A group of river enthusiasts are leading the effort to restore the old watercraft and eventually find a prominent location to put it for future generations to see.
The Myra H was built in 1932 for Roman Pierce Harris.
"When that came off the pedestals, it was the most exciting thing I've seen in the past few years," said Jimmy Lovelace. This is a wonderful day." Lovelace is the stepbrother of Kyle Vasser and Linda Studard, who are grandchildren of the original owner of the boat, Pierce Harris.
Two massive cranes contributed by Miller Crane Service of Cedartown carefully hoisted the 54-foot boat off the pedestals it was displayed on at the park on the Coosa River. A crew of about half a dozen people used a variety of hand signals to help the crane operators maneuver the boat around a large tree and load it onto the back of a lowboy trailer contributed by Taylor Transportation of Cartersville.
The trailer then hauled the boat out Blacks Bluff Road to U.S. 27 South to the bypass around Alabama Highway and Redmond Circle before reaching the building at General Electric where the boat will be restored inside a high-roofed building, protected from the weather which has taken a toll on the boat over the last 30-plus years.
Lovelace said Bob Harris and Dennis Nordeman have been leading the effort to have the boat restored.
"My neighbor Pat Coffey is an excellent woodworker and he wants to be involved in it," Lovelace said. "I think enthusiasm for the project is really going to rise."
Former Rome Assistant City Manager Jim Dixon, said the Myra H is one of the last survivors of its type. "It was used basically for touring and hunting I think," Dixon said. "It's just something that there's nothing else like it."
No decision has been made yet as to where the boat will ultimately be put on display.