The Calliope Of The Capitol The Calliope Of The Capitol
The Calliope Of The Capitol

The passing on July 14 of Capt. Bill Streckfus at age 88 brings to mind that he took special interest in maintaining the 32-note Nichol calliope that was perched high… Read More

Letter: The Admiral

January 18, 2021

I always learn something from the Old Boat Column—and also have the fun of my memory being kicked a little down the river. Keith Norrington’s article on Twilight on The Levee… Read More

Obituary: Tommy Tubbs

September 7, 2020

Thomas Roy “Tommy” Tubbs, 72, died August 27. Along with his father, Kenny Tubbs, he operated Humbolt Marine Service in St. Louis for years. Their facility was located in the… Read More

The Susie Hazard

May 4, 2020

A familiar sight in the St. Louis harbor for nearly seven decades was the steam tug Susie Hazard. Built in 1891 at St. Louis for the Southern Coal, Coke &… Read More

The Steamer President

September 16, 2019

Taken 80 years ago, this week’s image for the Old Boat Column features the sidewheeler President. Originally built in 1924 for the Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Company as the Cincinnati,… Read More

Paddlewheeler Postlude

September 9, 2019

Early September was typically the time when excursion boats began winding down the season. Undoubtedly, the most famous of firms that operated excursion vessels was Streckfus Steamers, of St. Louis… Read More

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