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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.

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