AUGUST 14, 2011
The Duchess just kept circling around us, passing by us all afternoon.
The Duchess coming in to dock. You can see the Majestic at the far end of the dock. That's the Sheraton Hotel where we have done
any number of weddings over the years. The black bulk is the pier of an old bridge. The ridge is Mount Washington, whereupon I have
a story set called Stepping Up.
Looking the other way down Mount Washington (yes, named for George) toward where the Fort Pitt Bridge ends at the appropriately
named Fort Pitt Tunnel. The tunnel's end when you are coming from the west makes the framed entrance for your first view of the city.
Looking up as we passed under the Fort Pitt Bridge. I was very interested in the sky all afternoon as on the weather map just before we
left home, they showed line after line of thunderstorms headed our way and though the clouds changed from moment to moment we never
did have a thunderstorm.
Looking back along Mount Washington from under the bridge. The steeple is St. Mary of the Mount. The Mount used to be called
Coal Hill as it is an enormous deposit of coal and the early people who lived up there just picked it up to use in their stoves.
The sky was doing more interesting things.
The Princess backed up to get in position for the ceremony, maintaining its place off the Point where, alas, the fountain is being worked on.
From the ceremony position looking down the Mon where you can see the Gateway dock under the Fort Pitt bridge.
On the left side, across the ending of the Allegheny River is the Carnegie Science Center and Heinz field, the home of the Steelers.
My favorite Pittsburgh building, the PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass). I have albums of pictures just of it.
PPG...MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH A BUILDING
During the ceremony the Empress passed by. Carl did a wedding aboard her 2 weeks ago, on July 30th.
Looking down the Ohio toward the West End Bridge.
I was trying to get the flag flying in a picture with the PPG but the sunlight was positioned so that when I looked through my lens
I couldn't see a thing, so I just aimed and snapped anyway.
Heinz Field. A week ago they filmed a big scene of the new Batman movie here, using some of the Steelers as members of the
Gotham Rogues and our mayor as the kicker for the opposing team. Then they made it look like dozens of explosions went off
in the stadium and terrorists had blocked the exits. They used 10,000 extras for that, but I'd already done my extra-ing for Russell
Crowe in The Next Three Days and 'fleeing over debris' was not on my to-do list.
On the wedding reception two years ago we didn't get to go up the Allegheny because the Pirates were playing at PNC Park (you can see its
lights sticking up on the left) and they were going to have fireworks, during which they don't allow the riverboats to sail by. I thought we might
today but we didn't, so this is as close as I got to the Allegheny. That's the Fort Duquesne Bridge (the old fort at the Point was the French
Fort Duquesne before it was the English Fort Pitt) and beyond that you can just make out the first of the Three Sisters bridges.
This is an aerial shot showing the fountain playing, the Fort Duquesne Bridge (built 1969) and the Three Sisters, the only grouping in the world
of 3 such identical bridges. They are the 6th, 7th, and 9th Street Bridges, recently renamed for Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol, and Rachel
Carson. The current Sisters were built between 1926-28 with self-anchoring eyebars due to the conditions of the banks. The original wooden
6th Street Bridge burned in the late 1800's when sparrow nests in its beams caught on fire from steamboat smokestacks. Birds DO love the
bridges, as seen in the picture below. Alfred Hitchcock couldn't ask for more birds. (You'll have to pardon me as I am in full research mode
for my book I'm writing on the Civil War.)
This is an old pier from the Manchester Bridge turned into a monument for Pittsburgh's own Mister Fred Rogers. There's a large seated
statue of him there and because children love him so, they come and crawl up on his lap. He is tying one of his tennis shoes as he always did
at the beginning of each of his television shows from 1968-2001. The monument was dedicated on November 5, 2009 and the statue, even
though seated, is 10'10" tall and weighs 7000 pounds. Below is a picture of Mr. Rogers with a model of his 'neighborhood'.
We started down the Ohio past the Carnegie Science Center, the moored submarine, Requin, and the new casino.
Across the Ohio from that a very, very long freight train came along the tracks at the base of Mount Washington. You can see some of
the Monongahela Incline on the right going up the ridge.
While Carl and Marc, the groom, waited up front...
...Laura, the bride, with her father and the cruise director came up the stairs behind me.
On June 28, 2008 Carl had officiated at the wedding of Laura's sister Christina (in red on left) up at Shakespeare's castle.
It's just not quite the same when the fountain's not playing so below I've stuck in a picture I took from the Liberty Belle (I can refer to it thusly
as that was its name when I was aboard taking pictures) back in 2007.
And during the ceremony the Janet Marie reappeared, this time pushing an empty coal barge.
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