Thursday, February 12, 2015

A cold day in February three years ago

It's past what should be my bedtime, but I found this tonight while looking for pictures from 2012.

Feb. 12, 2012, was a bitterly cold Sunday, but it was a great day for an open house aboard one of the older towboats working the Ohio River. That was the day in Point Pleasant that the M/V O. Nelson Jones was on public display as the towboat simulator at the Point Pleasant River Museum was named in Jones' honor.

Despite the cold, a lot of people turned out to tour the boat. When I was young, this was one of three designs that I remembered as being Ohio River towboats. The others were the Hillman boats such as the M/V Charleston and the box-on-a-box design, the most memorable of the bunch being the C.T. Jones, which I remembered as the Kathy R.

And that's about it. A good day for touring a boat, even if the day was a cold as today.

Crowdsourcing: Lock and Dam 27

A reader asked me for information on old Lock and Dam 27 at Proctorville, Ohio. I was going to send her some, but it might make a decent Ohio River Blog entry, too.

Here's where I want to try something different: I have drawings and dimensions and photos of what's left of the place, but does anyone else have something to contribute? Lock and Dam 27 was replaced by the Greenup Locks and Dam in or around 1961. Thus, the pool of people who used it or who worked there is probably pretty thin. But does anyone have memories of the place they would like to share, or even photos? I'll give you credit if it's something I can use, of course.

As of right now, I plan to write this between now and Saturday night and post it live Sunday morning.

If anyone can help with this, I thank you.