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USED Towboat General Allen

  • Built in 1916 at Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN. as Minnesota for Dr. Charles H. Mayo as a pleasure boat
  • Launched in 1916
  • Delivered in 1916
  • Purchased by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1922 at Fountain City, WI.
  • Renamed, commissioned and placed in service in 1922 as USED Towboat General Allen
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
  • Retired from US Army service in 1925
  • Transferred in 1925 to the Federal Barge Lines
  • Sold in 1943 to Central Barge Lines of Rock Island, IL., renamed Minnesota
  • In February 1944 she was dismantled and converted into a landing boat at Joliet, IL.
  • In 1966 Minnesota's remains were moved to St. Louis
  • In December 1967 she became the restaurant boat River Queen replacing the ex-Gordon C. Greene which had sunk 3 December 1967
  • Final Disposition, sank at St. Louis, 24 January 1978, then carrying the name Cotton Blossom
    Displacement 271 t.
    Length 115'9"
    Beam 30'2"
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 5'2"
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    reciprocating steam engine

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    Gen. Allen
    235k Dr. Charles H. Mayo's Private Steamer Minnesota tied to a riverbank, circa 1915-1922, location unknown
    University of Wisconsin, Madison Libraries
    Tommy Trampp
    USED Towboat General Allen
    Gen. Allen
    General Allen - Robert Allen (15 March 1811 – 5 August 1886) was a career officer in the United States Army, serving as a brigadier general during the American Civil War. Wikipedia
    Tommy Trampp
    Gen. Allen
    126k USED Towboat General Allen tied up to a riverbank, circa 1922-1925, location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey
    General Allen
    50k USED Towboat General Allen underway, circa 1922-1925, location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Steamboat Photograph Collection
    John Spivey
    General Allen
    84k USED Towboat General Allen at the landing at Fountain City, WS., circa 1938-1939
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Great Lakes Maritime History Collection
    John Spivey
    General Allen
    112k USED Towboat General Allen, circa 1926, tied up to the riverbank with William Henning (master in the pilot house); Allen Fiedler and H.N. Auderly of St. Paul District Engineers Office (on top deck); Andrew Gevreralm, Robert Grossell, Alfred Mehringer (main deck hands); Ben Harvey (engine room); R.N. Smith (lower deck); four visitors standing on shore
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
    Tommy Trampp
    Federal Barge Line
    Gen. Allen
    55k Federal Barge Lines Towboat General Allen underway with a tow, date and location unknown.
    US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library

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