Hundreds gather for tour of largest towboat on Mississippi River - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Hundreds gather for tour of largest towboat on Mississippi River

(Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News photog) (Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News photog)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Over 700 people showed up for a tour of the largest diesel towboat operating on the Mississippi River on Saturday morning.

The free tour was from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. along the riverfront in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The "M/V Mississippi" is 241-feet long and 58-feet wide.

The Corps said the  6,300 horsepower vessel serves as a working towboat 90 percent of the time.

Also a passenger boat, the vessel houses 22 staterooms, a dining room that seats 85 and a conference room that seats 115 people. The MRC flagship can accommodate 150 passengers.

According to the Corps, the towboat's primary mission is to move barges in support of bank stabilization work on the lower Mississippi River. Each spring and late summer, the MRC conducts a series of public meetings aboard it, with the late summer trip including the St. Louis area.

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