Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Sep. 3, 2013---Took on 254 gallons of diesel. Left Columbus Marina at 10:00 a.m. after a visit with "T" and Jimmie. Immediately down from Columbus is the Stennis Lock. Followed a single tow into the lock and went down together. Lockmaster requested we leave lock ahead of the tow, since we would be traveling faster. Continued down river 27.9 miles to Bevill Lock. Apparently getting prepared for closure on September 5th some work was already in progress. A large Coast Guard crane was working in the lock. Had a 3 1/2 hour wait before getting down through the lock. Out of the lock at 5:00 p.m. the sun was getting lower in the west. Water was smooth as glass and the evening run was very pleasant. Reached Cochrane Cut-Off at mile 287.4. Slowed down to a snail's pace and attempted to enter the embayment. Ran aground. Had to reposition about 70 feet farther downriver. Much of the opening has a sandbar built up that is just out of sight below surface. Picked the right spot with 6 feet of depth and entered the embayment. Went in until the depth was about 5 feet. Set anchor at 7:00 p.m. and called it a day. Only traveled 47.6 miles today, but it took 9 hours.
Tow followed out of Stennis lock.
Coast Guard working on Bevill Lock.
Loading metal from barge into trucks.
Picking up metal fragments from barge.

Red day markers reflecting on the water in evening sun.
Anchored in Cochrine-Cut Off.

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