion they should just close the town down right now. They should be ashamed of themselves and could easily find ventures to raise the money needed for it's completion as has been suggested by so many of the people on this forum. I hope it does not just end up being sold off to the scrap yard to be remade into more useless crap that we don't need. It would be a definite destination to put on many peoples bucket list of must do's. Best of luck for the President's future.
Kiwi in Aus


#26 Jul 31, 2010
Just spent the last hour trying to find any 'recent' news on how the President's resto was progressing... notice how all of us here in Australia are posting against a year old article.
And just like most other posters here and on other news sites (looks like the UK saw the TV show a year before us), after seeing the not-so-graceful move, I wanted to check it out and pencil in a visit to St Elmo next time I'm over in the US. Possibly a night's accommodation in the riverboat hotel, but at the very least a good day and overnight injection of tourist dollars into the town...
'tis a shame. With the boat in so many pieces, it's even easier for some to loose the vision of their original dream. Yet if the community stayed on track, it's evident that the broadcast of the documentary has generated a considerable amount of interest in the tiny little town and it's historic riverboat hotel...
BTW effinghamdailynews.com is the local paper, in which you'll find some post-2008 articles that give some insight into lack of traction since its arrival; the stand-offs, and the divide between owner, investors, local government and residents.
Nice lateral thinking Glenn of Melbourne, no harm in asking the question... so c'mon St Elmo!
I'm sure you can get one weekend a month from your citizens to donate their trade-skills, tools and labour... so put that $2M of funds towards bringing about boat on which to work...


#27 Jul 31, 2010
Watched monster moves, sorry the boat is rotting away but at least the snakes have found a home. Did that bloke who moved it get paid to cover his costs? It would have been better to have left it on the river for someone else to do it up.

Ipswich, Australia

#28 Jul 31, 2010
What a shame....As soon as I saw the guy on the boat being told to put on a safety vest and him laughing about it I just saw 'cowboy' all over it.As the show progressed and they just hacked it up with welding torches I kept thinking how the hell are they gonna re assemble this?No thought at all went in to this project.That is a shame that people can be allowed to do this.I hope that guy doesnt get to move any more houses or the like because he is dangerous.All he wanted was a few minutes of fame and they totaly ruined that old steamship....

Kew, Australia

#29 Jul 31, 2010
I'm glad i live in Echuca, Australia we know the value of all the old riverboat that worked on the Murray river Echuca the home of the river boats is the place to see these majestic paddle wheelers restorded and back on the river where they should be

Since: May 10

Jim Thorpe, PA

#30 Jul 31, 2010
We have a similar problem here in Philly. For the past 15 years the S.S. United States has been a rusting hulk tied to a pier in South Philadelphia on the Delaware River. The S.S. United States was a Trans-Atlantic ocean liner which held the record for crossing the seas. My heart breaks everytime I go by it and imagine what it could become.

Since: May 10

Jim Thorpe, PA

#31 Jul 31, 2010
I have also been to Long Beach, California and seen the good things they have done with the liner Queen Mary. It is now a state-of-the art convention center/hotel.

Brighton East, Australia

#32 Aug 1, 2010
Another Aussie who just watched it...as an engineer I was amazed at that cowboy who did the job...could have saved himeself a lot of time by blowing it up with explosives and picking up the pieces - would have had the same net result. How did they ever expect to reasemble all those hacked up pieces??


#33 Aug 2, 2010
Only in America.I to wanted to now what happened to the president what a joke.Did they really think they could put this thing back together maybe next time they might want to check the depth of the river and dredge it so they can put it on the slips. ps why cut it up next time just use dynamite stupid.


#34 Aug 3, 2010
Watched this also the other night in Australia. My concern was how rough the idiots were when they cut it up. I knew then it would be hard to put back together. I thought the contract was to remove & re assemble. I have just done some research to see the finished product only to find out that years on it is a pile of rusted srap metal. The people financing the move must have more money than brains as they are to blame for this mess the same as the movers.
Peter Soesterberg NL

Utrecht, Netherlands

#35 Aug 8, 2010
I watched this program today in full and wondered how it looked now. Looking at the program I was more and more puzzeled how they would put it together again. As I read the articles and comments, I was chocked! So this is how people in the USA treat their traditions!! Every other country in the civil world would do anything to make this right. I am afraid that in a few years this once beautifull piece of history will end in the steelfactory. Gone forever!

Bedford, Australia

#36 Aug 9, 2010
Aussie Aussie Aussie... LOL. They would have made more money selling it for scrap. Such a shame. Really sad to see the google street view images of the scrap just rustung away now...
David F Coles

Northampton, UK

#37 Aug 16, 2010
Watched the Monster Moves on UK Freeview 'Fiver' last evening (15 Aug) and as such, checked www to see the end result - how disappointing although I had my doubts noting the dismantling techniques! The guy was somewhat a fool to say the least. Anyway, I went onto The President when in New Orleans in Feb 1963 as a visitor (HMS Ulster - F-83); the first British military personel to visit NO since we were kicked out by the French! Great time; great people and great city. I hope that the people of St Elmo eventually get it all stuck together one day - it's part of your small history and needs keeping.
Ken of Adelaide Australia

Adelaide, Australia

#38 Aug 25, 2010
Monster Moves is a great program and I really enjoy seeing the moves.It's also interesting seeing the surrounding countryside of the location of the move.
When I saw that fantastic river boat 'The President' I thought why move it? Why not just use the 'moving' money and volunteers and then restore it in a dry dock on the river?
Then this idiot cuts the bloody thing up!!
It would be great to see this boat on the river again or even assembled on dry land but I fear it will never happen.
What a waste!
concerned IL citizen

United States

#39 Sep 2, 2010
Bono, please save the president!
Florida citizen

Punta Gorda, FL

#40 Sep 3, 2010
Save the President! We have lost enough in this country to people who do not follow-up with promises and commitments!

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