Smaller Dredge, "Wheeler", Damaged by Triumph

Smaller Dredge, "Wheeler", Damaged by Triumph

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The dredge "Wheeler", an Army Corps of Engineers Ship, was damaged when the Triumph slammed into it on the west side of the Mobile River.

The Wheeler arrived in the port city for a $15 million repair job. Towards the end of its stay, the Carnival Triumph smashed right into the side of the dredge.

The Wheeler is the smaller black ship up next to the Triumph. Not too small though. The Wheeler is actually a 400-foot long dredge.

An employee says Signal International has been working to replace engines on board the Wheeler.

Signal International's website also says they were working on renovations to the propulsion system, the dredge generator system and the ship service generators.

According to an employee, they were almost finished with repairs.

We don't yet know the extent of the damage the dredge sustained. That, along with damage assessments to the Triumph are sure to be determined in the coming days.

According to the ship worker, there were about 20 people on board the Wheeler at the time Triumph broke loose. Those workers had to abandon ship-- no word on if any of them were injured.

The Wheeler's website says it is the largest and most powerful hopper dredge in the Corps' fleet.

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