Tuesday, July 14, 2020

M/V O. Nelson Jones

Of course I got another picture of the O. Nelson Jones last week.

You always get another picture of the O. Nelson Jomes.

Monday, July 13, 2020


The Coast Guard buoy tender Osage docked overnight at Huntington's Harris Riverfront Park this past Saturday evening. I got down there as the sun was going over the Ohio hills, so things were just starting to get dark. I got some pictures anyway. Here are a few.


The Osage comes through here about once a year, and I try to get down to the riverfront when it's here. Sometimes I make it. Sometimes I don't.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Sistersville ferry, 7/5/20

When the folks in Sistersville, W.Va., posted on Facebook on July 2 that the ferry was back in operation for the first time in about 20 months, I had to get up there and ride. The fact the Waterways Journal had asked me to do a story about the ferry helped the decision. Their request came before the coronavirus hit and messed up everything, but by Sunday, July 5, the ferry was running and I had money for fuel.

The ferry is like others on the Ohio and is attached to its barge on a pivot. When the ferry leaves one side for the other, it backs out and swings around 180 degrees, leaving an oval wheel wash like this.

A few more photos, including one of Crounse Corp.'s M/V Debi Sharp coming by while we were on the Ohio side. That's Bo Hause, the captain of the ferry, up in the wheelhouse, by the way.

Sunday was hot and almost cloudless. The air temperature on shore was in the 90s, and it must have been 105 or more on the barge.

Soon enough it was time to leave. The heat had left me pretty tired and I wanted to get back to Huntington before dark, so I left sooner than I had wanted to. But I had other stops to make on the road home. Photo opps, you know.

While I was up that way I was able to get a look at a couple of historic (to me, at least, sites that I will write about soon.

The ferry alone made it a good day. The other stuff made it better.

Good advice

Monday, July 6, 2020

M/V Debi Sharp

Here seen as framed by the picnic shelter at the park on the site of old Lock and Dam 15 just below the Hannibal Locks and Dam.

It's a nice park for viewing boats if you're ever in the area.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

M/V Buckeye State

We've hardly seen the Buckeye State up this way since ACBL bought it from AEP. So when it is up here ...

… we have to get some shots, preferably unlike the ones we already have of the boat in AEP colors.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Sharing the river

Towboats and pleasure craft ...

… as seen behind the Greenup County Courthouse at Greenup, Ky., a few miles above the Greenup Locks and Dam.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

M/V O. Nelson Jones at Ironton, Ohio

We'll spare you the details and get to the point: I didn't expect the boat to get to Ironton so quickly. By the time I knew it was almost there, it was too late to get to the Kentucky side to have the afternoon sun at my back. So I found a spot on the Ohio side and figured the bridge and shadow would make a decent image.

You make the call.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday evening at Catlettsburg, Ky.

I didn't see the boat I wanted to see. If I had read the map correctly, I would have gone to Ashland, Ky., to see the M/V Capt. Bill Stewart. But I went to Catlettsburg instead. At least I got the closest look I've ever gotten of a Florida Marine Transporters boat that was still under FMT ownership and in its original colors.

I'm sure there will be other times to see the Capt. Bill Stewart.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

M/V AEP Mariner

Sounds of Green Bottom

The Corps of Engineers built the Green  Bottom Wildlife Management Area between Green Bottom and Glenwood, W.Va., when it build the lock canal at the Gallipolis Locks and Dam. It was to make up for the wetlands lost when the locks were built.

Yesterday evening on a photo run from Huntington to Parkersburg and back, I passed by the former Green Bottom swamp. Fog was beginning to roll in from the Ohio River, which is behind the second line of trees. The sounds were pretty good.

Best viewed when wearing headphones.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Out of curiosity ...

… who reads this blog?

Monday, April 27, 2020

M/V Savage Destiny

I got to see the M/V Savage Destiny today. I didn't have my good camera with me, so I had to go up on the bridge and shoot with my phone.

FWIW, Huntington, W.Va., is on the right bank as seen here looking upstream and Chesapeake, Ohio, is on the left.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

M/V Speedway

Seen heading up the Ohio River.

Photos taken at old Lock and Dam 27, a nice, quiet place with a good background for shooting.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Five boats at South Point

Late this afternoon, just before the rain started, I went down to South Point, Ohio. South Point bills itself as the southernmost point in Ohio, and it's right across the Ohio River from the mouth of the Big Sandy River, so from the park you can stand in one state and see two others.

I was there to get photos of the AEP Mariner as it came down the river, but it turns out that I got photos of four more, more or less.

First, the M/V Morgan Leigh of Superior Marine.

Then, coming down the river ahead of the AEP Mariner was the Louise S of Campbell Barge Line.

Then the AEP Mariner arrived. The rain began with a light drizzle, and I was able to find a small shelter down by the river so my digital camera wouldn't get too wet.

The Louise S stopped at South Point. As it eased over toward the Ohio bank, some people who were fishing there got a look at it.

Here we zoomed in on the part of the photo with the Louise S and you can see two boats over at the Marathon dock at Catlettsburg, Ky. I believe that's the M/V Miss Kathy on the left and the M/V Cincinnati on the right. I could be wrong on either of both of them.

Did I say five boats? How about six?

That's the M/V O. Nelson Jones over at the former Merdie Boggs Landing.

Llet's make it seven by noting the presence of the M/V MAP Runner at the Marathon fleeting area at South Point.

That's probably enough for one entry.