Posted: Oct 21, 2012 7:03 PM by Associated Press
ST. CHARLES - A last-ditch effort to find someone to buy a landmark St. Louis steamboat has failed and the vessel is headed for the scrap heap.
An auction Saturday didn't bring any buyers for the Belle of the Night, a restaurant boat that operated in the 1970s and '80s on Laclede's Landing as Belle Angeline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the highest bid of $15,000 was not accepted, so the boat's equipment and fixtures will be sold Wednesday.
Items up for sale include a stained-glass light fixture from the original Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas and a cabinet from one of Al Capone's speakeasies.
Many spectators at Saturday's auction came for the nostalgia rather than any interest in buying the four-deck-high barge built to look like a 19th-century paddle wheeler.