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USED Towboat John J. Hoopes


Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1929 at Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works, Dubuque, IA. for the US Army Engineers
  • Launched in 1929
  • Christened and and put into service as USED Towboat John J. Hoopes in 1929
  • Assigned to the US Army Engineers Vicksburg District
  • John J. Hoopes operated on the Mississippi, Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers
  • Retired from Army service in 1941
  • Sold at public sale in 1943 to to Johnson Line of Longview, TX.
  • Sold in 1944 to George W. Whiteman, Gretna, LA.
  • Sold in the summer of 1945 to Earl Webster, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 10 September 1945, damaged by fire
  • Repaired at the Pittsburgh Coal Co. Marine ways at Elizabeth, PA.
  • Following repairs at Pittsburgh Coal Co. she was moved to Newell Cochran Docks in Parkersburg, W.V. for conversion from steam to diesel
  • Sold in 1948 to Crain Bros. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Renamed M/V Kilbuck in 1956
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 225 t.
    Length 131'
    Beam 23'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 5.4'
    Speed unknown
    Crew Accommodations 8
    Propulsion
    As Built - two reciprocating steam engines, 10ís-5 ft. stroke,125 hp. each
    two boilers
    1945 - two 200hp Fairbanks-Morse engines
    split stern-wheel

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    USED John J. Hoopes
    John J. Hoopes
    303007701
    66k Post Card image of USED Towboat John J. Hoopes underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    John J. Hoopes
    303007702
    64k USED Towboat John J. Hoopes tied up to the riverbank, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey
    Merchant Service
    John J. Hoopes
    303007703
    124k Ex-USED Towboat John J. Hoopes as Crain Bros. Inc. diesel powered Towboat M/V Kilbuck underway with a tow, circa after 1948, location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey

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