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Blast From Past: Seeweewana Sinks

Another story that I covered 25 years ago (published March 26, 1988 in the SR):

Sitting with his grandmother in a restaurant overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, 5-year-old Grant Helgeson predicted the fate of the Seeweewana. It's probably going to go like this," he said. Then he plunked a 3-inch toy boat bow-first into his water glass. About 20 minutes later, the Seeweewana, the last of the wooden tour boats to ply the lake, did just that. In front of a crowd of hundreds, the boat sunk about a quarter mile offshore, west of the Coeur d'Alene Resort boardwalk rest area. Sinking was the best solution diver Tom Michalski could find for the boat, after the city of Coeur d'Alene and Museum of North Idaho refused to accept it as a memorial to the boats that helped establish the city as a lakeside tourist spot. The sinking, he figures, will preserve the boat, if only for divers. (Coeur d'Alene Press file photo of the Seeweewana)

Question: Do you remember any of the great boats that once navigated the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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