The following is a short log of my trip on the m/v G L FURR. I would like to thank Bruce Darst at AEP, Captain Dale Wallace, and the crew of the m/v G. L. FURR for their hospitality.
Boarded the G L FURR at McGinnis Inc.
I ain't saying who the short bald headed dude is!
Finally headed South at 1445 hrs
Finally started locking at 1010 hrs and headed South at 1050 hrs
While checking out the lower engine room, i discover a small leak coming from the packing tube on the port shaft. Speculation as to go into dry-dock or not. Port Engineer will check it out in Paducah.
11/01/05, 0040 hrs We lock through Cannelton Locks (mile 721) Yes the time is right, the photo is from a trip back in April. Headed South at 0115 and delivered 15 loads at Rockport Plant and picked up 15 empties at 0420, mile 744. Finished at 0555
The main chamber was down for repair at the Newburgh Locks (mile 776) so there was a long delay there. Using the small chamber, a tow longer than 600 feet has to double lock. We arrived there at 1300 hrs and finally got our turn to lock through at 0400 hrs the next day. We reached J. T. Meyers Locks (mile 846) at 1255 hrs and headed on South at 1325 hrs.
This is another photo from the April trip. If you're following the story, you'll recall we're now pushing empties and at 2000 hrs in November, it's dark.
11/02/05, 2300 hrs Arrival at Lock 52 (mile 938.9). Don't be fooled by the bridge in the background. Lock 52 is an old wicket dam and it's between the bridge and us. It was a windy day, but Scott laid the tow right between the bull noses perfectly.
It was decided the day before that we will go into dry-dock to check out the leak. We are to take our tow back up to Paducah and wait the m/v CAPT. JOHN REYNOLDS to exchange the tow while we go into dock for repairs. After all was said and done we finally made the exchange at mile 932, 1730 hrs on 11/04/05.
11/05/05 1000 hrs We are leaving dry-dock and heading light boat back to Cook Coal Terminal to pickup fifteen loads heading back up to Rockport. Heading back up river we had a bit of a wait at Lock 52 but finally locked through at 0045 hrs.
11/06/05, 0255 hrs We made Smithland Locks (mile 918.5). Had to wait there till 0520 hrs finally got North bound at 0600 hrs. 1550 hrs arrived at J T Myers Locks mile 846 Locked through 1730 - 1805 hrs. Arrived at Newburgh Locks (mile 776) at 0315 hrs and have a long wait time. finally started locking at 2230 hrs.
11/08/05 0035 hrs Finally out of the locks and making headway.
This is another photo taken in April. The sun was just coming up as we were leaving (0730 hrs).
First trip takes the luggage to the shore and brings back the cook, captain, and mate. Second trip brought the cook, chief, me and rest of the luggage to shore. This photo is the third trip taking the rest of the crew to the boat and picking up the pilot and the captain. The chief going on will return to the boat with the yawl.
Here's the last view of "Gertie Lou" before we hit the road back home. The yawl has not yet left the shore for the boat. Notice she has not got name boards yet. She just got the new paint scheme and name boards have not been made yet.