Aug 26, 2019 Monday Rip Rap Landing State Fish and Waterfowl Management Area – Mile 265, Belleview, Illinois to Goose Island – Mile 318, Marblehead, Illinois 53 nautical miles.
Elevation: 469 ft Locks: 2 Ascent: 33 feet
Lock 24, Clarksville, MO
Lock 22, Saverton MO (no Lock 23)
Remaining Statue Miles: 361
Along the Way
We zig zagged off and on up the Missouri / Illinois shoreline following the main channel. There is nothing straight about this river. When we told people were heading up the Mississippi River the response was always the same. OMG you are going to have current! Yes, we do have current. It’s no worse that upriver current on the Hudson, the Potomac, the St Lawrence and intercoastal currents. The engines are set at 1500 rpms, their sweet spot, and we travel between 5.5 and 6.4 knots. In open water this we would be traveling a little over 8 knots.
Lock 24 at Clarksville, MO – We had a 1.5 hour wait for a tow for a 3×5 tow clear first.
Hannibal, MO – the childhood home of Mark Twain
No sunshine again today. At least it didn’t rain, alot.
Samuel Clemens first signed his writing with the name Mark Twain in February 1863, as a newspaper reporter in Nevada. “Mark Twain” (meaning “Mark number two”) was a Mississippi River term: the second mark on the line that measured depth signified two fathoms, or twelve feet—safe depth for the steamboat.
The average depth of the Mississippi River between Saint Paul and Saint Louis is between 9 and 12 feet (mark twain) deep.
Off and On
Meaning: At some times or occasionally.
Origin: Old naval expression meaning close to the shore by sailing off and on or away from and towards the shore in a zig zag pattern. Zig Zag is also a Nauti Word.
No room to swing a cat
Meaning: indicates a crowded or packed surroundings
Origin: During the whipping punishment using the “cat o’ nine tails,” all hands were called on deck to witness. With a full crew, the deck could be so crowded that the cat o’ nine tails was difficult to use without hitting other crew members. In other words, there was “no room to swing a cat.”
As long as I’m the topic of cats, here’s a couple more ….
Letting the Cat out of the bag
Meaning: Someone has said something that was not to be said or revealed a secret
Origin: This term comes from the old naval punishment of being whipped with a “cat o’ nine tails.” The whip was kept in a leather bag and when the sailors “let the Cat out of the bag” they had usually done something that would result in punishment.
Combing the cat
Meaning: Looking for trouble
Origin: When flogging a seaman, “combing the cat” meant to run fingers through the cat-o’-nine-tails after each stroke to separate the strands in preparation for the next stroke.
Drolleries and Yuks
A blind man walks into a bar, grabs his seeing eye dog by the tail and starts swinging him around.
The bartender yells “Hey! What are you doing?????”
Blind man replies “Just looking around”.