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USED Towboat Suter
Built in 1928 by the US Army Engineers, at Gasconade, MO.
Launched in 1928
Delivered to the US Army Engineers, 1n 1928
Christened and and put into service as USED Towboat Suter in 1928
Assigned to the US Army Engineers Kansas City District
Retired from Army service in 1952
Sold at Public Auction, 7 February 1952, to CAPT. I.W. Menke for $8,302.77.
Renamed Chaperon, moved to St. Louis to provide steam an electrical power for Menke's showboat Goldenrod from 1952 to 1954
In 1954 Chaperon was sold to Oil Transport Co., which took it to North Bend, OH., to serve as a steam plant for a dock there. The boat soon sank and was raised
Johnston Party Boats, Cincinnati, OH. purchased the hull after it was raised, and rebuilt it into an excursion barge that was appropriately named Chaperon
Pushed by the towboat F.H. Johnson the barge served for many years in the Cincinnati area
Sold, along with her towboat, in 1984 to BB Riverboats, Covington, Ky., renamed BB Funliner and the towboat Capt. Ben
BB Funliner received a new hull at Jeffboat, Jeffersonville IN in 1985-86.
In 2000, the pair were again sold and went to Memphis, with the barge being renamed City of Memphis and the towboat renamed Capt. J.T. Meanly.
In 2017 Meanly was known to be out of service, with no mention of the excursion barge.
Displacement 298 t.
Hull Depth 5'
Fuel Oil Capacity unknown
Potable Water unknown
one Shelton condensing engine 12’s,24’s-6 ft. stroke
one oil fired water tube boiler
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USED Towboat Suter
|USED Towboat Suter moored, date and location unknown
Dave Thomson Collection at Steamboats.com
|USED Towboat Suter underway date and location unknown
University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
| Merchant Service
|Postcard photo of the excursion barge Chaperon (ex-USED Towboate Suter), being pushed by her tug F.H. Johnson
on the Ohio River, circa 1954-1984.
David Smith Collection, Waterways Jounal
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Last Updated 19 May 2023
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