Informer: Paw Paw’s Pride attraction at long-gone seafood restaurant
Published 4:33 am Sunday, February 6, 2022
I noticed the Paw Paw’s shrimp boat on Martin Luther King Highway is now gone but why was it ever there?
The shrimp boat, named the Paw Paw’s Pride of Lake Charles, was a feature of a seafood restaurant once located at that site.
The previously sunken boat was salvaged and reconditioned in 1972 and moved to it’s land-locked new home in a specially built “lake” on Martin Luther King Highway near the corner of U.S. 90.
The 42-foot-long boat was built in 1965 for the late Roland “Bolo” Trosclair of Cameron, according to a Nov. 21, 1972, article in the American Press.
“Trosclair sold it to the Griffith boys of Cameron and it was actively engaged in shrimping until 1970 when it sank,” the article reads. “It was salvaged and sold to O.J. Bourg.”
Bourg would later sell it to “Paw Paw” Cormie, who restored the craft and used it as a special tourist attraction at the front of his son Nathan’s restaurant, Paw Paw’s Seafood and Steak House. The boat included extra eating facilities on the deck and a fully equipped wheelhouse to entertain young diners. The man-made “lake” in which it was moored was also stocked with catfish.
The restaurant was demolished in 2007, but the boat remained in its man-made lake, slowly succumbing to the elements until it was removed last year
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