Marine Traffic Images at the Gateway Arch, St Louis, Missouri

The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.


The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch,[4] the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building.


The Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947; construction began on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965.


Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, the arch typifies "the pioneer spirit of the men and women who won the West, and those of a latter day to strive on other frontiers." The arch has become the iconic image of St. Louis, appearing in many parts of city culture. In 1968, three years after the monument's opening, the St. Louis phone directory contained 65 corporations with "Gateway" in their title and 17 with "Arch".


St. Louis, strategically situated on the western bank of the Upper Mississippi River (UMR), is considered a hub for inland marine transport market with many companies having offices locally.


During a business trip to the area, we had the pleasure to take pictures of marine traffic on the Mississippi River and also the Missouri River, and several of the Lock and Dams in the area.


Vessels pictured here have following descriptions:


Riverboat MV 'Mark Twain'

Built in 1964 at Dubuque Boiler and Boatworks

120 feet long, 33 feet wide, 6-foot draft

350 passenger capacity

Inspected annually by the US