About this Film
These are photos from two rolls of colour film, a total of 50 exposures. The photos themselves are date stamped. October 25, 2009 to November 5th the same year, with a couple dates in between.
October 25th, 2009
Some guys watching a football game. We can confirm here that the date displayed on the photo is accurate. The game they are watching is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Minnesota Vikings on October 25th, 2009. At this point the game is a close 10-7, for the Steelers, but they would gain a better lead and win that day 27-17.
You can watch clips of the game and view stats by Clicking This Link.
Double confirmed by the schedule here.
Lots of clues on who this might be right here. A sailors hat, a painting of an old sail boat, photos of a boat, a framed image of Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall (#34), and a few news articles. One looks old, and another is near edge of the frame. The third however is easy it read, and I found the same article online and it was published on October 5, 2009 in “The Waterways Journal” and it reads:
Hope Delivers Two More Tugboats to Higman
The boats are the 43rd and 44th in Higman’s line of vessels and the 31st and 32nd to be built by Hope Services in Dulac, La. They give the Houston-based petroleum transporter one of the youngest fleets in the industry; in 1986, for comparison, the company had 10 boats and 22 tank barges.
Last year, Higman put into service the Hope-built boats Capt. Jack Higman, Preston N. Shuford, John T. McMahan and Mark Flynn. Earlier this year, it put into service the Alliance and the Erik Salén. Two others from Hope are scheduled for delivery in March and June next year, while another is under construction at Direct Marine Services.
The Kyle A. Shaw and Miss Sarah, like their sister vessels, measure 72 by 30 feet with a draft of 10 feet. Their 1,800 hp. is produced by twin Cummins KTA38-MO diesel engines from Cummins Mid-South matched to Twin Disc gears with a ratio of 6.14:1. The boats have 73- by 56-inch four-blade propellers. A pair of Cummins 6B series 75 kw. generators supply auxiliary power to each boat.
The new vessels each have two steering and four flanking rudders controlled by a full follow-up, electric-over-hydraulic system.…
Whoever is taking the photos does not live there. I see now reason to photograph what’s on my walls.
October 28th, 2009
October 29th, 2009
Photos from a boat. The first couple images you see here are of the Carnegie Museum of Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Ohio River.
A really great shot! I love the ripples on the water.
Side Reads: Hunter Marine
U.S. Coast Guard
Another great shot of the city skyline, followed by several shots in and around the Emsworth Dam.
I googled “Pittsburgh Castle Looking Building” and nailed it This is PPG Place, built in the early 1980’s.
These are boats owned by a company called The Gateway Clipper Fleet, and offer services for a wide range of events.
November 2nd, 2009
Taken on a bus.
November 3rd, 2009
November 5th, 2009
Too bad we can’t see his face
Lots of strong leads here. It’s possible that the photos belong to Captain Jack Higman. He would be the most likely candidate for someone to hang that news clip. However, it could be one of his relatives, any other of the crew, or their relatives. The boat ride leads me to believe the photographer wasn’t a native of Pittsburgh, in which case, they’re a crew member. Either that or they took 33 images because they’ve never been on a tugboat, in which case they are likely related to a crew member, and that was their home pictured with the wall shrine. My hunch is the latter, as the guy seems to go back to the same bar 2 or three times after the game. A place probably near dock.