TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 54 NM
TODAY’S LOCKS: 2
JOHN. C. STENNIS LOCK MM 334.7 27’
TOM BEVILL LOCK MM 306.8 25’
Up and at ‘em , boys! We readied the boat to leave in the early morning rain and followed Monkey Girl into the open and waiting John S. Stennis Lock situated just around the corner from our marina home for the last three nights. Then we spent the morning navigating in the pouring rain.
We had more tow traffic today though we didn’t meet our first until two hours into our journey. Pelican passed us heading up river with his two barges. Later we passed others as well as several working dredges. Bless those dredgers! One barge was being offloaded of its monster cargo of scrap metal. This is manly business!
|THAT'S A L0T OF SCRAP METAL, SCOOP BY SCOOP|
|A LITTLE LOP-SIDED|
We drifted from Mississippi to Alabama and then back and forth for three miles before we entered Alabama at MM 310.5 for the rest of our trip to Mobile.
|WHAT THE HECK IS THIS THING ON|
THE BANKS OF THE WATERWAY?
|YEP, ON CLOSER INSPECTION WE FOUND IT WAS A|
LONELY, OLD FASHIONED PHONE BOOTH.
WHO KNOWS WHY?
The regal Tom Bevill Visitors Center, which serves as a museum of folklore and history of the area, overlooks the waterway at Perkensville. The U.S. Montgomery, a 1926 snag boat is in drydock here also. This is one of the last steam powered, stern wheel boats used in the southern waters.
|BOATS FOLLOWING US OUT OF THE TOM BEVILLE LOCK |
ON THIS DISMAL, RAINY DAY
Upon reaching Sumter Recreation Area at MM 27, we pulled in and anchored by Craw Dad. Drift Away and GonCruzn III joined our little group and we all enjoyed the comfort of the ample, yet cozy little anchorage.
Before we leave the Tenn-Tim Waterway, here is a quick story about how the Tombigbee got its name. The Choctaw Indians called the river "Itomba Igaby", not emphasizing the "I" . Thus Tombigbee was adopted into the English name.