Coast Guard Cutter Scioto to Host Open House

The Scioto is a 65 ft. river buoy tender.

KEOKUK, Iowa – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Scioto is scheduled to host an open house for the public at its home port, Wednesday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m.

The 65-foot river tender and its crew will provide tours and offer the community the opportunity to meet the command.

The crew will provide a demonstration of aids to navigation used on the Mississippi River, including static displays of a Coast Guard 25-foot response boat (RB-S) and various aids to navigation.

With the primary mission of maintenance and repair of aids to navigation on the upper Mississippi River, the Scioto services 322 miles of river from Alton, Ill., to Clinton, Iowa, 1,400 buoys and 156 shore beacons for both commercial and recreational mariners.

Built in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1962, the ship previously had been homeported in both St. Louis and St. Joseph, Mo. In 1979, heavy ice floes knocked the ship off its winter moorings in Leavenworth, Kan., and it sank to the bottom of the Missouri River. It was refloated, refurbished and resumed active service in 1981.

The Scioto is located at 221 Mississippi Dr., Keokuk, Iowa 52632.

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