TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS A – C Post 1 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W.  Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near Greenville, MS. Photos taken elsewhere are marked so.

Wheeling The Birthplace of the American Steamboat by JOHN BOWMAN

Ashland Oil’s Valvolene North Bound at Ohio River mile 87.6 heading towards Sister Islands and Pike Island Locks & Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ohio River Chart 180 (Warwood) Wheeling, West Virginia
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ohio River Chart 179 Wheeling, West Virginia

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS 44 Starting with “A

A.A. Vestal 1975 Larose Shipyard Campbell Barge Line
A.C. Shelton 1974 Grafton (IL) Boat Co. Inland Tugs, Inc. Ohio R mile 979.4 1987
A.L. McCabe 1957 Houston; Reb. Industry Marine Service, Industry, PA
A.N. Prentice 1976 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA. Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., Lakin, WV AEP American Electric Power Ohio R mile 126.4 Hannibal Locks & Dam
A.N. Prentice 1976 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA. Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., Lakin, WV AEP American Electric Power
A.V. Criss 1951 Alexander Shipyards, New Orleans Atlas Towing Co. Parkersburg, WV
A.W. Mulzer 1976 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Mulzer Crushed Stone Co.
Aaron G. 1971 St. Louis Ship SCF Transportation, Inc. L Miss R mile 0.8
Acadian 1962 Universal Steel Supply Maysville Dredging Co.
Acadian 1962 Universal Steel Supply Maysville Dredging Co. (2)
AEP Fleet (American Electric Power) at Lakin, WV. Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. Ohio R mile 257
Aetna-Louisville 1951 Calumet Ship Yard Ashland Oil, Inc., Ashland, KY
Agnes Mae 1975 Mississippi Marine Towboat Co. Walker Towing Co. Paducah, KY DB Ohio R mile 54
Agnes Mae 1975 Mississippi Marine Towboat Co. Walker Towing Co. Paducah, KY
Allegheny 1973 Verret Shipyard Allegheny Towing
Allied-Ashland 1952 Calumet Ship Yard & Dry Dock Co. Ashland Oil, Inc. Ashland, KY (1)
Allied-Ashland 1952 Calumet Ship Yard & Dry Dock Co. Ashland Oil, Inc., Ashland, KY (2)
Allied-Ashland 1952 Calumet Ship Yard & Dry Dock Co. Ashland Oil, Inc., Ashland, KY (3)
Alois Luhr 1985 Jeffboat, Inc. Luhr Bros., Inc. L Miss R mile 51.3
Alvin C. Johnson 1976 Mainstream Shipyards. Ingram Barge Co. Nashville, TN Ohio R mile 126.4
Amber Johnson 1961 Barbour Metal Boat Works Imperial (PA) Towing Inc. 1987
America 1960 St. Louis Ship Federal Barge Lines photo by Dan J. Massie
American Beauty 1968 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans Corp. Ohio R mile 82.7
American Challenge 1985 Greenville Shipbuilding Corp. Harcon Barge Co. Ohio R mile 93.1 1987
American Pillar 1976 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Wisconsin Barge Line, Inc., St. Louis L Miss R mile 536.5
Andrew Benedict 1977 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Retractable pilothouse Ingram Barge Co. Pike Island Locks and Dam Ohio R mile 84.2
Andrew J. 1978 Albert Ortis Boat Bldg. Quality Coal Co. Cheshire, OH
Andrew P. Calhoun 1956 Jeffboat, Inc. Jefferson, IN. American Barge Line Co. Jeffersonville, IN
Angel Brooke 1957 St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Co. Cherokee Barge Line, Inc.
Angel Brooke1957 St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Co. Cherokee Barge Line, Inc. (2)
Ann Brent 1976 Retractable pilothouse Brent Towing Co., Inc.
Anne Holly 1973 Mississippi Marine Towboat Corp. American Boat Co. L Miss R mile 202.9
Annilou 1967 LeMay Barge & Supply. Waterways Marine, Inc. Greenville, MS L Miss R mile 537
Ardyce Randall 1976 Jeffboat, Inc. American River Transportation Co. Ohio R mile 84.7 (1)
Ardyce Randall 1976 Jeffboat, Inc. American River Transportation Co. Ohio R mile 84.7
Arkansas 1941 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Hollinger Transportation, Inc. Greenville, MS
Arkansas Traveler 1965 Serodino, Inc. John’s Towing Co. 1979
Arkansas Traveler 1965 Serodino, Inc. John’s Towing Co. 1979
Arkwright 1951 Dravo Corp., Neville Island PA Consolidation Coal Co. Leased to Twin Rivers Towing Co.
Arnie S. 1981 Orange Shipbuilding Co. Belmont Marine Drydock Bellaire, OH Ohio R mile 94
Arnold Sobel 1982 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA American Commercial Towing Co. Lock 27 Granite City, IL
Arthur J. Dyer 1951 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Line Co. Nashville, TN
Ashland 1966 St. Louis Ship, St. Louis Ashland Oil, Inc. Ashland, KY
Audrey Fouts 1956 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Mid America Transportation Co. Lock 18 L Miss R mile 410

TOWBOAT PHOTOS 60 Starting with “B

Barbara 1956 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Crounse Corp.
Barbara Sue 1954 Calmes Engineering Co. Bussen Towing Co.
Basil T. 1967 B&V Charter Boat Co. Tolen Marine, Inc. 1986 (1)
Basil T. 1967 B&V Charter Boat Co. Tolen Marine, Inc. 1986 (2)
Bayou Black 1974 American Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. Oil Transport Co., Inc. 1983 (2)
Bayou Black 1974 American Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. Oil Transport Co., Inc. 1983 NB Pike Island Dam
Bayou Bouef 1953 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Oil Transport Co., Inc.
Bayou Couba 1949 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Oil Transport Co., Inc. Ohio R mile 94.8
Bayou Larose 1949 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Oil Transport Co., Inc. Ohio R mile 979.4 1987
Beaver 1937 and Elizabeth M. 1951 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA J&C Towing Corp. both
Becky R. 1963 Main Iron Works Gulf International Marine, Inc. L Miss R mile 343.3 1987
Becky Thatcher 1967 Dubuque Boat & Boiler Co. Gateway Riverboat Cruses 1982
Ben Franklin 1952 Ingalls Shipbldg. Corp. W.T. Burton Co.
Ben McCool 1955 Marine Welding & Repair Works Houston Barge Line, Inc.
Ben W. Martin 1963 Greenville Shipbuilding Corp. Martin Logicon Energy Co. L Miss R mile 537
Bernard F. 1981 Jeffboat, Inc. SCF Transportation, Inc. Leased to Ormet photo by Liberty Marine
Bernard G. 1974 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA. Alter Co. L Miss R mile 537
Bessie Walker 1950 St. Louis Ship Walker River Transportation, Inc. Ohio R mile 980.8 1987
Bessie Walker 1950 St. Louis Ship Walker River Transportation, Inc.
Betty Brent 1977 Retractable pilothouse Brent Towing Co. BB Ohio R mile 110
Betty Brent 1977 Retractable pilothouse Brent Towing Co. BB Ohio R mile 110 (2)
Betty Brent 1977 Retractable pilothouse Brent Towing Co. BB Ohio R mile 110 (3)
Betty June Walker 1945 Calumet Shipyard & Drydock Co. Walker Towing Corp.
Betty LaBlanc 1952 Hillman Co. Three Rivers Rock Co. L Miss R mile 537
Beverly Ann 1974 Mainstream Shipyards Alter Barge Line, Inc.
Beverly Ann 1974 Mainstream Shipyards Alter Barge Line, Inc. L Miss R mile 537 (2)
Big Ed 1975 Todd Shipyards Corp. Alamo Barge Lines, Inc.
Big Ed 1975 Todd Shipyards Corp. Alamo Barge Lines, Inc. (2)
Big Ed 1975 Todd Shipyards Corp. Alamo Barge Lines, Inc. (3)
Bilbo Williamson 1979 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA. American Barge Co., Inc. Walker Dicks Nite Club Wheeling Suspension Bridge Ohio R mile 90.3 Bilbo Williamson’s 1st Trip
Bill Andrews 1975 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA. Canal Barge Co., Inc.
Bill Gee 1971 Retractable pilothouse Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Co.
Bill Hendon 1966 Mississippi Marine Corp. Paducah Marine Transportation Systems, Inc. 1987
Bill K. 1948 Jeffboat, Inc. Columbia Marine Service
Bill K. 1948 Jeffboat, Inc. Columbia Marine Service (2)
Bill McCormick 1959 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Dravo Mechling Corp.
Bill Stile 1958 St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Co. Campbell Transportation Co.
Bill Wolter 1972 Paducah Marine Ways Waterfront Services Co. Cairo, IL Ohio R mile 979.7
Billson 1968 Superior Boat Works Allegheny Towing, Inc.
Billy Lower Miss R mile 179.7
Billy Waxler 1948 F.B. Walker & Sons Waxler Towing Co., Inc. L Miss R mile 537
Bingo 1961 Barbour Metal Boat Works Inland Marine Inc.
Boaz 1956-1957 Yates Marine Construction Co. Wheeling, WV M and O Marine, Inc.
John Bowman’s photo of The Wheeling Intelligencer December 11, 1956 ‘Sparking Old Industry’ we see John Sanford welding together the Diesel towboat Boaz
Bob Benter 1957 St. Louis Ship R&W Marine, Inc.
Bob Benter 1957 St. Louis Shipbuilding & Steel Co. Midland Enterprises, Inc.
Brimstone 1958 Parker Bros. Shipyard Houston Barge Line, Inc.
Brimstone 1958 Parker Bros. Shipyard Houston Barge Line, Inc. (2)
Brimstone 1958 Parker Bros. Shipyard Houston Barge line, Inc. & Dorothy Lee 1969 LeMay Barge & Supply Magnolia Marine Transport Co. NB locking Through Pike Island Locks Jan 14, 1978 2 miles of Ice
Bronwynne Brent 1982 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Brent Towing Inc.
Bronwynne Brent 1982 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Brent Towing Inc. (2)
Brother Collins 1969 Mississippi Marine Corp. SCNO (Soux City and New Orleans) Barge Lines, Inc.
Bruce Brown 1970 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Co.
Bruce Brown 1970 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Co. Ohio R mile 34.2
Bryan B. 1951 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA C&J Towing Co., Inc.
Bryan B. 1951 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA C&J Towing Co., Inc. (2)
Bud Webber 1981 Dravo Steel Ship Corp. Pine Bluff Dravo Mechling Corp.
Bud Webber 1981 Dravo Steel Ship Corp. Pine Bluff Dravo Mechling Corp. Powhattan Pt. (2)
Bud Webber 1981 Dravo Steel Ship Corp. Pine Bluff, AR Dravo Mechling Corp.(3)
Burger KingSpirit of the River‘ Restaurant and Gift Shop

TOWBOAT PHOTOS 73 Starting with “C

C.B. Ford 1982 Greenville Shipbldg. Corp. Choctaw Transportation Co. I don’t know what happened to the color?
C.J. Bryan 1976 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. AEP 1988
C.J. Bryan 1976 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. AEP (American Electric Power) (2)
C.V. Sorenson 1977 St. Louis Ship Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. AEP (American Electric Power)
C.V. Sorenson 1977 St. Louis Ship Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. AEP (2)
C.W. Rushing 1966 Missouri Dry Dock & Repair Mississippi Barge Line Co. L Miss R mile 241.5 1987
Cables Eddy 1941 Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. Golden Triangle River Contracting & Towing Co., Ltd. Pike Island Locks and Dam Ohio R mile 84.2
Capt. Anthony 1974 Rayco Shipbuilders & Repair Anthony J. Bertucci Construction Co. Ohio R Lock 53
Capt. Briscoe 1975 Parker Bros. Shipyard Retractable pilothouse Houston Barge Line, Inc.
Capt. Charles H. Stone 1951 St Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. G&C Towing, Inc. Ohio R mile 94.3 Bellaire Bridge
Capt. Charles H. Stone 1951 St Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. G&C Towing, Inc.
Capt. Jack Loomis See John Bowman’s Model 1934 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA G&C Towing, Inc.
Capt. Jack Loomis Authentic Scale Model by John Bowman
Capt. Stovall 1977 Superior Boat Works Brent Towing Co., Inc. Lake Ferguson L Miss R mile 537.1
Cardinal 1 1967 Barbour Metal Boat Works Cardinal Power Plant Ohio Power Co., Brilliant, Ohio. Ohio R mile 77.3
Carissa Brooke Devall 1981 Thrift Shipbldg. & Repair Devall Towing & Boat service, Inc. Miss Carolyn 1951 Arnold V. Walder Shipyard Port Arthur Towing Co.
Carl L. Johnson 1953 Thrift Shipbldg. & Repair John’s Towing Co.
Carl L. Johnson 1953 Thrift Shipbldg. & Repair John’s Towing Co. (2)
Carl Potts 1976 Serodino, Inc. Ohio River Sand & Gravel
Carole Ann 1940 Barbour Metal Boat Works Elmer P. Grimm Hannibal Locks Ohio R mile 126.4
Caroline 1955 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Retractable pilothouse Canal Bridge Co., Inc.
Caroline 1955 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Retractable pilothouse Canal Bridge Co., Inc. (2)
Carolyn-A. 1969 Yates Marine Const. Co. Morgan Equipment Co., Inc.
Carolyn-A. 1969 Yates Marine Const. Co. Morgan Equipment Co., Inc. (2)
Charles Foss 1942 St. Louis Ship Huffman Towing Co.
Charles Lehman 1972 Jeffboat, Inc. American Barge Line Co.
Charles Lehman 1972 Jeffboat, Inc. American Barge Line Co. Lock 20 L Miss R
Charlie G. 1977 Berwick La Garber Bros., Inc.
Chippewa-Damaged by Fire towed by Elisha Woods 1946 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. International Barge, Inc. G&C Landing Ohio R mile 266.9
Chuckie Cheramie 1976 Rayco shipbuilders & Repairs Manny J. Cheramie, Inc.
Chuckie-D. 1952 St. Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, WV (2)
Chuckie-D. 1952 St. Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. J&C Towing Corp. Hannibal Locks Ohio R mile 126.4
City Of Huntington 1956 St. Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. Midland Enterprises, Inc.
City Of Paducah 1952 Hillman Barge & Const. Co. Midland Enterprises, Inc. Ohio R mile 126.4
City Of Pittsburgh 1960 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Thomas Petroleum Transit Div. of Ashland Oil
City Of St. Louis 1966 St. Louis Shipbldg, Inc. Sea West Partners, Inc. Stokes Towing Co. Ohio R mile 981
City Of St. Louis 1966 St. Louis Shipbldg, Inc. Sea West Partners, Inc. Stokes Towing Co. Ohio River Lock mile 34.2
City Of St. Louis 1966 St. Louis Shipbldg, Inc. Sea West Partners, Inc. Stokes Towing Co.
Clarence G. Frame 1976 Mainstream Shipyards Ingram Barge Co.
Claudia T. 1952 St Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. Tolen Marine, Inc.
Clintwood 1970 Superior Boat Works M G Transport services, Inc.
Coalburg 1971 Greenville Shipbldg. Corp. M G Transport services, Inc.
Coalburg 1971 Greenville Shipbldg. Corp. M G Transport services, Inc. (2)
Compass Enterprise 1973 Main Iron Works Retractable pilothouse Compass Marine Propulsion, Inc.
Compass Freedom 1973 Main Iron Works Retractable pilothouse fully extended Compass Marine Propulsion, Inc.
Compass Glory 1973 Main Iron Works Retractable pilothouse Compass Marine Propulsion, Inc.
Connell Smith 1978 St. Louis Ship Waterfront Services Co.
Connell Smith 1978 St. Louis Ship Waterfront Services Co. (2)
Contact II 1969 Delta Towing Co. Vicksburg Mid-River Services at Vicksburg
Contender 1956 St. Louis Shipbldg. & Steel Co. Walker Towing Corp.
Conti Karla 1980 Jeffboat, Inc. Retractable pilothouse ContiCarriers and Terminals, Inc. Lock 18 L Miss R mile 410.6
Conti Mary Ann 1979 Jeffboat, Inc. Retractable pilothouse ContiCarriers and Terminals, Inc. L Miss R mile 336.8
Cooperative Ambassador 1981 Jeffboat, Inc. Agri-Trans. Corp. L Miss R mile 324.8
Cooperative Enterprise 1981 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. Ohio R mile 979.7
Cooperative Mariner 1980 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. (1)
Cooperative Mariner 1980 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. (2)
Cooperative Spirit 1975 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. Sally Archer L Miss R mile 0.8
Cooperative Spirit 1975 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. (2)
Cooperative Vanguard 1982 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. L Miss R mile 204
Cooperative Vanguard 1982 St. Louis Ship Agri-Trans. Corp. Creole Belle 1967 Marine Welding & Repair Works ContiCarriers and Terminals, Inc. Rusty Flowers 197
Corbert, Jr. 1974 American Gulf Shipbldg. Corp. Plaisance Marine Towing Service Co., Inc.
Corkey 1961 Vest Transportation Co. Palm Towing, Inc. Leased to Mariin Logicon Energy Co. Lake Ferguson L Miss R mile 537
Creole Belle 1967 Marine Welding & Repair Works LeBeouf Bros. Towing Co., Inc. L Miss R mile 204
Creole Belle 1967 Marine Welding & Repair Works LeBeouf Bros. Towing Co., Inc. L Miss R mile 0.8
Creole Jimmy 1975 Greenville Shipbldg. Corp. LeBeouf Bros. Towing Co., Inc. L Miss R mile 537
Crescent City 1958 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Madison Coal & Supply Co.
Crescent City 1958 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA Madison Coal & Supply Co. (2)
Crescent City 1958 Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA SCNO Barge Lines, Inc.
Cristina Eckstein 1966 Greenville Shipbldg. Corp. Marquette Transportation Co., Inc.
Cumberland Express 1973 Scully Bros. Boat Builders Harcon Barge Co.
Cypress 1956 J&S Shipbldg. Corp. Chotin Transportation, Inc.
Cyril A. Bahr 1951 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Co. UB
Cyril A. Bahr 1951 Nashville (TN) Bridge Co. Ingram Barge Co.
  • Photo Credits
  • America Towboat photo courtesy Dan J. Massie
  • Bernard F. Towboat photo courtesy Liberty Marine Photos

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