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NavSource Online: Army Ship Photo Archive
USED Towboat Iris
Built in 1884 at Keokuk, IA.
Launched in 1884
Delivered in 1884 to the US Army Engineers
Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1884 by the U.S. Army Engineers as USED Towboat Iris
Assigned to the U.S. Army Engineers District, unknown
Iris worked on the upper Missouri River
Retired from US Army service circa 1908
Sold at public sale in 1908 to Thomas Adams where she worked the towing trade until April 1913
Conflicting records show her as sold in April 1913 to Frank Fugina of Fountain City, WI. for job towing or to Molo Sand and Gravel Co. until about 1925
Sold in 1925 to John Klein
Sold in July 1927 to Gideon and Anderson of Gideon MO. they continued to operate her until 1929
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Hull Depth unknown
reciprocating steam engine(s), 6 ½’s-3 ½ ft. stroke
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||Ex-USED Towboat Iris underway in the 1920s, location unknown.
University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
There is no history available for USED Towboat Iris at NavSource