Monday, June 26, 2017

Returning soon

It's been a while, and it may be a bit longer.

My computer has died, and I'm trying to get a new one at the same time I'm working a few more hours and other needs around the house keep me busy.

If all goes well, I'll be back on July 1. Realistically, I'm shooting for July 8.

The good news is that I have a backlog of photos to deal with -- towboats, bridges, dredges ... you know, the good stuff.

I'll see you then.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A few pictures from recent days

Between working and trying to get stuff done around the house and dealing with a computer that is about ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge, I've been negligent in blogging. I was planning to give a nonpolitical analysis of President Trump's infrastructure speech in Cincinnati, but who cares what I think, especially at this late date, you know?

I can't say when I can get back on here, so let's share four photos I've taken recently to let you all know I'm still alive.

First, every marina needs a guard duck.

Second, here's an Amherst Madison boat passing Huntington after the sun had set.

The Earl Franklin Jr. and the Lucedale were doing dredging work in the lower approach of the Robert C. Byrd Gallipolis Locks and Dam today. It looked like the Franklin handled the barge and clamshell bucket that were doing the scooping and the Lucedale was dumping the mud where the water coming through the dam could disperse it. I started singing "Sedimental Journey," but Adam groaned. That means the pun worked.

And here's the M/V Tommy H as it was about to exit the lock.

This was the first time I had seen the Tommy H since Adam and I attended its christening in Pittsburgh on May 25. I have a ton of photos, but they will have to wait until I learn whether the Waterways Journal is using any of them.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Two items in the news

President Trump will visit Cincinnati this week to urge investment in rebuilding the nation's lock and dam system.

Meanwhile, up the river, work on repairing and rebuilding part of the bridge connecting the town of St. Marys to Middle Island, the largest island in the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, has been delayed until next year at the earliest. The bridge now in use was part of the original Hi Carpenter Bridge, which was of the same design as the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A birthday party for Charlie Jones

From what I can tell, Charlie Jones of Amherst Madison is the most liked and respected person in the river industry in these parts. Today they had a 99th birthday celebration for him at the company headquarters. I was able to attend, and I wrote about it here.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Two from Pittsburgh

Here are a couple photos of The Point as seen from the water on a day that could not decide if it was going to be overcast or sunny for more than five minutes at a time.

More later.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A day in Pittsburgh

Adam and I went to Pittsburgh yesterday to cover the christening ceremony of the M/V Tommy H for the Waterways Journal.

It was a long, tiring day. Tonight he had to be in his high school band to play music for graduation. Sometime this weekend, I might be able to post a little more about the trip. More will come after the WJ decides if it wants to use any of my photos.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Three Crounse boats

So tonight instead of going to bed at a realistic time I figured I would stay up a few minutes and play with some photos of Crounse boats that I have gotten the past month or so. So here goes.

From last month, the Mary Artie Brannon as the sun was low enough on the horizon to light her up real good.

Here is the Enid Dibert. I figured I would see what would happen if I got all artistic. Eh.

And here is the Yvonne Conway.

It's a good thing I like the design and color scheme of Crounse boats, because when I need a boat pushing 15 barges, there's usually one around.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pledge drive

Tonight and tomorrow there's a pledge drive going on to raise money to help the ferry at Sistersville WV. To pledge you can call 304-771-8835, 304-771-1334, ...or 304-758-9007. You can stream the 24-hour event, lasting until 4 p.m. Saturday, and listen to Greg Goodfellow and Alex King at

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sunset through the wheelhouse

A couple of days ago maybe I saw a photo on a Facebook river group and I got so envious, sort of. It was from an area that was flat -- no hills -- and someone got a sunset shot of the sun through the pilothouse glass. The boat was from ACBL, I think.

I figured I would never get a chance at that shot because of all the hills around here. However, yesterday evening the Coast Guard buoy tender Osage tied up at Harris Riverfront Park here in Huntington. I happened upon it and decided to get some pictures. Then I noticed I could shoot upward and get the sun through the pilothouse windows. Here are a couple of samples. The first is the sun unobstructed. In the second, I think there was a guy walking around inside the pilothouse because the size of the sun was changing.

As long as I was there, I figured I may as well get a photo of some buoys.

It doesn't surprise me the Osage was in the area. From what I have seen and heard, several buoys on the middle and upper Ohio are not where they should be.

Ironton bridge is down

The last remaining steel of the old Ironton-Russell Bridge came down yesterday. I couldn't be there because I had to work. But the Ironton Tribune was, and it wrote about the event.