Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Black Thunder Vs Shore - - Shore won - -


Two injured when boat runs aground;

See Lake Expo article HERE
This nice 32 foot, 1990 Black Thunder lays on her Starboard side,
Sunk in about 7 foot of water near shore early Saturday morning,  June 7
She suffered extensive hull damaged near keel line, mid-ships,
Starboard side.


Atlantis Dive (Tim McNItt) attaches air bags to
stern.
Now floating on air bags, she is pulled closer to shore
to complete rigging.
Due to extensive underwater damage, she could not be
Dewatered on scene, 3 more bags were added
and she was towed to Silver Sands Marina floating on the Lift Bags
At ramp @ Silver Sands,  she was trailered by
and turned over to PRO-BOAT Marine,
Sunrise Beach for holding and motor preservation

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The "COMMANDER" Excursion Boat leaves the Dam (with a little help)

This 1960's Postcard reads:
“The "Commander" Excursion boat on the Lake of the Ozarks, seating 150 passengers, leaving the Dam area several times daily.”
Built in 1961 by DUBUQUE BOAT & BOILER CO this sleek, steel hull 62 foot Excursion boat was built for the Casino Pier operation on Lake of the Ozarks.  WIth a beam of nearly 15 foot and a draft of over 6 foot.  The 23 ton "COMMANDER" was quite a sight as she cut through the waters of Lake of the Ozarks on daily excursions from the dam.
The Commander shows off her modern lines and striking paint in this late '60's shot

Today, somewhat worse for wear and needing a little "tug", the proud COMMANDER left its long time home near the dam, headed for the Gravois Arm, to be reborn and perhaps brought back to her previous good looks.  Now privately owned and cared for - - we hope to see her back on the lake under power and PROUD - - - -

"Commander" leaving the "strip" on its 16 mile journey to Gravois Mills

Leaving home


Tandem TowBoats,  'Two-String" cruising at 7.8 mph with the Commander following a
few hundred feet behind

SAFELY MOORED AND SNUGGED TO DOCK AT NEW TEMPORARY HOME!

Friday, May 30, 2014

"GRAND GLAIZE" MEMORIAL CEREMONY, MAY 28, 2014 - Four Mile Mark - Lake of the Ozarks

The Memorial Wreath quietly rests on Lake of the Ozarks

Special Guests and Attendees prepare to depart
PLAYIN - HOOKY Water Taxi generously provided by
Captain Jim Bascue for a comfortable ride to the 4 MM for
Memorial Service
Guests enjoying beautiful trip to the 4 Mile Mark aboard
Playin Hooky
Special guest,  Sunrise Beach Fire & Police Department Chaplain
Steven Myers and his wife Julie.  Chaplain Myers offered our
Memorial Service closing Prayer
Captain Dave Anderson & USCG Auxilarist  Ernie Venis on TOWBOAT 4701
Standing by near the spot where the "Grand Glaize" capsized 60 years ago
with OSAGE BEACH FIREBOAT "MARINE 11"
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division
was represented by MSHP "TROOP F" Commander
Captain Gregory Kindle and "Troop F"  LT Clardy, Corporal Scott White
and Trooper Shannon Bledsoe 
Osage Beach "MARINE 11" Releases the wreath on the waters
at about 2:30 p.m., the approximate time of capsizing -
Captain Johnson, TowBoat 4704 maneuvers close to wreath for
Media photographers
THE SERVICE AND READING WAS CONDUCTED BY
CAPTAIN CHARLES MEYER WITH CLOSING
PRAYER BY CHAPLAIN STEVEN MYERS



THE MEMORIAL WREATH
drifts quietly on the spot not far from where tragedy struck
SIXTY YEARS AGO
As the service concludes - the wreath is carefully broken up and
the flowers are set adrift - -
PHOTO'S BY JULIE MYERS & LAURA MEYER

THE SERVICE CLOSED WITH THE FOLLOWING THOUGHT - - -
 Please remember as we depart here today - -
NOT FAR FROM THIS VERY PLACE - IN THE DARKNESS  - 100 FEET BELOW ARE THE REMAINS OF A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO TOOK A 15 MINUTE BOAT RIDE INTO ETERNITY AND A 22 YEAR OLD YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ENJOYING A FUN DAY ON THE WATER - - THEY ARE NOW FOREVER INTERRED IN THE DEPTHS BELOW - - (ALONG WITH OTHERS WE MAY NEVER KNOW)
PLEASE BOAT SMART AND BOAT SAFE - -
THANK - YOU


Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Mystery Continues - - -

ON MAY 25TH 1954 - DOROTHY (BUCKLEY) FAHEY QUICKLY PENNED THIS POSTCARD TO HER FATHER IN CHICAGO, LETTING HIM KNOW THAT SHE AND HER NEW HUSBAND TOM, HAD ARRIVED SAFELY AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS - - -
LESS THAN 3 DAYS LATER - - THEY WOULD DISAPPEAR - -
Evidence Photo from National Archives presented in Federal Court in 1956.
The Fahey family was also sent an identical postcard - 
It is believed the photo's below, were taken by the couple of each other in front of their room at Lazy Days.  Dorothy's brother J.P. Buckley II accompanied Thomas Fahey's brother to the Lake from Chicago to retrieve the missing couples car and personal belongings and to search for them - - Dorothy's brother had apparently found her camera and had the film developed - - these photo's were just discovered by Buckley family - -

These photo’s of Tom & Dorothy were just discovered
by Dorothy's Nephew Tim on May 22, 2014.  
These were taken just days (or perhaps hours) before they disappeared.
They are standing in front of Room #7 at Lazy Days Resort in Linn Creek, MO.



EVIDENCE PHOTO FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THE FAHEY GUEST REGISTER AT LAZY DAYS RESORT