Thursday, December 11, 2014

Crounse Week, Day 6: Infrequent visitors

Because of the way Crounse Corp. organizes its business and dispatches its towboats, we see the Linda Reed and the Paula Ruble up here in the Greenup pool fairly often, but the other three new boats far less frequently.

One warm morning in the fall of 2010, I got a call from Adam's school saying he was sick and needed to come home. I went and picked him up, but I had to stop along the way so he could open the car door and throw up. When we got home, he went to bed. He got up a little while later, and I told him the Janis R. Brewer had passed through the Greenup Locks and Dam a few hours earlier, and we might be able to see it at Catlettsburg. If he wasn't feeling better before, he was then. We were able to leave before the school bus traffic began, and we got to Catlettsburg in time to see the Brewer at a spot where Crounse parks empty barges and at Boggs Landing.

As you can see, the afternoon sun was bouncing off that white boat pretty good. The company's new boats appear to be painted white with gray trim, while the older ones are an off white, almost a light gray, with green trim. They photograph better in bright light.

A year later, Adam and I got to see the Jackie Englert. You can read some details here, but I went back into my archives and found some additional photos from that day.

That's two of the Reed and one of the Englert, but at the time seeing the Reed and the Nancy Sturgis traveling together was more interesting.

So far we've not seen the Leslie M. Neal. Perhaps you could say that if you've seen one of these boats you've seen them all, but that's not our goal. We want to see them all, but we can be patient.

Next: Some of my favorite photos of Crounse boats.