Tuesday, October 6, 2020

M/V Charles T. Jones in the golden hour

Passing Huntington, W.Va., with Chesapeake, Ohio, in the background.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Lock and Dam 27, early morning


This time of year is good for fog ... if you like fog. It can be a pain to drive in, but sometimes down by the river it's a nice shooting environment if you have a camera.

This morning I went down to the river in Huntington and over on the Ohio side of Lock and Dam 27 — one of my favorite places along the entire Ohio River — to see what was there in the fog. Some good stuff, as it turned out.

The park itself looked pretty nice.

There were some guys fishing ...

This second guy left something on in his truck, so he asked me to give him a jump. As he left, he showed me a selfie with a walleye he had caught. He said he was there this morning to catch some bait fish. He didn't expect to get something that big.

And at the end I noticed the old lockwall made a happy face if you looked at it from the proper angle.

There hasn't bee a boat lock through here in almost 60 years. I'm glad the old place is enjoying its retirement.

It was a good morning in a favorite place.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

M/V Marathon at night

Events have limited my time at the river in the past few days, but last night I made time for a stop and was rewarded with this photo. It has some flaws technically, but I like it anyway.

For those wondering, this is the M/V Marathon of Marathon Petroleum Company after having locked downbound at the Robert C. Byrd Gallipolis Locks and Dam. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Let's try this again


A few weeks ago I posted an overexposed image of the Greenup Locks and Dam (Mile 341). Tonight I decided to see if I could salvage the image by getting artsy with it.

I think it worked, but I'll admit I'm a bit prejudiced here.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Monday, September 7, 2020

M/V Leslie M. Neal


More Trump flotilla pictures


Here are a few more photos from Saturday's Trump flotilla on the Ohio River from Huntington WV to Ironton OH.

The event began around 2 p.m. From the pictures I took in both directions while standing on a bridge sidewalk, I counted more than 100 boats participating. Most boats had more than one person aboard, so you can figure several hundred people participated on the water. That doesn't count how many may have watched from the shore.

To give you some idea of distances:

The parade started at the East End bridge between Huntington and Proctorville OH. That's at about Mile 305. The bridge where I got the photos after the event started is at about Mile 309. The downstream view from the bridge looks toward another bridge at Mile 311. From the speed of the boats and from what I saw, by the time boats at the back of the pack were getting started, some boats were already at the mouth of the Big Sandy River at about Mile 317. I heard that some boaters may have ended their run at the riverfront park at Ashland KY at about Mile 323. The parade ended at Ironton's Center Street boat landing at Mile 327.

Those are the numbers; these are the pictures.

From Huntington:

From Ironton:

Again, comments are moderated. Partisan comments will not be approved. There are other places for that.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Trump flotilla on the Ohio (Updated)

Today a few Trump supporters with boats gathered on the Ohio River to show their support for the president's re-election campaign. By a few, I mean at least a hundred.

I went down there to see how many people would show up for this event, and I was surprised. Another surprise was that I saw no sign anywhere of people supporting Joe Biden. I looked for them, but if they were at the staging point, on a bridge sidewalk overlooking the river or at the end point at least twenty miles away, I missed them.

As a reminder, this blog does its best to stay out of politics, but if there is a river event related to politics and it brings people out, I'll cover it if I can.

This was a good day to see the variety of recreational craft on the river, that's for sure. By accident or design, I didn't see any barge traffic on the two ends of the flotilla.

I shot about a hundred photos from Huntington to Ironton. I saved maybe 25 of the best. Here is another one, taken up on Huntington's 6th Street bridge. The tractor driver is Paul Hart, a resident of Chesapeake, Ohio. In case there are any farm implement fans reading this, the tractor is an International Harvester Farmall Cub.

I may post more photos from the flotilla. It depends on how tomorrow goes.

P.S. Comment on the boats or the event itself if you want. Political comments will not be published.

UPDATE: The Huntington paper had its own photo gallery of the flotilla, and in the comments section readers posted photos of people holding Biden signs at the riverfront park as the flotilla went by. Some of the comments were unnecessarily ugly, which is one reason why comments here, if there are any, won't allow political bickering.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Tour guide at Greenup


This afternoon I went to the Ohio side of the Greenup Locks and Dam to see if there was anything interesting to photograph. Because of the position of the sun, there wasn't. As I stood at the top of the bank surveying the scene, I met four older people who had arrived in two vehicles, each bearing Missouri license plates.

We talked about the dam, the river, how the power plant was built in France and shipped to New Orleans and then up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. I talked about the bridge that was added to the dam 35 years ago and gave them a brief history of the dam itself. They asked if there was a place on the other side where they could see if boats were locking through the dam. I said there is, but it's been closed to the public since 9/11.

After about 30 minutes they left and I wondered if I should contact Chuck Minsker at the Corps of Engineers in Huntington and bill him for my services as a tour guide. Probably not. Probably not.

Before I left, I got a few photos, but none really good. My first shot was different, though, because I wasn't paying attention to the camera settings when I snapped the shutter.

At home, I was able to play with it to get this.

It's not really salvaged, though. The dam and the electric plant look okay, but the sky and the water definitely don't. Oh well. They both are different, though.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Two boats at South Point ... and a loss


Today we had two boats at the Marathon Petroleum fleeting area at South Point, Ohio. Pictures in a minute, but first some sad news.

Many of you know by now that last Monday Jack Fowler, the only executive director the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center has had in its 21-year history, passed away. Fowler did so much for the museum and for the awareness and preservation of river history in one of the most river-oriented cities along the Ohio. He won't be there to see the groundbreaking for the new museum, sad to say.

At a reception Dec. 15, 2017, at the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center before the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Silver Bridge collapse, Jack Fowler, right, the museum's executive director, talks to Tom Smith, West Virginia secretary of Transportation, about what caused the bridge to fall. About six months later, the museum building would be damaged by fire. Most of the exhibits were saved, but some, including the bridge model, were damaged. Ground could be broken soon on a new museum, with the hope it will be open before Labor Day weekend next year. 

I wrote few thoughts and published them in the Huntington paper. Jack definitely will be missed.

Today I went to South Point and got photos of the M/V Galveston Bay at the lower end of the fleet ...

... and the M/V Marathon at the upper end.

I've seen a lot of the Marathon lately. The Kentucky is in the area, too, but the Detroit -- the first of these three boats that Marathon took delivery of, spends almost all its time elsewhere. The same is true of the M/V Nashville, formerly the M/V Valvoline, which itself was the first of three similar boats Ashland Inc. took delivery of in the late 1980s.