Monday, August 23, 2010

LST-325, photographed

I got back a little while ago from chasing the LST-325 from the Greenup Locks and Dam to the West End of Huntington, WV. We got to the dam as the ship was leaving the locks. Adam and I saw it and got photos at Greenup KY and Ironton and South Point OH. The ship passed South Point as the sun was setting, and there I talked with an old veteran who said he was on the ship from England to Utah Beach on D-Day.

I'll try to have more details tomorrow, as it's getting late and I have a lot of photos to work on.

Meanwhile, here's a photo of the LST-325 taken at Ironton. It's backlit, as the Ironton riverfront faces the west.

Before I retire for the night, I put another photo on my Flickr photostream for my audience there, and I'll link to it on Facebook. More tomorrow.

LST-325 update

I just had a phone interview with Bob Jornlin, captain of the LST-325. He called a few minutes ago as the ship approached or was in the Greenup Locks and Dam. He said they're doing 8 to 10 miles per hour in deep water but only 7 to 9 as the river gets shallower closer to the dams.

I'll have more from the interview later after I chase the ship from Ironton to Huntington and beyond. I probably won't be alone.

LST-325 (Updated)

LST-325, a restored troop landing ship that was used in the D-Day invasion, is heading up the Ohio River. When I checked at 5:30 a.m., it had locked through Meldahl at 4:45 a.m. I'll post more info as the Internet cooperates. If it passes through my area (Huntington WV) in daylight, I'll try to get a picture.

Here's one link .

You can follow it by clicking on the "Live Tracking" link at the ship's home Web page .

UPDATE: The ship has passed Portsmouth, Ohio, meaning it's close enough for me to chase down. When my boys get home from school (one at 3 o'clock and the other at 4), we'll run out and find it. If I get any pictures, I'll do my best to post them this evening or tonight.

Ingram CEO talks

Craig Philip, CEO of Ingram Industries, had an interview with the Nashville Tennessean about his company, including the river transportation part. You can check it out here .