Friday, June 5, 2020

An autorack on a barge and autos on a ships

Daniel Wilson posted
A cargo ship of [19]49 Fords!
Peter Silk shared
Ron Baker 60 on each level... 180 in all.
Buddy Reitz Plymouth would use barges to ship cars from their Evansville plant to southern dealers.
[I wonder where the plant was in Evansville. I knew Evansville made refrigerators and power shovels, but I didn't know they made cars.]
James Torgeson shared
Yrral Ecirp August 19th, 1949. Mississippi River at St Louis.
Scroll down for the black and white photo.
David Gulden posted
Pickwick Lock shared

Mike Breski posted
A barge with new Dodge/Plymouths arrives in Chicago from Michigan, 1939, Chicago

Dan Strayer posted
[There are quite a few comments about sallvaging cars of the wrecked City of Bangor by driving them 200' on the ice to the shore. It hauled cars inside as well as on the deck using an elevator. But cars are lighter than ore or coal and it did not handle as well during storms.]
Scott Sherwood shared

Mark Garner shared a Loukas Ketsios post

John David Walker posted
on the Tennessee river preparing to lock though the Guntersville lock carrying cars in 1939.
Don Traut shared

David Gulden posted two photos with the comment: "Pics. From the W.J."
Becky Redmon: Never did see any barges in the Ohio: River transporting cars. Awesome. Thank you

David Gulden posted
James E Reising: My guess would be the picture was taken here in Louisville. The tow is sitting on the upper end of lock 41 with the CofE repair station in the background.
Steve Smith: Many of the cars are Buicks and Pontiacs from the 1947 model year, I think.


Kevin Lackey posted
The Commercial Clipper on the Tennessee River in 1950.
Bob Reynolds: They hauled cars from Cincinnati and Louisville to Guntersville, AL. Tennessee and Kentucky had very high highway taxes, and to circumvent that they shipped cars destined for the cities of Atlanta and Birmingham on the river.
Carl Wallace: I remember that carrier, when we heard it coming we had to run to the River to keep the boats from sinking. There was one other carrier but I can’t remember the name. We could tell which one it was by the sound, either one threw enough waves to sink the boats that were tied to the bank.
Larry Alt: the other was the Commercial Courier.
Barry Griffith: The Commercial Clipper had a sister boat named Commercial Express. Their only difference was power. The Clipper had quad Detroit 6-71 engines where the Express had Fairbanks Morse OP engines. The Commercial Courier had a round pilothouse and built from a navy ship.

Shelby Louden commented on Kevin's post

Mark Fox commented on Kevin's post
Commercial express.. I started my career on it as a landing/office barge... Wooten River Service 1978 the strb. Wheel was still on it.. When high water came it turned and would scare the crap out if you..
[It appears the lift span has been moved from the north side of the canal to the south side. 3D Satellite]

David Gulden posted

David Gulden posted
David Smith: This was the original ASHLAND, and if I recall this was taken off of the Cairo Highway Bridge on the Ohio. I have a print of this shot given to me by the late Robert. L. Gray.
Brian Robinson: Great pic, but I am surprised to see an Ashland Oil boat pushing these. I thought they just pushed barges for their refineries?

David Guilden posted
Nick Marina: Pushing up river through Cincinnatti.
David Gulden: Nick Marina that ole bridge is a dead giveaway lol
Darlene Hill Judd: CAPT. BILL HERE: In the photo the SPRAGUE is almost at the end of her trip. She will unload those six barges of autos from St. Louis at the Greene Line wharfboat just above that bridge pier.

David Gulden posted
LADY REE with a few car barges she was very similar to the BEN MCCOOL

If you put a roof on an autocarrier barge, you can haul cattle on the river.
David Gulden posted
OMAHA [comments corrected as Kansas City] on the MISSOURI with cattle barge 1967

Dan Meyers posted
Here is a great book on these lakers if you can find a copy.
Douglas N Karen Chandler: A girl I want to high school with, her father was a wheelman on the CCI Pontiac. He told us a story of leaving Detroit with better than sixty autos on the deck of the ore carrier, and got caught in a gale on Lake Superior. When they arrived in Duluth they had none on deck. From what he said, this was common.

It looks like water transport still plays a big role in Europe.
Fun Machinery posted

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