30-OCT-2020 Friday – Aqua Marina, Iuka MS (~TTR mile 449) to Fulton Lock Anchorage, Fulton MS (~TTR mile 391) 57.1 nautical miles (65.7 statute miles)
Elevation: 269 feet
Total Elevation Change: -140 feet
Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 412.0, Jamie Whitten Lock
Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 406.8, Montgomery Lock
Tenn-Tom Waterway Mile 398.4, John Rankin Lock
States (1): Mississippi
Along the Way
Today we started working our way down the 253 mile Tenn-Tom Waterway. The Tenn-Tom Waterway a.k.a. “The Ditch” is divided up into three sections. The first section is referred to as the “Divide Cut”, the middle is the “Canal Section” and the last section is the “River Section”.
The Divide Cut
Entering the Divide Cut. This section of the Tenn-Tom Waterway is man-made. One big long cutout canal. Twentyfive miles with no stops and no anchoring allowed.
Jamie Whitten Lock
The Jamie Whitten Lock is one of the tallest locks on the loop. It’s an 84 foot lift/drop. It takes a lot of time to drop the water. I got a little camera happy.
The Jamie Whitten lock master warned the oncoming tow to “look out for the 3 little boys coming out of the lock”.
The Divide Cut had a lot of interesting spillways feeding into it.
Essentially baffles slow down the speed of water entering the canal.
The old tried and true culvert
Water Slides or whatever they are really called.
We completed the “Divide Cut” shortly after exiting the Jamie Whitten Lock and started the 44 mile Canal Section.
Canal Section (a.k.a. Chain of Lakes Section)
In the “Canal Section” the canal actually sits on the side of the hill with the hill acting as one side of the canal and the levee the other. This created a bunch of small, very shallow lakes. For cost savings in many areas they did not clear stumps they just cleared tree tops. In some areas, the trees were left standing.
Failure of this levee would not only flood the adjacent land to the west, but also drain the canal. Sections of the river were by passed.
Good Night Neighbors
We anchored on the up river side of Fulton Lock. We’ll hit that first thing tomorrow.
For the Foodies
Mississippi does not have a state food but it does have a state drink. Milk.
Barq’s Root Beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr.
Drolleries and Yuks
Halloween is coming!
What is a ghost’s favourite meal?
What did the ghoul say to the vampire?
-You really suck!
What is a witch’s favourite lesson at school?
What did the My Little Pony wear as a Halloween fancy dress costume?
-She went as a Night Mare.
Why wouldn’t the skeleton go trick or treating?
– Because he didn’t have any guts!
Why didn’t the coffee bean go to the Halloween party?
– Because it was grounded