S.S. Camille torn down

Published 4:52 pm Thursday, May 8, 2008

The S.S. Hurricane Camille tugboat is no more after demolition crews tore it down.

Long a popular tourist attraction, in recent years the 72-foot-long landmark had deteriorated into more of an eyesore.

Owner Lucille Moody said Tuesday it was time for the boat to go after 35 years sitting just off the beach in Gulfport along U.S. Highway 90.

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Built in 1943, the tugboat was pushed ashore in August 1969 by Hurricane Camille. Moody eventually opened a gift shop on the property, using the old boat to lure customers.

For local residents, the familiar tugboat became a symbol of strength against two storms — Camille and Katrina. For visitors, it was a favorite landmark and photo opportunity.