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USED Towboat Somervell
USED Towboat Attu (1944 - 1955)

  • Built in 1943 for the Defense Plant Corp (DPC 604) by Jeffersonville Boat and Machine, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Leased by Inland Waterways Corporation chartered to American Barge Lines, Co. in 1943
  • Assigned to the US Army Engineers New Orleans District in 1946
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service as USED Towboat Attu in 1946
  • Reassigned to US Army Engineers Memphis District, date unknown
  • Renamed USED Somervell in 1955
  • Somervell served on the Red River
  • Retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition sold in 1964 and dismantled
    Displacement 1016 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 52'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two propellers

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    USED Attu
    66k USED Attu underway, date and location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
    John Spivey
    USED Somervell
    68k USED Somervell underway near Memphis, TN., 6 October 1955.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey
    88k USED Somervell bound upstream with quarterboats and material barges of the Memphis Engineers District Bank Protection Party No.6, passing under the Memphis-Arkansas Bridges at the beginning of the 1959 revertment work season. Hopefield Point, Arkansas on the left bank approximate Mississippi River mile 734.5 above the Head of Passes. US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    92k USED Somervell upbound towing revertment plant of the Memphis Engineers District. to the seasons first worksite in 1963. The large vessel in center is the quarterboat used for working at isolated points along the river. Barges for fuel and material make up the rest of the tow. US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library

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