October 27, 2018 Saturday Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL 0 nautical miles approx 170 statute miles
Elevation: -2 feet
For our reconnaissance mission we needed a car. That was a mission in and of itself! Almost every car rental place in the Mobile area were out of cars!!!! We finally found one but one but when we got there with the marina’s courtesy car there was none. Alas we did finally find one at the airport that had just been dropped off.
Our mission was to survey our next anchorage and marina.
First stop Dauphin Island at the southern bottom of Mobile Bay so checkout an anchorage. Of course we had to do the tourist thing too.
Next stop is across the Mobile Bay.
On to check out marinas on the east side of Mobile Bay. We touristed the gulf side of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the wandered back along the ICW (intercoastal waterway).
We HAD to stop at Homeport Marina http://www.homeportmarina.net/ owned by Lucy Buffet, Jimmy Buffet’s crazy sister. The marina definitely has a Buffet feel!
The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864 was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay.
A paraphrase of his order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” became famous. Farragut’s actual order was “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!”.