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I've been blessed with the opportunity to do some pretty interesting things so far this year, and have been looking forward to sharing the stories with you. An invitation to observe a towboat operation from the pilothouse in the name of passing along safety information turned into much, much more with the abundance of good material.

As you mark your calendars for future trips this year, I hope that you'll enjoy the article on the J. S. Lewis, and that there is something to be learned from Capt. Steve's perspective from the pilothouse. Also, as you consider places to visit via your cruiser or runabout, you'll see how scenic the Charleston area is with its collection of historic sternwheelers.

You'll also find the Port KY Events page filled with updated information as you plan your local travels. I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I enjoyed writing them! A special "Thanks" goes out the Captain Steve Grossarth, the crew of the J. S. Lewis and especially the management of Amherst Madison for making my trip possible.

Featured Article: A Trip aboard the historic M/V J. S. Lewis

The J. S. Lewis was a 1931 steam-powered towboat, later converted to diesel in the 1950's. There is so much to tell about my 400-mile ride on it from Charleston, WV to Louisvile!

From the engine room, to the pilothouse, and from the crew to the company, I hope you'll find this article fascinating: LINK


Above, the M/V J. S. Lewis, assisted by the sternwheeler Lady Lois, preparing to dock at Port Amherst in Charleston. Below, one of her Enterprise diesels. Visiti the article linked above for all the details!


Featured Article: Sternwheelers of the Kanawha River

Cruising down the Kanawha River to the Ohio presented its own unique scenery, including a small navy of sternwheelers. Taking that trip into a time machine was something I'll never forget, and you'll find a full set of images another article dedicated to the Kanawha. If you've ever thought of cruising a new area, this is one not to miss! LINK


Above, an afternoon view of the capitol building in Charleston, WV. Below, the Mudsock, one of Charleston's many sternwheelers. See the aritlce for more information on them and the Great Kanawha River Navy that supports them!


Featured Article: Why Towboats should be treated like Mules!

Captain Steve Grossarth and the management at Amherst Madison have gone to lengths to educate the recreational boaters about river safety and operations near towboats. On the Kanawha River, in fact, they offer a towboat ride to gradutes of the local safe boating classes. With up to 8 students in the pilothouse, they have a few boaters put themselves in interesting scenarios so that the students can see things from the perspective of the captain.

Captain Steve has helped in the past with the article "Why Towboats should be treated like Mules!," and you'll find it updated with lots of new information from my ride to Louisville. LINK


Featured Article: Amherst Madison Fleet

Amherst Madison, a river transportation company in business since the early 1900s, has quite an interesting fleet. During my 400-mile trip from Charleston to Louisville, I was able to capture several of their vessels through my lens, and I'm happy to share the experience with you. LINK


Above, the Major, in service since 1928. She is a shining example of the older boats still in service on the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers near Charleston. They are particularly useful in areas of shallow depth.

Upcoming Events

Following is a partial list of some of our area's upcoming events. Please visit the Events page on the Port KY site for more information and web links: LINK


Waterfront Independence Festival
Featuring Justin Moore and Cool & the Gang
July 3 & 4
Louisville Waterfront Park

Madison Regatta
July 5-7

Forecastle Festival 2013
July 12-14
Louisville Waterfront Park

HCBOA Poker Run
July 27th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
RiverPark Place Marina
Signups July 17 and 24 at Captain's Quarters


K of C Corn Roast
August 3 & 4
12 Mile Island

HCBOA Dinghy Run
August 31, 10 a.m.-7p.m.

Great American Picnic (GAP)
Shady Glen, Prospect
August 24, 2 p.m-?

Slips for Sale

As the weather heats up, so does demand for boat slips!

There are still some listings for slips for sale or lease. There were recently seven slips that sold as a direct result of the Port KY site, and the "Slips" page has been one of the most popular destinations: link

That's it for now--Stay safe, and we'll see you on the water!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

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