Friday, June 26, 2015

An Eagle in Photos

I took 1079 pictures with my fancy new camera, and stole the contents of the ship's shared camera. Obviously, anything I post will be only a selection of photos. Out of respect for the bandwidth limited, everything is after the jump. As always, click the photo to make it bigger.

Departing from Orange, TX down the Sabine River

Ships lined up to get into the Houston Shipping Channel. They have all dropped anchor and are patiently waiting thier turn. We sat like this for a full week thanks to the floods.

An offshore rig brought in for repairs.

The pictures won't stay in order for some reason? Anyway, this is the Caribbean entrance to the Canal. This is a pretty low number of ships waiting to get in, but there were still at least twenty in the bay with us.

A street view of Corinto, Nicaragua. Very poor, but very colorful.

The best spot in Corinto. This beach smelled like urine and dead fish, but the view of those islands and the clouds hanging above them is spectacular. The clouds to the right had occasional lightning course through them.

I have probably a hundred pictures of just how pretty it is every single day. I will post this one as a representative example and spare you the rest.

Oil rigs in the gulf.

This was on the Mississippi. A barge full of soymeal came down the river from who knows where, pulled up under this crane barge, and the crane barge sucked the soymeal out of the barge into our cargo hold. It was a pretty cool process.

A sailor's room. Being a GUDE, this is the smallest room on the ship, but you can see it has everything I need. Bathroom is to the right out of frame.

This was New Orleans as we came down the river.

Artsy shot of a train about to cross the Mississippi

Entering the locks. Those who followed my last adventure will note that the locks part of the canal looks basically just like the Soo Locks on the great lakes, except there are more of them and they have the "mules" on the tracks to help ships through.

The locks again. There are three sets of locks, one here and two on the pacific side. Between them is mostly a lake, and the part of the canal that was cut out is surprisingly short and looks pretty much like a river. A bit anticlimactic, though still a marvel of engineering.

The tallest point in the canal that got cut through, and a bridge across the continents.

Here you can see the cliff faces left over from cutting the canal, as well as the terracing used to keep the canal clear.

Corinto from the ship.

The volcano near Corinto.

The volcano near Acajutla. I never did have any luck with getting a good shot of either volcano, which is a shame because they really do dominate the landscape.

Acajutla from the very top of the ship.

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