ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Norman James has seen the USS Inaugural minesweeper sink and rise again. The first time, he was crossing the Poplar street bridge when he watched it go down.
“Actually I was driving across and I seen this big boat come across. We was trying to hurry up and get across the bridge. It was just like once we came across we saw it on the news that it had crashed and ended up here. This is where it’s been ever since.” said Breckenridge Material Driver Norman James.
It was during the flood of 1993 that the USS Inaugural broke free from it’s mooring under the arch and crashed into the Poplar street bridge. Eventually the ship sank South of the MacArther Bridge. About 700 ships that have been recorded as shipwrecked on the stretch of the Missisppi between Cairo and Hannibal.
More may surface as the water level drops into the winter from this summer’s drought.