Century-old former casino riverboat on the market
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A century-old riverboat that’s been a fixture along St. Louis’ Mississippi River banks couldn’t survive as an aging casino in the region’s fast-growing gambling market.
Now the vessel’s sellers are wagering they can find someone willing to give the behemoth a go as something else.
The S.S. Admiral — home until July to The President Casino — is on the market on eBay and several other online auction sites as a 365-foot-long, 95-foot-wide vessel.
Virgil Straeter, whose southwestern Illinois auction company is overseeing the potential sale, says the $1.5 million price listed on eBay was only a “suggestion.”
He identified the current owner only as a private marine company in the region.
Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment closed the casino last summer, vacating and later selling the Admiral.