- It measures 241-feet-long.
- The first Motor Vessel Mississippi was a steamer built for the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) in St. Louis in 1882.
- Today’s Motor Vessel Mississippi is the fifth U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' vessel to bear that proud name.
- All of the Mississippi’s have been intimately associated with the protection and development of the Lower Mississippi Valley. They have seen the valley change from a largely undeveloped and flood-ravaged wilderness to one of the world’s leading agricultural and industrial areas.
- The current Motor Vessel Mississippi, like her predecessors, serves as an inspection vessel for the MRC and working towboat during the revetment season. Each spring, during traditional high water, and late summer, during traditional lower water, the Commission conducts a series of public meetings aboard the vessel at various river communities. These gatherings enable local interests and the public to bring their views and concerns before the MRC and engage in dialogues with its members.
Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.