Marino Crane of Middletown owns a parcel of land on River Road in Cromwell (just off of RT 99). This site on the CT river is used to off load commercial barge freight. This weekend, the site was in use day and night off-loading 3 barges worth of product to be used by Kleen Energy, in Middletown and in Waterbury. The product being shipped for the most part cannot be shipped long distances on the road. The load pictured on the truck is upwards of 100,000 lbs. Check out the axels in the larger image. The product when traveling on the road has special permits, and will move at 3mph.
Getting ready to stablize the barges, before off-loading one of the two Siemens.
To ready for off-loading workers have to onload balast to keep the barge on an even keel.
The Connecticut River has always been used to transport people and goods. The CT River Museum of Essex, and our own, Midddlesex County Historical Society has some wonderful old images of the river at work. Steam boats used to journey to Hartford in the Summer with vacationers from the city, and goods to deliever along the way. A watchful traveler, cannot miss what remains of the business of transporting oil products up the river for commecial and home heating needs. Twenty years ago, two or three times a week, year round an oil barge would be moving up river to make a delivery. Almost all of this product is now shipped by pipeline. The Coast Guard keeps the river open to commerical traffic in the winter, with a small ice cutting barge, that is why even with our very cold two weeks of tempetures the river is still open and the ice often looks to be in pieces. As long the Connecticut River remains a commercail navagiable body of water, walking across the river to Portland, will remain a sucide venture. Please don't try it!
This shot was taken at Cromwell Landing begining the journey of being piloted back to the Old Saybrook Point.
Taken from Harbor Park looking south.