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    Bad Ice

    In addition to the 17 barges jammed at Emsworth and the forty plus loose below Wheeling now word comes that Capt. Ruble has lost his two sternwheelers at Belpre, Ohio (Parkersburg). Ice cut down the M/V Blennerhassett and the M/V Centenial. The upper end of the Ohio is putting on quite a show.

    #2
    *Ice moving this way?*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Thanks, Capt. Bill Judd for the above 'ice report,' loss of sternwheelers. Tough break for Capt. Ruble. If this cold continues, how long until the ice reaches here? Ummm...guess it jams up behind the dams. Sounding, feeling like the classic winter of 1917/1918.

    R. Dale Flick
    Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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      #3
      The Illinois is showing out, too. Though much less unusual than the Ohio icing up, this year is pretty bad as far as ice goes on the Illinois. And of course that’s where I am right now.

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        #4
        Pictures of Captain Ruble's boats in this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer show both listing to starboard and lower decks partly under, but neither looks crushed. It almost looks like the stage is twisted on the one closer to shore, but that could be photo angle.

        When I was out Monday, one of the sunk barges was here just above Mile 105, sticking bow up out of the river like those old shipwreck posters (the river was 33 feet at the time.) If it isn't blocking the channel it's missing a good chance. When I looked from the Moundsville bridge, another one was in the same position halfway to Shadyside and a third barge was chunked up against the West Virginia bank like the river had slapped it sideways. Our creek had six-inch-thick table top slabs going down in the big rain, but the river had parking lots going by.

        Captain Way did say he didn't think Allegheny ice would stop for God or the Continental Congress.

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          #5
          Steamboating colleagues,
          Thanks, Bill, Bob and Becky for fine reports on the current ice situation. Fred Way so right in his comment, "Don't think Allegheny ice would stop for God or the Continental Congress." And that says it all. I drove Kellogg and Eastern Ave here Monday heading into town but couldn't see what was in the river here due to the swirling snow. Wonder what Judy Patsch has to report on the UMR? She once called it "The Rock Island tundra" and I never forgot that. CHEERS!

          R. Dale Flick
          Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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            #6
            Ice running in St Louis Harbor this afternoon with Sun out--finally--and car showing 40 F............around 1615 as I motored Wharf Street Bridge.

            Gage (0600) Poster was 0.06R. Last week when way way cold Gordon's Stbd fwd hull was starting to show a just a bit. That observation made from Wharf St at closed & chained entrance upriver of Morgan St.

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              #7
              Middle UMR

              Not much to report, haven't been by river much, been dealing with a naughty calico.....the usual ice cover is above Dam 15, but below it just has occasional patches of ice along the RI shore. Wednesday I observed normal ice on the Illinois shore at Port Byron, but the TWILIGHT sat in flowing water, which extended the length of LeClaire. Just above the town there was some normal ice but nothing to report. The ice looked thicker at Clinton, but not because it is north about 40 miles - its because it is north of the Cordova Nuclear Power Plant which keeps the water temp a degree or two warmer below it. Capt. Kevin says if they ever shut the plant down, he'll have to winter the TWILIGHT elsewhere as ice will form around her. So basically, looks like a normal winter's river as I see it...

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                #8
                1918 Ice on the Ohio River

                100 years ago during the big ice: Buckeye Landing below Rising Sun, Indiana before and after the 1918 ice.
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                  #9
                  Hi Russ. Very interesting photo of coal barges at Buckeye Ldg. Never knew that there was that much activity there. What was the story of that dock and why out there and not in Rising Sun ??

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                    #10
                    More about Buckeye Landing

                    Hi Bill.

                    In that era, c1900 to 1918, Rising Sun had two wharf boats and a private boat dock, Whitlock's, on its river front. This map is from about 1920. Buckeye Landing was on the same property as the Arnold's Creek light. These were back in the day before any dams. There was a big bar on the Kentucky side at Rising Sun complicating things as well. It was nothing like it is today except the light still is in use.

                    Long story short at Buckeye below town you were on the upriver end of a long curve in the river where there was a good mostly mud flat river bottom just above Arnold's Creek. The river was much wider below town below the bar. Also, the river bank was more favorable for access to barges.

                    Great great grandfather and his brother ran the operation as well as a general store and wharf boat just down river at North's Landing.

                    More details at theryles.com showing "The River At Rising Sun".

                    Those were the days ......

                    Best regards, Russ Ryle
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                    Last edited by Russ Ryle; 01-20-2018, 07:34 PM. Reason: adding additional detail

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                      #11
                      We spent January running barges out of Aliquippa playing in the ice. The upper Ohio
                      was a mess! Had been years since I made it up that far and saw a lot of changes. Didn't see any operating steam cranes, been replaced by diesel or E cranes. Will miss hearing the chuffing at Old Lock 7. Guess hundreds of the standard barge fleet has been reduced to scrap as I don't recall meeting the 20 barge tows that was once common. I did see 2 sunken standards below Moundsville, one just below the marina at the creek mouth and the 2nd mid-channel above Pipe Creek pointing it's bow to the sky. Had to flank around that dude. Also missing are the enormous coal fleets that once extended both banks for miles. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge hasn't changed...we had to do some fancy corner flanking to stay on the Wheeling side to clear the low steel. Went through Maysville and saw the final resting place of the Claire Beatty and recalled her adventure in the ice above Markland many moons ago. She survived that disaster only to be abandoned on the shore on a falling river. Will not be long we're heading for St. Paul but did enjoy my trip down memory road on the upper Ohio.

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