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The Chris Greene


Chris Greene Steamer

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Old Stern-Wheeler to Make Last Trip down Ohio River

 The old stern-wheeler Chris Greene, which once plied inland rivers as the pride of the Greene Line Steamers, Inc., soon will make her last trip, but not under her own power.

 Her present owner, George Harrison, operator of Dayton (Ky.) Boat Club, foot of Berry Avenue, said Wednesday that in the near future, possible this week end, she would be towed to Louisville, for removal of the boilers, then  returned to service as a club boat.

After 13 months on land amidst trees at the Dayton Boat Club site, the former river packet was floated free Friday night when the Ohio River swelled to 45 feet. “She floated like a cork,” Harrison said.

It was one of a number of river craft in this area given “freedom” by the high water. Paul Edwards’ 65-foot scow, resting 30 feet away from normal pool line at the foot of Washington Avenue, Bellevue, again, after two years felt water under the hull. To Edwards, president of the Moeschl-Edwards Co., Covington, who would have had to pay to have his boat re-floated, it meant a savings of several hundred dollars.

A number of the Dayton Boat Club members have asked to be passengers on the former Chris Greene, when, as Harrison said, “she takes the last trip.” When the boat is brought back in 15 to 20 days, he related, it will be tied up at the foot of Dayton Avenue, Dayton, Where the club then will be located. She will be given a new coat of paint.

Since Harrison purchased the 189 by 42-foot sternwheeler, which coats about $200,000 when it was built, he has remodeled the interior, down to a paneled barroom. Recently the paddlewheel was removed. Harrison said the wheel contained 13 tons of iron.