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The Sinking of the Elizabeth M by yankeedog The Sinking of the Elizabeth M by yankeedog
Dedicated to the four crew members who lost their lives on the night of January 9th 2005 when the towboat "Elizabeth M" sank in strong current below the Montgomery Lock & Dam on the Ohio River, South of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information on this tragedy, visit: [link]

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:iconrishnai:
Sure does. Man, I can't even wade the South Platte here in town (the tops of your socks won't get wet) without some serious goosebumps, and these guys are dealing with the busiest inland port...
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:iconyankeedog:
Sometime when I'm out on a bridge on down on the Wharf shoot pictures, it's so freaking cold that it takes your breath away and then there is the wind, the rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow and what ever else mother nature feels like throwing at you and these guys are out there in the middle of the river with 12 barges of coal tied together with steel cables that if snapped could cut you clean in two! It a dangerous job and then there is the river itself, if the cold water doesn't put it's death grip on you the current and the undertow surely will. But the funny thing about it, when you talk to these rugged individuals, they wouldn't trade this lifestyle for the world. Being in an office would kill them as surely as river would. You got to admire that.
-YD
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:iconlyle462:
Nice work. I love your diversity of subject matter. Cool!
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:iconyankeedog:
Thanks Lyle! Living in Pittsburgh, you are never very far from a river. The Allegheny, the Monangahela and the Ohio are here and with them is a steady stream of barge traffic pushed by these amazing boats with their romantic names. I've long respected those who work the rivers and have made some great friends with these hard working and independent souls, so it's a heavy heart when any of them are lost. I didn't know any of the crew of the Elizabeth M, but I wanted to recognize their loss out of respect to the rivermen I do know. Here's a photo I took of the Elizabeth M: [link]
-YD
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:iconlyle462:
What a nice source for inspiration (living around the three rivers). Sad though about the lives lost.
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:iconyankeedog:
It is, I just love working here in Pittsburgh, but those rivers are dangerous. On average, the rivers claim one victim a month. River rescue is alway on the alert and alway busy or the numbers would be higher. I grouped my gallery into sections and I made both a Pittsburgh and a Towboat file, check it out! [link]
-YD
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:iconlyle462:
Cool gallery. Sad about the river's toll though.
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:iconyankeedog:
Thanks! You have to respect it.
-YD
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