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USED Dredge Benyaurd

Seagoing Hopper Dredge:
  • Built in 1904, at William R. Trigg, Richmond, VA.
  • Launched, in 1904
  • Delivered 1904, christened, commissioned and placed in service by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as USED Dredge Benyaurd
  • Decommissioned, circa 1948
  • Sold in 1948, renamed Sandchief
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1957
    Displacement 2,978 t.
    Length 272'
    Beam 48'
    Draft 23'
    Complement unknown
    Hopper Capacity unknown
    Dredging Depth unknown
    Dredging Pipes unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines, 1,350hp
    two propeller shafts

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    Benyaurd - William Henry Harrison Benyaurd (17 May 1841 - 7 February 1900) A "Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1863, and was posted to the Corps of Engineers. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery while a 1st Lieutenant at the Battle of Five Forks, Virginia on April 1, 1865, with his citation reading "With one companion, voluntarily advanced in a reconnaissance beyond the skirmishers, where he was exposed to imminent peril; also, in the same battle, rode to the front with the commanding general to encourage wavering troops to resume the advance, which they did successfully". His Medal was awarded to him on September 7, 1897. He remained in the Corps of Engineers after the War, rising the rank of Lieutenant Colonel."
    Find a Grave Photo and Biography by: RPD2 Find a Grave
    Tommy Trampp
    46k USED Dredge Benyaurd anchored at the Head of Passes, Mississippi River, 20 November 1904.  
    75k USED Dredge Benyaurd moored, 21 December 1937, location unknown. John Spivey

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