As the sun sets, a tow approaches the Point from under the West End Bridge moving quite slowly. The Ohio begins near that bridge formed from the Monongahela (aka the Mon) to the left and Allegheny to the right.

Because of highwater conditions on the Mon, Consol Energy’s Gabriel pushes a small tow at a ground speed of barely three miles per hour,

shooting up a rooster tail of muddy water, struggling against a current that might be eight to ten miles per hour. Those are my guesses.  Consol Energy moves a lot of coal, the other fuel.

Meanwhile Ingram‘s James E. Anderson, made to ten barges of coal and aggregates waits lower water and less current.

More on Ingram later, but inland rivers can be dangerous during highwater.

Photos, WVD.