US Army Corps of Engineers Hopper Dredge Experience


To my knowledge, there is zero difference between boats, they even share the same crew change dates for some reason.


There must be because according to USA Jobs the Wheeler works 14 days on / 14 days off and they’re 12 hour days. (Not 8 days on / 6 days off and 10 hour days.)


WHEELER is not a West Coast dredge.
Only two USACE dredges on the West Coast, ESSAYONS and YAQUINA.


What is your obsession with West coast dredges? I’ve said multiple times I’m not talking about West coast dredges, I’m asking questions about the USACE pay. You then said there’s​ zero difference between USACE boats, which is obviously not true.


THAT is the question which started this thread to which I responded, if you go off on some tangent, that’s on you.


I was being a good forum member and not making a new thread when there was already a related thread going.


No it is not.


Capt_PhoenixTop ContributerApr 27
I’m asking how the Army Corp calculates their pay. Is it really that different from boat to boat?

It is with locality pay. West coast hopper dredge pay scale is higher than Atlantic and Gulf coast pay scale


But it is the biggest and has 3 dragarms. I should make MORE than West Coast Mudsuckers!:rofl:


I saw you sailed on the Essayons, is that the new one or the old one? I grew up on the older one in 70-80’s and then the Goethals and the Fry. I have a lot of awesome memories on the Hudson River and making some fantastic friendships. My dads ashes were spread off the Wheeler (the last ship he sailed on) when she was docked in New Orleans.
Spencer Emanuels


Hey Spencer,

I’m on the “new” ESSAYONS…not so new any more, but…

I’ve been onboard just over 2 years, I’m a deckhand. We have a couple people onboard who came from the WHEELER.

We have spread some ashes ourselves lately…everyone getting old.


Is Capt Morehead still on board the Wheeler? If he is, please give him my best, I wish I followed my dads footsteps…I just love the Army Corp ships.


Yes he is, spenceremanuels! It’s Morehouse though. I knew your dad well as I have been on the Wheeler for 34 years! Chief Stanley always talked of his family and that is how I will always remember him. A true “Family Man” he had pictures of you guys all over his stateroom! Nicest guy to sail with. I am Chief Mate on there now. Come visit if in the New Orleans area!

Joe Mitchell


I would love to see you guys again, thank you. The Army Corp was such a big part of my childhood. Please give everyone our love, hope to see you soon,