Monday, June 11, 2018

Crounse boats

Every now and then I refer to the new Crounse Corp. boats. In this case, “new” is relative as the boats such as the M/V Leslie M. Neal …

… are getting close to being 10 years old.

According to Coast Guard documentation, the Linda Reed, Paula Ruble, Jackie Englert and Janis R. Brewer all were built in 2009. The Leslie M. Neal was built in 2010. They were built when marine companies were building several new boats for use on the Ohio. Among them were AEP and Marathon Petroleum. Each company's new boats had a distinctive look.

Compared to the Hillman boats, which would be in their 60s, or the Dravo Vikings, which would be  in their late 30s to early 40s, perhaps 8 or 9 years old is “new”.

They’re still a joy to photograph, and the closer the better. I’ve not been nearly as close to one as I would like, meaning closer than this …

… but give me time.