30 Jul


Here are a few photos to give you the flavor of the day…




6a wall of barges

4barges lined up

The next two photos need a bit of a narrative…

9the barge that held us up

As we approached the last lock we knew that there was a barge currently inside and about to exit in our direction. My captain did the polite (and very smart thing) and radioed the barge captain asking where we should position Bushranger (so she would not be bowled over by the exiting barge). We were told to hang around the bollards and expect to have to wait at least 30 minutes.

So, here’s a bit of a geometry question for you.

How do you secure a 38 foot (essentially flat-sided) boat to a big round cement cylinder, without letting the cylinder touch (and scratch) the boat’s side? Now add a strong current and squirrelly wind to the equation. Now add the fact that the water is deep on only one side of the cement cylinder and the far side is very questionable indeed…

9tied to the bollard

…you attach as many fenders as you can and just keep praying the captain knows when to ‘goose’ the engine forward and back.

Bushranger is currently sitting peacefully in Heritage Harbor Marina.



… so I will leave you with these final words of wisdom…

14barges coming at you
Never play ‘chicken’ with a barge!

P.S. Heritage Harbor Marina: t/8, s/8

4 Responses to “Barges”

  1. Daffy July 30, 2016 at 23:02 #

    all that fiddling about must have taken Boyd back to his days of ‘balancing’ the monthly accounts on his big grey steamers.

    • MrsB July 31, 2016 at 09:45 #

      yep, I think you’re right…his years with the big grey steamers were the perfect lead-in for his current life! lol

  2. Alex Ertz July 31, 2016 at 05:21 #

    We really liked Heritage Harbor and Ottawa, IL. I hope the Illinois River stage is high enough for easy in-and-out at The IVY Club in Peoria. You’ll really like the folks and clubhouse there–very friendly, and love to hear Loopers’ stories. Don’t miss the new Caterpillar Visitor Center downtown. Our 2nd longest lock wait on the Loop was on one of those round mooring cells just above Starved Rock L&D–over 4 hours for a barge, and then a government (USACOE) work boat that took advantage of priority. Had planned on Peoria from Ottawa, but with the delay ended up in the old lock remains at Henry for an overnight. Now that’s an experience! Looks like y’all are having a splendid time. Watch out for flying Asian carp around Brandywine Lake–that’s where they were really thick!

    • MrsB July 31, 2016 at 09:44 #

      hi alex! I love it when you comment. you always give us something new to look forward to. thank!

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