Removal Day

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Photograph by Brock Switzer

Although I already shared a picture of the Great Hall empty, it took quite a bit of effort to get the last few pieces out.  We hired Hampton Roads Crane and Rigging to help us out and, as usual, they did an excellent job.

The first of the three pieces to come down was the stern carving from the paddle wheel steamer Priscilla, in service from 1893-1938.  Until Commonwealth was built she was considered the finest steamboat around and could reach a speed of 22mph.  Below is a picture of the stern carving on the boat.   Read more