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USED Towboat Muscatine (I)

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1915, by Grafton Boat Works, Grafton, IL.
  • Launched in 1915
  • Delivered, christened, commissioned and put into service in 1915 by the US Army Engineers as USED Towboat Muscatine
  • Assigned to the US Army Engineers, Rock Island District
  • USED Muscatine worked on the upper Mississippi
  • Retired from Army service, circa 1941
  • Sold at public sale, summer of 1941, to T.J. McCarthy Company, Davenport, IA. for general towing service
  • Resold in 1944 to Arrow Transportation Company with two barges containing 70,000 bushels of wheat
  • Muscatine was the first commercial tow to arrive at Knoxville, TN. on the improved TVA waterway, 13 February 1944
  • Final Disposition, burned, 29 July 1945, at Paducah, KY. purchased by the City of Paducah for use as a landing boat
    Displacement 243 t.
    Length 151'
    Beam 31'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 4'
    Speed unknown
    Crew Accommodations unknown
    reciprocating steam engine(s)
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    63k USED Towboat Muscatine alongside a coal barge while tied up to the riverbank of the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa, circa 1918. Muscatine was known as one of the "Silo Boats", so called because of her height and the forward placement of her pilot house.
    Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
    John Spivey
    34k USED Towboat Muscatine moored to a riverbank, date and location unknown.
    "A History of the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1866-1983."
    John Spivey
    110k USED Towboat Muscatine moored to the river bank, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey
    189k USED Towboat Muscatine (I), and USED Nauvoo drydocked with USED General Allen, Drillboat 426, and barges 289 and 650. date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    Tommy Trampp

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