Cruising on the President
The newly refurbished President, 1934
Str. President on the Mississippi River, near New Orleans, 1967
Above, on the Mississippi River;
right, docked at the foot of Canal
Street, New Orleans
Constructed and put into service in 1924, the Cincinnati, as she was originally named, was
sold to Streckfus Steamers in 1933.  After that, she was used as an excursion boat almost
exclusively, with space for over 3,000 passengers.  I haven't been able to find out when she
came to New Orleans, but I remember that she was still in the city during the World's Fair in
1984.  In 1981, she was sold to the New Orleans Steamboat Company (which also owned the
Str. Natchez).  A few years later, she was moved to St. Louis, MO and used there as an
excursion boat until 1990.  During her last years on the water, she was based in Davenport,
IA and owned by the Isle of Capri Casinos.
After she was decommissioned, she was moved to the Yazoo Diversion Canal near
Vicksburg, MS, in 2001, and remained there until 2003, her fate very much in question.  In
2003, she was put up for sale and moved to McKellar Lake, near Memphis, TN.  In 2005, she
was purchased by someone in Illinois and plans were made to convert her to a hotel and
restore her to her former glory.  I haven't been able to learn if these plans came to pass.
Many New Orleanians have pleasant memories of the President---of afternoon cruises and
moonlit dances on the Mississippi River.
Str. President, 1950's
After a long and useful service, the Str. President took her final journey in 2000.  She's
pictured above in 2003, resting on a shallow, near Vicksburg, MS, waiting to learn her fate.
Str. Cincinnati, later re-named President, under construction in 1924.
"New Streamlined President, Glass-Enclosed, Steam-Heated
World-Famous Harbor Trips, Afternoons, 2:30 - 5:00, $2.50, plus tax
Servicemen Half-Rate;  Dance Excursions, Nights 9:00 - 12:00,
New Orleans No. 1 Dance Spot;  Tony Almerico's Famous 11-pc. Band"
Dance floor of the President
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