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USED Snagboat / Towboat Mammoth Cave

Sternwheel Snagboat / Towboat:
  • Built in 1908 for the US Army Engineers, hull laid down in 1908 at Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched in 1908
  • Original price, $30,830.00, Much of the equipment used in building Mammoth Cave came from ex-USED William Preston Dixon
  • Delivered, christened, commissioned and placed in service by the the US Army Engineers in 1908
  • Assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District
  • USED Snagboat / Towboat Mammoth Cave operated on the Green, Barren and Tennessee Rivers
  • Retired in 1936
  • Sold at public auction, 31 July 1936, to Tom and Jeff Williams
  • Sold to CAPT. Hiernaux, rebuilt her as a towboat, renamed Richard
  • Laid up, date unknown, at Charleroi, PA.
  • Final Disposition, while laid up at Charleroi she burned, 10 December 1940
    Displacement 284 t.
    Length 141'
    Beam 32.6'
    Draft 5'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    steam engines
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    USED Mammoth Cave
    Msmmoth Cave
    Mammoth Cave - The longest cave system known in the world. Portions of Mammoth Cave are encompassed within the bounds of Mammoth Cave National Park located in the state of Kentucky.
    Image - The Bottomless Pit in Mammoth Cave, woodcut (1887)
    Map - Mammoth cave system and surface, US National Park Service
    Tommy Trampp
    Msmmoth Cave
    115k USED Mammoth Cave moored along the river bank, date and location unknown.
    Dave Thomson Collection at Dave Thompson Gallery,
    John Spivey
    Msmmoth Cave
    50k USED Mammoth Cave at right and two dredges at work on the Green River in 1926.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Library
    John Spivey
    Merchant Service
    Msmmoth Cave
    86k Ex-USED Mammoth Cave tied to a riverbank while in merchant service as the Towboat Richard, circa 1937-1940, location unknown.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Collection
    John Spivey

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