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USED Towboat Slackwater (I)(II)

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1884 at the Philip Zenn, Boatyard, near McKeesport, PA. for the Monongahela Navigation Co.
  • Launched, in 1884
  • Purchased by U.S. Army Engineering Department at Pittsburgh, PA in 1897 when the Monongahela River locks and dams were taken over by the U.S.
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1903 as USED Towboat Slackwater (I)
  • Assigned to the US Army Engineers Pittsburgh District as a repair boat
  • Slackwater worked mostly on the Monongahela River
  • She received a new hull at Marietta, OH. in 1903, then measuring 120x26.3x4.3.
  • Slackwaters boilers exploded at Lock 4, Ohio River, Legionville, PA. in October 1906, killing four or five persons. The boat was demolished.
  • The upper works were rebuilt on the same hull resulting in the new Slackwater (II) which was little different in appearance.
  • Final Disposition, sank in the Monongahela River near Greensboro, PA. in ice, February 1926
    Displacement unknown
    Length 116.6'
    Beam 25'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 3.3'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    steam engine(s)
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    84k USED Slackwater underway, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historical Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey
    71k USED Slackwater (II) underway with tow near Elizabeth, PA., Fall 1919.
    Photo by F. Way Jr., - Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
    John Spivey

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