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USED Towboat Alert (II)

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1874 as the Steam Packet Ada B. at Stillwater, MN. for merchant service
  • Launched in 1874
  • Acquired by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1878
  • Christened, Commissioned in 1878, and put into service by the US Army Corps of Engineers as the towboat USED Alert
  • Assigned to the US Army Corp of Engineers Rock Island District
  • Rebuilt, date unknown, 130' x 19.5' x 3.9'
  • Retired from Army service, date unknown
  • Sold to private owners about 1924
  • Final Disposition, lost in August, 1928 at Musick Ferry landing in Missouri when gale force winds broke her loose from her moorings and she capsized
    Specifications (As Built):
    Displacement unknown
    Length 115'
    Beam 19'5"
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 3'8"
    Speed unknown
    Crew Accommodations unknown
    steam engine(s)

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    Merchant Service
    91k Steam Packet Ada B. on the St. Croix River at Taylor Falls, MN., date unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey
    USED Towboat Alert (II)
    90k USED Towboat Alert (II) underway, date and location unknown.
    John Spivey

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