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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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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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd in between the two previous fotos, here’s the commingling.  Notice the Ohio on the left is muddier than the Mississippi on the right.  Coming thru is Okie Moore’s Diving and Salvage’s  Stephen Foster, pusing crane barges and Captain Val, based along the Missouri.

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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.

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