I spend a little time enjoying the sunrise and getting photos. Uh oh! As we near the casinos the port throttle develops a problem. Starboard throttle gets up and goes, but the port does not. To make this trip, we need both throttles. So Denny says, "Let's spin around and head back to Fluffy."
Denny checks the port engine and finds a throttle linkage had come loose. He puts it back together and comes out smiling. All good, and now we continue our trip. Someone is heard to say, "We will get past the refinery today -- our third try!" And we do! I take a photo of the Port of Lake Charles now 'in my rear view mirror!'
|Water Tower is Named Port of Lake Charles|
The port is very busy in this industrial area. On the barge below, coal piles are seen where they are offloaded from barges and used to make electricity.
This suction dredge is possibly going to a house construction site we passed earlier.
St. June, a Louisiana shrimp boat, will bring her catch to a processing plant in Lake Charles. Where did our sunny sky go? It's beginning to look a bit overcast, but it is a pleasant temperature, and On Your Mark streaming through the channel creates a nice breeze.
As we continue in the Calcasieu Ship Channel toward Texas, we come to the intersection to the ICW and turn west. Skies are rapidly changing to more cloudy and darker, and I wonder if we will continue to be in 'that little corridor' between the rain storms. Soon we can see Texas!! In the Sabine River we go south, leaving Louisiana to our port side on the east and Texas to our starboard on the west. There is not much scenery here, but vegetation is so green.
The Weather Channel shows a storm heading for Port Arthur, which is still ahead of us. But not ahead for long. I think we have escaped the storm.
Oh, excitement! Real excitement! I see the mural on a building in Port Arthur, and immediately think of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks! Go Hawks!!! I learn that Arthur, the Seahawk, is the mascot of Lamar State College of Port Arthur.
The port of Port Arthur shows me lots of interesting ships, and I wish I could stop and take a tour. Maybe another day. Below is the Federal Cedar.
Find On Your Mark after 11 hours of cruising....
|Lagoon Cove at Port Bolivar near Galveston|
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Friday, August 26, 2016