Tuesday, February 23, 2010

R.I.P. Becky Thatcher

The showboat Becky Thatcher is history. It collapsed in on itself and cannot be repaired.

Another piece of history gone.

I've never seen a real showboat, but my mother told me once or twice about the time she was on one. She was born in 1915 and died in 1993. The boat tied up in the Swan Creek area of Gallia County, Ohio, I think. I never got its name or any other information. It's another in a long list of regrets we all carry, I suppose -- not getting the details of events in our parents' lives while they're still around to share them.

1 comment:

tanstaafl said...

What a sad ending for the Becky Thatcher! Although I never got to tour the boat, she was always a sight to see from the banks of the Muskingum while she lay there.

Thanks for the link.

I agree with the owner, there's no way to revive her now. But what is left in the picture shows the pretty lines she had.

Sounds like the same showboat my mother told me she boarded when she was young. She was born in 1913, so the time frame is relevant.