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Although I’ve returned to the sixth boro, my thoughts keep returning to the vessels I saw on the Ohio. I think it’s interesting that the three vessels are branded as part of a barge company, rather than a transportation, towing, or tug company. Check out the Ingram site here.

Craig E. Philip is one of 80 line-haul boat pushing Ingram barges. Line-haul boats and a wealth of other info is shared on TowboatJoe‘s site, although with a ship-modelling audience as primary focus. Craig E. Philip, fotoed here in Cincinnati, was pushing at least 10 barges. According to TowboatJoe, that equals carrying capacity of 600 semitrailers! Here’s a BBC article from a few days back on the economics of moving bulk cargoes by water. Not bad, given that this 38-year-old vessel generates 6120 horsepower. Other stats: 158′ loa x40′ and built in Jeffersonville, IN, by Jeffboat.

Marge McFarlin, pictured last week here, is actually newer: built in 1976 by Nashville Bridge Co., 144′ x 35′ and generates 4300 hp. The wheelhouse way-uptop and the flags on the tow knees suggest a slight showboat style influence, I think. The Ingram Barge website gives mile-marker positions for each of their line-haul vessels.

James E. Anderson is the oldest of the three vessels although the wheelhouse and stack design would have led me to think it the newest. Refitted? Anyhow, stats: 159′ x 40′, 5000 hp, built by Dravo Corporation.

All three vessels are registered in St. Louis.

After TugboatJoe did a hitch on the towboat G. L. Furr back in 2005, he put up this reportage with lots of fotos including some showing the “underwater” portion after they went into a drydock in Paducah. Mammoth Kort nozzles and props!

Anyone recognize the vessel pushing this string of twelve barges? location? Answer tomorrow.

Photos, WVD.

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.

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