INDIAN RIVER

  • General
    • Vessel Name : INDIAN RIVER
    • Operator : KIRBY INLAND MARINE, LP
    • Ships Type (ICST) : 432
    • Vessel Type : Pushboat
    • Construction : Steel
  • Engine
    • Horsepower rating : 1100
  • Location
    • City : MIAMI
    • STATE : FL
  • Capacity
    • Net Tonnage : 102
  • Size
    • Register length : 65 Feet
    • Regular Breadth : 26 Feet
    • Overall Length : 65 Feet
    • Overall Breadt : 26 Feet
    • Load draft : 7 Feet
    • Light Draft : 5.5 Feet
    • Height : 39 Feet
  • Other
    • Year : 1998
    • EQUIP1 : NONE
    • Coast Guard Number : 1069713

KIRBY INLAND MARINE, LP

  • Area of Operation : GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY; MISSISSIPPI, TOMBIGBEE AND WARRIOR RIVER SYSTEMS; ILLINOIS, OHIO AND TENNESSEE RIVERS
  • Principal Commodity : CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS

KIRBY

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Sided Only)
  • Construction : Steel

BRIDGET CAULLEY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BRONCO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BUCKSKIN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAMERON BLAIR

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. ALPHA DOUCET

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. BILL IKNER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. CHARLIE LAWRENCE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. DANIEL CLEMENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. FRANK GIBSON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. FRANK STALLINGS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. JAMES HOOVER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. JIM GREEN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. REGGIE LEBOEUF

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. RONNIE PAYNE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPT. SHORTY C

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAPTAIN BILL ENGLISH

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

CAROLE L. BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CHALLENGER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CHARLOTTE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CHESLEY E

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CINDY BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF CHICAGO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF FREEPORT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF GREENVILLE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF JOLIET

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF JONESVILLE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF LOUISVILLE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF NATCHEZ

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF PADUCAH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF PITTSBURGH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF REDWOOD

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CITY OF VICKSBURG

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

COLORADO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

COMAL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CREOLE MAMA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CREOLE TUT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

CULLEN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DADE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DAN L

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DAVIS SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DAYTONA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DENNIS CHAMBERS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE CHALLENGE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE COURAGE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE EXPRESS

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE LEADER

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE PRINCE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE RAIDER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE RENEGADE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE TRAVELER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE VALOUR

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE VANDAL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE VENGEANCE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DIXIE VOLUNTEER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

DUBLIN SEA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

EARL JONES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

EL LOBO GRANDE II

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

EL PASO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ELIZABETH BLEILER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ELIZABETH R

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ELLIS DAVIS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ELOY RIVERA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ENTERPRISE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ESCAMBIA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

FILLY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

FLORIDA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

FRANCIS BENEDICT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

GALVESTON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

GARY REED

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

GREENLAND SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

GUADALUPE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

HENRY J. SOUDELIER III

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

HONDO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

HOUMA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

HOUSTON

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

IRISH SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

J. E. O'DONNELL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

JANICE CAROL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

JAVA SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

JEFF MONTGOMERY

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

JESSICA BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

JIMMY SAULS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

JOHN BRIX

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

KEY WEST

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

KIMBERLY JANE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

L. C. WILLIAMS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LABRADOR SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

LAMPASAS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LANA LOUISE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LAREDO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LAVACA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LEON JOHNSON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LEVITICUS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LIME ROCK

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LINCOLN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

LLANO

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

LOU NATARO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LOUIE LEONE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LUCILLE BROOKS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LUCY W. HINES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LYDIA BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MARATHON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MARCIA LYNN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MARK L

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MARYLAND

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

MCKINLEY SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

MEDINA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

MELINDA BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MIAMI

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

MICHAEL MCCREERY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MIDAS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MIKE BIRD

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISS BETTYE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISS HEATHER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISS RACHEL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISS ROLANETTE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISS SUSAN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MISSION

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MOBILE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

MORGAN CITY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

MR. BENNETT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAINA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAKOA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAKOLO

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAKUE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Aluminum

NATHAN E STEWART

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAUPAKA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NAVIDAD

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NECHES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NENE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NICEVILLE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NICKIE B

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NICOLE BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NOHEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NOHOLOA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NOKE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NOKEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NORTH SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NORTH WIND

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NORWEGIAN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

NUECES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

NUNUI

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

OBSERVER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

OLD PUSH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ORION

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

OSPREY

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACESETTER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC AVENGER

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC CHALLENGER

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC EAGLE

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC FREEDOM

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC RAVEN

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC WOLF

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PALO DURO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PALOMINO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PARAGON

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PASS CHRISTIAN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PAULINE M.

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PEBBLE BEACH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PECOS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PEDERNALES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PENSACOLA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

PORT ARTHUR

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

PRIDE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

REBEL

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

RIVERSIDE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ROAN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ROBERT G. STONE JR.

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ROSS SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ROY BAKER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SABINAL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SAINT CRISPIN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SAN JACINTO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SEA HAWK

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

SENATOR STENNIS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SIBERIAN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

SIRIUS

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

SONORA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SPIRIT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

STALLION

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SUNFISH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

SUSAN ELIZABETH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

TAMPA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

TASMAN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

TAURUS

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

TED B

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

THOR

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

TIGER

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

TINY SANDERSON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

TRINITY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

VENTURE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

VIKING

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

VOLUNTEER

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

VOYAGER

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

W. C. BINION JR.

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

WALTER S

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

WEDDELL SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ZEPHYR

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ZEUS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ACHILLES

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ADRIATIC SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

AGAMEMNON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

AJAX

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

AL MIDDLETON

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ALICE JEAN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ALTAIR

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ANGELINA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ANN BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ANTIGONE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

APOLLO

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

APPALOOSA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ARABIAN

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ARABIAN SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ARANSAS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ARCHIE WILSON

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

ATHENA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

ATLAS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

AURORA

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BARENTS SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

BEAUFORT SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

BERING SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

BETTY BRENT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BIG AL

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BIG BAY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BILL GARVEY

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BISMARCK SEA

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

BLANCO

  • Type : Tugboat
  • Construction : Steel

BLUEFISH

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BOCA GRANDE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BONNIE SUE

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BRAZOS

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

BREWSTER KNOTT

  • Type : Pushboat
  • Construction : Steel

LEMON CREEK

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

LEO

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

NA-KAO

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

NO

  • Type : Other Liquid Cargo Barge Not Elsewhere Included
  • Construction : Steel

NO.

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

PACIFIC

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

PUGET SOUNDER

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

REM

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

RIGEL

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

SASANOA

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

RA

  • Type : Flat / Deck Barge
  • Construction : Steel

ANTARES

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

CAPELLA

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

CASCADES

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

DBL

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

DENEB

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

KAYS POINT

  • Type : Liquid Cargo Barge (Double Hull)
  • Construction : Steel

News

Towboat Fire Closes Portion of the Ohio River

Towboat Fire Closes Portion of the Ohio River

A section of the Ohio River was closed to vessel traffic on Tuesday due to towboat fire near Belleview, Ky.The U.S. Coast Guard said it issued a waterway restriction between mile marker 499 and mile marker 501 on the Ohio River after a fire reportedly broke out in the engine room aboard the towing vessel Capt. Kirby Dupuis.

Mighty River to Muddy Trickle: South America's Parana Rings Climate Alarm

Mighty River to Muddy Trickle: South America's Parana Rings Climate Alarm

Gustavo Alcides Diaz, an Argentine fisherman and hunter from a river island community, is at home on the water. The Parana River once lapped the banks near his wooden stilt home that he could reach by boat. Fish gave him food and income. He purified river water to drink.Now the 40-year-old looks out on a trickle of muddy water.

Parana River Level Drops to 77-year Low. Argentina Declares State of Emergency

Parana River Level Drops to 77-year Low. Argentina Declares State of Emergency

The government of Argentina on Monday declared a 180-day “water emergency” for the Parana River, which is suffering a historic bout of shallowness that has affected the amount of grains that can be shipped from the country’s key ports hub of Rosario.The country is a major international food supplier.

Waterways Commerce Cutter: It's Time for an Upgrade

Waterways Commerce Cutter: It's Time for an Upgrade

In the last week of April, with little fanfare, the U.S. Coast Guard released a much-anticipated opportunity to build up to 27 Waterways Commerce Cutters. After the detailed design and construction contract is awarded in Spring of 2022, a lucky shipbuilder will begin replacing the Coast Guard’s eclectic fleet of 18 venerable river buoy tenders (WLR) and 13 inland construction tenders (WLIC).

Fourteen Die Offshore India After Barge Sinks as Cyclone Batters West Coast

Fourteen Die Offshore India After Barge Sinks as Cyclone Batters West Coast

Fourteen people have died as a barge sank off India's west coast after a powerful cyclone barrelled into the country, authorities said on Wednesday, while Indian navy ships and aircraft scoured waters to locate scores of other missing personnel."We can confirm that 14 bodies have been recovered from the rescue operation of barge P305" that sank off the coast of Mumbai, Mehul Karnik

Barge Operations Cleared to Resume on the Lower Mississippi

Barge Operations Cleared to Resume on the Lower Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday lifted its marine traffic restrictions on a section of the lower Mississippi River that has been closed since Tuesday, clearing towboats and barges to resume operations on one of America's busiest and most vital trade arteries.All river traffic came to a halt near Memphis, Tenn.

More Than 1,000 Barges Backed Up on Lower Mississippi River

More Than 1,000 Barges Backed Up on Lower Mississippi River

More than 1,000 barges were backed up on the lower Mississippi River on Friday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, while traders anxiously awaited an update on the shutdown of a portion of the waterway that is critical to U.S. crop exports.The Coast Guard on Tuesday stopped all traffic on the river near Memphis, Tennessee, after a fracture was discovered in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge

Barge Traffic Backs Up Near Memphis Amid Mississippi River Closure

Barge Traffic Backs Up Near Memphis Amid Mississippi River Closure

More than 700 barges are delayed on the lower Mississippi River on Thursday after a structural crack in the Hernando de Soto Bridge prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to halt vessel traffic on a portion of the crucial trade artery.The Coast Guard restricted all vessel traffic between mile markers 736 and 737 on the Mississippi River near Memphis after the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)

Vessels Queue After Mississippi River Closed Near Memphis

Vessels Queue After Mississippi River Closed Near Memphis

Towing vessels and barges are lining up near Memphis, Tenn. after a significant structural crack discovered on the I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge bridge led the U.S. Coast Guard to halt vessel traffic in the area.At least 16 vessels with a total of 229 barges are waiting to transit in either direction after vessel traffic was restricted between mile markers 736 and 737 on the Lower Mississippi

Anastasia Crew Debarks in Japan After Six Months Stuck off China

Anastasia Crew Debarks in Japan After Six Months Stuck off China

The crew of bulk carrier Anastasia has debarked in Japan after six months stuck at anchorage off the coast of northern China.The vessel, its coal cargo and mostly Indian crew had been at a standstill since September amid the ongoing COVID-19 crew change crisis and a trade spat including a Chinese ban on Australian coal imports.

Historic Dredging Unlocks the  Might of the Mississippi

Historic Dredging Unlocks the Might of the Mississippi

Humanity will forever remember 2020 as the “Year of COVID-19” fraught with the pains of a pandemic and its impacts on our physical and mental health. Yet, as a navigation representative along the Mississippi River Ship Channel (MRSC), I will always be able to see the bright side. In this case, that is life outside of COVID.

River Dance: Grounding Triggers Breakaway Barges

River Dance: Grounding Triggers Breakaway Barges

It was a beautiful mid-summer afternoon in the nation’s heartland. The skies were clear, the sun was shining and the variable southwest breeze barely caused a ripple on the muddy water of the winding river. Optimistic fishermen lined the riverbanks and a few recreational boaters were cruising close to the floating docks lining both shores.