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William M. Black

Self-Propelled Dustpan Dredge:
  • Built in 1933-4, at Marietta Manufacturing Co. Point Pleasant, W.V.
  • Launched, in 1934
  • Delivered, 5 December 1934, and placed in service by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as William M. Black
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District
  • Final Disposition, Museum in Dubuque IA.
    Displacement 1362 t.
    Length 277'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 9'
    Discharge Line 34'
    Complement 42
    two steam engines
    two sidewheels

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    Willam M. Black

    William Murray Black (December 8, 1855 September 24, 1933) was career officer in the United States Army, noted for his ability to organize and train young engineers. (Wikipedia)/font>
    US National Archives Photo # 111-SC-6298, a US Army Signal Corps photo by LT. E.M. deBerri, dated 18 April 1918
    Tommy Trampp
    Willam M. Black
    229k William M. Black dredging a shallow crossing in the Missouri River, date unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Ste. Genevieve
    141k The dredges William M. Black and Sainte Genevieve dredge opposite each other in October 1952 building the Kansas City Division channel diversion. An Earth wall 50' wide was left between the two dredges which was blasted out.
    University of Missouri, Saint Louis.
    Tommy Trampp
    Ste. Genevieve
    Ste. Genevieve
    Willam M. Black
    101k Ex-William M. Black moored pierside at Dubuque, IA. Tommy Trampp
    Willam M. Black
    323k Ex-William M. Black moored pierside at Dubuque, IA., 20 September 2008. William M. Black is a permanent exhibit moored in the Ice Harbor near the National Rivers Hall of Fame and the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum. William M. Black is one the museums operated by the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The Black was named for the chief of the United States Army Corps of Engineers following World War II.  
    Willam M. Black
    82k U.S. National Historic Landmark ex-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Self-propelled Dustpan Dredge William M. Black moored pierside at Dubuque, IA., 21 November 2009.
    Photo by Bill Whittaker

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