Sunday, September 17, 2017

M/V J.S. Lewis

I didn't get much sleep last night, thanks to my youngest kid being in a nighttime high school band festival and a (deleted) cat finding its way into my bedroom and whining that it couldn't get out.

So by early afternoon, while I was walking with my youngest through the Huntington Mall after buying him a dress shirt for homecoming six days from now, my legs gave out and my energy level felt really low. All I could think about was a good nap until we were on our way home along the road along the river and what did we see in the distance but the J.S. Lewis.

And all I had to take a picture was the camera on my cheap cell phone.

I was surprised when Adam said this was the first time he had seen the Lewis moving under its own power. I've been taking pictures of it for 35 years or more, and he's taken some in the past decade, but I hadn't realized the only time he had seen it was during open houses at river events.

Somehow, seeing that boat gave me my energy back. We went to a spot near the Huntington East End bridge to get some shots.



Then I had to drop Adam off at his work. But I went ahead on down to the 6th Street Bridge and got a couple more shots.



After that, it was time to go home. The nap was nice.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

M/V Leslie M. Neal

I had to go to Point Pleasant today to take care of something. While I was there, I ran into the Mothman Festival.


The good news is that I got some pics of two boats coming out of the Kanawha River and heading toward the Ohio. One of them was the Leslie M. Neal of Crounse Corp.



More later as I can spend time processing images and making them look halfway decent. It's late and my day of busyness is not yet done.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

M/V Catlettsburg

All I had with me was my cheap cell phone camera.

This is the M/V Catlettsburg downbound  past Huntington. My granddaughter and I were playing at McClelland Park when the boat went by. This is a nice spot to view boats, either at the park or down by the river, because boats pass so close to shore here.


A few minutes later, we decided to hit the playground at another park. We got there before the Catlettsburg. I saw these guys watching it pass, so I figured I would concentrate on them instead of the boat.



Monday, August 21, 2017

An infrequent visitor


The M/V Jackie Englert was up this way recently. Here she is downbound passing the boat ramp a few miles below the Robert C.  Byrd Locks and Dam,  formerly the Gallipolis Locks and Dam, yesterday evening.


Earlier she paused in the river a couple of miles below the locks as the M/V George R. Jones III added  four coal barges to her tow, making 19 in all.


As of this writing, the Englert hadn't made it to the Greenup Locks and Dam as far as I could tell.


Friday, August 18, 2017

A good night

You know what feels good? The twilight breeze down by the river. The sun has set and the sky is turning from orange to purple. The steel truss bridge is silhouetted against the sky. The hills are dark, but the river glows from the sky it reflects.

It’s so quiet there that you can feel the breeze better. You snap a pic of the bridge with your phone. A guy there fishing apologizes for ruining your picture. No problem, you say. He improved it. He looks at the picture and agrees.

He says his one-week vacation began when he left work today, and this is how he’s spending the first evening.

The M/V Jerry Tinkey passed a little while ago, but it’s paused upriver below the bend. He must be waiting for a boat to come down through the two curves above. Meanwhile, down the river you see another boat upbound. It looks like it’s pushing 15 empty coal barges. Then it must be a Crounse boat, you guess.

The sky darkens and the breeze continues, a fine counterbalance to a stressful work week and the realization that some things are changing. Like your favorite little girl is too old for toddler things now that she’s about to start pre-K. She’s conquered every climbing device on every playground in the city. Her mind went from age 4 to age 24 overnight, it seems. Way too soon.

Yes, it’s a Crounse boat. That distinct sound of the engines gives it away. Meanwhile, you see a boat coming around the bend up the river. It’s the boat the Jerry Tinkey has been waiting for. Because of its size and the fact it’s pushing some empty petroleum barges, you figure it’s one of Marathon’s canal boats. Or it could be the Catlettsburg.

But it’s 9 o’clock and it’s getting dark. Do they still put the chain across the floodwall gate at 10? You don’t know, and you sure don’t want your car stuck in here overnight. So you leave without learning what boat that is coming downriver.

It doesn’t matter. It’s still a good night.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tommy H christening, Part 2

More from the christening and dedication of the M/V Tommy H on May 25:













More to come.

Tommy H christening, Part 1

It's almost three months late, as it happened on May 25. I wrote about it in the Waterways Journal. But here are some more photos for those who are interested.






More to come.

Friday, August 11, 2017

At Parkersburg

I think this is the Yvonne Conway of Crounse Corp., but I could be wrong.


It took me a few minutes to find this spot, and I was glad a boat was coming upriver when  I did. It would have been nice to have gotten the Detroit, the Linda Reed, the O. Nelson  Jones or the Hoosier State coming down the river pushing full loads or the Amber Brittany going either way, but I'm glad I got what I did.


M/V Drema G. Woods on the Kanawha

Seen yesterday evening on my drive home from work.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lost in Marietta, Ohio ... and found

I wasn't really lost yesterday. I was in Williamstown WV covering something, and I went over to Marietta, Ohio, to see if I could get a better shot of a bridge. Leaving town, I got on the wrong street in my search for State Route 7.

After taking a wrong turn, I found myself driving along the Muskingum River, and look what I found there.


Yeah, I'll have to go back someday when I have time to enjoy it.