Sunday, November 2, 2014

R.I.P. M/V Warren

What's left of the old towboat Warren has been on dry land at the Tri-State Fire Academy and Inland Waterways Academy just outside Huntington, W.Va., for several years. From the looks of things, it has been used to train firefighters in enclosed spaces. today Adam and I drove by there, and the pilothouse has collapsed. Why, I don't know but I will try to ask.

I don't know when the Warren was built, but it was already old- and not-so-good-looking when I got some pictures of it on the water on July 4, 1985, in the lower approach of the Gallipolis Locks and Dam. According to my 1993 Inland River Record, it was owned by G&C Towing of Point Pleasant when it was taken out of service and off the official records in 1991. Such a sad ending.