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USED Towboat Wynoka


Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1899 at Dubuque, IA.
  • Launched in 1899
  • Acquired by the Mississippi River Commission in 1899
  • In 1905 she caught on fire and her cabin and pilot house were burned off at O'Donnell's Landing, Arkansas below Cairo
  • Transferred in 1905 to the US Army Engineers St. Louis District
  • Christened, commissioned and and put into service as USED Towboat Wynoka in 1905
  • Wynoka operated on the Mississippi River
  • By 1917 USED Wynoka had been reassigned to US Engineers, Memphis District
  • In April 1925 Wynoka made a trip to St. Paul with five barges loaded with water ballast to test the possibility of an upper Mississippi extension of the Federal Barge Line. At Island 17 the barges went aground and after they were freed the Mississippi River Barge Line Sternwheel Steamer General Ashburn completed the trip.
  • On 4 August 1929 Wynoka hit a rock and sank near the Rock Island Bridge
  • Repaired at Keokuk, she took part in the dedication of the new Peoria Illinois terminal in June 1931
  • Retired from US Army service, circa 1933
  • Sold in 1933 to E.N. Bisso and renamed Bisso
  • Resold in 1935, renamed Gold Shield
  • Final Disposition, sank in late April 1939 at Algiers, LA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 171.6'
    Beam 36
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 3.6'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    Fuel Oil Capacity unknown
    Potable Water unknown
    Propulsion
    steam engine(s), 22ís-8 ft. stroke
    boiler(s)
    sternwheel
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    USED Towboat Wynoka
    Wynoka
    303009801
    98k USED Towboat Wynoka with a tow on the Mississippi River near Savanna, IL., circa 1930
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat gallery
    John Spivey
    Wynokan
    303009802
    89k USED Towboat Wynoka with a tow on the Mississippi River, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat gallery
    John Spivey
    Wynoka
    303009805
    45k USED Towboat Wynoka tied up to the Mississippi River bank near Memphis, Tn., March 1923
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey
    Wynoka
    303009806
    119k USED Towboat Wynoka tied up, date and location unknown.
    Steamboats.com
    John Spivey
    Merchant Service
    Wymoka
    303009803
    85k Ex-USED Towboat Wynoka in commercial service as Basso, 1933-1935, tied up to the river bank with a barge load of popes.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat gallery
    John Spivey
    Wynoka
    303009804
    49k Ex-USED Towboat Wynoka in commercial service as Gold Shield, circa 1935-1939, underway, location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat gallery
    John Spivey

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