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Riverbanks 1 and 2 appeared more than four years ago.  And it’s interesting to see what associations I made then.  This is a look at riverbanks elsewhere, outside the sixth boro context.  Take Baton Rouge and sixth-boro built USS Kidd, possibly an indicator of low-water Mississippi watershed.

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In Memphis, it’s the formidable levees

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and winter-idled riverboats.  Click here for an excellent although slow-loading PDF on the scale of the Mississippi watershed and the several-century evolution of its levees.

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The confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio happens at Cairo, IL, where barges line the banks, like the 170′ Michael G. Morris (1999) on the Mississippi side and

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the 183′ American Pillar (1976) on the Ohio River  side.

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Lines within lines of barges .  .  like the ones here pushed up the Ohio by Laurie S. Johnston, 6200 hp.

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Note the barge-rich banks of the Mississippi in the area of the Route 66 bridges aka Poplar Street and McArthur Bridges.

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Here a loading (?) operation takes place just north of the E St Louis foot of the Poplar Street Bridge.

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And here in Lower Speers, PA, along the Mon . . . a clutch of towboats spend time in the yard.  Here Capt. Deane Orr (135′ and 1952) and Burning Star (40′ and 1965).

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Moving downstream in the yard, here are Arkwright, R. Randy Palmer, and Marcus Anthony.

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And Sara Elizabeth and Wes McDonald.

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And a the downstream end of the yard, it’s the 103′ 1953 Titan.

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Finally, upstream of the Consol boats, it’s   tiny Busy Bee,  Allegheny, and some unidentified CTC vessels.   Finally, from the CTC site, click here for an interesting video produced by the Waterways Council on the relative merits of water transport.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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