(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.