Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead

October 20, 2018  Saturday   Kingfisher Bay Marina, Demopolis, AL Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 216.2 to    Bashi Creek, AL Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 145.0   62.8 nautical miles

31°57’20.8″N 88°04’16.0″W
31.955785, -88.071122
Elevation: 32 feet

Full speed ahead (actually 8.2 kts)!  We are heading to Mobile. It will take us ~ 4 days. Most of it will be without internet or phone.

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Leaving Demopolis, AL

Along the Way

Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 213.3, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis, AL
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 213.3, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis, AL – GOOD LIVE
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 213.3, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis, AL. Bollard bird (white heron)
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 213.3, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis, AL  A light in the top of the bollard. Hadn’t noticed them before.
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 213.3, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis, AL. Leaving the lock. Dam and waterfalls.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – We don’t see caves in the white cliffs like you see along the Mississippi River cliffs in StPaul/Minneapolis
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile ~207 Fishermen along white cliffs, Demopolis, AL
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – White Cliffs and barge
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – River Bank
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 201.6 – Remains of the old Rooster Bridge
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 186 – We could have benefited from a canal here. There more ox tail bends like this as we head further south. The Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway has not been ‘straightened’ like the Tenn-Tom Waterway has.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Slip and Slide! Coulda been a better picture. I couldn’t find the camera in time.

On the Hook

Bashi Creek is quite narrow with trees with log encroaching into the water. It was a challenge getting the primary anchor to set. In tight places like this you also have to set a stern anchor to prevent swinging into shore or other boats. We couldn’t get the stern anchor to hold either.  Eventually we tied to a tree. What made it even more interesting is the breeze blowing up the creek is much stronger than the current flowing down the creek.

Bashi Creek, AL Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway 145.0 – GALEK rafting to GOOD LIFE. There wasn’t a lot of room for another boat to drop anchor. GOOD LIFE graciously invited GALEK to raft. This is a common tight space anchoring technique and Loopers are friendly people. We had met GALEK in Demopolis. They are all in and home schooling their kids. They figure they have enough money for 2 years and will pick up odds and ends jobs when they need to.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bashi Creek mile 145 – Anchorage -We keep looking for alligators and water snakes but haven’t seen any yet.

Tales from the Loop

Sailboat BALUGA goes over Lock 16 in Muscatine IA on Monday 15 Oct 2018. The below scoop is from a Looper who knows him….

Skipper John anchored with an anchor, one that was not only too small for his size boat, but worse still, was modified from the original design. He constantly had a problem with dragging his anchor. Rather than resetting it he would start up his engine and pull his anchor along behind his boat as he repositioned the boat, not even having taken in or re-setting any anchor rode. https://wqad.com/2018/10/17/army-corps-of-engineers-make-miraculous-rescue-after-boater-sails-through-muscatine-roller-dam/

We are very hard pressed if we have to anchor above a dam.

Brain Clutter

Brain Clutter:  In the days of Columbus, the tonnage of a ship was not a matter of weight but of the number of wine casks (tuns), measured one meter by a meter and a half, that a ship could carry.  The flagship on his final journey was the 70-ton La Capitana.

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