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NR 22-15: Corps of Engineers works to clear sunken barge in Kentucky Lock

Posted on June 15, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is working with Terral River Service to clear a barge from Kentucky Lock’s chamber that sunk at approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

According to Lockmaster Caleb Skinner, the owner of the barge, Terral River Service, plans to refloat the barge Tuesday, June 14.

Skinner explained that the barge carrying gravel hung on the miter sill of the lock, which caused the bow to tip and take on water.

“To recover the barge the owner will pump water out and hopes to float and remove it from the lock chamber by the end of the day,” Skinner said.

There were two deckhands that were working during the incident. Neither were hurt when the barge sunk.

The impact from this closure to the navigation industry and recreational vessels is minimized due to a series of intermittent closures already scheduled 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13-30 to paint the upstream miter gates and repair armor plating on the upstream guard wall. While Kentucky Lock is closed, vessels are able to use Barkley Canal to travel between the Tennessee River and Cumberland River to use Barkley Lock to navigate to and from the lower Ohio River.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at The public can also follow Kentucky Lock on Facebook at


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