Thursday, November 26, 2020

Pushing pipe

Seen a few days ago at Catlettsburg. The M/V O. Nelson Jones in the fog as day was breaking.

I'd never seen a boat pushing that much pipe, at least not all shredded for scrap.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Old school


Let's go with an old school look for a photo I like for several reasons.

There's a Crounse boat pushing a full tow of coal. You can see a bridge in the background through the fog. You can see power lines carrying electricity that probably was generated from coal. The boat itself is a classic design for Ohio River boats. The boat is one I don't see often.

And by going with a faded black-and-white look, we get away from the sort of images most people are getting from their digital cameras or their phones. It almost looks like an old postcard.

It seemed like it was time for something different. So here it is.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Divine Mercy delivers the light


This is what you see when you're at the boat ramp when the M/V Divine Mercy is tied up across the river and using its searchlight or spotlight or whatever it's called to help the two guys who just arrived on their little boat with its outboard motor for crew change.

From what I overheard, the relief guys may have been across the river in Ohio while the departing guys were standing at the boat ramp in West Virginia waiting for them. But I could have been wrong.

Monday, November 16, 2020

M/V Milton


As seen in the late afternoon sun on a November day.

The light can be brutal for photographic purposes.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

A matter of perspective


The sternwheel of the Belle of Louisville ...

... from a different point of view.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Pardon my vanity


So I went out to get a photo of the M/V Charleston right before sunset this past Sunday evening, and I had a thought as it passed by.

Here I am, one old classic photographing another. OK, I flatter myself from time to time. The lines of my body don't look or flow as good as her lines, even if I am a few years younger.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

M/V O. Nelson Jones undergoing repairs

 I saw this beauty ...

... yesterday when I was at the Amherst Madison marine repair fleet at Gallipolis, Ohio, working on a freelance article for a publication. As I told one of the people I was with, when you get the chance to be this close to a classic, you get pictures.

The sky was cloudless and it was late afternoon, meaning the sun was brutal as far as lighting goes, but I did what I could.

I don't care what anyone says, this is a beautiful boat. I like how the Amherst paint scheme sort of mimics the old Ohio River Co. scheme. Amherst uses gray where Ohio River Co used dark green, but it works pretty good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

M/V Charleston overtakes the M/V Jincy


This evening Adam and I were doing an after-hours search of the used car lots here in America's Best Community when we noticed the M/V Charleston was heading up the river behind a Crounse boat. By the time we got to a shooting spot, the Charleston was in the process of overtaking the other boat.

I hope I look as good at 71 as the Charleston does.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Fog and contours


Shifting gears from steamboats and such ...

Yesterday morning at Huntington WV there was a bit of fog in the valley. Not much, but enough to bring out the contours of the hills on the Ohio side.

I counted at least five ridges over there (one is difficult to see unless you zoom in at the highest resolution, so it's hard to see here). I can't tell you how many miles away the farthest visible ridge was as the crow flies, but it has to be measured in miles.

It was interesting how the damp air brought out the parallel lines in the contours of the southern Ohio hills.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

M/V Yvonne Conway at night

Anyone need a picture of the Yvonne Conway of Crounse Corp. exiting the Greenup Locks and Dam upbound at night?

Of course you do.