The Streckfus family’s Admiral riverboat served as a mecca for social gatherings for generations of St. Louisans.  Gracing the St. Louis riverfront from 1940 until 1978 with its distinctive art deco style, the boat took daily and nightly excursions on the Mississippi.  On its five decks, patrons could partake in a variety of entertainment including ballroom dancing, a number of dining choices, arcade games, rock bands for teens, glamorous powder rooms and more.  Its air-conditioned ballroom was one of the first in the area.

(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

The S. S. Admiral, built in 1907 and a long-time fixture of the Mississippi riverfront in St. Louis, was towed away Tuesday to be dismantled.

Columbia, Ill. will be the final dock for the riverboat following a long process of dismantling and an unsuccessful attempt to auction the vessel off on eBay.

(via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft)

A century-old riverboat-turned-casino that folded under withering competition from the St. Louis region's growing array of gambling sites is headed to a scrapyard, piece by piece.

Crews are dismantling the S.S. Admiral along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, months after a would-be auction failed to attract what the owner considered serious bids for the vessel.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Admiral riverboat was the site of a two-alarm fire today which was quickly brought under control by firefighters.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the blaze may have been started in some grease-coated ductwork by a worker's torch when he was cutting through the duct material.