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The small dredge Aqua at work in the Georgetown
Reservoir. Muck was pumped through 2,750 feet of pipe to the Potomac River. A Portable Dredge By Stanley Baitz A THICK coating of mud that has settled on the floor of the Dalecarlia Reser voir in the last 40 years is now being cast out by a miniature dredge—the Aqua— which had to be built within the reservoir inclosure. Each hour the dredge pumps about 110 cubic yards of muck a quarter mile to Little Falls Branch, which empties into the Potomac River. Before it is done it will have sent back to the river about 120,000 cubic yards of silt which took a detour at Great Falls and came to rest in the reservoir. Motorists passing the reser voir wonder ‘how the dredge got inside, since there is no way to float it in. The an swer is that it was assembled on the scene. The hull con sists of surplus Navy pontoon blocks bolted together. The deck is three boxes wide and seven long. The rest of the dredge equipment, consisting of pump, hauling gear, lad der, spuds, gallows and A frame, was either purchased or constructed by machin ists of the Washington Aque duct. Until very recently motor ists were seeing this same dredge 2 miles down the road, in the Georgetown Reservoir. There it took about 80,000 cubic yards of silt out of Basin No. 2, skimming it off in preparation for concrete paving, and then moved into Basin No. 3. That move pre sented an engineering prob lem, since the two basins are separated by an earth-and stone dike. This was solved by slicing a chunk out of the top of the dike, raising the water level until it was up to the top of the dike, then floating the dredge through the channel. After that work was done the dredge was taken apart and re-assembled at the Dale carlia Reservoir, to work over part of the bottom which hasn't been touched since 1908. Master of the dredge is Carl Copeland, 3310 East Capitol street, who not long ago was working on the standard-size Army engineer dredge, the Talcott. In fact, most of the crew of the Talcott is now as signed to the Aqua, which runs on a three-shift-a-day basis. Although the Aqua’s pro duction is less than a fifth of the Talcott’s, Mr. Cope land is delighted with his task aboard the miniature craft. “She’s just sharp as a briar,” he exclaims. Carl Copeland (left) and Watson Morgan, operator, ] 200 Huntington avenue, Alexandria, at controls of the crQft star Staff Photos bv John Horan. Altar Grtfirf Friers Elsrwltarr—THY HAUSLER'S ***** ***** SOCIETY „ ENGRAVERS , 100 Cagrarrl Witfi| AMMSCTMta $15.00 -4 at 518 121k St. N.W. Dt. 2057 ^ JlrVOI 10 TOURS TO EUROPE BY STRATOCRUISER FLAGSHIP! Vt i < Jjyolc kou) dMcthat Vacation, ~ti> —JMpe Is Now! Here’s a brand new idea ip travel abroad... American s 10 new Flag ship Tours. Low in cost... of short duration... and including all expenses, these wonderful air tours are especially designed for those limited by time and budget. And, you’ll get more than a quick look, too, when you travel by the new, double-decked Stratocruiser Flagship, the world’s finest, fastest airliner. Perhaps you’ll choose the 10-day London and Paris tour. Here s a travel bargain that is packed with wonderful sights. London’s Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace; Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and fabulous Trocadero are but a few of the fascinating places awaiting you. All for only $613.30—including transportation, hotels, meals, tips, transfers and sightseeing. These tour rates are based on American’s special reduced fares, with a generous 60-day limit, for round-trip travel to Europe completed by May 1 st. See your travel agent or nearest American Airlines office for full details. AMERICAN AIRLINES AMERICAN AIRLINES. INC. • AMERICAN OVERSEAS AIRLINES. INC.