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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

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Mississippi River Towboat Launch

With this splash, the Mississippi River gained a new towboat. A cursory search of the Google News Archives didn’t turn up a story about the launch, but I know The Missourian did a story. If and when I find it, I’ll post an update.

The launch happened just south of the Missouri Dry Docks, shown in the photo. Note St. Vincent’s College and Seminary, now River Campus, in the background of some of the pictures.

Gallery of launch photos

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery. The gallery is in time sequence order.

4 comments to Mississippi River Towboat Launch

  • Bro Mark, who likes to tweak my tail, sent the following email this morning:

    “Subject: Your code is showing (blush)
    Noticed in the last couple of postings that your code is showing at the end.

    You may use these HTML tags and attributes:…”

    That’s because Kid Matt updated the WordPress platform this blog runs on. The cryptic stuff at the bottom is just to let you know that you can insert codes that will insert links, make type Bold or Italic, etc.

    Unless you deal with that stuff all of the time and want to take advantage of it, bleep right over it like I do names in a Russian novel.

  • Tim Busche

    There was another launch in 1981 I believe. I was on that boat construction crew for a while, and was there the day it launched. The name of the boat in 1981 was the Jim Buttry. Do you have any pics of that one? The ones you posted here are really cool!


  • Tim Busche

    This is the C.W. Rushing boat. Here’s a link to a more current image of the boat.

    Thanks to my parents, Bobby Joe and Shirley Busche, for finding this link.


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