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seen your nice boat go by last week

Added: August 27, 2017 - 09:28 PM
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I was deckhand and lead on Henry DeBardeleben in 1975/76. We were in the coal trade on the Green and Ohio rivers. Mainly sending Green River coal to power plants near Cincinnati.

Added: August 22, 2017 - 04:39 PM
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I was the mate/tankerman on the M/V Steven J Mason from 1977 to about 1981 when it was the M/V Universal Trader, owned by Chotin Transportation. The captains were "Poochie" Tindal and Elmer "Fudd" Blanchard. At that time it had a jack-up wheel house with an outside ladder to get to the bridge. Mostly ran from NOLA to Louisville and Cincinnati. There was a near constant poker game going the whole time I worked there; paid my rent with that.

Added: August 16, 2017 - 08:49 PM
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Lead man for the Normania and decked on nearly every harbor tug for Norman Bros. 1973-78

Added: August 15, 2017 - 10:07 PM
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LOVE this site. My husband and I spend a LOT of time at dam #14 LeClaire IA and we've begun to keep a log of the tows that we see pass through, how many barges, date, time of day and up or down river. Absolutely love the river and the tows!!!
Thanks to all who make this site possible.


Added: August 15, 2017 - 03:29 PM
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I worked this boat at Parker Brothers when it was Houston Barge Lines in the early 90's and she was named the Robin Rose. Had experimental Detroit v-6's. (DMD's?) She was my first boat. Glad to see she is still running and looks great. A lot of memories.

Added: July 10, 2017 - 10:39 PM
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I was a deckhand on the Ann King in 1970. It was an amazing experience but somewhat dangerous. Capt. Albert (surname not recalled) captained several trips I made from St. Louis to St. Paul, he was one of the wisest persons I've known.

Added: July 06, 2017 - 01:45 PM
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Great site.
I am building a r/c scale model of Charlotte.
Enlarged Towboat Joes drawings I bought from him years ago and now building in 1/2 inch = 1' scale


Added: June 09, 2017 - 07:16 AM
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I just discovered this site and am totally impressed with the effort. I worked for Peavey Barge Line beginning in 1976 on the Tennessee. St. Louis Ship then built six boats for Peavey, the Frank H. Peavey, Mark T. Heffelfinger, Mary Morrison, Frederick B. Wells and two lower boats, the Paulina which later was renamed Floyd Goodman and the Altonian. While the Frederick B. Wells was my usual boat, I rode at least one trip on all of them. Floyd Goodman was port captain for Peavey and I remember him as a very good man. Seeing the pictures brings back many fond memories of people and experiences from the past. Thank you!

Added: May 25, 2017 - 08:22 AM
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The Mark Eastin was the most powerful boat on the rivers in 1957 (5800 hp)
My Dad was her 1st Mate when she went in service It was his most proud service on the rivers. It is great to see she is still proudly plying the rivers.


Added: May 08, 2017 - 04:48 PM
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