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University Press of Kentucky
Towboat on the Ohio

Towboat on the Ohio

by James E. CastoJames E. Casto


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To get a personal look at what it is like to work on the Ohio River, newspaperman James E. Casto spent eight days aboard the Blazer as it traveled the Ohio from Huntington, West Virginia, to Pittsburgh, up the Allegheny and the Mongahela, and then back to Huntington. The Paul G. Blazer, a gleaming white towboat owned and operated by Ashland Oil, pushes a group — or "tow," as the rivermen call it — of nine barges on this trip. Along the way, Casto introduces us to Captain Ronnie Davis, pilot Ronnie Burge, engineer Steve Bellomy, the mates, the deckhands, and the cook, as well as the river itself, the life and the beauty that are the Ohio.

Interwoven with the narrative of the trip upriver and back is the history of commerce on the Ohio — of how the flatboats and keelboats gave way to the steamboats and how, in turn, the steamboats were replaced by today's powerful, diesel-powered boats such as the Blazer.

Mark Twain wrote that the Mississippi had a new story to tell every day. The same can be said of the Ohio. As engaging as it is informative, Towboat on the Ohio tells one of the many stories of the busy, hardworking Ohio River.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813129709
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/16/2010
Series: Ohio River Valley Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James E. Casto, associate editor of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, has written articles on the Ohio River for several periodicals.

Table of Contents

Towboat on the Ohio
River Talk: A Glossary

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