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Visual display of the American (Towboat, 1930-1952)

American (Towboat, 1930-1952)

  • March 9, 1936
  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1930 Slidell, Louisiana
  • FORMERLY: Dorothy Barrett
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled 1952 at Manchester (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • OWNERS: American Barge Line(1930); Crain Brothers (March 1948)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Clyde Morrow (Captain); Al Schipper (Captain); Charles H. Ellsworth (Captain); Lewis B. Reade (Captain); Russell Riley (Captain); Leonard Burton (Chief Engineer, 1940)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0124; Captain Frank W. Leahy superintended the building of the American; she came out with pilothouse on the roof but was changed in 1938 to pool style. Although not considered a powerful boat, she was a plodder and always at work. On April 2, 1932, running Cincinnati bridges on a big river and in high wind, she planted three loads on the C and O bridge and four more on the Southern. Chief Engineer Leonard Burton was injured on board and died at Evansville on May 6, 1940. Crain Brothers of Pittsburgh bought her in March, 1948 and dismantled her at Manchester (Pittsburgh) in 1952
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: American on the Ohio River at Pool 12, with three barge scrap iron tow looking upstream, March 9, 1936
  • American (C)