Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Parking Lot

Last night we had an interesting experience here on the river. The Saginaw was down bound when it was determined that it must anchor for some reason.

This spot in the river has an anchorage area adjacent to the shipping channel.

The Saginaw wanted to pull into the anchorage area and drop anchor. However, to anchor in the current of the river, the ship must be facing up bound. So she turned around in the river, dropped anchor in the anchorage area and let the current turn her stern all the way around.

Which means that for a few minutes, the Saginaw was at a 90 degree angle to the channel. An interesting sight to watch. The picture here is fuzzy but you can get an idea of the sight.

After a few hours, the Saginaw turned down river and continued on her way.

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