Becky Thatcher Leaving Town

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It will be a sad day for some folks in Marietta Wednesday as an historic showboat makes her way up the river to a new home in Pittsburgh.

The Becky Thatcher has spent the past several decades in the Muskingum River along the banks of Marietta.

Even though not much has been done with the boat in the past couple of years, many remember its heyday, and say it'll be tough to see her go.

"I think bittersweet is the proper term. It's been an eyesore for a while, so it's time to move on. But it had a day, and I wish they had found a way to make it a good one again," Mike Pingry, a Marietta resident, said.

Crews are expected to begin moving the Becky Thatcher Wednesday around 8 a.m.


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  • by Allison Victory Location: Pittsburgh, PA on Nov 2, 2009 at 05:42 PM
    Welcome to Pittsburgh showboat Becky Thatcher.
  • by lost Location: marietta on Oct 15, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    thats sad she was a great boat the kids loved it
  • by kurtis on Oct 15, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    this will be leaving an empty space in my heart,the sternwheeler is where my lover and i met,after his death last year,losing her is like losing him all over again.
  • by Robin Location: marietta on Oct 14, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    I can remeber when she sunk.. i was in high school.. never thought after she survived that that she would ever leave.. hope she has a gopod trip.. will really look bare there
  • by Charles Location: Matta on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    Well, another piece of Front Street gone. With the Brewery in debt well over half of her net worth, it will be gone next. No one will buy it, and the current owner will cut his losses and walk away. Perhaps an adventurous businessman from out of town will buy it. I will hate to see this local microbrewery be hauled out of town.
  • by okey Location: parkersburg on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    i am 40 years old i hate to see her go.
  • by BC Location: belpre on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    Sad sad day for the mid ohio valley, Just proves what a hole this area is. I have lived here almost all my life and I am more and more embarrassed to tell people that everyday. Getting worse than the slums in the bigger citys.
  • by David Location: Parkersburg on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    It was the only reason I went to Marietta. I liked the live music and partying on the back of the 'thatch. Met plenty of nice girls there and always had a heck of a good time. Sorry to see it go, I hope the 'burg treats her well.
  • by LEE Location: BELPRE on Oct 13, 2009 at 11:45 PM
    JUNK IN JUNK OUT NUF SAID
  • by jennifer koon Location: belpre on Oct 13, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    even though im only 27 years old my mom and ex boyfriend use to clean the becky thatcher when i was about2 or 3 years old i played on the becky thatcher and hate to see it go but its better than seeing it tore down or sunk
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