Sunday, June 13, 2010

mv. Detroit and Steven J. Mason

I was driving along the Ohio River north of Huntington, W.Va., today when I saw the mv. Detroit headed the same direction I was. I was surprised, because the Detroit has been in service for several months, and to my knowledge this was the first time it had gone up the river above Huntington. Naturally, I got ahold of Adam to ask if he wanted to get some photos with me. His response on hearing the Detroit was -- at last -- in a place and at a time where we could get pictures: "Oh, wow."

These are a few of what we got. The first is the Detroit as seen from the H.K. Butler public access ramp a few miles below the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam.

Here are a couple of the Detroit passing the little-known community of Rosebud, Ohio, which is maybe a mile above aforementioned boat ramp.

As we got these photos, I told Adam we were late for a family event that was about a half hour away. Thus, we could not wait for the Mary Ellen Jones, the Steven J. Mason and the Charleston, all of which we had seen ahead of the the Detroit and the RCByrd locks, to lock through so we could get pictures of the Detroit at the locks. And we couldn't wait for the AEP Mariner, which was coming up behind the Detroit, either. However, we could get a picture of whatever was at the locks. As it turned out, it was the Steven J. Mason, with the Mary Ellen Jones having already gone through and the Charleston likewise having exited.

So today Adam saw two new boats, including one he had yet to get a good look at, plus a rebuilt one and one of the oldest ones still on the river. Also, we saw the Tennessee and the Jackson H. Randolph. Riverwise, we both had a good day.

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