Chris Greene Steamer
CHRIS GREENE IS REFLOATED
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,”
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
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.