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USED Towboat Cherokee
USED Towboat Major Mackenzie (1887 - 1907)

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1887 by Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched in 1887
  • Delivered to the US Army Engineering Department in 1887
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1887 by the U.S. Engineering Department as USED Towboat Major Mackenzie
  • Assigned to the US Army Engineers Louisville District
  • Major Mackenzie / Cherokee worked on the Ohio River
  • Renamed USED Cherokee in 1907
  • Retired from Army service in 1932
  • Sold to Walter G. Hougland, date unknown, renamed Bob Rodes
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 335 t.
    Length 142.3'
    Beam 27.5'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 4.7'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    reciprocating steam engine(s)
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    USED Towboat Major Mackenzie
    89k USED Towboat Major Mackenzie moored alongside of a drydock, date and location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Photograph Collection
    John Spivey
    USED Towboat Cherokee
    79k USED Towboat Cherokee underway, circa 1907-1932), location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Photograph Collection
    John Spivey
    133k USED Towboat Cherokee pushing quarter boats to a site along the Ohio River to house and feed crews working on an engineering project.
    John Spivey
    Merchant Service
    66k Ex-USED Towboat Cherokee in merchant service as the towboat Bob Rodes at Green River, KY., circa 1938.
    John Spivey

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