Thread: Hines, etc.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:32 PM
Edward Ray Edward Ray is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Posts: 29

Mr. Smith

Your recent posting stirred up great memories about the Hines Inc. out of Bowling Green, Kentucky as my father Capt. Henry H. (Jack) Ray did work for them for many years, including their Kentucky River operation towing for Gulf Oil Company from North Bend, Ohio to Camp Nelson/Frankfort, Kentucky. While I personally have never made the trip, my day operated both the M/V John J. Kelly, a sternwheeler and later the M/V Producer II a single screw. They normally towed a three (3) small barges (approximately 30 x130) tow, which I believe belonged to Gulf and were distinctively noticeable for each had a "tankerman's" house on each barge.
My dad first became associated with the Hines organization back about the time they were operating the M/V New Hanover towing on the Green and Barren Rivers to Bowling Green. At the time he was operating the M/V Jane Rhea for the Evansville Veneer and Lumber Company and would at times contract tow for them. My Dad grew up on the Green Rive, being born in Rumsey Kentucky and was one of the best Green River ever to navigate those waters. Later he would work for Hines full time both as a pilot/Capt and an Engineer on all Hines early boats including the M/V Hines Zephyr, which was formally the M/V Ivan Harris (another interesting story).
The Kentucky River was very similar to the Green/Barren as the locks were very small and had to be operated (gates) by hand. With multiple barge tow, all hands had to turn out for the locking both to open the gates and pull the two out the lock manually. Try that on a cold and snowy night.
So I hope I have added some color and background to the history you seek.
Any specific question I will be glad to attempt.

Best Regards,
Ed Ray
Dublin, Ohio
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