Friday, July 7, 2017

Bow Steering Unit for Illinois River 15-Barge Tows

Stuart Pearson posted
This image of the M/V Sally Polk of the Canal Barge Company was taken from the Top of a Grain Elevator in Morris, IL. The small Boat is a Bow Steering Unit especially useful in negotiating Tight Turns, and when the Towboat was headed Southbound with Empties.
Dennis DeBruler I've never seen a Bow Steering Unit before. Thanks for the info. It looks like a full 15-barge tow so, when they get to a lock, does it untie and lock through next to the rear towboat?
Stuart Pearson Dennis DeBruler~~You are CORRECT as to the Locking procedure.
There are four truck-to-barge transloading facilities near the bend on the river in Morris, IL. Judging from the angle of the photo, I'm guessing this was taken from the concrete silos of the ADM facility.

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Update: When I was on Ruby Street Bridge, I noticed there was an upbound tow coming, so I got in the car and hustled down to the Jackson Street Bridge. But by the time I got there, the bridge was already up so I concentrated on the tow. I'm glad I did because it was big tow for this part of the river, and it included a pushboat on the bow ---  Mike Planche.  Since most pushboats with a retractable pilothouse are for local movements, that is one of the biggest pushboats that I have seen with a retractable pilothouse.

With 18mm, I was able to get a shot of the whole 11-barge tow:

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