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December 14, 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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America Docking

Friday, April 28th 8:45 am

The America will arrive in Memphis at Beale Street Landing at 8:45 a.m. and will leave the following day at 1:30 p.m. American Cruise Lines’ introduced the America to the Mississippi River in early 2016. The America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery.

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