ST. LOUIS (AP) — A century-old riverboat-turned-casino that folded under withering competition from the St. Louis region’s growing array of gambling sites is headed to a scrapyard, piece by piece.

Crews are dismantling the S.S. Admiral along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, months after a would-be auction failed to attract what the owner considered serious bids for the vessel.

Gateway Marine Services’ Bill Kline says a half dozen of his company’s workers are using saws, torches and other tools to pick the Admiral apart.

admiral inside S.S. Admirals Last Days

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Until last summer, the Admiral was The President Casino. The President was one of the first casinos after Missouri legalized casino gambling in 1993, but the vessel became by far the St. Louis region’s smallest casino and was hampered by its age, size and location.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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