Life on the Mississippi

Sunday, August 17, 2008
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers motor vessel Mississippi was docked Saturday at the Cape Girardeau riverfront for tours. It is the largest diesel towboat ever built in the United States at 241 feet long and 58 feet wide with 6,300 horsepower. The boat spends 90 percent of its time working as a towboat for the Memphis District moving barges, equipment and supplies along the Mississippi River. It also serves as an inspection boat for the Mississippi River Commission.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers motor vessel Mississippi was docked Saturday at the Cape Girardeau riverfront for tours. It is the largest diesel towboat ever built in the United States at 241 feet long and 58 feet wide with 6,300 horsepower. The boat spends 90 percent of its time working as a towboat for the Memphis District moving barges, equipment and supplies along the Mississippi River. It also serves as an inspection boat for the Mississippi River Commission.

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