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NEW LIFE FOR FORMER OHIO RIVER COMPANY VETERAN
By Jeff L. Yates
River veterans and boat aficionados recalling the glory days of the ’50s and ’60s will be happy to read that one of the boats from the former Ohio River Company “turtle-back” fleet has been completely refurbished with a modern look while maintaining its distinctive and eye-pleasing profile.
Western Rivers Boat Management recently placed the Britney Lee back in service after it was out of commission for more than a year for repairs and refurbishing following a destructive fire. The 57-year-old vessel had only returned to service for a short time following a previous makeover when, while awaiting a spot on the First Marine LLC drydock for some hull repairs, a fire broke out and seriously damaged virtually all of the living quarters and pilothouse. The boat was tied up at Western Rivers Boat Management’s Tennessee River facility near Calvert City, Ky., at the time.