George M. Verity (towboat)
George M. Verity (1940–)
|Builder:||Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works|
|Out of service:||1960|
|Length:||162.5 ft (49.5 m)|
|Beam:||35.1 ft (10.7 m) (as built)
40.6 ft (12.4 m) (after modification)
|Depth:||5.1 ft (1.6 m)|
|Installed power:||2 × Nordberg Machine Works tandem-compound condensing steam engines|
|Propulsion:||16 bucket radial paddlewheel (as built)
experimental double helical paddlewheel (1945–)
GEORGE M. VERITY (Towboat)
|Architect||Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works|
|NRHP Reference #||89002459|
|Added to NRHP||20 December 1989|
|Designated NHL||29 December 1989|
George M. Verity is a towboat now located in Keokuk, Iowa. She is significant for being one of only three steam-powered towboats in existence in the United States.
Built in 1927 at Dubuque, Iowa by the US Government as SS Thorpe, she inaugurated barge service on the upper Mississippi. The first of four steamboats built for the revival of river transportation, she was the first to move barges from St. Louis north to St. Paul. She remained in service there until 1940, when she was sold to Armco Steel Corp. and put in service on the Ohio River. Armco renamed her after their founder, George M. Verity.
In 1960, George M. Verity was retired after 33 years of service on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and in 1961, the boat was given to the City of Keokuk for use as a river museum.
Now berthed in Victory Park, she houses the George M. Verity River Museum of Upper Mississippi River history, and is open daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, April to November.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "George M. Verity (Towboat)". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- Foster, Kevin J. (10 July 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Geo. M. Verity / ex S.S. Thorpe" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
"Accompanying 5 photos, exterior and interior, from 1948, 1955, 1961 and 1988" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-10-22.