Sunday, November 10, 2019

Loads beyond the rakes

M/V Alan P. Hall, again

While everyone was getting nice river pictures yesterday, whether they were on the Ohio, the Mississippi or the Missouri, I was stuck at home fighting off something that's going around. But I did have to go out for a few minutes in the afternoon. A trip that was supposed to take a half hour took more like ninety minutes as this happened and that happened.

But I did manage to see the M/V Alan P. Hall of Amherst Madison going down the river pushing 15 loads.

The weather is supposed to be good today. We'll see if I can get out for a little bit.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Two more photos

Let's see if these help get you through the weather that's forecast for today.

The M/V Energy picking up a tow on a foggy morning at Virginia Point Park, Kenova, W.Va.

At a riverboat christening, tradition demands that an American flag and at least one Bible be presented to the captain for use on the boat. When Marathon Petroleum christened three boats (from left, the Patoka, Mt. Vernon and Kenova) on Oct. 8, 2019, each boat received three Bibles. Here they are displayed on a table before the formal part of the ceremony began. The ceremony took place in Catlettsburg, Ky.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

M/V Enid Dibert

When you want to shoot something but don't know if there's something on the river to shoot, look around for a Crounse boat. Many times they're good for a photo or two, as happened yesterday morning when the M/V Enid Dibert came through the Huntington area in that glorious October morning light.

Pardon me if I got a little artsy with these images. I wanted to try a few things.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

M/V Miss Ivy Brynne

The Miss Ivy Brynne (don't ask me how to pronounce that name) passed Huntington today, so I figured I would get some pics.

I couldn't let that October morning light go to waste.

According to what I found on the Coast Guard site, this is the former M/V City of Redwood.

Next up: The M/V Enid Dibert was right behind.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

M/V Alan P. Hall

I've been sitting on this since late summer and wondering what to do with it. Tonight I figured I would play with it a little.

I'm not totally satisfied with this, so I might try again someday. We'll put it on my "maybe to-do list".

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Red barge in morning

There was some awful pretty light out on the Ohio River this morning.

Now if only the Delta Queen was out there in that fog and heading into the sun ...

You have your fantasies. I have mine.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Two boats at Mile 317, 10/22/19

In the past when we've seen boats with retractable pilothouses on my part of the Ohio River, the pilothouses have been in the raised position, With the M/V Patoka in our area now, I guess we'll get used to seeing them like this.

And on this particular morning I got to see the M/V Duke fairly close for the first time.

It was a gray morning, but a good one.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

M/V Roger W Keeney

Yesterday I was sitting in my office in beautiful downtown Huntington WV (America's Best Community) when a photographer at the paper emailed me with a photo she had taken of a towboat that was Harris Riverfront Park. She had the photo but no information.

As the park entrance is only three blocks from the paper, I walked down there and saw the M/V Roger W Keeney there. As I gazed at it and got some pictures with my phone, a guy on the boat struck up a conversation with me. I introduced myself and we talked. A few minutes later another guy came out of the pilothouse and joined the conversation.

I was told the Keeney was at the park awaiting a part it needed before it could go back, pick up its tow and resume its trip. Soon Capt. Randy Chapman, manager of linehaul operations, showed up to tell the crew they would have to wait a little longer for the part to be delivered. Chapman and I sat and talked for maybe 20 minutes about the industry, the companies he's worked for, the boats he's worked on and such. We exchanged some funny river-related stories before my lunch hour ended.

As it turns out, I was glad I texted my younger son to tell him the Keeney was at the park. He had gone with me Pittsburgh in spring 2017 to attend the christening of the M/V Tommy H, a boat similar if not identical to the Keeney.

Adam arrived and got a photo of the Keeney with his phone while I was back at work. He texted to tell me another tug-and-tow combination was coming up the Ohio and I had time to walk down there to see it. Too bad I had to stay at my desk and finish my work day.

I got home and my phone would not let me download the photos I took. And it would not connect to the internet. This is a problem I've had for a few weeks. Lucky for me Adam had emailed me a photo he took of the Keeney.

So tomorrow I'll probably get a new phone I'll be a responsible citizen and recycle the old one, although it would interesting to see how far I could throw it from a bridge. But I won't do that.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Charles Jones passes

Charles Jones, who as head of Amherst Madison was one of the most recognizable names in the marine industry in the Ohio Valley, died yesterday at the age of 101.

It's difficult to describe how well known and liked Jones was.

I did a feature on him in 2017 for The State Journal of Charleston, W.Va. Alas, I cannot find that article anywhere so that I may link to it. Jones was a Navy veteran who served in Japan immediately after World War II. He grew up in the family's coal and transportation businesses. Of late Amherst Madison has been involved in transportation and construction.

Back in 2012, I wrote an article for The State Journal when a towboat pilot simulator was named in honor of Jones' late son, O. Nelson Jones. I likewise cannot find that article to link to, but I did have a blog entry about it.

More to come as other articles are written that I can link to.