WWII ship revealed in low Mississippi River in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The low water levels on the Mississippi River have revealed the remains of a World War II ship that was ripped from the St. Louis riverfront during floods two decades ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/R0fyxb ) the remains of the USS Inaugural are now visible on the Mississippi about a half mile past the MacArthur Bridge in St. Louis. The USS Inaugural was a fleet minesweeper during World War II. It launched in October 1944.

The sweeper was decommissioned in 1946 and turned into a museum ship on the St. Louis riverfront in 1968.

During massive flooding in the area in 1993, the ship was ripped from its mooring and grounded about a mile downstream where it’s now visible.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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