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Captain Meriwether Lewis


Self Propelled Dustpan Dredge:
  • Built in 1932 by Marietta Manufacturing Corp., Point Pleasant W.V.
  • Launched, 12 December 1931
  • Delivered and placed in service as Captain Meriwether Lewis, 1932
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District
  • Retired, 1976
  • Berthed in a diked basin beside the Missouri River in Brownville, NE. Captain Meriwether Lewis is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is operated as the Museum of Missouri River History
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,200 T.(lt)
    Length 268'11"
    Beam 84'9"
    Depth of Hold 8'6"
    Draft
    Forward 4'6"
    Aft (loaded) 5'
    Speed unknown
    Range unknown
    Dredging Depth 20' max., 3' min.
    Width of cut 36"
    Dredge pumps 1
    Discharge Pipe 34"
    Pressure 13-18 lbs.
    Average Suction Vacuum 14"
    Pumping Power 1,300 hp.
    Complement 52
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Propulsion
    two Marietta Manufacturing Corps. 800-h.p. horizontal compound condensing engines 20 x 40 inches with a 7-foot stroke
    two Foster-Wheeler water-tube boilers
    two steel and white oak sidewheels, each 25 feet in diameter and 13.6 feet wide

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    Namesake
    Meriwether Lewis - (August 18, 1774 October 11, 1809) was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with, and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Country for the United States before European nations. They also collected scientific data, and information on indigenous nations. President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806. He died of gunshot wounds in what was either a murder or suicide, in 1809. (Wikipedia)
    Portrait of Meriwether Lewis by Charles Willson Peale. (1741 - 1827)
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    255k Captain Meriwether Lewis dredging, 1932, location unknown.
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    248k Captain Meriwether Lewis underway, date and location unknown.
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    255k Captain Meriwether Lewis underway view forward from the wheelhouse, date and location unknown.
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    312k Captain Meriwether Lewis moored, 1932, location unknown.
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    158k Captain Meriwether Lewis seen from the stern berthed in a diked basin beside the Missouri River in Brownville, NE. USACE Captain Meriwether Lewis is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is operated as the Museum of Missouri River History.
    Photo, 3 April 2011, by Ammodramus (real name unknown)
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    114k Captain Meriwether Lewis port quarter view. Two of the dredge's discharge pipes, supported by pontoons, are visible in the photo: one resting on a slope at the basin's edge in left foreground; the other partly visible in the lower right.
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    118k Captain Meriwether Lewis starboard bow view.
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    82k Captain Meriwether Lewis starboard paddlewheel box.
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