We aren't the only ones. Several cars are in the area, turning toward the street that leads to the Laguna Madre Yacht Club clubhouse.
A beautiful sight to behold is a drilling rig. We see the water marks and think it had been in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico and perhaps moved to make way for the USS Constellation aircraft carrier that is due to come in to the Port of Brownsville for wrecking.
Herb writes a friend who has knowledge of those things, but gets a reply telling us it will reside there permanently, having been taken out of service due to the falling price of oil. He further says it is a semi-submersible drilling rig that is actually used in deep water, and is being stacked (meaning stored) in Port Isabel for an undetermined time.
Doing a little research, I learn that Noble Driller is rated for a water depth of 5,000 feet, and a drilling depth of 25,000. I also noted when a rig is cold stacked, the crew is laid off the its doors are welded shut.
As I take photos, I see people walk about on the deck and the tugboat below, Sea Spirit, moving possibly to direct a crane on deck. This is amazing to me and I wonder what it would be like to work on a rig, or to shut one down.
I love our friend's quote, "It will be part of the skyline now, just like Sapphire Condos." Second only to the Jesus statue near the jetties on South Padre Island, it must be the most locally photographed subject in recent history.
More detailed information and a beautiful aerial photo are found in this link.
Using less zoom, it still can be seen as taller than its neighbor drill ship....
And my favorite is at night....
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Monday, January 12, 2015