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Friday, April 9, 2010

A Towboat Called "Captain Bob"

Towboat Captain Bob and tanker Shropshire at Astoria, Oregon Here on April 7th, you can see the long, low towboat Captain Bob about to pass the tanker Shropshire opposite downtown Astoria. There are a lot of "Captain Bobs" on the Web, and most are not boats, but I finally came up with some interesting links:

. A description and notation from the Tacoma Public Library that this is the second Captain Bob, the first having come to a bad end

. A photo upriver from Portland

. An interesting paragraph in a State of Washington document about towboat mishaps and spilled wheat; I also learned that Captain Bob will sometimes push five barges at a time (maybe upriver, but never here near the mouth) (Search the page for "Captain Bob" or scroll to page 15, line 21.)

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4 comments:

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shot !! Simply fantastic !!

cieldequimper said...

Er... towboat // tug? I don't think I've ever seen one looking like that.

As for Shropshire: lovely English county! ;-)

Jacob said...

Fun name for a towboat...or any kind of boat. And confusing, too. I wonder if the captain has to be named "Bob"?

VP said...

I guess they'll never allow a Robert to become Captain of the Captain Bob. Strange towboat and very, very interesting links!

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