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USED Towboat Putah
Laid down in 1942 at Berkeley Steel Construction Co., Berkeley, CA.
Launched in 1942
Acquired by the US Army Engineers in 1942
Christened, commissioned and placed in service as USED Towboat Putah in 1943
Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers District, unknown
Retired from US Army service, date unknown
Sold in 1954 to John Wayne's production company for use in the movie “ Blood Alley “.
Sometime after the film was completed, John Wayne sold Putah to Frank Parisi, a Sacramento businessman
Parisi renamed the sternwheeler Mansion Belle and offered river cruises along the Sacramento River and through the Delta
In 1957 Mansion Belle involved in an accident, she apparently rammed into a cottage and lost 10 blades from the stern wheel
In 1959 Mansion Belle made a voyage to Oregon for the "Oregon Centennial."
In 1961 the sternwheeler was offerings cruises on the Sacramento river down to Walnut Grove an back
In 1964 Mansion Belle made her way down to Southern California, running cruises out of Marina del Ray
In 1966 the sternwheeler operated out of Long Beach providing harbor cruises
In 1991 the boat was purchased by Channel Star Excursions and renamed the Spirit of Sacramento offering dinner cruises
On 3 February 1996 the Spirit of Sacramento suffered a fire while in her moorings at the K Street landing in Sacramento completely destroying the old sternwheeler
In 1997, William Barker purchased the damaged boat with the intentions of restoring it to its glory days and renaming it "The Duke."
Final Disposition, Because of continued vandalism of the boat Baker soon abandoned her. Eventually, the paddlewheeler left abandoned, tied up along the Sacramento River
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Hull Depth unknown
one diesel-electric engine
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|Sacramento Corps of Engineers floating plan model of USED Putah at the California State Fair in 1953.
US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library
|Abandoned river steamboat Spirit of Sacramento (Ex-USED Towboat Putah) abandoned on the banks of the Sacramento River, date unknown
|Abandoned river steamboat Spirit of Sacramento (Ex-USED Towboat Putah) abandoned on the banks of the Sacramento River,
The Nauticapedia, photo by George Schneider
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