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Old 02-24-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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Default Towing company "junk" fleets

Rather than add to Ted's posts about the LUNGA POINT, I decided to start a new thread about junky fleets up and down the river. The Banta family has at Plaquemine, LA a number of old vessels that are seemingly beyond repair, and in fact even when running had the reputation for being "junk". "Peanut" Hollinger also had/has a fleet at Alton, IL (known as American Boat Co.), that has a large collection of derelict towboats and a COE steam dredge. While the vessels at Bisso Towboat Co. at Six Mile Point in New Orleans are operational and in better shape than the aforementioned fleets, it is locally known as "Bisso's Junkyard" or facetiously as "Bisso's Yacht Club". There have been others, one at Madison Indiana owned by Bennett's, and one in McKellar Lake at Memphis owned by Henry Ellis. Anyone care to add to the list?
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