Sunday, May 20, 2018

M/V Alan P. Hall

An Oklahoma lawyer of my acquaintance grew up along the Ohio River near me. His ancestors worked at the Gallipolis Locks and Dam and Lock and Dam 26 before that, I think.
Anyway, he thinks I left out an important series of boats when I listed my favorites to photograph. He says he's partial to the old Ohio Barge Line "steel" boats.

One of those boats was in my area. Here it is, the M/V Alan P.  Hall of Amherst Madison.

My lawyerly acquaintance is of the belief that towboat pictures are best viewed in black and white, and this boat looks good in monochrome anyway.

The Alan P. Hall has had a few name and ownership changes in its life. It was launched in 1965 as the Steel Ranger. Later its name was changed to the Vernon C. Smith when Ingram purchased the assets of Ohio Barge Line. When Amherst Madison acquired the boat, it changed the name to the Alan P. Hall.

The Alan P. Hall is 159.6 feet wide and 40.1 feet wide. It draws 8.3 feet of water.