Admiral

Cityscape
5:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Annie Amantea Blum Remembers The Admiral

Annie Amantea Blum

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.

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Admiral Riverboat
12:48 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Admiral riverboat says farewell to St. Louis

The S.S. Admiral is towed down the Mississippi River under the Eads Bridge toward Columbia, Ill. on July 19, 2011. The long-time St. Louis fixture will be further broken down in Columbia.
(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.

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Admiral Riverboat
10:58 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Century-old St. Louis riverboat, the S.S. Admiral, being scrapped

The S.S. Admiral riverboat, which is now being dismantled for scrap.
(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.

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Admiral Fire
12:09 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Admiral riverboat fire under control quickly

St. Louis firefighters try to determine the origin of smoke coming from the top of the Admiral riverboat in St. Louis on Jan. 22, 2011. Workers using cutting torches may have ignited old grease from a kitchen vent (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(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.

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