Sunday, March 18, 2012

M/V Mike Weisend

About a month ago, Adam and I saw the new AEP towboat Mike Weisend just below Wheeling, but there was no place to pull over to get a photo. This evening, shortly before sunset, I saw the Weisend again, and this time I had a place to pull over and a camera. Here the Weisend is passing Huntington, specifically the Highlawn neighborhood, in the area of the water intake and the old Ohio River Co. coal loading dock.

As you can see here, the Weisend was kicking up some wake.

The big disappointment of the evening was when the boat rounded the bend and  headed toward the East End bridge. The sun really lights up the bridge cables, which are wrapped with white plastic. But here, as I was lining up my shot, the sun went behind a big dark cloud for a while.

So this completes my set of the new AEP boats to go along with photos of all the new Marathon boats in action. I lack two or three of the new Crounse boats, mainly because they haven't been up this far yet.

Maybe there's another group of boats I need to get -- before they're sent to South America like the turtlebacks and the Hillman boats.

M/V Lee Synnott

Although I haven't really sought it out, the Lee Synnott has been in some of my favorite and best towboat pictures on the Ohio River. Saturday evening I saw it heading toward Huntington, so I got a couple of shots.

These won't make my Top 10 Towboat Photos list or my Top 100 Ohio River Photos list, which includes dams, bridges and wildlife, but they are good enough for the Ohio River Blog.

And I still don't know how to pronounce this boat's name.