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Corps of Engineers to christen new river towboat

Published Aug. 16, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 16, 2013 – The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will christen the newest addition to its river fleet – the Motor Vessel George C. Grugett – at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Beale Street Landing, Memphis. The christening will follow the Mississippi River Commission’s public meeting aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi at the same Beale Street Landing location. The public is invited to attend and view the christening ceremony.

The 114-foot-long river towboat being christened is named for George C. Grugett who is expected to attend and participate in the ceremony. The new vessel will support USACE’s navigation mission on the river.

Mr. Grugett is the former executive assistant for the Memphis District. He retired from federal service in 1980 after a 35 year-career and has since served as executive vice president of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association.

Following the christening ceremony the Motor Vessel George C. Grugett will be open for public tours until approximately 3 p.m.

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Release no. 13-011