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USACE Biddle


Seagoing Hopper Dredge:
  • Built in 1946-47, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, in 1947
  • Delivered 1947 and placed in commission by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as USACE Biddle
  • Assigned to US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1992
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,730 long tons(lt)
    Length 351'
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Hopper Capacity 3060 cu yds
    Complement 78
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    two turbo-electric drive steam engines
    two propeller shafts

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    Biddle
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    Namesake
    Charles John Biddle (April 30, 1819 – September 28, 1873) was an American soldier, lawyer, congressman, and newspaper editor. Biddle was born and died in Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of Nicholas Biddle, president of the Second Bank of the United States, and nephew of Congressman Richard Biddle. Charles Biddle graduated from Princeton in 1837, where he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1840. Biddle served in the Mexican–American War, serving as captain and a company commander. He was brevetted to the rank of major for gallantry in the Battle of Chapultepec. At the close of the war, he returned to Philadelphia to practice law. In May 1861, appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania Reserves, rising in May to the rank of colonel in command of the 42nd Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry (13th Reserves). In October of that year he was elected to the Thirty-seventh United States Congress. He resigned from the army in February 1862. After the war, he became one of the proprietors and editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Age, and retained that position for the remainder of his life. (Wikipedia)
    Captain Charles John Biddle, quarter-plate daguerreotype with hand-coloring credit stamped (on the brass mat), circa 1847, by Robert Cornelius photographer.
    Tommy Trampp
    Biddle
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    220k USACE Biddle underway date and location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photos
    Tommy Trampp
    Biddle
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    Biddle
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    Biddle
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    140k Immediately following the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredges USACE Biddle (left), USACE Harding (center) and USACE Pacific (right), and a Port of Portland pipeline dredge worked to restore the shipping channel in the Columbia River. Ships were stranded in the port or were aground after mud flows from Mount St. Helens roared down the Cowlitz River and filled the Columbia channel overnight, decreasing it from its previous 40-foot depth to a mere 14 feet. For nine miles up and downriver, nothing moved but mud and water.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Biddle
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    33k USACE Biddle underway date and location unknown.
    Photo by George Lamuth / Marc Piche 1976-2010
    Dredgepoint.org

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    Newspaper articles from the Anchorage Daily News, September, 19,20 and 23, 1981
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