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USED Towboat Piomingo
MRC Towboat / Packet / Inspection Boat Mississippi (I) (1882 - 1919)

Stern-wheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1882, as the towboat Mississippi at Carondelet, or St. Louis MO.
  • Purchased by the Mississippi River Commission before completion
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, date unknown
  • Assigned to the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) for spring and fall inspection trips from St. Louis to New Orleans.
  • Partly burned at Paducah in January 1893
  • Rebuilt at St. Louis in 1893, hull construction shown as steel, then termed a “stern-wheel steamer" indicating that her function as a towboat was secondary to survey duties
  • Taken over by the US Army Engineers in 1906 at St. Louis
  • Transferred the the US Army Engineers at West Memphis, Arkansas in 1919, renamed USED Towboat Piomingo
  • Piomingo was assigned to what is now the Corps of Engineers Memphis District for service as a towboat
  • Decommissioned and retired from Army service, 22 June 1922.
  • Final Disposition, off the list by 30 June 1922
    Displacement unknown
    Length 174'
    Beam 32'
    Compliment unknown
    Height unknown
    Speed unknown
    Draft 6'
    Depth unknown
    steam engine(s)
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    Mississippi (I)
    Piomingo - Chickasaw Leader and Diplomat.
    Image from a six foot sculpture of Chickasaw Chief Piomingo by William Beckwith that sits in front of the Tupelo, Mississippi City Hall.
    Tommy Trampp
    Mississippi (I)
    114k MRC Towboat Mississippi moored pierside, date and location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison. Digital Library
    John Spivey
    Mississippi (I)
    111k The beginning of President Roosevelt trip aboard MRC Mississippi at Keokuk, IA., 1 October 1907, for a trip down the Mississippi River to Memphis, TN. Mississippi is on the right, the boat on the left is unidentified.
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Digital Library
    John Spivey
    Mississippi (I)
    72k MRC Mississippi underway on the river with President Roosevelt aboard, 1 October 1907, for a trip down the Mississippi River to Memphis, TN.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey
    Mississippi (I)
    79k MRC Mississippi along the bank of a river, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Digital Library
    John Spivey

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