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USED Chester Harding

Seagoing Hopper Dredge:
  • Built in 1938-39, at Pusey & Jones Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, in 1939
  • Delivered 1939 and placed in commission by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as USED Chester Harding
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1987
    Displacement 1,194 t.
    Length 216'
    Beam 40'
    Depth of Hold 15' 6"
    Draft 12' 9"
    Complement 30
    Hopper Capacity 6275 cu yds
    Dredging Depth 45'
    Dredging Pipes 2
    two 1,400hp General Motors diesel engines driving two electric motors generating 1398Kw
    two propeller shafts

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    Chester Harding (December 31, 1866 - November 11, 1936) Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1917 to 1921. Graduate of University of Alabama in 1884. Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1889. Commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Appointed Division Engineer of Gatun Locks Division in 1907, and as the Panama Canal maintenance engineer in 1915. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    52k USED Chester Harding moored pierside in 1943, location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    285k USED Chester Harding underway, date and location unknown
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    Tommy Trampp
    78k USACE Chester Harding doing a side discharge while dredging a channel, date and location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    86k USACE Chester Harding underway, circa 1976, location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers photo
    US Army Corps of Engineers USACE Digital Library
    140k Immediately following the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredges USACE Biddle (left), USACE Chester Harding (center) and USACE Pacific (right), and a Port of Portland pipeline dredge worked to restore the shipping channel in the Columbia River. Ships were stranded in the port or were aground after mud flows from Mount St. Helens roared down the Cowlitz River and filled the Columbia channel overnight, decreasing it from its previous 40-foot depth to a mere 14 feet. For nine miles up and downriver, nothing moved but mud and water.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Portland District photo
    Tommy Trampp

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