Dumping Scow, self dumping steel dredge barge or hopper. 100-150 cubic yards
Up for sale is a barge that this company has owned and used for 40 years or more. We are selling her along with other equipment because our lands are flooded from the increased levels on Lake Ontario. SPECIFICATIONS - This barge measures 100 feet long x 26 feet wide x 7 feet tall. She has 4 pockets on each side that carry a cargo of anything you want like dirt, sand,mud or rock. I believe she was constructed with high nickel steel due to the lack of corrosion on her. She has 10 separate compartments for flotation accessible for inspection by topside manholes. There are two pockets for spuds in her center that run vertically allowing her to be anchored with spud poles. OPERATION - Releasing the cargo can be quickly released or dumped aside by hitting an arm with a hammer. The release arm allows the chain wound around a rod to unravel allowing the cargo to slide out the side of each pocket's door. The doors are hinged on the top, so the weight of the cargo pushes them out to the side, and then they return to their vertical position after dumping. To prepare them to hold more cargo you wind in the chain by inserting a bar into slots around the chain's rod which has a locking ratchet. Winding in the chain pulls on the door which is kept from releasing by the locking ratchet. HISTORY - To our knowledge she has always been in fresh water. We purchased her in the 1980's from a company that built and repaired barges on the Erie Barge Canal. Her age is unknown. We have used her for many rounds of dredging and leased her to dredging companies that used her locally for navigational dredging projects. She used to have a pilothouse that we removed and scrapped years ago. She was originally powered with a Murray & Tregurtha harbormaster type propulsion unit. We still have the unit, but we took off the pilothouse because we have always pushed her with a push boat instead of using her propulsion. The propulsion unit was removed and is not included with this listing but its available in non operating condition if you are interested.CONDITION - Fully operational. She is very heavily built and she has been used on bridge demolition jobs to catch material. She tilts at lower water levels from sitting on the river bank causing her to tilt at lower water levels as seen in the pictures. We have not needed to pump her or repair her for hull leaks. Her hull is very solid. We typically used her every 2-5 years, the rest of the time she has sat idle without needing any attention. USE – Although she is currently set up for carrying cargo that is dumped aside, I’m sure she could be reworked for many other uses if you desired. She is very heavily built. This may be a good barge for a marine construction firm to deliver stone to shoreline erosion prevention jobs. If you wanted to carry more capacity I believe steel could be added to make the walls of the pockets taller to increase their volume. I think this because with her current design she has a lot of free board. Her flotation tanks are in the center so they are far from where they would get water in them.Aside from how heavily this barge is built, this barge is much safer than other dumping scows because the crew walking passage is down the middle of the barge instead of down the sides like most other dump scows. A slip and fall on this barge may land you in the mud, but at least you are still on the barge! Please no low ball offers. These are very hard to find and would probably cost over a million dollars to build today. She is currently stored at Gibbs Marine on the Genesee River in Rochester, New York. Feel free to contact us with questions or to setup a time to inspect her. We may be able to help with transportation for an additional fee.