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USED Towboat H.S. Douglas
USED Towboat Plaquemine (1910 - 1929)

Sternwheel Towboat:
  • Built in 1910 at Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN. for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as Plaquemine
  • Launched in 1910
  • Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1910 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as USED Towboat Plaquemine
  • Assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District
  • Renamed USED Towboat H.S. Douglas in 1929
  • USED Plaquemine / USED H.S. Douglas worked on the Mississippi River
  • In 1946 new boilers installed by Brown Brothers Boiler and Sheet Metal Co.
  • Retired from U.S. Army service in 1947
  • Sold in 1947 to Warner Bros. in a plan to use her in the motion picture "Colt 45" but the plan was scrapped
  • Dismantled in 1949 and used as a floating nightclub on the St. Louis levee and later as a supply boat for the Piasa Tool and Die Co. and the Eagle Boat Store for several years
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 300t.
    Length 136'
    Beam 33'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 6'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    Propulsion reciprocating steam engine
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    H.S. Douglas
    62k USED Towboat H.S. Douglas underway, circa 1929-1947, location unknown
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historical Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey

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