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The M/V Mississippi IV played an important role as a US Army Corps of Engineers workboat and as a public ambassador for the Mississippi River Commission.  She also marked a distinct departure from traditional paddle wheel steam-driven vessels that once plied the waters of the Mississippi River.  Explore some historic photographs of the Mississippi River and the progression of the M/V Mississippi IV from her construction, working life, MRC duties, and to the making of this museum.

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  • Historic River Photos

    Historic River Photos

    Included in this Gallery are historic images of Vicksburg and other river towns,  and the Steamers Mississippi (I, II, and III).   These images provide a snapshot of early life along the Mississippi River during historic flood events. 

  • Constructing M/V Mississippi IV

    Constructing M/V Mississippi IV

    This series of photographs were taken throughout the construction of the M/V Mississippi IV during the late 1950s and early 1960.  See the progression of how this large motor vessel began to take shape.  A photo gallery of these, and more, is located in one of the Exhibit Rooms aboard the M/V Mississippi IV. 

  • M/V Mississippi IV at Work

    M/V Mississippi IV at Work

    Between 1961 and 1993 M/V Mississippi IV spent much of her time on the Mississippi River as a towboat for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.  See the Mississippi IV at work along the river towing barges, maneuvering through locks, and work life aboard the vessel.

  • Making the Museum

    Making the Museum

    See how M/V Mississippi IV transitioned from a working vessel into the Museum.  View photos of the vessel being brought ashore and drydocked, cleaned and renovated, and exhibits being staged.

  • Mississippi River Commission

    Mississippi River Commission

    A key role of the M/V Mississippi IV was to be the flagship for the Mississippi River Commission.  The MRC utilized the vessel for bi-annual river inspections and public meetings.  These images provide a peek into life on the M/V Mississippi IV during these inspection trips and meetings.