Talk of Moving the Becky Thatcher

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A showboat that's been in Marietta for more than three decades may soon need to find a new home.

At the next city council meeting the Public Lands and Building committee is planning to introduce a resolution that could remove the Becky Thatcher from its current location along the Muskingum Riverbank.

Chair person Jon Grimm says he'd prefer the boat be developed into a restaurant or museum, but if that doesn't happen, that part of the riverbank could be used otherwise

"The riverbank where the Becky Thatcher is right now is not maintained. It's grown over. The current owner has not taken any steps to maintain the boat or the riverbank," Grimm said.

Grimm says he wants the resolution to go through all three reading to allow more public opinion.

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  • by Bruce Location: Alabama on Mar 28, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    Marietta's elected officials have neglected their duty and should be held accountable. Gross mismanagement of municipal assets should be a crime.
  • by Kevin Location: Marietta on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Is anyone aware that there are children in Marietta that do not have a safe place to sleep and go to school on an empty stomach? This boat should not be the town's main priority, especially in today's economy!
  • by Darlene Location: Leroy on Mar 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    I have such great memories aboard this boat. I remember escorting several of the patients from Putnam place across the bridge to several of the shows. We had such lovely dinners and great shows. I hate to see the Becky gone. Marietta needs to keep the Becky. Resturant? Theatre? Bar? Museum? Find a good use for it!!
  • by money maker on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    i worked at the Becky during it's hayday. The restaurant was successful 9 months of the year. The banquets sustained it through the winter. We enjoyed numerous tour groups including the elderly and the city kids. We held receptions for weddings, politicians, and family gatherings! The college kids enjoyed the lounge and outside decks. The theater was operating and people came to eat and enjoy the show. The community came together once to pull this boat from the bottom of the river and make it all of that, so why can't the community see the wonderful benefit this attraction was for the city of marietta. YOU CAN'T BE A RIVER BOAT TOWN WITHOUT RIVERBOATS!!!
  • by subscriber Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I would love to see citizens and business combine to purchase the Becky. It doesn't have to house a restaurant. It could be a museum or whatever. It looks so great to visit a rivertown like Marietta and see a great boat like the Becky. It just looks so right being there. I hope it doesn't go away.
  • by Lori Location: Pburg on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Had a chance to see the Becky last weekend. Wanted to show it to my son before it's gone. It is in such disrepair- no wonder no one wants to buy it. It is literally falling apart. I had the good fortune of watching theatre productions there put on by MC with my grandma as a child. My time at MC I spent a few nights at the bar at the front of the boat. Nothing but great memories from that boat. It's a shame, that's for sure.
  • by JIM Location: PBURG on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Move it to the bottom of the ohio river..who cares?!!!!
  • by Dave Location: Newark, Ohio on Mar 3, 2009 at 09:34 PM
    Sad to see the Becky in trouble. I loved the Christmases I played in the theater with MOVP. Really, one of the best places in Ohio's best city is going to go away. Goodbye, old boat.
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