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

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Darrell Dodge says:

    Dear John Bowman, Leonard Rowley, and Rudolf Matesic

    I have written a novel that has as one of its major “characters” a towboat called the Glendy Burke that is active in the 1970 time frame and that looks like the Lady Mary.

    I could write a detailed description of the Lady Mary in a paragraph of the book, but the artists creating a composite dust cover and paperback image would like to include as one of its photographic elements a visual image of a towboat. An older towboat such as the Lady Mary would be essential for the graphic art because the image of a modern towboat is not appropriate for the story.

    There just aren’t any good images of towboats like the Lady Mary on any of the many clipart sites featuring towboats.

    The present name for the towboat in the book is “Glendy Burke,” honoring the old steamboat. If possible, that could be a “stage name” for the Lady Mary, and the book could reference the use of the Lady Mary (and its role in the laying of the pipeline in Wheeling) and your participation.

    Please let me know if this would be possible. I would be honored to be able to use the image of the Lady Mary for my novel. Of course, I would also understand if this is not possible.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    – Darrell Dodge

  2. JohnBowman says:

    Mr. Darrell Dodge; Any photos that are on my website can be freely used. Look at my photo credits at the end of my posts, and if it isn’t mine, credit the original owner. I have permission to use any photos that I used but don’t own. For the post you refer to, I own these photos. I like credit for my articles or photos used. Also, you can check out my Towboat Posts for other photos you may want to use, I own them all. Otherwise have at, and good luck! John Bowman

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