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USED Oriole

Sternwheel Towboat / Snagboat / Dredge:
  • Built in 1908 at Aitkin, MN.
  • Launched in 1908
  • Purchased by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1910, at Libby MN.
  • Delivered, christened, commissioned and put into service by the US Army Corps of Engineers as the towboat USED Oriole in 1910
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers District, unknown
  • Oriole worked the Mississippi River and Big Sandy Lake
  • Converted to a snagboat in 1914
  • Converted to a bucket dredge in 1916 (dimensions changed to 107 x 22'3" x 5)
  • Retired from Army service in 1918
  • Sold in 1916 to George Matoon, Big Sandy Lake, less machinery, for use as a summer hotel until 1941
  • Final Disposition, pilot house is now in visitors center of the Big Sandy Lock house
    Displacement unknown
    Length 90'
    Beam 19'3"
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 4'1"
    Speed unknown
    Crew Accommodations unknown
    reciprocating steam engine

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    88k US Army Corps of Engineers USED Towboat Oriole underway at Aitkin MN. on the Mississippi River, date unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Library
    John Spivey

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