Thursday, June 14, 2018

A good day for seeing boats

This should wrap up my photo expedition from a couple of day ago, although you never know what I'll find when I look at the pictures again in a few days.

First, here is the M/V Bernard P upbound at Ashland, Ky., with its load of equipment for the Shell cracker plant under construction at Monaca, Pa. I'm not sure what's in the barge tied up to the shore next to the Ashland riverfront park, but given that Ashland has been big in metal, I'm guessing it's scrap metal.

Here is the M/V Marathon lightboat passing the mouth of the Big Sandy River.

And here is Ingram's Sarah L. Ingram at Catlettsburg, Ky. It spent some time at the place called Merdie Boggs, whose formal name I don't know now that Ingram as acquired it. It will take some time for me to learn to call it something other than Boggs' Landing.

Up at Huntington, I wanted to go home, but the Bernard P was in sight and there was this colorful coal tow coming down the river.

It was the M/V Michael J. Grainger. As I was processing this image, I accidentally hit a button to make it monochrome, and I decided I liked it better that way. The previous image worked better in color, but this one looked pretty good in black and white.

Here's the Grainger heading down the river with the Bernard P taking its time coming upriver.

As it passed the bridge, the Bernard P met this canal boat from Marathon Petroleum.

"I've been on that boat," I said out loud as it passed under me. Specifically, I was at its christening in Cincinnati in September 2016.

After that, it was time to go home and celebrate the fact I got to see seven boats that day when some days I don't see any.