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Riverboat Louis Armstrong (ex-Casino Aztar)
in the state. The Tropicana corporation purchased her in 2010 and changed her name to Tropicana Evansville. When Indiana passed a law in 2015 allowing riverboat casinos to establish business on land, Tropicana began laying plans for its shoreside structure and the eventual disposition of the boat. The riverboat is being prepared to move downriver to New Orleans, where it will serve as a music and entertainment venue under the new name Riverboat Louis Armstrong. (USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., www.lstmemorial.org/. Riverboat Louis Armstrong—Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans, www.bigeasy.com) ... The apprentices at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, MA, have completed construction of the dory they have been building for the 1926 schooner Adventure (see article in Sea History 159, pp. 22–23). Students participating in a boatbuilding program during the school year
Shipbuilding Museum in Essex, MA, where youth apprentices are finishing up a second dory for Adventure. (Lowell’s Boat Shop: www.lowellsboatshop.com. Schooner Adventure: www.schooner-adventure.org) ... The 1943 Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien recently returned to Pier 45 in San Francisco after a haulout at Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo, CA, for repairs and maintenance. The fully operational historic ship requires inspection and dry dock repairs once every five years to keep steaming with current US Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping certifications. This shipyard period’s task list included repairs, blasting, painting and coating of tanks, hulls, and peaks (both forward and aft), plus repairs to piping, propeller, sea chests, sea valves, rudder, tail shaft, and zincs. Vessel inspections and
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SS Jeremiah O’Brien in dry dock, November 2017. courtesy graham mckay
Apprentices at Lowell’s Boat Shop and their recently completed dory. continued to work during their free time over the summer months to complete the project, and a new class of apprentices that came into the shop this fall put the finishing touches on the boat. Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is a working shop and museum; craftsmen and apprentices have been building dories there continuously for more than a hundred years. This winter’s apprentice project will involve building a Haven 12½. The recently completed dory will winter over at the Essex
safety checks were conducted throughout the duration of the dry dock period. The National Liberty Ship Memorial is dedicated to the preservation of the Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien and to educating the public about the important role Liberty ships and their crews played in World War II. A survivor of the D-Day invasion in 1944, SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during WWII. A living museum on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, the O’Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Donations to the ship’s dry dock fund are welcome. (National Liberty Ship Memorial, Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA; Ph. 451 544-0100; www.ssjer emiahobrien.org) SEA HISTORY 161, WINTER 2017–18