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Old 07-30-16, 02:13 AM   #1
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How a Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in a Kansas Cornfield



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The first mystery is, of course, how a boat that sank mid-river ends up buried in a field. The answer lies with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the latter half of the 19th century, the Corps of Engineers undertook projects to forcibly alter the shape of the Missouri River. The plan was to bring the banks closer together, and by narrowing the width of the river, speed up the current, making boat passage much faster.

In 1987 they started gathering clues from old newspaper reports and river maps that showed where the Missouri had once coursed. Using electronic magnetic testing and sample drilling, the team started to see if they could find this stricken treasure ship lying underneath a corn field.
Amazing to think something like a 100 yard long ship could slowly over time, be forgotten and buried. Makes you wonder what else is beneath our feet....
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Old 07-30-16, 03:20 AM   #2
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I'm more surprised how deep it is.
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The plan was to bring the banks closer together, and by narrowing the width of the river, speed up the current, making boat passage much faster.
Downriver, sure, but it doesn't much help upstream traffic.

Still, cool discovery.
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Yep, sure is
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THANKS ONKEL stuff like this makes my day.
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Downriver, sure, but it doesn't much help upstream traffic.

Still, cool discovery.
That's what I found irritating as well.
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Downstream boats are cargo laden while upstrem are mostly empty.
Industry and population centers were on the coast so ore, coal and grain was shipped downstream.
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Default Western history: one thing just flows into...the Missouri!

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I'm more surprised how deep it is. Downstream boats are cargo laden while upstrem are mostly empty.
Not surprising actually as any student of the Little Big Horn knows; Edit: actually at that time 1850-1880's the upstream boats were loaded for westward expansion, exploration and military support; the pursuit of Mainifest Destiny...and dead Indians! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_West_(steamship)
Fast, nasty, and full of logs, the Missouri was treacherous and the chain of western rivers feeding into it equally so. Boats 'grasshoppered' their way upstream; hence the Corps of engineers interest in the project to make it navigable.
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A unique feature of light river steamboats like the Far West (which figured prominently in the supply and rescue of Custer's 7th Cavalry) was their ability to "grasshopper" to get across shallow sand bars to reach a deeper river channel beyond the sand bar. In this "grasshopper" maneuver, the boat used spars and steam capstans on the front of the boat to lift and swing the front of the boat onto the sand bar, moving forward a few feet at a time. Once the front of the boat was on the sandbar, when the boat was lifted the current would help dislodge loose sediment under the boat, and often the paddle wheel would be accelerated would generate a current in the water under the boat that would also pull the loose sandbar sediment from under the boat. This process was intended to create enough draft or flotation in the water, so the steamboat could then move forward into the deeper channel beyond the sand bar.
In North America the longest river is the Missouri
and its still a mismanaged mess to this day. Much less than when George C. was trying to rob the Sioux of their Black Hills gold and using rivers to access it. Think of the Little Bighorn as a naval battle...20,000+ indian pony's had to have water and grass. The site, known as the Greasy Grass by the natives, was selected to manage the huge native summer gathering's immense horse herd. All that silt would make a deep layer by the time it gets to Kansas AND KEEP ALL THE Great White Arabia's CHAMPAGNE COOL!
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Crates of cognac and champagne taste just as they did in 1856.
just think if those 3 million Indian trade-beads on board had actually been traded...no Little Bighorn disaster...
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That is really something. The clay pipes are very neat indeed.
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