SIOUX CITY | Years after retiring from surveying and towing materials along the Missouri River, the M.V. Sergeant Floyd serves as a museum and welcome center for visitors to Siouxland.
The decommissioned riverboat, situated along the Missouri River on the edge of Chris Larsen Park, is now called the Sgt. Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center. It offers a boatload of information on Sgt. Charles Floyd's journey with explorers Lewis and Clark, as well as the Missouri River and Siouxland history.
Approximately 138 feet long, the boat is accessible by wooden ramps that scale its sides.
The vessel was first launched at the Howard Shipyards in Jeffersonville, Ind., on May 31, 1932. For more than 40 years it served the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, setting navigation buoys, assisting in dredging operations and hauling crew and equipment up and down the Missouri River.
The Floyd fell into obsolescence in the 1970s, but caught a stint as a floating bicentennial exhibit before it was donated to Sioux City in 1983. Television journalist Tom Brokaw, a South Dakota native, was on hand to dedicate the boat at a ceremony that year.
Today the museum features maps, photographs and other artifacts from the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Missouri River, as well as a life-sized model of the ship's namesake, Sgt. Charles Floyd.
The facility can be found at 1000 Larsen Park Road, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, excluding major holidays.