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USED Dredge Essayons (I)

Self-propelled Dredge:
  • Built in 1867-68 by Atlantic Works, East Boston, hull subcontracted to Curtis, Smith & Co.
  • Launched, 9 March 1868
  • Delivered, 10 April 1868
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service by the US Army Corp of Engineers, as USED Dredge Essayons in April 1868
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District
  • Retired from Army service, sold at auction by the Corps of Engineers at New Orleans,2 August 1882
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 630 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 30'
    Depth of Hull unknown
    Draft 15'
    Speed unknown
    Range unknown
    Complement 34
    Dredging Depth 22' max.
    one stern propeller with 300 horsepower coal-fired direct-acting steam engine, cyl 40" diameter x 4' stroke
    one bow propeller, with two 300 horsepower coal-fired direct-acting steam engines, cyl 40" diameter x 4' stroke
    one steam engine to raise an lower fore and aft rakes
    single bow mounted dredging propeller
    four steam engine-driven pumps to empty dredge spoil tanks

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    Essayones (I)
    53k USED Dredge Essayons drydocked at New Orleans, LA., 12 October 1870
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey
    Essayons (I)
    130k USED Dredge Essayons working on removing the bar at Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River
    Photo of page 528 of the June 13, 1871 issue of "Every Saturday". (Wikipedia)
    John Spivey

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