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The USS Inaugural minesweeper, exposed on a sand bar on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis on December 7, 2012. Due to drought conditions, water levels on the river have dropped to 13 feet, possibly going as low as nine feet before the end of the year. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The USS Inaugural minesweeper, exposed on a sand bar on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis on December 7, 2012. Due to drought conditions, water levels on the river have dropped to 13 feet, possibly going as low as nine feet before the end of the year. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The water level is low enough now, south of downtown St. Louis, that you can get a good view of what’s left of the World War II era minesweeper “Inaugural.”

The vessel broke loose from its mooring during the Flood of 1993 and is often submerged in the Mississippi River.

The Inaugural cleared 82 mines during its career and earned two battle stars during the second world war.

After it was taken out of service and shipped to St. Louis, the Inaugural became a museum ship and was granted National Historic Landmark status.

Officials removed that status in 2001, due to the damage done to the craft.

Plans to salvage and re-store the Inaugural were deemed too costly.

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