AUGUST 14, 2011
At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, August 14, 2011 we boarded the Princess, part of the Gateway Clipper Fleet. This is part of the lower deck
where the reception was all set up.
I had a seat by the window with a nice view across the Monongahela River (accent on the NON), which in Native American means
'river with sliding banks', and which locals tend to call The Mon, as I shall be doing henceforward.
Carl with the wedding vows
I didn't want to take photographs through the window, though, so went up to the top (3rd) deck where the wedding was to take place.
This is looking back toward the dock, with the Duchess moored on the left. They have recently renamed a lot of the fleet and I still
think of the Duchess as the Liberty Belle. I have been on river trips aboard it several times and here is the link to a set of pictures
I took from its top deck in August of 2007 on a day with much better lighting conditions for photography.
Looking the opposite direction to where the Mon ends and the Ohio begins just beyond the Fort Pitt Bridge.
The Fort Pitt Bridge, a steel bowstring arch built in 1959, as seen under the wedding arch. This bridge is the main entrance to Pittsburgh
from the west, which includes coming from the airport.
Yes, this is me, actually IN a photograph. I took this looking straight down at the water and quite like how it turned out as it looks
rather like I am standing on a Viking longboat or else something from Lord of the Rings.
Carl, however, I permit regular appearance in my albums in spite of my as few people as you can possibly get rule of photography.
The Lib...er...Duchess had put out before we did and gone down, turned around on the Mon, and headed back past us.
Beyond the Fort Pitt Bridge, which spans the Mon, is the very similar West End Bridge, the first bridge that crosses the Ohio River.
Many bridges in Pittsburgh are painted gold because of our local sports teams colors of black and gold.
Carl observing the sand. In places where it is too windy for candles and when a couple wants a unity section in their ceremony, sand is
used, the bride pouring one color, then the groom, alternating back and forth as they say phrases to each other.
Then, lo and behold, what should be coming toward us from under the bridge but the Majestic, the largest in the fleet, and the one I have
picture albums of from a Christmas office party at night and from Bridgid and Butch's wedding reception in July of 2009, when a lot of
Crowebuddies gathered in Pittsburgh. Looking at it really brought that to mind and I was wishing they were all here again. Those two
albums are here:
RAINBOWS & FIREWORKS ON THE RIVER
WINTER MAGIC 3, ON A RIVERBOAT IN DECEMBER
She came in past us and moored at the end of the dock beyond where the Duchess had been.
This is one of the smaller boats that ply the rivers, pushing coal barges. This is the Janet Marie.
That's the main east-west highway that runs along there between the city and the Mon. That upper level is the east-bound and just under and
beyond it you can see the west-bound where it dips down into what is known as 'the bathtub' because when the Mon rises, it floods that
section and closes the highway.
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