Friday, May 21, 2010

mv. Sylvia H at RCB

Here are four photos we got of the Sylvia H as it approached the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam Thursday evening, including one of two deckhands out on the lead barges.

mv. Oliver C. Shearer at RCB

Adam and I went up to the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, formerly known as the Gallipolis Locks and Dam, yesterday evening to watch the mv. Mountain State enter the locks and get some pictures. He especially needed to see if his late grandfather's film camera works good enough for him to take it to Rising Sun, Ind., next week for the dedication of the mv. Hoosier State.

We got to see three boats closeup. The Sylvia H and the Oliver C. Shearer arrived before the Mountain State. So, we got pictures of all three. I'm putting some up in separate posts, but not in order.

First up is the Oliver C. Shearer.

Here, it comes into view. That's the M&P Polymers dock on the left and mooring cells for the locks on the right.

And here are some as it passes our position and gets ready to move into the locks once the Sylvia H has locked through.

At this location, the Ohio River flows north to south. These photos were taken in late afternoon, so the sun was in my face and on the other side of  the boats rather than at my back. Despite all that, I'd say these are the best photos of the Shearer that I've taken in the past 30 years.