Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Calm Waters

A quite placid view from the RiverCam on a beautiful Spring day at the North Shore Maritime Center.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Come on for a visit. We had a record day Saturday. All of the deck hands were pooped at the end of the day but that is what it is all about...letting as many people as possible experience Naval History up close and personal.

Also, don't forget to visit our live webcam. You can get there by clicking RIGHT HERE.

Welcome aboard!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

CSI Yesterday-- Mother Nature Today

We apologize for not being able to conduct tours this week-end. As you can see from the article below, circumstances beyond our control on Saturday forced us to close for tours, and on Sunday, rain came in waves all day. As you know, it is very dangerous to traverse the barges and Razorback when the decks are wet. Please understand that the safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us.

Be sure to visit the live web-cam and always check the weather on the link to the left prior to planning a trip to Razorback.

CSI Shuts Down Tours on Saturday

Body surfaces beside USS Razorback
A man’s body floated to the surface of the Arkansas River between the USS Razorback and the shore Saturday morning as a group of sightseers toured the submarine, which is anchored on the North Little Rock side of the river.   The body was discovered about 10:45 a.m., North Little Rock police said. Only the man’s head broke the surface in a small channel of water, witnesses said.   The Pulaski County coroner’s office responded to help North Little Rock and Little Rock fire department personnel retrieve the body at 100 Riverfront Drive. As of Saturday evening, the body had not been identified, and an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office was pending.   Two groups were touring the Razorback when the body surfaced, an employee said. Workers hung blue tarps to block the tourists’ view of the body, and eventually the tourists were ushered out.   Sgt. Terry Kuykendall of the North Little Rock Police Department said there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body. “We have no reason to believe it’s homicide,” he said. Kuykendall said he was unsure whether the body might be that of a man who was running from police last week and fell into the river near the Razorback in an effort to escape.
This story was published Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ready For Your Inspection- Photos from the four corners of the Control Room aboard Razorback/Muratreis. Come for a visit!

Photos taken 5 March in Control Room of Razorback. Come see what a good job everyone has done getting her ready. (CNLR Mayor's Office photos)

Friday, March 03, 2006

Arkansas Student Wins Award with Virtual Tour of Razorback

Click here to go to KTHV Channel 11 to read their story about a young man winning an award by designing a virtual tour of the Razorback.

Message from Mayor Hays and Staff

Razorback Base members and sub vets John Barr (L) and Jim Barnes work to finish up the gangways to Razorback. (CNLR Mayor's Office Photo)

To our visitors and friends:

While all of the new AIMM site will not quite be finished for our re-opening on Saturday 4 March at 10:00 (until dusk), we will be open for tours.

Razorback will be open for tours on week-ends only from 10:00 AM until dusk.

This will accomodate the finishing of the rest of the project so we can open full time when schools let out for the summer.

You will not believe the improvements in Razorback/Muratreis. I did a walk-through and the only thing missing are young sailors and officers hurrying to and fro to accomplish some mission in the service of their country. You can close your eyes and imagine all that has happened during the 394's service to both the United States and Turkish Navies.

While you are at the North Shore Maritime Center, please be sure to look at the Arkansas Queen paddle wheeler excursion restaurant.

We are very appreciative of all of the hard work put in by AIMM staff, volunteers and city employees to get folks below decks again to see this wonderful part of our heritage.

We hope you will take the time to visit these wonderful additions to our great City and State.

Mayor Patrick H. Hays
City of North Little Rock, AR

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shot From the WebCam of the Activity at the North Shore Maritime Center

Work is moving along at a brisk pace on the plans to begin operations of the North Shore Maritime Center which includes the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and the Arkansas Queen Riverboat Restaurant. The Arkansas Queen will also have a stationary restaurant, The Salty Parrot, which will operate out of the restored Patriot tugboat (formerly Gator's). Please check back often for updates. And you can click on the WebCam to watch it live. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


We're adding another boat to the flotilla. This one will become the director's quarters so he can spend even more time working on getting ready.

Greg Zonner and his most able crew, Navy vet volunteers, and city employees are busy preparing for this Saturday's Re-Opening of Razorback. While the complete configuration is still under construction, access to the barge Mary Munns and Razorback will be ready for tours commencing Saturday morning at 10:00 AM until dusk. Check the www.AIMM.museum website and this blog regularly for more information about our progress. Welcome back aboard!