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USACE Bluestone Drifter

Drift Collector:
  • Built in 2001 as a Crane Boat for US Army Corps of Engineers at Marine Builders, Inc., Utica, IN.
  • Launched in 2001
  • Delivered in 2001
  • USACE Bluestone Drifter is assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District
  • Bluestone Drifter's primary mission is to manage drift and debris upriver of the Bluestone Lake Dam, Hinton, W.V. ensuring that drift and debris is small enough to pass through the sluice gates of the dam, thus preventing logjams from occurring behind the dam after severe weather events.
  • Current Disposition, active
    Displacement unknown
    Length 50'
    Beam 20'
    Draft 5'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Propulsion & Steering
    Thrustmaster Model OD150
    Z-Drive Configuration, 120 Hp Cummins Diesel Engine 360° rotational steering, hydraulically-powered from propulsion engine 90° Powered elevation of the lower gearbox and propeller assembly Radiator Cooled, Dry Exhaust
    Prentice Crane Model E-180-SM Pedestal Mounted, Hydraulically-Operated, Knuckle Boom Crane, powered by Cummins Diesel Engine (113 Hp) Maximum lift capacity at 10 foot radius is 17,350 lbs. Knuckle Boom extended length of 27 feet Enclosed Cab for Crane Operator
    Grapple and Chain Saw
    Hultdins Supergrip TL430 Grapple & Hultdins Model 550s-19cc Supersaw
    Hydraulically-operated grapple with 43 inch maximum opening
    Hydraulically -operated chain saw with maximum cutting diameter of 27.5 inches
    John Deere Model CD3029D 20 kW, 1800 rpm diesel generator Provides 240/120 VAC, single phase, 60 Hz power

    US Army Corps of Engineers photo # 120904-A-EO314-100
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    Bluestone Drifter
    232k USACE Bluestone Drifter working in Bluestone Lake, W.V., 4 September 2012, clearing logs and debris on the lake to prevent logjams at the Bluestone Lake Dam.  

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