Michael Blaser, ASMA
Oil, 28” x 50”
Night navigation on the Mississippi River is not without risk. The narrow channel is marked with unlit reflective buoys. Although these aids to navigation can be easily picked up on radar, dangerous wing dams usually lie just outside the buoys. These long rock piles stretch out from shore perpendicular to the navigation channel and keep the current moving. The high intensity of today’s spotlight above the pilothouse provides a spectacular amount of illumination undreamed of a few generations ago. The patented technology developed by Carlisle & Finch have been lighting the way for the worlds’ mariners for 130 years. This Towboat is in the process of pinching off the water by swinging its stern toward the rock wall to starboard. The on deck crew provides contact with the pilot calling distance to the lock walls.