The Currituck is a highly used resource throughout coastal projects along the East Coast. In this photo it's anchored off the Virginia coast July 18-21, 2012. Photo/US Army Corps. An unsung hero in the nation’s mighty fleet of ships is the Currituck, whose servile task is to take river-bottom sand from one place and move it someplace else.

Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Currituck is busy this week [November 12-16] dredging the Housatonic River between Stratford and Milford, pulling out enough sand and silt to deepen the channel to a depth of 14’. Before it arrived here a week ago, the boat channel was only 2’ or 3’ deep in some places.

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