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Photographer:Magogman [View profile]Title:United States Government Army Engineers - Washington DC/USAAdded:Aug 24, 2007
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Photo Category: Shipping Companies Funnel Marks / Superstructure Logo Boards
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The funnel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tug Demolen. The "castle" is the standard symbol of the Corps and appears wherever the Corps does. Officers commissioned in the Corps of Engineers wear brass replicas of the castle on their lapels or collars as the symbol of their branch of the Army. This symbol dates back to the Revolutionary War or War of Independence (at least that is what it is called on this side of the pond) which began in 1776. The newly organized Corps of Engineers in George Washington's Continental Army had the task of blocking British ships from moving south on the Hudson River to New York City. They accomplished this at West Point (now the site of the U.S. Military Academy, the Army's primary source of Regular Army second lieutenants) where a large chain was fabricated and stretched across the Hudson River. Because of the Corps of Engineers deep involvement in building fortifications, etc. on navigable waterways and harbors during the American Revolution and the War of 1812 they were given the responsibility for much of the U.S.'s navigable waterways and later built huge dams in the western United States. The Corps is a major presence in the U.S. portions of the Great Lakes where, among other duties, they maintain and operate the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Today, the portion of the Corps that deals with navigation, dams, and locks on the nation's waterways is largely staffed by civilians although each district is commanded by an Army officer commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

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Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Jul 16, 2008 22:54 (10 years ago)
Wow man, thanx for a highly informative and nice story. Chief!

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