This web site is dedicated to the display of pictures of and information about towboats on the rivers of the United States. For pictures of and information about riverboats other than towboats or tugboats, check out Dick's Riverboat Gallery. One of the many joys of living and boating on the Mississippi River is the opportunity to observe the passage of large towboats plying their way up and downstream, engaging in commerce, carrying huge loads of grain, coal, petroleum products and other goods. Over the years I accumulated a collection of pictures of towboats as they passed by our home. Originally, this web site was to display those pictures, mostly taken by me in various locations around St. Paul, MN, primarily near mile 819.4 on the Upper Mississippi River (UMR), about twenty miles downstream of St. Paul. However, a funny thing happened along the way. Thanks to the efforts of many fine folks who have contributed pictures, information and assistance (see CREDITS below), this web site can no longer be considered as primarily devoted to one area. It now contains pictures taken in locations up and down the Mississippi, Ohio, and other rivers. Some of the earlier photographs were taken long ago, while the latest ones were taken in the last few weeks or days. At any given time, some of them may have been taken just yesterday.
If you have good photographs you have taken of towboats on the Mississippi, or the Ohio, or any of the Western Rivers, and you would like them displayed here, send them to me via an e-mail attachment, and I will post them along with the proper credits. I may adjust color balance, brightness, contrast, etc., and/or crop them as I feel necessary, although I'll try to disturb your work as little as possible. Photos are typically displayed here at 640 x 480 resolution, but I prefer starting with higher resolution photos so that there is more leeway for cropping. My e-mail is on broadband, so any resolution that's not too painful for you to upload is OK.
Dick's Towboat Gallery is a private, non profit entity. It is not affiliated with any company or companies in the towboating or any other industry or business. Vessel or company names and/or logos that appear in photographs are incidental, and do not imply any association.
Where known, the size and power of the towboat, documentation number, and name change history are shown along with the photograph(s). Boat pages added or updated starting in mid-December of 2010 also contain ownership history as well as engine and machinery specifications. Most of this and other information shown was derived from the 2013 and earlier editions of the "INLAND RIVER RECORD", edited by Dan Owen. Copies are available through "The Waterways Journal".
Others who have contributed pictures and/or information to the Towboat Gallery:
Rex Agnew Andrew Albertson Bill Alden Kenny Allain
Scott Alvey John Ambrose Joe Angert Jim Armstrong
Myron Balchin, Sr. John Banicki John Barnhill Capt. Les Barrois
Dave Bauerbach Mickie Bello Charles Bernhardt Rusty Besanson
Mike Bevins Roger Blanchard Mike Blitgen Carel Boon
Tracy Bowie Kevin Box Chris Brewer David Bridges Chris Brown
'Towboat Joe' Brown Larry Brown Ted F. Brunt Josh Burgess
Steve Campion Mark L. Carl Capt. Jerry Carlton Rex Carlyle
Danny Casey Heather Cecil Gale Chapman III William P. Cheshire
Joe Cieslak Steve Colby Katie Cook Lee Creech Craig Creppel
Kasey Cummings Glen Daigrepont Dan Dalrymple John E. Dawson
David Dewey Greg Dickerson Shawn Dickerson Phil Dufrene
Todd Dunbar Chris Dunn Capt. Sam Elliott Barbara Agnew Ellis
Frank Ellis John Ellis John L. Evans Ray Falk
Capt. Bob Felch R. J. Floyd William Gaudet Tom Geier
Justin Gerard Chick Gerber Bill Fryer Capt. Tom Gerry
Kim Gleason Andy Grant Chris Graves Michael Gremillion
Barry Griffith Don Grot Bill Haines Harley Hall
Scott Hardin Mark Haury Joe Hawkins Brandon Hayes
Thomas Hegland Rick Helmerdinger Michael Herschler
Robby Hess David Hibbs Dave Hicks John Holbrook Mark Hovis
Jon Hudson Steve Huffman Judi Hughes David Jackson
Kris Jacobi Woody Jasperson Eric M. Johnson Stan Johnson
Tom Johnson Tony Johnston Zane Johnston Erek Kahl
V. J. Kennedy Jessica Kirby Rolf Klein Ladonna_Knoth
Sue Kossow Chuck Krwszewski Mark Kuntz Richard L. Kurtz
David L. Matt Lagarde Blaine Landry George Lange
Tim Laughlin Todd Lehman J. R. Liemberg Justin Lunceford
Brent Maletic Jeff Manning Marv Market Ed Mars
Shawn Martinez Arloe Mayne Jason McPhearson Karen Meder
Darrin Melvin Jim Mihalek Chad Miller Joe Miller
John R. Miller Capt. Tim Miller Walter Morris Karl Morley
Matt Morrow Benjamin Mudd Fran Mullen Henry Mullen
Chuck Myers C. R. Neale III Will Nelson Mark Nichols
Adolfo Nunez Bill Otten Dan Owen Tom Parks John Payne
Hayden Pearson Sonny Pierce Bill Pilger Tommy Plaisance
Nick Ploysa Tim & Lori Powell James Pyle Michael Quinton
Rudi Rabe George Reichhardt Ron Richardson Don Rodriguez
Joshua Romero Jim & Adam Ross Jeremy Runde Eric Schade
Linley Schmidt Dan Ross Joe Schneid Brian Sedlvy
Chris Shelby Howard Simpson Laurie Skrivan Capt. Billy Smith
Dale Smith David Smith J. Cecil Smith Patrick Smith
Danny Stafford Greg Staton Ron Stricklen George Stringham
Shane Strouse Capt. Laurence Suire Nels Swanson Jeremy_Tardy
Dustin Taylor Roger Theide David Thompson Bill Toninato
Ed Tremewan Chris Verdun Howard C. Vidrine Tom Waller
Paul Welsh David Wetzel Edward Wilhite Timothy Wilkerson
Trey Wilkinson Rob Williams Scott Wood Chad Wray
Jeff L. Yates Patrick Yough Brian Zody 'Old River Bill' Zumwalt
Many thanks for your contributions. They are greatly appreciated.
A few of the towboats in this collection are unidentified, either because the name was not visible due to the angle of the photograph, or it was unreadable. These are displayed under the heading Unidentified Towboats. If you recognize one of these unidentified vessels, please send me an e-mail, using the link near the bottom of the page. I would love to have all the boats in the gallery identified.
Click on the main image above or on any towboat name in the menus on the left, and you will be taken to a page containing the photo(s) of that towboat. Click on any image in the thumbnails list below the menus on any page, and a larger version of that image will replace the main image on the then-current page. Clicking on one of the arrows next to the thumbnails list on any page will rotate the list up or down. Clicking on the or links above or below the main image on any page will cause a larger version of the next or previous image in the thumbnails list to replace the current image. Clicking on the link below the main image will cause all the photos for that boat to be shown one after the other, continuing until some other link is selected. Enjoy!
SLIDE SHOW FEATURE
There's a new Slide Show feature that works for all Towboat Gallery pages other than the home page. If a page has more than one photo, a link will be located between the and links, just below the main photo. Clicking on the link will start a slide show of all the photos of that boat. The slide show will continue until you make another menu selection, click on a thumbnail image, or click on one of the or links. Enjoy!
CHOOSE A MENU FEATURE
I finally figured out how to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, offer different menus for people who want to look for towboats in a different order. Starting August 1, 2011, when you first enter the Towboat Gallery, you will see a "Select Desired Menu" menu with a choice of several menus; the first being the usual one, showing the boats in alphabetic order by name; a second menu with the boats in order by length, longest first; a third menu with the boats in order by power, highest first; a fourth menu with the boats in alphabetic order by builder; a fifth menu with boats listed by number of screws, quadruple to single; a sixth menu with the boats listed by age, oldest first; and a seventh menu listing the credited photographers in alphabetical order, followed by a list of the boats where their photographs appear. Once you make your selection, the menu that you chose is the one that will continue to be shown, unless you decide to switch menus. Each menu will contain an entry labeled "Select a Different Menu"; clicking on that entry will return you to the "Select Desired Menu" menu. Let me know if you find this feature useful and workable. I have some more ideas for developments in menu selections, but I'll keep those to myself until I figure out how to do them.
BOAT & RIVER LINKS
Here are links to other interesting Towboat and/or River related sites. If you like my Towboat Gallery, I'm sure you will like these sites as well. Enjoy!
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