Corps

December 14, 2016

October, 2017

The U.S. Corps of Engineers was at work dredging the shipping channel in the Mississippi River from late September until Oct. 17, and as it happens, at a time of very low water. That complicated operations at Beale Street Landing, sometimes forcing boats to dock on the north end of Greenbelt Park. But both dock and river channel are literally ship-shape now. Here are some photos:

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Prep work in the Wolf River Harbor looked a bit ominous.

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The Corps linked up a long pipeline from the Landing at the beginning of operations.

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I have no idea what’s going on here, but it looks important.

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A view from the ninth floor on Front Street on an overcast day is a bit gloomy, but you can see the dredging ships peeking out from behind the big building in Wolf River Harbor.

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Passengers on a sightseeing riverboat get to watch the Corps at work while waiting for the tour to begin.

November, 2017

The Corps of Engineers is scheduled to dredge near Memphis Nov. 16-Dec. 10.

October 2016

Dredging is an important part of river maintenance. This cleaning of the riverbed helps the waterway remain deep enough to be navigable. Below are some sights from the Wolf River Harbor’s dredging in October 2016 .

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The dredge [right of photo] loosens and vacuums plants and mud from the bottom of the Wolf River Harbor. This muck is pumped outside of the harbor through the piping. The tugboat [left of photo] assists by positioning the piping.

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At this end of this piping the unearthed riverbed is deposited in areas of the Mississippi River where this is no traffic.

 

 

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The bottom of harbors like the Wolf River Harbor can be compact and difficult to dredge. Cutter head dredges combat this by loosening the riverbed before suctioning it away.

 

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Dredge piping extends from deep within the Wolf River Harbor towards the Mississippi River.

 

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This is the top view of one of the mooring arms that allow Beale Street Landing’s floating dock to accommodate the Mississippi River’s average annual depth fluctuation of more than 57 feet. These mooring arms require a clearance from the riverbed in order to work properly.

 

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Beale Street Landing’s floating dock was detached in order to facilitate the dreading of the Wolf River Harbor.

 

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While the floating dock is being reconnected to the mooring arms, this towboat holds it steady.

 

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A crew reconnects the floating dock to the mooring arms.

 

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A crew reconnects the floating dock to the mooring arms.

 

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American Duchess

American Duchess Docking

Monday, November 27th 4:00 am

Beale Street Landing

The American Duchess will arrive in Memphis at Beale Street Landing at 4:00 a.m. and will depart the that day at 5:00 p.m. The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to feature single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all […]

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