Mississippi Valley Chapter

Who are we?

We are a group of antique and classic boat enthusiasts with the common desire to operate, preserve, and restore classic boats. Our motto is “Preserving the Past for the Future”. Our objective is to share the memories of classic boats and boating and inspire new generations.

Where are we?

Our Members reside and boat in; Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois. Shows and outings are held on Lake St Louis, Long Branch Lake, Mark Twain Lake and the Mississippi River. Chapter meetings are held bimonthly and our annual Holiday Season Banquet is a highly anticipated event every December.

Restoration and Guidance

Many of our members are active in restoration, with a group of us (“Ole Boys”) meeting weekly to work on boats and provide guidance for those needing assistance.


Upcoming Chapter Events


Chapter News

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 8.7.18

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 3.27.18

This photo of the 1959 Larson Thunderhawk Senior Inboard was taken at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of 2017.  Owners are Ken and Robin Greger of Osage Beach, MO.  This is the only Thunderhawk Senior Inboard known to have been built.  The boat is 16 feet, powered by a Gray Marine in-line…

ACBS Chapter Thursday

The Antique and Classic Boat Society is an international organization comprised of individual memberships. It’s amazing how easily friendships are established long-distance through the exchange of pictures and information. Even more close ties are created when members meet in person at events.  There is the common interest in everything related to old boats – and…

Tin Can Sailor

In honor of Veteran’s Week, news posts this week will feature a few of those who have served and the boats they love. “Tin Can Sailor” is written by Susan Bullington, member of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS. Glenn E Folkerts   Branch – Navy USS Everet F Larson  Rank – RM 3 ( radioman 3rd class .-  dot dash guy)  Years of…

17th Annual Quincy Classic Boat Show

Report and pictures submitted by Rob Ebbing, member of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS. The headline picture today is a 1954 Raveau playing around cruisers that were heading upstream to Quincy, just north of Hannibal MO.  Raveau, driven by Dan Ebbing, is owned by Todd Young and Rob Ebbing.  The 1968 Hatteras in the background is…

‘Pumpkin seed’ boats historically full of thrills, spills

Pumpkin seems to be the flavor of the season – but have you heard of Pumpkin Seed Boats? Dan Peggs, President of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS, shared this interesting article about Pumpkin Seed Boats.  The article first appeared in “The Telegraph” newspaper of Alton, Illinois.  This article is republished here with permission from…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 9.5.17

This 1957 Trojan Sea Queen leads the Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats today.  My Lil’ Woody is owned by Kenn Barton and shown here at the Southern California boat show on August 19th at Big Bear Lake.  Notice Woody Woodpecker has his stringer of wooden fish.   Twisted is a 1957 17′ Century /converted to a…

Have you ever had a Fuzzy Thought?

Part of what makes each vintage boat unique is the story the boat carries. John Bloch, “the little guy standing next to my [his] dad on what is now Anchor Yanker Boat Club Island” sent in this great story: These poetic words were “written by a friend of my father’s who helped him with restoring…

Mississippi Valley Is Right in the Middle

Mississippi Valley Chapter is the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s Chapter of the Week. North, South, East, and West all view the St. Louis area as in the middle.  It’s in the heart of the Mississippi River system and seemingly delineates the east from the west on the continent.  And the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS…

Am I too young to be in the Ole Boys Club?

Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society includes an “Ole Boys Club” that welcomes all ages and women, too. Thank you to Jack Hartwig for sharing this report when asked about the Mississippi Valley Ole Boys Club.  (This website editor wishes I lived near St. Louis on Tuesdays.)  The following is quoted…