Ohio River, Wheeling, WV ‘Laying a Pipeline’ in the Ohio River at Wheeling Aug 1972 by John Bowman

Laying a Pipeline‘ in the East Channel of the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV.  In the summer of 1972 a pipeline was laid in the riverbed from Wheeling Island to Wheeling mainland.  Here, photos show the equipment they used and that a diver was needed to secure the line into the trench that had been dug into the riverbed.  In the next photo we see the ‘Wheeling Suspension Bridge‘ and the Interstate 70 ‘Fort Henry Bridge‘.

Lady Mary Towboat built in 1939 at St. Louis (Missouri) Ship, and owned by AM&O Towing. Lady Mary assists at ‘Laying a Pipeline‘ in the East Channel of the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV Aug 1972
lady Mary assists in ‘Laying a Pipeline‘ in the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV Aug 1972 (1)
Laying a Pipeline‘ in the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV Aug 1972 (2)
Leonard Rowley dressed in diving gear ready to enter the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV Aug 1972 ‘Laying of a Pipeline‘ in the Ohio River’
Leonard Rowley enters the Ohio River in diving gear and a diving helmet Wheeling, WV Aug 1972 ‘Laying of a Pipeline‘ in the Ohio River

Aug 1972 Photos from Rudolph Matesic’s boat collection photos. Photos courtesy of and by Leonard Rowley of Warwood Terrace, Wheeling, WV