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The remains of the former Thomas Cook paddler Memnon, star of the 1978 film of Agatha Christie's novel "Death on the Nile" (where she was named "Karnak" for the occasion) is owned by the Seti First Group, which owns a fleet of Nile cruise ships. It is shown on their website as under reconstruction, the work has stalled and she is now partially deconstructed, with her stern section entirely missing
Myat Yadana    

The last paddler on the Burmese Irrawaddy River was in operation until only recently and in 2019 remains in good condition but beached on the sandy riverbank near Old Bagan. She was built in 1948 by Yarrow at Glasgow, Scotland and shipped over in parts for reassembly. Scottish shipbuilders, especially Denny of Dumbarton, had a long history of supplying river paddle steamers to Burma.       


Diesel screw ship (ex steam paddler)


Built at Midland, Pennsylvania in 1924, this 291 ft long hull was originally the steamer Cincinnati. Heavily rebuilt in 1934 after being sold to Strecffus Steamers at St Louis, she became "President" and became a passenger excursion ship. Motorised in the 1978 with propellors replacing her wheels. sailed out of new orleans from 1981 and St Louis from 1985 until 1990. Became a casino ship at Davenport and sailed until September 2000 after which she was moored at various locations, including Vicksburg and then Mackellar lake near Memphis. It was dismanted at Alton IL before being shipped over land to St Elmo, IL in 2009. The plan to reassemble her as a luxury hotel and entertainment venue has not been realised and she remains in pieces. In 2011 her designation as a National Historical Landmark, first assigned in 1989, was withdrawn.
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