Monday, June 17, 2019

M/V Joseph Merrick Jones

Passing under the Ohio River bridges at Ashland, Ky.

Sunday, June 16, 2009.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Size comparison

Today the M/V Eugenie P. Jones of Canal Barge Company pushed another component of the Monaca cracker through this area. As many of the vessels making the trip do, the Jones stopped at Kenova, dropped its load and headed down to Catlettsburg for supplies.

In case you wonder how the size of the Jones' load compares with a common Ohio River towboat, here it is next to the Mary Artie Brannon.

Big, huh?

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Discussion on the barge

Have you ever seen a couple of people talking and from their gestures wondered what they were talking about?

I have.

Friday, June 7, 2019

My latest river column

When I was asked to write a personal column on this subject, I thought I had kept it really, really short. When I did a word count, it came out to around 950. I could have written five times that many. But the limit was around 600. Oh well.

M/V Nancy Sturgis

Yesterday morning I saw the M/V Nancy Sturgis passing Huntington. This was taken from Huntington looking over toward Bradrick, Ohio.

The white church is Defender United Methodist Church. I've been told the church bell came from the steamboat Defender. Which came first I don't know.

And here's the prop wash from the Sturgis, which was pushing 12 barges of stone loaded to 10 feet.

I guess it takes most if not all of what an 1,800-horsepower boat's got to push more than 20,000 tons of stone against the current.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stairway to heaven?

Nah, this isn't heaven. It's Huntington, West Virginia. Or #almostheaven

But it was nice to be able to go from the river bank back up the hill on this organic, sustainable, non-GMO staircase.

My thanks to whoever discovered this and all those over the years who have kept it up through constant use.

Campsite on the river bank

This morning while I was down on the Ohio River bank getting photos of the M/V Nancy Sturgis, I saw this. It looks like the remains of a homeless person's camp, although it could be a temporary shelter for a local fisherman, now abandoned.

It would not surprise me if this were an abandoned homeless camp. At this particular place, I've found what otherwise would be a perfectly good sleeping bag if it hadn't been left exposed to weather and high water, and I've found a shopping cart (or buggy, as my wife calls it) from a store 27 blocks away.

I have no proof any of this is from a homeless person, but the homeless tend to gather on the river bank here as elsewhere. I wondered about the sleeping bag — who bought it and why; if a person was trying to help a homeless person but the homeless person didn't care, or if he simply abandoned it for some reason; and if so, does it do that much good to go out of your way to help.

I say the last part because burnout is not uncommon among people I know who volunteer time and money to help the less fortunate. Sometimes they walk away because they feel they've been taking advantage of. Sometimes they just have to move on to other things.

Anyway, those are the thoughts this sight brought to my mind.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Another day, another tug-and-tow combo

I had a quick freelance assignment today that required me to locate boats to photograph. In this case, I caught up with the tugboat Tristen and the towboat Brittany Lynn.

And I found these two guys out on the barge.

Now to see if there are any others approaching this area. They seem to be pretty frequent lately.