Barging Up The River

Barging up the river2

We got a coating of snow overnight that wreaked havoc on the roads this morning but it was a pretty scene as this barge headed up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.  Click image to enlarge.



11 comments to Barging Up The River

  • Do you own a boat yourself Jonco?

  • A&L

    What a great view you have

  • Cowracer

    Wouldnt that be “down the river”? You don’t live on the Illinois side.


    • Jonco

      I had to go back and check…. I took a series of photos and it was definitely going up the river. He was towing the barges. Here’s the first in the series that I took.


      • Cowracer

        Looking at the wake in the first picture, he is defiantly backing, which means he is headed upstream. I can see progress from the first picture to the left (which is indeed ‘up’ the river). I stand corrected.

        That’s really weird. but towboats don’t ‘pull’, they push. I can’t imagine any normal situation that would require a boat ‘backing’ upstream. I worked on the river for a couple of years, and a towboats have much less available thrust in reverse.

        There is a new aggregate loading facility at Doe Run just downstream. Those barges are full, so maybe he was pulling them out and couldn’t get on them at the downstream side. You will probably see a lot of barge traffic there in the future.


        • Jonco

          You had me wondering with your comment. I was pretty sure he was headed upstream but had to go back to see the other pictures to confirm it. I also looked towboats and tugboats up online and it said they can push or tow barges. This one was closer to the shore that usual too, so he might have been getting ready to turn it around and then push it upriver. I just didn’t stay and watch it.

  • Miss Silver

    What a lovely view~

  • Jonco

    A&L played with this picture in Gimp and came up with this cool puzzle image.


  • Janet

    It looks so peaceful

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