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USED Towboat Arthur Hider

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Laid down in 1898 as the towboat Arthur Hider for the Mississippi River Commission at Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched in 1898
  • Named for the principal assistant engineer of the Mississippi River Commission
  • Delivered to the Mississippi River Commission in 1898
  • Acquired by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1906
  • Commissioned in 1906 and placed in service as USED Towboat Arthur Hider
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg, District
  • Arthur Hider operated on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
  • Retired from US Army service in 1935
  • Sold at public auction in September 1935 to A.O. Kirschner of Cincinatti, OH.
  • Sold in December 1947 to CAPT. W.C. Beatty at Cincinatti
  • Final Disposition, dismantled in 1947-48
    Displacement 350 t.
    Length 163'
    Beam 30'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 6'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    four boilers
    steam engines 18's-7 ft. stroke

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    Arthur Hidler
    68k USED Towboat Arthur Hider tied up to the river bank, date and location unknown
    University of Wisconsin Madison Digital Library LaCrosse steamboat gallery
    John Spivey
    Arthur Hidler
    33k USED Towboat Arthur Hider tied up to the river bank, circa 1944, location unknown.
    Marshall University Libraries, Photo Identifier 1978.01.0236.01.04.01
    John Spivey
    Arthur Hidler
    60k USED Towboat Arthur Hider underway with a tow consisting of an entire community of houses, 1944.
    East Carolina University Digital Collection
    Tommy Trampp
    Arthur Hidler
    121k USED Towboat Arthur Hider tied up, date and location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Collection
    Tommy Trampp

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