|February 17, 2014|
The Captain Larry Don, Steel Hull, built in 1948 by W.A. Strutman; Larry Don is 62.3 ft long with a beam of 24ft. She was discovered sinking some time earlier today. Harsh winter conditions, icing and old age probably combined to seal her fate. Salvage and Recovery plans are still unfolding and may take some time. In the 1950's the "Larry Don" was configured slightly different: See photo and Casino Pier ad below:
FOR MORE HISTORY ON LARRY DON'S "MAKEOVERS" GO TO (The Late) Mike Gillespie's History Page:
|1957 Casino Pier Ad|
Sometime in the early 1960's the "Larry Don" was re-configured and became the "Captain Larry Don"
The Larry Don was purchased by the owners of Beavers at the Dam last year, with the intent to renovate the famous party boat as part of a major expansion of the restaurant/bar. Beavers manager Mike Shepherd says those plans will not be affected by Monday’s near-tragedy. He said ice is the suspected culprit in the event, but the boat has been stabilized.Shepherd confirmed the plan is to begin updating and renovating the Captain Larry Don this spring.
“It’ll be fine,” he said. “It’s all metal anyways, so it’ll work out fine.”