Aug 29, 2019 Thursday Bluff Harbor Marina, mile 404, Burlington, IA to Rock River – Mile 479, Rock Island, IL 75 nautical miles.
Elevation: 550 ft Locks: 3 Ascent: 31 feet
Lock 18, Gladstone, IL / Burlington, IA
Lock 17, New Boston, IL
Lock 16, Muscatine, IA
Remaining Statue Miles: 351
Along the Way
Life on the edge. Sounded like 20 miles south of here on the Mississippi River was not the place to be. The Coast Guard broadcast warnings for about 6 hours that the Fort Madison Lift Bridge – mile 384 was closed to navigation due to high winds and severe weather.
I’m not taking any more pictures today unless they are SUNNY.
We had been advised the guys at Lock 17 had a bit of an attitude. They did. They must have thought they were bigwigs or something. Power play. They let us into the lock and raised right away. Things looked good. It changed once we were at the upper water level. We had to hang on the lock wall watching two lock attendants chat for about 30 minutes before we could carry on upstream. Finally one of them sloooooowwwly walked over and pushed the button to open the lock gates. OK, I fudged the wait time… It was really 25 minutes.
We still thanked them politely when we left.
Commodity Movement Comparison
|How many are needed to carry 1500 tons||How many are needed to carry the 22,500 tons||Lengths of the methods for moving 22,500 tons|
|Barge||1500 tons||1||1 standard |
(3×5 15 barges)
| ¼ mile|
(3 foot ball fields or more)
|Railcar||112 tons||15||200 railcars||2¼ miles long|
|26 tons||60||870 tractor trailers||7¼ miles long|
A towboat may be 150 feet long, four stories high, and 6000 horsepower. (12 times the horsepower of yes dear)
A standard barge is 200 feet long, 35 feet wide, and when loaded to its 1500-ton capacity needs a nine-foot depth of water to float.
Meaning: the most important person in a group or undertaking and is often used in a derogatory manner.
Origin: Senior officers in the English Navy were known as “bigwigs” because they wore huge wigs. Bigwig officers aboard ships were often disliked.
Meaning: Continue onward or go on with a given task
Origin: In the days of sail, the officer of the deck kept a weather eye constantly on the slightest change in the wind so that the sails could be reefed or added as necessary to ensure the fastest headway. Whenever a good breeze came along, the order to “carry on” would be given. It meant to hoist every bit of canvas the yards* could carry.
* A yard is a spar on a mast from which sails are set. Typically describes the horizontal spars used on square rigged sails.
Meaning: present or deal with something in a vague, noncommittal, or inadequate way, especially so as to conceal the truth or mislead
Origin: Expression is believed to come from a Captain Fudge, also known as “Lying Fudge” who was a notorious liar in the 17th Century.
Drolleries and Yuks
Where does a fish keep his money?
In the river bank
Why is it when you transport something by car its called shipment, but when you transport something by ship it’s called cargo?