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USED Towboat Fort Armstrong

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1930 at Charles Ward Engineering Works, Charleston, W.V.
  • Launched in 1930
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1930 by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as USED Towboat Fort Armstrong
  • Assigned to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Rock Island District
  • Retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
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    Hull Depth unknown
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    Speed unknown
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    Propulsion gasoline engine
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    Fort Armstrong
    Fort Armstrong - (1816 - 1836) was one of a chain of western frontier defenses which the United States erected after the war of 1812. It was located at the foot of Rock Island, in the MIssissippi River near the present-day Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.
    Photo - Photograph of an 1839 painting of Fort Armstrong, attributed to Octave Blair, an early captain in the Corps of Engineers, is one of the only clear pictures of the Quad Cities during the 1800's. The painting, which depicts what currently serves as the Rock Island Arsenal was painted from the Illinois side of the Quad Cities, showing the hills and trees of Davenport in the background.
    Wikipedia Commons >Map and text describing the location of Fort Armstrong on Rock Island Illinois, 10 September 1819.
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration NAID: 6861819 Local ID: Dr.130,Sht.5
    Tommy Trampp
    Fort Armstrong
    Fort Armstrong
    130k Towboat Fort Armstrong on the builders ways at Charles Ward Engineering Works, Charleston, W.V., 1 August 1930
    University of West Virginia West Virginia and Regional History Center
    John Spivey
    135k Towboat Fort Armstrong and Towboat Scott under construction, 1 November 1930, at Charles Ward Engineering, Charleston, WV.
    Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen,
    John Spivey
    Fort Armstrong
    78k USED Towboat Fort Armstrong underway, date and location unknown
    University of West Virginia West Virginia and Regional History Center
    John Spivey

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