Harold H. Heule
Fifth Master of the U.S. Dredge William A. Thompson
Capt. Harold Heule (1919-1996) of Keokuk, Iowa, began working for the St. Paul District in 1967 as a pilot on the U.S. Dredge Thompson, serving as its master from 1968 to 1977. Prior, he piloted towboats on the Ohio, Mississippi, and other rivers for 27 years. Heule was known for being safety conscious and a history advocate. In 1961, while piloting on the Ohio River, he discovered the paddleboat George M. Verity at Huntington, West Virginia, was headed for the scrapyard. The Verity, originally christened the Samuel S. Thorpe, had been constructed in Dubuque, Iowa, for the Inland Waterways Corporation, an arm of the U.S. Government. Fiedler was involved in rescuing the steamboat, and the Verity is now a river museum in Keokuk.