Author: Jeff L. Yates

Roger F. Wicker

New Blessey towboat has all the bells and whistles, even a place to lift weights

Towboat grounded to avert disaster

The captain of the towboat Omaha was credited with averting a disaster after he intentionally grounded the vessel when it began taking on water in the Missouri River near West Alton, Mo. The twin-screw boat had bumped an unknown obstruction…

Four recreational boaters killed in collision with barges

Potomac, a 1,700-hp towboar shown here in 2006 photo on Ohio River near Paducah, Ky., had just left Wilson Lock on the Tennessee River when the towboat and its two barges collided with a 32-foot recreational vessel. Four people on…

Two escape sinking harbor tug

A towboat pilot and a deck hand escaped injury by jumping to a nearby barge when their small vessel suddenly sank in the Tennessee River near Calvert City, Ky. The 51-foot-by-22-foot Janet Leavell sank Jan. 22 at mile 11.5 while…

Towboat executes rapid rescue of sinking harbor tug's crew

Capt. Tim Maxfield, master of Audrey Fouts.  He praised his crew for their quick and cool response to the emergency. (photos by Jeff Yates)   Capt. Tim Maxfield, master of the 3,200-hp towboat Audrey Fouts, credits routine safety drills for…

Barge runs up on lock wall, spills volatile cargo

0hio River traffic was halted for more than 12 hours and traffic on a nearby interstate highway bridge was disrupted for several hours following a Feb. 27 accident involving a barge carrying 960,000 gallons of highly flammable cumene. The accident…