And these are the
Mississippi River boat pictures. I kept them on a separate page
as they are kind of a theme to themselves. All of these pictures
were taken from the Riverboat Natchez which in and of itself is a great
The first is a pic of the ferry boat that goes between Canal Street in
New Orleans south across the river to Algers. Think about how
dangerous that job is - driving a boat cross-wise to river traffic
which includes dozens if not hundreds of the boats in the following
This is a barge being pushed by a pusher tug. Believe me - this
is very small and it is still big.
We saw an ocean tow coming up river. By the way - that river - it
is said to run at 2-4 knots current. While were out it looked
like more than that - eddies, whirl pools, chop - it was all across the
river but these boats just churned away beating into the current.
This is about the biggest of the boats we saw on the river.
This boat was taking on a load from the Chevron refinery.
Here is a tug pushing its barges into the side of the river. Many
were parked like this - I wonder why. The load was heavy steel
beams perhaps for an offshore drilling rig.
This was an interesting tug. Apparently it is for large loads
that ride high above the water on the barges.
This little guy is at the Navy base. It is a water taxi to go
back and forth across the river.
The Mississippi River was more impressive from the airplane. Mile
after mile of wide river bending back and forth as it wound its way
north. Everywhere you looked from the plane you saw the barges
either digging their way along the river or driven up into the side and
idle. Big ships were moving around and many were anchored.
I did not see a single pleasure boat from either the air or when we
were on our Natchez boat trip. Guess the lower Mississippi is all
about work and no play.