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USED Penniman
USED Mamie S. Barrett (1921 - 1935)

Stern-wheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1921 by Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN. for the Barrett Line of Cincinnati, OH.
  • Launched in 1921
  • sold to the US Army Corps of Engineers in October 1923 and sent to Florence, AL.
  • Christened and and put into service as USED Mamie S. Barrett in 1923
  • Re-assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District in 1926
  • Renamed USED Penniman in 1935 and used as an inspection boat
  • Retired from Army service and sold in 1947 to Vollmer Bros. Construction Co.
  • Re-sold in 1949 to Spencer Merrills, renamed Piasa, for use as a clubhouse and restaurant at Harbor Point Yacht Club, Weston Alton, MO.
  • Re-sold In 1981 to Dick and Kathy Oberle, moved to Eddyville, KY, renamed Mamie S. Barrett, underwent an extensive restoration and served as a restaurant at the marina on the Cumberland River on Kentucky Lake
  • Re-sold in 1987 to John and Mary Houseman, brought to Vicksburg, 5 November 1987, converted to a showboat with a 120 seat theater on the main deck and a restaurant on the second deck
  • Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, date unknown
  • Re-sold around 1990 for sue as a casino boat but never opened
  • During the flood of 1993 Mamie S. Barrett beached in a cut-off below Natchez, MS.
  • Moved in 1995 to Vidalia, LA.
  • In 1999 the boat was donated to the town of Rosedale, MI. But the town of Rosedale has no use for the vessel
  • In July 2001 the city of Jeffersonville, IN, showed an interest in the Mamie S. Barrett, but the project never materialized
  • The Howard Steamboat Museum of Jeffersonville, IN, was also interested in the boat and tried to acquire her 1994,
  • In 2017 Mamie S. Barrett caught fire and was completely destroyed after the Mississippi River rose into the area where it was sitting, Deer Park, LA, 10 miles away from the Mississippi River
    Displacement 326 t.
    Length 146'
    Beam 30'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 5'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    reciprocating steam engine

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    108k USED Mamie S. Barrett moored to a river bank, date and location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Digital Library.
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    96k Ex-USED Mamie S. Barrett moored at Eddy Creek Marina, Lyon County, Kentucky, circa 1981.
    US National Park Service
    US National Park Service
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    514k Ex-USED Mamie S. Barrett sitting, Deer Park, LA, 10 miles away from the Mississippi River
    National Register of Historic Places, US National Park Service reference number 830002811

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