Thursday, October 18, 2018

M/V Silver

The other day I was thinking about how the collapse of the thermal coal market had changed the mix of towboats we see here on my part of the Ohio River.  Coal still dominates cargo shipments here, but not as much as it did a decade ago. As companies move their equipment to other rivers, where it can take care of the grain trade, other companies and other boats have moved in.

Today I saw a boat I hadn't seen before, the M/V Silver of Harco Marine of Seattle, Wash. I had to read that right to make sure the Coast Guard documentation said Seattle, which it did. I don't know which company leases the Silver or operates it. That could be Harco or it could be someone else.

The Silver was built in 2013. It's 75 feet long and 30 feet wide. The Coast Guard lists its hailing port as Portland, Ore.

The rest comes from

Built in 2013 by Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, La., for Harley Marine Services of Seattle. Named for actor Winifred "Sunset Carson" Harrison's horse, Silver, who starred alongside Carson in the film "Sunset Carson Rides Again."

(From "Sunset Carson Rides Again" came out in 1948. In the movie, Sunset Carson (1920-1990) is trying to raise money for a new school, and his partner, Sam Webster, is out to stop him. When Carson plans a benefit prize-fight, Webster plans to make off with the proceeds.).

Built in 2013 by Conrad Shipyard Incorporated of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #1009) as the Silver for Harley Marine Services Incorporated of Seattle, Washington.

Powered by two, Tier II compliant Cummins K38M diesel engines. With Twin Disc MGX5321 reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.96:1. Turning two, 72(in) four bladed, fixed pitch, stainless steel propellers. For a rated 2,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 85kW Cummins 6BTA5.9-DM generator sets. The tug's capacities are 30,000 gallons of fuel, 6,000 gallons of water, and 200 gallons of lube oil.

The towing gear consists of two, Nabrico 20-HE, hydro electric winches, mounted on her bow.

P.S. You can watch the entire 63-minute movie on YouTube if you wish. I didn't. Maybe someday. Who knows?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

M/V Linda Reed, another view

M/V Canton coming out of the Big Sandy

It didn't take long for the M/V Canton to go up the Big Sandy River, drop its barge and come back out to the wider, more civilized (?) river. As I was about to leave Virginia Point Park at Kenova and head home ...

You would think people at the youth  soccer matches would drop everything and get a good look at a towboat passing by.

But considering how often Marathon boats go in and out of the Big Sandy, it's probably not a big deal.

And finally, the Canton is almost to the mouth of the Big Sandy, with beautiful downtown Catlettsburg, Ky., in the background.

Monday, October 15, 2018

M/V Canton

Coming down the Ohio River and turning to go up the Big Sandy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

M/V Linda Reed on a gray day

With the gray sky and the overall gloom on the landscape, it felt more like February than October, even with all the green leaves on the trees. If there was one redeeming quality about today — other than getting to spend a little time with the granddaughter — there was the M/V Linda Reed dropping 15 loaded coal barges at Virginia Point there at the mouth of the Big Sandy River before it headed lightboat down to what used to be called Merdie Boggs'.

I got several pictures. Here are two, and they are not necessarily the best I got today.

Even if I should have spent more time in productive endeavors today, I can't help but think it was time well wasted, as a country singer would say.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Three boats

With a lot of stuff going on, I forgot to post these pictures from Oct. 10, when another component of the Shell cracker plant went upriver, followed by the M/V Ginger Moller.

First, two boats moving the cracker plant part. In the lead pulling is the M/V Miss Michelle. At the rear pushing is the M/V Miss Carolyn

This struck me as unusual because normally they have a Gulf Coast tug doing the pulling, but not this time.

And here is Crounse's Ginger Moller.

If you look close enough in the third photo, you can see the cracker plant load a mile or two ahead of the Moller.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

M/V Paul G. Blazer at Greenup, part 2 of 2

And here are photos of the M/V Paul G. Blazer entering the locks at Greenup from the upriver side.

Frustrating the light was that day, with the sun ducking in and out of clouds light and dark. But we got our pics anyway.

There are a few more photos I need to process of another boat and of the dam itself.

Monday, October 8, 2018

M/V Paul G. Blazer, part 1 of 2

Here we do something a little different. I got pictures of the M/V Paul G. Blazer as it was entering the Greenup Locks and Dam and as it was exiting the locks. The problem is that the light was so much  better on entry than on exit.

So let's run the exit photos first and save the better ones for the next blog entry.

FYI, these exit photos were taken as a dark cloud moved over the dam. I had to work with the images some to lighten them up, as my camera underexposed them a bit. I think.

This was the closest I had ever been to the Blazer, so even if the light was not to my liking, my proximity was.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Photo to painting?

Today was the first day I took a picture and when I got home and looked at it, I said it might look nice as a painting.

If I were to think deeper there might be more of my river photos that would fit that description. I remember one I got on June 29,1986, that would look good as a pencil drawing.

But I have no talent for these things, nor do I have the money to have my good pictures developed as big canvas prints, so I'll just enjoy them on the screen and in an envelope or an album.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A horizontal rainbow at Greenup

Today I was at the Greenup Locks and Dam to get up-close photos of some boats, but I came away with something I had never seen before — a horizontal rainbow.

We had just had a sunshower. That's when it's all bright sunlight but pouring rain. The rain was short-lived. I was planning to walk back down closer to the river when  I looked  toward the dam and saw this.

For reference, I'm on the Kentucky side a little above the dam itself but not above the end of the guide wall. The green trees in the middle of the picture are along the river. Behind them is four-lane U.S. 52. Then you see the rainbow and behind it are the Ohio hills.

From what little I have read tonight about horizontal rainbows, they may or may not be rare here  in the United States. If I've ever seen one before, I don't remember it.

Either way, they are cool. Really cool.