Saturday, March 29, 2014

A little local Sherlockian History

The Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn put on the first St Louis area Sherlockian convention in the early 1990's (we ended up doing two). We called these conventions, The Games Afloat, and we held them on an old showboat called the Goldenrod. (It is on the National Historic Register)
Ten years before, before I know of scion societies and Sherlockian groups, I had attended the play "Sherlock Holmes', done as a comedy on the Goldenrod. I still have the play bill somewhere and will add it when I find it. It was a very fun night.
I just found this bit of news about the Goldenrod.

Here is a picture of what it looked like in it's glory as a working show boat.

Goldenrod Showboat Set for Scrapyard

The new owners of the century-old Goldenrod Showboat say as soon as the Mississippi River rises high enough, they’re going to float their boat straight to the scrapyard.
A local non-profit group hoping to prevent that have only been able to raise about $28,000—less than half of what they need to buy it back.
The Admiral was torn up and sold for scrap a couple of years ago.
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  1. That is a sad story especially as there were people willing to restore it. There was a similar story about a boat "The Blumisalp" on the Lake of Thun in Switzerland but the friends of the steamship won the day.

    1. It's good to hear some they were able to save the Blumisalp.
      They could have saved ours if they had just taken it out of the river and maybe put it on a man-made pond.
      Thanks for stopping by.