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  • Laid down in 1943 for the Defense Plant Corp (DPC 621) by Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, W.VA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Accepted by the Defense Plant Corporation in 1944
  • Kiska operated on the Ohio River for the duration of World wAr II
  • Sold in 1947, to Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, renamed W. J. Creighton, later renamed Constitution
  • Resold in 1952, to American Barge Line, renamed BDCO No. 22
  • Resold, date unknown, renamed Senator Russell B. Long
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1132 t.
    Length 165'
    Beam 52'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two propellers

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    Kiska - Operation Cottage was a tactical maneuver which completed the Aleutian Islands campaign. On 15 August 1943 Allied military forces landed on Kiska Island, which had been occupied by Japanese forces since June 1942. The Japanese, however, had secretly abandoned the island two weeks earlier, and so the Allied landings were unopposed. Allied forces suffered over 313 casualties in total during the operation from Japanese landmines and booby traps, friendly fire incidents, and vehicle accidents. (Wikipedia)
    Photo - Landing operations, Kiska, 15 August 1943. Photo taken from a US Navy Vega PV-1 “Ventura”, a patrol bomber operating as part of the air cover for the task force. United States and Canadian troops swarming ashore from landing barges on a stretch of beach along the northwest coast of Kiska. The men can be seen moving up the hillside like ants. At this time, they did not know whether the Japanese were “playing possum” or not. (U.S. Navy photo now in the collections of the U.S. Library of Congress, Accession #: LC-Lot-803-9)
    Map - Kiska Island (Archaeology Magazine)
    Tommy Trampp
    104k Stern view of W.J. Creighton (ex-Kiska) on the Ohio River with a tow, circa 1947-1952.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
    John Spivey

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