Look Back: Golden Eagle steamboat, 1947
Date: 5/18/2012 Album ID: 1472259
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
The early morning of May 18, 1947, was dark but quiet, the Mississippi River 10 feet below flood stage. The Golden Eagle was bound for Nashville, Tenn., from its St. Louis home via the Ohio and Cumberland rivers. Most of its 91 passengers and crew were asleep when the drifting boat smacked into submerged rocks near Grand Tower Island, opening a gash on its port side.