Big Bayou Canot to Turner Marine
October 22nd, 2016
Start: 8:30 AM
Finish: 12:40 PM
Statute Miles: 24.35
Average Speed: 6.09 mph
With the weather front past us the morning broke cool and clear.
The flotilla was looking forward to heading down to Turner Marine but the Mobile Bay conditions were still a bit dicey so the sailboats stood down for a few hours as the trawlers attempted the crossing ahead of us. Meanwhile the First Mate and I enjoyed some breakfast in the cockpit.
The trawlers got rolled a bit crossing but the conditions were getting better as the morning wore on so the sailboats pulled anchor and began the trek down to Mobile.
We were really close to sea level as the train tracks were just a few feet above water and built to take punishment from the occasional storm.
We could see Mobile in the distance across the coastal marshes.
While we’ve seen bald eagles our entire trip and the occasional white pelican, our first brown pelicans started showing up the closer we got to the bay.
The Bay Bridge Road was our sign we were officially in Mobile.
Things quickly became industrialized. Commercial shipping was mostly kept to the west side and industrial (shipbuilding, oil and gas) to the east side.
Grain and coal were actively be loaded with containers being unloaded as well.
And a bit closer…
The west side was even more interesting starting with the Austal shipyard where they make the Littoral Combat ship and the Expeditionary Fast Transport.
They had three of the Littoral Combat ships docked and one being built.
One of the Expeditionary Fast Transports was being worked over fairly heavily.
The other two littoral ships were facing away but you could see the doors for the two MH-60 helicopters they can carry along with the lower doors for loading and off-loading equipment.
Also along the west side were ships from the gas and oil industry. The Goliath is one of the world’s largest ships for putting oil platforms and pipelines in place. Liebherr is of course a German company, based in Switzerland, that built the crane and the ship itself was built in southeast Asia.
Several dry docks for ship maintenance and repair were also in the mix. Our British friends are in attendance with their BAE corporation.
Nothing like having new, shiny props
We soon broke out into the open water of the bay. The First Mate was very excited to get out on the open water even if it has some chop to it.
Crossing over to the Dog River we ran into a fishing boat working the bay. The gulls and pelicans were pretty excited about following the boat back and forth as they caught and cleaned their catch.
In no time we were entering Dog River and loitered in the river as the Turner Marine crew called us in to dock one at a time.
It was just a roll of the dice that we got a front row seat on the basin near the lifts, laundry and office. With our mast being late to ship we’ll be here for at least the next ten days.
The marina is very laid back and quiet affair with great views of the sunrise just a short walk away and sunsets across the masts of the boats.