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St. Louis, Missouri: Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

Decommissioned World War II minesweeper was a museum 1968-1993, then a storm dragged it down river and sank it. The rusting hulk is still visible.

Rutger St., St. Louis, MO
S. Wharf St. and Rutger St. Directly across from building with big Redbird Carriers sign.
Access limited, to be scrapped. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

You can't see much of it unless the water level is low. Our tour guide said if the river is low and scrap metal prices are high then people will come steal pieces. Our tour guide didn't mention a private company trying to scrap it.

[Sara W, 04/15/2022]

Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural. 2021.

Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

As of September 2021 the wreckage Of The USS Inaugural is still there.

[Ian, 10/16/2021]
Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

It was supposed to be scrapped, but they either scrapped part of it or gave up because it is still there and visible, especially on days when the Mississippi River is low. It's still worth a look especially if you are already there to see the Flood Wall.

[Morgan, 04/21/2017]
Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

We found it behind the graffitied cement walls. It is still visible but the land behind the walls is private property. We were lucky enough to catch a worker who took us to the wreckage and sadly informed us this ship was now purchased by a private buyer to be scrapped. if you want to try to see it, time is running out.

[taistarr, 08/14/2014]

Wreck of the USS Inaugural.

Wreckage Of The USS Inaugural

The ship was decommissioned in 1946 and set up as a museum ship in St. Louis, Missouri in 1968. In the flood of 1993, Inaugural was ripped from her mooring and grounded a mile downstream. As of February 2013 the hulk was still sitting on the Missouri side of the river. The nearest address is: 100 Convent Street, St. Louis, however the wreckage is on the actual riverfront.

[T Harris, 02/18/2013]

The small rusting minesweeper hulk is still visible just off the riverbank.

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