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USED Towboat Slackwater (I)(II)
Built in 1884 at the Philip Zenn, Boatyard, near McKeesport, PA. for the Monongahela Navigation Co.
Launched, in 1884
Purchased by U.S. Army Engineering Department at Pittsburgh, PA in 1897 when the Monongahela River locks and dams were taken over by the U.S.
Christened, commissioned and placed in service in 1903 as USED Towboat Slackwater (I)
Assigned to the US Army Engineers Pittsburgh District as a repair boat
Slackwater worked mostly on the Monongahela River
She received a new hull at Marietta, OH. in 1903, then measuring 120x26.3x4.3.
Slackwaters boilers exploded at Lock 4, Ohio River, Legionville, PA. in October 1906, killing four or five persons. The boat was demolished.
The upper works were rebuilt on the same hull resulting in the new Slackwater (II) which was little different in appearance.
Final Disposition, sank in the Monongahela River near Greensboro, PA. in ice, February 1926
Hull Depth unknown
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|USED Slackwater underway, date and location unknown.
University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historical Steamboat Collection
|USED Slackwater (II) underway with tow near Elizabeth, PA., Fall 1919.
Photo by F. Way Jr., - Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
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Last Updated 23 February 2024
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