Sunday, April 30, 2023

A small sample of river photos from April 2023

 To close out April ...

Huntington WV's downtown 6th Street bridge over to Chesapeake, Ohio, as a day of uncertain weather ends. You can see some of the prep work for painting the bridge.

Speaking of which, cleaning and painting has begun on the Ohio side.

Campbell's M/V Tommy H at the mouth of the Kanawha River at Point Pleasant WV..

It looked like Amherst Madison was doing some work at the new boat ramp at the mouith of the Guyandotte River. I'm not sure what it was, but it looked like they came prepared.

The M/V Linda Taylor, downbound passing Huntington.

State Route 7, part of the Ohio River Scenic Highway, in Gallia County, Ohio. My favorite road, for what it's worth.

And finally, the Alan P. Hall (I think) pushing up the river passing Point Pleasant WV.

These are a sample of my river-related pictures from April. If I tried to print a larger sample ... well, it would be a lot.

On to May.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

M/V Mae Etta Hines

 Seen at the Amherst Madison dock at Henderson WV.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Deadheading, Part 2

Here are a few more photos of the M/V Linda Reed upbound this past weekend with the M/V Donna York deadheading.

First, a couple of shots from a bridge sidewalk. This wasn't easy, as there were cables in the way where work crews were getting ready to cocoon, clean and paint the bridge.

Gotta get a shot of the wheel wash.

And here's a guy on the Donna York.

From my shooting spot, it looked like the head of the tow was passing the Defender Chapel over in Ohio as the church bell rang. That was appropriate, as the church bell came from an old steamboat called the Defender.

And heading upstream.

(For some reason, Blogger won't let me enlarge this picture.)

If you liked this sequence, please let me know. I don't ask for feedback often, but it would be nice to get an idea if the readers like it so I have a better idea of what appeals to them.

Sunday, April 16, 2023


I have growunup stuff to do tonight, so I have time to post only one pic for now. My youngest was out on a school bus photo expedition when he called to say the Linda Reed was coming up the river with an older Crounse boat deadheading. I didn't get the picture I wanted at my first stop, but I did get another one I wanted at the second.

Normally at this spot, upbound boats pass close to the WV shore, but the Linda Reed was about to meet a downbound boat. I assume the person steering that boat wanted them to pass starboard to starboard, so the Linda Reed hung over closer to the Ohio shore than normal.

More photos to come -- and more story to come -- eventually.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Markland Locks and Dam

Almost 13 years had passed since I had last seen the Markland Locks and Dam and crossed the bridge on it. I'd wanted to go back, and I did get close a time or two, but I never made it. When I did get there last week, the river was up and running swift, and the weather was not that great for sightseeing or photography. But I did get a few images, although none I can really say are of the quality I had hoped for after 13 years.

One thing that disappointed me was that someone had painted the 55-gallon steel barrels used as trash cans at the park on the Indiana side. In 2010, they bore the spray-painted warning "No fish in trash." Alas, no more.

I don't know when I'll make it back down there if ever. I have about a half dozen other things on my Ohio River bucket list, and those are what I might be able to afford. It would be nice to put "Ride the American Queen" on that list. With my financial situation and other needs, that's not happening.

But it was nice to see the dam again.

Monday, April 10, 2023

M/V Oliver C. Shearer

 There's been some chatter today on Facebook about the M/V Oliver C. Shearer, so I figured I would post a pic over there and a few over here.

First, the Shearer under the colors of her previous owner, Campbell Transportation.

And the one I posted on Facebook, the Shearer under even more previous ownership, American Electric Power, below the Gallipolis Locks and Dam. Check out the old oval AEP stack logo.

All five photos have been on this blog before. The originals have much better clarity and resolution.

Of course, I have lots more of this old beauty.

I like classic boats.