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


1 comment:

Life at Long Cabins at Lake of the Ozarks said...

It would be cool to see this boat doing tours again. Good Luck!