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Lewis Cobb Jr. sent along these shots of Charles T. Jones passing through Cincinnati some time back.  Jones, formerly called Leonard L. Whittington, is currently upbound on the Ohio.  In the past month, I’ve been binge-watching inland line haul boats as interpreted by marktwained, a fantastic site on YouTube.  After some hours of watching random installments from the good captain, it might feel you’ve almost become marktwained yourself.

Take a close look at the bridge above.  What might it remind you of?  More info follows.  Cincinnati is a fun town to visit from an inland waters commerce perspective.  Too long ago I followed the Ohio, not enough of it and not long enough though.

About that bridge, well the metal coating color is called Roebling blue, if that’s enough of a hint.  More follows.

CMT Pike is a regular these days in the sixth boro all the way to Troy and beyond, and I mentioned her the other day.  More angles better lit can be seen here.

Between 2004 and 2011 CMT Pike was known as Delta Bengal.  Later she was HR Pike, running the beer tanks through the Erie Canal and other tasks while still in GE cleanup colors.

George Schneider  sent along this image of Delta Bengal, and I think you can in general terms see what modifications were made.  Naval architects and metal workers can make dramatic transformations.  Here and here are photos of CMT Pike doing what its retractable pilothouse allows it to do.

Many thanks to Lewis and George for sending along these images.  Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out a way to dovetail your photos into posts.

About that bridge, which I’m not selling, the one in Roebling blue is considered to be a draft of what Roebling soon thereafter constructed over the East River replacing the Fulton ferry.

 

First,  the numbers, as Kai Ryssdal would say on NPR’s Marketplace show.  The numbers I’m referring to are the bids on Grouper yesterday. 

At 0600 yesterday, high bid was $150. That lasted until just after noon. By 1300, high bid was $420. More than 60 bids (out of a total of 104) were tendered in the last hour, some fractions of a second apart. Winning bid was $3100. At this point, I know nothing about the winning bidder or that person’s intention.

This will be a summer of many days away from the sixth boro, so I’m very happy when you send in photos. Great Lakes mariner retired (GLMR) sent in a few. Below is a cool pic, in the snow, of John B, for sale for some time now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a skeletal and unidentified fish tug.

Truckertim has sent a few along;  Little Toot has got to be one of the more common names for a small tugboat.  And it fits.

I like the color scheme.

I’d love to know the breadth here.

From Lewis Cobb, here’s one I’ve not seen in the sixth boro . . . Sea Coast, 60′ x 24′ and it has spent 41 years in Dann Marine colors.

 

Miss Judy, 59′ x 23′, works for a dredging company south of Norfolk, I believe.

A fantastic shot of Joker, here with her colors mimicked in the sunset, but who wore those colors better . . . why, Joker, of course. The 79′ x 25′ Joker used to work in the sixth boro–and out of it–as Taurus.

From Jake Van Reenen, up on the New York portion of the Saint Lawrence River, it’s Ruth Lucille, who’s gone into fresh water of the Great Lakes out of Milwaukee after working in salt water as Ocean Endeavor.

If you’ve never visited Clayton, you’re missing something.  It’s a place I could move to.

And let’s end here with tugboat Hudson.  I took this photo on July 3, 2017.  I’m not answering the following question today. Where is Vane’s Hudson today?

Many thanks to all of you who’ve sent photos in.

Let’s end this post with a number Kai Ryssdal might be interested in :  $11,200.

That’s today’s cost of moving a 40-foot shipping container from Shanghai to New York.

 

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