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USED Towboat Mateur

  • Built in 1944 at St. Louis Ship & Steel Co., St. Louis, MO. (DPC hull # 619), for the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC)
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered in 1944 to Defense Plant Corporation in 1944
  • Chartered to Federal Barge Line, ST. Louis, MO.
  • Acquired by the US Army Army Corps of Engineers in March 1947
  • Christened and and put into service as USED Towboat Mateur in 1947
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District
  • Decommissioned and retired from Army service in 1978
  • Acquired by East Mississippi Community College at Mayhew, MS. Tied up on the Topmbigbee River at Columbus, MS. and used for offices, classrooms, and as dormitory for the deckhand training school
  • Listed for sale, 21 November 1988
  • Reportedly bought in the spring of 1989 by D. James Jurner to be converted to a floating restaurant at Davenport, IW.
  • Sold in 1991, renamed M/V Effie Afton
  • Converted to a floating restaurant at Rock Island, IL. from 1994 to 2009
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 180'
    Beam 51'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew Accommodations unknown
    two four cylinder triple expansion steam engines, 2,400 hp. at 85 rpm
    Foster-Wheeler "A" type boilers, 275 psi. at 100 deg, superheater
    twin propellers

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    USED Mateur
    Mateur - The Tunisian campaign was a series of battles that took place in Tunisia during the North African campaign of the Second World War, between Axis and Allied forces from 17 November 1942 to 13 May 1943.
    Photo - Surrender of Axis forces to the Allies in Tunisia, 13 May 1943 - US Army Center of Military History,
    Map - Sketch map of Tunisia during the 1942–1943 campaign - Wikipedia Public Domain
    Tommy Trampp
    44k USED Mateur underway, date and location unknown. John Spivey
    55k USED Mateur underway, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
    John Spivey
    Commercial Service
    58k Effie Afton (ex-USED Mateur) in use as a restaurant at Rock Island, IL.
    Dick's Towboat Gallery ©Tom and Lori Powell
    Tommy Trampp

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