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Photographer:Captain Peter [View profile]Title:WILLIAM H. JOHNSONAdded:May 14, 2008
Location:Mississippi River, United States
Photo Category: Pilot Vessels
Pilot Boat of the Bar Pilots (Mississippi River SW Pass)

13 may 2008
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Magogman on May 14, 2008 14:10 (12 years ago)
Yikes! sounds like a nightmare going into those rivers.
Captain Peter on May 14, 2008 04:33 (12 years ago)
You are welcome :-)

the worst rivers I do know are the Orinoco during low water season (April). Poor charts, unreliable buoys and beacons, ... there you really get it "all inclusive" - grounding, touching the sides of the narrow dredged fairway etc etc

Or the Berbice River in Guyana (where I just have been a few weeks ago). The sediments (locally known as "sling") do clog immediately the seachests and are tough like glue. A real mess :-(
Of course no charts, eithers, or if so, still drawn and last updateed by a Queen Victoria's Rear Admiral in 1859 :-?
There are leading lights and buoys too, but the fishermen are always stealing the bulbs ... so the channel is dark 8-)

Capt Peter
Magogman on May 14, 2008 04:19 (12 years ago)
Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I appreciate it!
Captain Peter on May 14, 2008 03:47 (12 years ago)
Hi Magogman,

no, it is not difficult. I daresay, the Mississippi is one of the easiest rivers. It's deep and wide, well marked by beacons and leading lights, and even in the bends there is enough space.
In April and May currents are strongest, but pilots are of course aware of that.

The sediments do of course require permanent dredging in order to avoid silting up.

Captain Peter
Davant LA
Mile 55 AHP
Magogman on May 14, 2008 03:26 (12 years ago)
A question if I may, Captain. Is it difficult from a navigation point of view to take a ship from the Gulf of Mexico into the Mississippi River Delta and up the river to New Orleans? I have always been fascinated by the Mississippi River Delta and the river itself since it drains such a huge percentage of the U.S. and has a huge sediment load from all the soil erosion in the Midwest.
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