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Here was 14, and for a similar vessel to today’s here are some fotos from Birk Thomas from not quite a year ago.   And this post started here, right after I’d driven into Nola from Mississippi on Route 90.  The depicted canine is admiring Poseidon, a 1945 Navy barge that was converted to transport Apollo units for NASA.

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Click here for a story about Pegasus, a descendent of Poseidon.

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The foto below and the two above come compliments of Jen and Curt Muma, formerly of tugboat Shenandoah.  For info on a former NASA sea ship–Liberty Star– newly assigned to a sixth boro institution, click here.

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The next three fotos I am using thanks to and with permission of Boat Photo Museum–newly added to my blogroll.  The February 1970 foto below shows Poseidon and sister barge Orion upbound at Vicksburg pushed by towboat Bob Fuqua (few qwah).  Bob Fuqua would push the barge only as far as Nola, at which point a sea-going tug would take over for the rest of the journey to Cape Canaveral.  Here’s a story from April 1961 about such a handover from towboat Bob Fuqua to tug Sharon Lee.   Click here for a story of the NASA fleet, and more fotos of Poseidon.  Today Bob Fuqua is known as Carrie Mays;  for a contemporary foto, click here.

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Here Bob Fuqua pushes sister missile barge Palaemon upbound at Wickliffe, KY, February 1965.

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Here, from August 1970 is another shot of Poseidon and Orion underway at Vicksburg.

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Just shy of a year ago, the contemporary rocket RO-RO had a close encounter with a bridge in Kentucky, which you may remember.  MV Delta Mariner, as the RO-RO is called, is still at work.  I must just have missed her, as she is is currently upbound the Mississippi north of Vicksburg.  Oh . . . to be back in Memphis for that and many other reasons.  For a sense of Delta Mariner‘s recent itinerary, click here.

Many thanks to Jen and Curt for the contemporary fotos waterside and to Dan Owen for the vintage fotos.

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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This is the Speers-Belle Vernon crossing of the Monongahela River aka the Mon, which in Pittsburgh–which I visited in June 2008 here– flows into the Ohio, which at Cairo flows into the Mississippi.   The lighter bridge carries “rubber wheel” I-70 traffic, and the darker one carries Wheeling and Lake Erie “steel wheel” traffic.

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Charleston WV-based Lawson W. Hamilton Jr. moves

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a light barge downstream while

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Darlane B moves a tow heavily laden with coal upstream.

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Former names for the 1975 Mississippi-built vessel are East Wind, Ryan Patrick, Bud Spanier, Stone King, and Harry Collins.

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At the dock is Consol Energy’s Burning Star.  More Consol vessels soon.  Here are some Consolidated Coal bulk carrier fotos from Auke Visser’s site.

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North of the bridges, Lady Louise (ex-Chief Powhatan II) stands by at

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a coal-handling facility in Monessen.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.   Related posts can be seen here and here.

Name that river where the hunters are putting in their boat on a ramp that’s showing some roughness?  If the guy taking fotos turns around, you’ll see

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this arch by Saarinen.  So it’s a low water Mississippi, making the levees seem even higher than the posted 38′ to the street.  By the way, I hadn’t expected to be so impressed as I was by the arch and the underground museum.

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This January along this part of the Mississippi had below freezing temperatures, not the weather to run show boats by these delightful names.  To ride either Becky Thatcher or Tom Sawyer, we’ll have to return in summer.  A few days ago in New Orleans, it was 77.

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And that’s fine.  Summer would be a better time to go slowly through the Illinois River Valley, and enjoy sights like the 170′ pushboat America.   A few miles upriver–we didn’t get there–is also the former showboat Goldenrod, which I need to return to the area to see.

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I hope to have more pics of America soon.

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Another ferry–Golden Eagle Ferry–rests on the bank not far from to the south.  Click here for more ferries of the Middle Mississippi River valley.

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Right in the middle of Kampsville is the “108 bridge,”  sort of like the US Route 10 Bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin.  But I digress.

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Actually this is Miss Illinois, a 1998 Chattanooga-built tug connected by rotating kingpin to a barge ferry

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The barge stays pointed the same direction all the time, but Miss Illinois pivots on the pin each time it shuttles to the other bank.

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And the water is icy!

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

A quick reprise first:  back in Nola, here Connie 2 assists B. John Yeager dock a tow along Algiers.  Route 90 bridge in the background.

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Here’s the mystery vessel from the last post:  the retired MV Mississippi IV in Vicksburg, positioned here in 2007 when an even larger replacement came on line.

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In Memphis, it’s Richard headed southbound under the I-55 bridge.

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From Fort Defiance Park in Cairo, Il, that’s the Route 60 bridge over the Ohio . . . at the very end of the Ohio.  The confluence is behind me.  Tug is ADM’s American Pillar.  Note the barges and tugs along the far bank.

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Less than a quarter mile away, along the Mississippi bank, it’s AEP’s Michael G. Morris.  The bridge is the Mississippi crossing of Route 60.

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from the St Louis bank.

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Many more to come from points in between . . .  from Will Van Dorp.

I’m dedicating these to Otis Redding . . . .   and I know I’m getting some details wrong and will correct when I’m back.  Thanks much for your comments and corrections.  My day started with Overseas Houston.  I think I just missed Christian Reinauer headed upstream before light in my location;

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followed by an upstream flanking turn by B. John Yeager. . .

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and more including Custom.

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Farther upstream –can you guess where– I caught Catherine S and fleetmates;

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Can you identify this massive levee?

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Presager‘s background may help.

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Creole Sun and a cluster of tugs and barges await while . . .

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Myra Epstein powers

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a long train of barges,

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and churns up the Mississippi cafe au lait.

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OK . .  answer tomorrow . . . can you idenify this vessel?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s headed north along the defining river of this continent.

Quick and succinct:  the way to enter Nola from the east and north is Rte 90.  About 30 miles east of Nola I passed this mystery vessel Poseidon, which looked like a house-forward bulk carrier with a quonset hut over the hold now blown away by a storm.  Anyone know the history?

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As sun rose somewhere in a cloudy drizzly day, the first vessel to pass–upbound–was BBC Brazil.

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Then a steady stream of traffic moved on the great river . . .  some of them included Amalienborg,

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B. John Yeager (?) with at least 13 barges, which round Algiers Point in the most

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curious way, which involved backing down, sliding over to the Nola side, and what must have been lots of nail-biting.

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Big Sam and a small tow.

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From the Algiers side, I checked out Barbara E. Bouchard‘s new pins.

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Also on the drydocks at Bollinger’s was Mully and Admiral Jackson.

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Alice‘s sister Caroline Oldendorff passed . . . upriver.

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And Alley Cat headed downstream herding more barges than would seem possible.

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Nola is so much more than all that, and Checkpoint Charlie is a start of that other so-long list, but do check in at Charlie’s when next you’re here.

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More soon.  All foto by Will Van Dorp.

 

At my age . . . I’ve come to some places where –at each–I could spend a lifetime;  choices need to be made.  And if I can’t spend that much time at each, the alternative might be to just keep moving . . . since it’s too hard to figure out how

to get access.  Those do look like parts of the superstructure of USS New York, which makes the Avondale Shipyard over there somewhere.  In the sixth boro, tugboat Dorothy Elizabeth and prison barge Vernon C. Bain come out of Avondale, along with this huge international list.

Bayou Lafourche along 308 sports signs like this, birthplace of lots of Vane Brothers tugs, a Gellatly & Criscione, and several Penn Maritimes.

A couple of twists and turns later, there’s this Bollinger yard, home to the Sentinel-class of Coast Guard cutter.  Consider this, two major US shipyards in a town of  less than 3000!!  Here’s more info on those cutters.

Continue south for 12 miles and you’ll see North American Shipbuilding, one of several Edison-Chouest Offshore facilities.  Provider was delivered in 1999.

Manufacturing and then . . . those are banana “trees.”   And in this tropical waterway, a cornucopia of boats can be found like

Victor J. Curole, (1979)

as well as

Capt. Thuan, (1987)

Squeegee and Sponge,  (turns out they’re oil recovery vessels or were at one time, 1966)

Wyoming, (1940 fishing vessel)

nameless and Big Tattoo,  (1981)

a floating home?

Mia Molloy bow and

stern,

Winds of Change . . . (2002) which appears to have a pusher knee integrated into its bow,

Mr Russell,  (1995)

and I’d love to know more about this one,

Capt. Manuel,  (1982)

this nameless variation on Lil Rip,

lots of dipnetters,

nameless, Carissa Breigh, (1980)  and Junie Bop, (1981)

Lugger Tug,  (maybe 1981)

swarms of swamp fans,

… let me stop here on this post which breaks my record for number of fotos . . .  nameless, but I can almost make out the spelling of TUGSTER on the stern.  Is it possible I’ve found myself and my place to settle here?  She looks to have some pedigree . . . 1940s lines?  Can anyone help with a bit of history here?

Time for tugster  (1952) to stop this trip and contemplate and refresh with some Bayou Teche biere pale . . . .   For more on Bayou Teche, the place, click here.

I intend to return to the Bayou soon, spend more time, and  . . . who knows what might transpire.

All fotos here by either Will or Christina, partners in this jaunt-within-a-gallivant.

For a waterman’s view of the general area, click here.

From the air you can see the traffic . . . the sinuous lines it scribes into the legendary river.

From the bank, you can see sometimes three tugs abreast (l. to r. Bobby Jones-1966, David G. Sehrt-1965, and Born Again-1974) pushing more than a dozen barges slipping around the turn between Algiers and the 9th Ward.  And when I say slipping, I mean even big vessels seem to slide through this crescent. That erosion in the foreground bespeaks higher water.

Uh . . . a variation on seasnake?

Crescent’s J. K. McLean (2010 at C & G Boatworks of Mobile, AL) and New Orleans (1998 at ThomaSea) maneuver in front of 1995 American Queen.

Close-up of McLean.

Empty Barge Lines’ Grosbec (1980).

Olga G. Stone (1981) pushing oil downbound.

Miss Abby (1960 ?) upbound.

Slatten’s Allison S (1994) light and headed upstream past Bollinger’s.

Ingram Barge Company’s Mark C.  A few years back, I saw Ingram boats all the up in Cincinnati, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.

Another Ingram vessel featured a few days ago . .  . David G. Sehrt.

Vickie (1975) pushing  . . . crushed concrete maybe . . .

Port Allen (1945?!!)

Chelsea (1989)

I’m back at work in environs of the sixth boro, and this is the last set about Nola strictly defined.  Tomorrow I hope to put up some fotos from a jaunt-within-a-gallivant southwest from the Crescent City, a truly magical place to which I really must return soon because there’s much I’ve yet to understand . . . like why

the nola hula only appears to salute certain vessels.

And is it true there’s a nun driving a tugboat somewhere on the Lower Mississippi?  Here’s a ghost story, and if you have a chance to find it, listen to Austin Lounge Lizard’s  “Boudreaux was a Nutcase.”

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who also has tons of fotos from Panama to put up.

This foto in no way conveys the intensity of this moment:  that car crept down Iberville Street at dusk blasting out a shock wave of engine roar that rivaled the scream of  747 engines.

Here too the noise of beaded necklace flinging Shiners on Tchoupitoulas Street.

The shadow of Christ emerges on this end of St. Louis Cathedral as night falls.

Tugster dips his toe in the Mississippi near where Capt. John hugs the wharf just northeast of JacksonSquare.

This statue is called Old Man River, and I’m intrigued though

these words (by Robert Schoen?) leave me as mystified as the sculpture.

Traffic at the intersection of St. Ann’s and Chartres includes this mule (?)  and a texting swamp man.

Down by the river, bowsprite begins to weigh her appreciation for 1937 ferry Louis B. Porterie, one of the free ferries operated by

LA DOTD, the second “D” being development.  Here’s a better foto of the ferry, which whirls and spins between the French Quarter and the neighborhood intriguingly-named Algiers.

I looked in vain for formerly-sixth boro Glen Cove but did find a Kirby tug,  Miss Susan.

More of this type of traffic tomorrow.   All fotos by either bowsprite or tugster.

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