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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Mike in A-town] #7223132
03/21/21 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
Wolfie, I've never done it. But you're young, unmarried, and still in reasonably good condition. If I were in your shoes I'd give it a go. You might hate it but try it for a season and see... Might be the coolest job ever. And even if you hate it you can tell your grandkids about doing it.

Lots of stuff I kinda wish I had done before I had a family and settled on twisting wire nuts for a living.

Mike

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And if you do it, keep track of your "sea time". Then in a couple of years get your captains license.
That can get your foot in the door of a lot of great paying gigs.


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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: waggler] #7223168
03/21/21 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by waggler
Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
Wolfie, I've never done it. But you're young, unmarried, and still in reasonably good condition. If I were in your shoes I'd give it a go. You might hate it but try it for a season and see... Might be the coolest job ever. And even if you hate it you can tell your grandkids about doing it.

Lots of stuff I kinda wish I had done before I had a family and settled on twisting wire nuts for a living.

Mike

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And if you do it, keep track of your "sea time". Then in a couple of years get your captains license.
That can get your foot in the door of a lot of great paying gigs.

This. And getting an AB is good because of more jobs available. Friend of mine always says “guys with a 100 ton are dime a dozen but a good captain is hard to find “

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223175
03/21/21 09:55 PM
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Been on the river for 36 years,past 31 in the wheelhouse.I run a fleetboat and go home every night.I have been on a live on situation for a few years.Its hard work but I have enjoyed it

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223185
03/21/21 10:09 PM
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Wifes uncle worked on barges on the big river. Gone for days at a time she remembers. He has passed away like most of our aunts and uncles.
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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223191
03/21/21 10:15 PM
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Worked as a deckhand on the river for 5 years. I was on a line haul boat mostly on the Ohio river but also spent time on the lower and upper Mississippi and a good bit of time in the fleets. It was a cool job for the most part. I worked a 28on/28off day schedule and found that basically resulted in having the opposite time off from one year to the next. For example one year I'd be off for say November that meant the next year I'd be off October and December but on for November. Not that that matters but as far as being an outdoorsman it made it nice to at least hit hunting/fishing/trapping seasons square every other year. I worked for Ingram and really liked the job but when coal shut down it really put a hurting on the industry and the last year I worked there they had so many boats tied up that I would get shipped to a different boat every trip which makes it difficult to advance. While I was there they shut down promotions which left me as a senior deckhand and I lost interest when they started sending me to boats to run lead on watches but wouldn't promote or even give me the pay increase of a lead man. I only say this because Ingram is known as a higher tier towboating company and if they struggled that much I assume it was river wide. I still have contact with some of the guys on the river and its improved some but not a lot. I quit in June of 19. Fwiw

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223202
03/21/21 10:24 PM
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It can get a little hairy this time of year when the Tombigbee is running full.

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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223212
03/21/21 10:32 PM
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Talk to Mike Jerrell on here or on Facebook. He’s in Philadelphia MS and has piloted tow boats for years. Mike’s a good guy and would probably love to talk to you about it.


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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223222
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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Mike in A-town] #7223296
03/22/21 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
Wolfie, I've never done it. But you're young, unmarried, and still in reasonably good condition. If I were in your shoes I'd give it a go. You might hate it but try it for a season and see... Might be the coolest job ever. And even if you hate it you can tell your grandkids about doing it.

Lots of stuff I kinda wish I had done before I had a family and settled on twisting wire nuts for a living.

Mike


x3. If it interests you, do it man. I wish I had tried out a lot more jobs when I was single and unencumbered.

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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223414
03/22/21 08:59 AM
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Matt Jones worked the river barges for a while, Might want to message him prob be best on facebook

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223456
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I haven't, but have known a few that have worked the river lines. They all enjoyed it to an extent. Dangerous at times, cold at times, hot at others. One fella I knew was a cook, he wouldn't have traded that job for any other. another fella started real young, was doing well at it, till he lost a leg in a cable while tying barges. He still works on them though as far as I know. Another fella started when he was in his early 30's. He was a bossy type guy and found out real quick what not to do or say on a barge line. He found himself locked below deck for a day or two in total darkness, before they decided he had learned his lesson. He learned and stayed with it about 3 yrs then quit. He was on the biggest tow boat on the Mississippi river, his uncle was the captain. When he quit and came back he was a totally different person. His arrogance was gone and was very respectful of others he worked with. Evidently it is a hardened bunch that take care of themselves very well.

What I heard from all of them, and a few others, was it is hard work, but pays well, and they all said if your supposed to be gone 28-30 days figure you will gone that plus another week or so. They all also said those boats have the best grubb you can ever ask for.

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223459
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Plus it'll allow duck girl to find another outlet for her "hobby" grin

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223496
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I've been working on the river for 38 years. Started out as a deckhand and worked my way up to chief engineer. I travel mainly the Mississippi river but done a few years on the Ohio. On 28 days/off 28 days. You'll start as a deckhand more than likely. Comparable to hay hauling to me. You need a good back and a weak mind. LOL. Pay is decent with good benefits and the opportunity to work your way up to the pilothouse as pilot or captain or back to the engine room as engineer as I did. Companies differ on pay, benefits and time on/off so choose wisely.

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223507
03/22/21 11:56 AM
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One more thing you may want to pursue is (its a plus that you have a military background!) doing a job search at Army Corps of Engineers. They do lot's of on the water work... Best of luck to you!

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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: River Birch] #7223590
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Originally Posted by River Birch
One more thing you may want to pursue is (its a plus that you have a military background!) doing a job search at Army Corps of Engineers. They do lot's of on the water work... Best of luck to you!


This is the best answer yet. This is what i would do, start filling out every application you can for the corp at lock and dam's and any other corp job that looks interesting to you. Then get a job on the river until you get hired by the Corp. With your knowledge and background you will get hired for sure.


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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Wolfdog91] #7223711
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A friend ran barges on the Hudson River from Albany to NYC and NJ. He made awesome $$ and had quite a few days off.

Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Savell] #7224306
03/23/21 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Savell
A friend of mine works a barge ... seems to be just a lot of rope tying and life jacket wearing from listening to him lol

Well I like messing with rope so as long as it pays good lol


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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: SJA] #7224310
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Originally Posted by SJA
Wd91, you a tankie?

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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: Mike in A-town] #7224318
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Originally Posted by Mike in A-town
Wolfie, I've never done it. But you're young, unmarried, and still in reasonably good condition. If I were in your shoes I'd give it a go. You might hate it but try it for a season and see... Might be the coolest job ever. And even if you hate it you can tell your grandkids about doing it.

Lots of stuff I kinda wish I had done before I had a family and settled on twisting wire nuts for a living.

Mike


Yeah I'm looking at it like that right now to be honest. A couple of my friends I was in the guard with with in the barges and they seem to be living it up ,can't ever seem to get a holt of em though. Honestly I do really really enjoy my current job just not enough money and I'll m just not interested in sitting at lowes for the next 20 years lol


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Re: Any barge hands? [Re: River Birch] #7224322
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Originally Posted by River Birch


Kinda interesting you bring this up, a year ago to this day I was put on furlough from work (as a Captain) things are slowly returning, however I will probably have to up and move. Loose my seniority and just have to start over some where else...


Here are a bunch of pic's from my last week...


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Love those pictures! So stupid question but when y'all have down time ,ate y'all allowed to fish off the boat or at the dock ? I've just always have been curious about that. Figured y'all would be busy alot but again stupid question ll


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