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USED Towboat Iris


Sternwheel Towboat:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 60'
    Beam 12'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 3'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    Propulsion
    reciprocating steam engine(s), 6 s-3 ft. stroke
    two boiler(s)
    sternwheel

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    Iris
    303016501
    71k Ex-USED Towboat Iris underway in the 1920s, location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey

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