Shots of USS Inaugural

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Inaugural, Big Mound, Tillie's Corner, Ville, St. Louis Plac 003

Much ado has been made about how the forlorn wreck of the USS Inaugural, a minesweeper that survived World War II only to sink in the Mississippi in the Great Flood of 1993, is now easily viewable just south of the Macarthur Bridge.

Inaugural, Big Mound, Tillie's Corner, Ville, St. Louis Plac 005

It is worth checking out, in what can be best described as a legally ambiguous location; who owns this stretch of the riverfront?  There are no signs to aid in the determination of this fact.

Inaugural, Big Mound, Tillie's Corner, Ville, St. Louis Plac 004

As such, you just need to climb over a mound of detritus, and the wreck is right there in front of you; just look for the break in the flood wall at Rutger Street.

Inaugural, Big Mound, Tillie's Corner, Ville, St. Louis Plac 007

Looming just across the river is the giant Cahokia Power Station, sitting in splendid isolation on the Illinois riverbank.

Inaugural, Big Mound, Tillie's Corner, Ville, St. Louis Plac 006
 

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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood

    01/09/2013, 03:59 am

    http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/uss-inaugural-finally-emerge-her-watery-grave

    It’s sad – the salvage owner, John Patzius, is apparently the one who removed the 3″/50 bow gun and one of the 40mm stern singles by cutting torch several months ago. He is also the one who took the bow twin 40mms a few years ago, which has been on a trailer up at Bob Cassily’s cementland for some time.

    There is a long thread on “Underground Ozarks” about the ship, with a lot of info posted since this past Summer, and many photos before the tagging (also info on the steamships Montana, Gordon C. Greene, and Betsy Anne – the latter of which I contributed).
    http://www.undergroundozarks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7941

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