Locked Down!

Locked Down!

October 22, 2018 Monday   Bobby’s Fish Camp, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 118.9  to  Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8    62.1 nautical miles

31°11’31.4″N 87°56’37.3″W
31.192044, -87.943704
Elevation: 7 feet

HAHA. Mary always has Dale make transient slip reservations because she likes to hear the marinas give Dale grief when he has to tell them our boat name. (We have reservations at Dog River Marina in Mobile Bay, AL for 24-Oct-18)

Good Morning!

Bobby’s Fish Camp, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 118.9 – 7:10 AM 43 degrees.  A week ago were a little afraid of heading South too fast because it might still be too hot. WRONG.  It’s dang near cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Frozen Ball – shriveled and deflated
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Early morning
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – Waiting for the call from the Lock – OK to proceed
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Bobby’s Fish Camp mile 118 – All clear turning to follow other boats down river.

Locked Down! (our last lock)

We are through the last lock on the western Waterways and Rivers. Coffeeville Lock mile 116.6 LAST ONE! Water over the dam. We have tides to monitor from this point south.

Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Entrance
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Locking Down
Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 116.6 – Coffeeville Lock and Dam – Last lock on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway – Water over the Dam

 Along the Way

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 99 – Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Lovers Leap and St Stevens Landing (LOL)
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Southern Rail Road Lift Bridge mile 89.9   This section of the Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway is really stinky. There are lots of paper manufacturers and other manufacturers that use wood products. The Alabama Electric Power company is about .5 miles from the bridge and burns wood chips.

WOO WOO!!!! Saw our first alligator around mile 60?.  He was too quick for pictures.

Barges and Bends

We’ve been spoiled the last week or so as there has not been a lot of barge traffic.  Now that we dropped through the Coffeeville Lock there is a considerable amount of tow traffic.  I bet we’ve easily met a dozen or more today.  The barges and barge rafts are smaller than what we encountered on the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers.  Two times today Almost all of the tow captains are extremely considerate. But every now and then we encounter a cranky tow captain who will not respond to a hail.

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 72 – Just around the bend there is always a barge.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway mile 72 – passing on a bend – 2 whistles – GOOD LIFE in the lead.

HAHA. Dale had to translate between the towboat captain with a heavy Southern accent the Brits on GOOD LIFE.

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – passing on a bend. This tow does not have a full load. Short one barge on the starboard side.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – passing on a bend – one whistle. It often gets a little close.

Sand ….

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand banks
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand barges
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand beaches
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sandstone
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Sand dikes.  You can see the tops of a couple trees behind

Fortunately there were NO sandbars

Anchored Inn

Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8 – Anchorage – Passing tows kept the boats gently rocking through out the night. The sailing vessel Geluk is behind us.
Tombigbee Black Warrior Waterway – Alabama River Cutoff, mile 52.8 – Anchorage – Looper boat GOOD LIFE.  60 foot SWEETIE and 45 foot BRIZO entered and anchored later on.

Brain Clutter:

Freeze the Balls Off a Brass Monkey: Cannon balls where piled on deck beside the cannon, pyramid fashion, and retained in a ring called a brass monkey. If the weather was very cold the brass ring would contract faster than the iron cannon balls, thus causing some of them to topple.

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