910 Washington Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
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.Switch Display
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.