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William S. Mitchell

Self-Propelled Dustpan Dredge:
  • Built in 1933-4, at Marietta Manufacturing Co. Point Pleasant, W.V.
  • Launched, in 1934
  • Delivered, 5 December 1934, and placed in service by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as William S. Mitchell
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District
  • Final Disposition, tourist attraction "USS Nightmare" a haunted house experience at Newport, Ky.
    Displacement 1362 t.
    Length 277'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 9'
    Discharge Line 34'
    Complement 42
    two steam engines
    two sidewheels
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    Willam S. Mitchell
    188k Marietta Manufacturing Co. completion photo of William S. Mitchell , 5 December 1934.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo, courtesy Marietta Manufacturing Co.
    Tommy Trampp
    Willam S. Mitchell
    226k A group of senior civil engineers from the University of Iowa inspecting William S. Mitchell at Kansas City, date unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Willam S. Mitchell
    304k William S. Mitchell conducting a dredging operation, post-1945, location unknown. She is bing assisted by US Army Corp of Engineers work launch Tavern
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Willam S. Mitchell
    331k William S. Mitchell dredging a cutoff on the Missouri River at Blue Mills. This view shows William S. Mitchell chewing through the cutoff or pilot canal and discharging spoils behind a bank of earth pushed up by bulldozers. Several cutoffs of this type have been made on the Missouri River, eliminating hazardous navigation bends.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District negative # 38946
    Tommy Trampp

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