Bender Shipbuilding To Convert Galena Eagle

Tom Bender Jr., president of Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Inc., announced the award of a contract to Bender by Jo Daviess Riverboat Venture of Chicago for the conversion of the 205-foot Galena Eagle (Ex-Monte Carlo) from a dinner excursion vessel to a casino riverboat. The Galena Eagle will be based in Galena, Illinois, and operated by the owners of the Eagle Rock Resort.

The scope of the conversion contract includes the addition of electrical generating capacity, increased air conditioning and heating system capabilities, and installation of gaming equipment. The vessel's interior decor will be upgraded to casino standard. The Galena Eagle is styled as a modern cruise ship and not a traditional paddlewheeled riverboat. All conversion work will be completed by Bender within 45 days.

The vessel will then transit to Galena to begin operations in spring 1992. The Galena Eagle will be the fifth casino riverboat to operate in Illinois since Bender converted the Alton Belle Casino in fall 1991. The Galena Eagle represents the third casino vessel conversion contracted by Bender over the previous nine months.

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Inc. is a full service shipyard offering a wide range of drydock, repair and new construction services. Bender also maintains a fully staffed engineering department capable of providing naval architecture and marine engineering services. The conversion of the Galena Eagle represents only one of thousands of vessels built, converted or repaired at Bender since starting operations in 1919.

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