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Delaware (BD-6804)

Barge Derrick, Non Self-propelled:
  • Laid down in March 1999 as US Army Derrick Barge Delaware (BD-6804) by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, LA.
  • Launched in November 1999
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermasters Corps in November 2000
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corp., unit unknown
  • Placed in service in November 2000
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    Displacement 1,999 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 80'
    Draft 7' light
    Depth of Hold 14'4"
    Complement 44
    Fuel Capacity 44,975 gals diesel
    Water Capacity 116600 gals
    Power Generation Systems
    on Cummins KTA38G2 Main Diesel Gen 300 kW
    one Cummins NTA855-G2 Auxiliary Diesel Gen 300 kW
    Lifting Capacity
    Main Hoist (14 to 20 feet per minute)
    257,600 lbs. at 60 ft.
    113,600 lbs. at 175 ft.
    Operating radius 60 ft. to 175 ft.
    Auxiliary Hoist (79 to 100 feet per minute)
    56,000 lbs. at 175 ft.
    Whip Hoist (150 to 200 feet per minute)
    10,000 lbs. at 175 ft.
    Jib Crane (2 Ton)
    4,000 lbs.
    Jib Crane (1/2 Ton)
    1,000 lbs.
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    Delaware - Crossing of the Delaware. Generally recognized as the “turning-point of the Revolution,” this exploit of Washington checked the British advance and restored the American morale, then in danger of collapse. Under his command, about three o’clock in the afternoon of Christmas Day, 1776, some 2400 men and 18 field pieces set out from a position west of the Delaware river above Trenton to surprise the British, chiefly Hessians, in their quarters between Trenton and New York. The weather was terrible, the river covered with floating ice, the supporting columns failed or refused to make the crossing. Between three and four o’clock the next morning Washington’s command made its way across the river, marched to Trenton surprised the Hessian garrison, killed some, including the Hessian commander, Rall, took 946 prisoners, 1200 muskets, 6 cannon and the regimental colors. Having accomplished this daring raid the American troops recrossed the Delaware, with half of their number disabled by the cold. The Hessian commander, Donop, hearing of the defeat of his fellow officer, Rall, hastily retired to Princeton, leaving his stores, sick and wounded to be captured by Cadwallader, who, hearing of Washington’s exploit on Dec 27, crossed into New Jersey. On Dec 29 Washington again crossed the Delaware, advanced to Trenton, and, attacked there by the British under Cornwallis, marched to Princeton, hoping to capture the British supplies at Brunswick. There ensued the battle of Princeton, in which the British lost some 200 men killed and more than that taken prisoner. This was the most daring exploit of the Revolutionary War and not merely saved the American cause from collapse but raised the reputation and influence of Washington to a point where he could, at last, be free to carry out his plans with a minimum of hindrance from his rivals and the authorities.
    Image - Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, MMA-NYC,_1851, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
    Map- Plan of the operations of General Washington against the King's troops in New Jersey, from the 26th of December 1776 to the 3d of January 1777, Library of Congress, Call Number/Physical Location G3811.S3 1777 .P6
    Tommy Trampp
    Keystone State
    25k Diagram of Delaware (BD-6804).
    Global Security
    Tommy Trampp
    Henry Knox
    141k USAV MGEN. Henry Knox (LT-802) tows the US Army Derrick Barge Delaware (BD-6804) out of the harbor at Tacoma, WA. to the open ocean during exercise Big-Logisitics-Over-the-Shore, West.
    US Army photo # 180717-A-HE34-451
    187k Delaware (BD-6804) moored dockside, 27 April 2014, location unknown.
    Photo from by Yinlaihuff
    Tommy Trampp

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