Ships That Pass in the.....

@Morleyhunt (20713)
Canada
April 26, 2017 7:58pm CST
The line officially says....ships that pass in the night. It was ships passing in the morning that drew my attention. Wednesday's are a little more challenging than most days to get a walk under my belt. This week we've made it a little more difficult as I am taking my granddaughter to school each morning and picking her up in the afternoon. This morning, my plans were made.....drop Sandra off and head to the park near the marina to walk.....but.....as I crossed the canal, I noticed a ship in the lock......change of plans..... Quickly I parked the car and walked up the observation platform. Now I walked along the lock and the canal towards the lake. I spotted another ship, tied up and waiting for this one to pass. As I walked I used my smartphone to grab a couple of photos of the ships as they passed each other in the canal. Now with two of the three bridges in the up position.....traffic was going to be a snarl. This is what makes our community unique. Waiting for the bridges.
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@hostessman (9948)
• Tucson, Arizona
27 Apr 17
just be glad your walking and not driving waiting for the bridge
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@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
I rarely wait for the bridge. If I see that the ship has almost passed, I wait, otherwise I take one of the other bridges....only in extremely rare circumstances are all three bridges up t the same time.
• Canada
27 Apr 17
Those bridges cause many headaches. Especially if one or 2 are out of commission.
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@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
Mostly if it's the north or middle bridge. They can never both be up at the same time....but when the. Roth bridge was stuck by a ship a couple of years ago.....that caused major headaches until the shipping season closed down.
@shivamani10 (11188)
• Hyderabad, India
27 Apr 17
The photo is very nice. Very interesting to know about this.
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@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
The history and use of the canal is very interesting.
@Juliaacv (33145)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
I always am in awe when I see these big freighters, but would probably be less then enthused if I were forever having to wait on a bridge-I suppose it is a lot like getting stuck waiting for a train.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
Before I moved to this town I would have sat and patiently(grumbling all the while) waited for the bridge. Once we moved here, I learned all of the alternate routes (they are well marked) so it usually only slows me down by about 5 minutes. The bridge is usually up for about 20 minutes.
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@Juliaacv (33145)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
@Morleyhunt We got stuck waiting once, passing thru, and of course we were running late and didn't even attempt an alternate route. But, no worse then waiting for a train, right?
@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 17
That would be a bit of an annoyance. Do the bridges go up at regular times? How much warning do you get that the bridge is going up?
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
The locals have learned to scan the horizon as we approach town...we watch for ships or the evidence that the bridge is up. We get about a minutes notice. The lights for alternate route start to flash, the barrier arms come down and the traffic lights are red. The bridge is up for about 20 minutes.
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 17
@Morleyhunt That would be really frustrating if you were in a hurry and just missed getting across.
• United States
27 Apr 17
Interesting way to get in your walk as well as seeing something different
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
The plan was to take a walk. The location changed. I don't mind watching the large ships pass through the lock. At one time I rarely crossed the canal, but living where we do I crossed the canal 7 times yesterday.
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• United States
27 Apr 17
@Morleyhunt wow 7 times is amazing
@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
30 Apr 17
Wow! You've given us a vivid description @Morleyhunt Which part of Canada do you live? My dad's cousin lives in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. I haven't yet visited her. But she does mention about ships passing by and being closer to Alaska than we are.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
30 Apr 17
I live near the shores of Lake Erie.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
30 Apr 17
That must be quite a sight, but the traffic holdups would be a nuisance.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
30 Apr 17
The traffic holdup a are probably more of a nuisance to non locals. The locals are checking to see which bridge is up and how to avoid it before they get to the bridge. Tourists don't know what to watch for.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
29 Apr 17
I can remember a lady walking across a bridge in Tampa and it started going up. Very scary situation. She was elderly.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
30 Apr 17
The only way a person could go up with one of the bridges is if they were trying.....the other two bridges are jack knife bridges and you could exactly stay on the bridge when the road surface extends straight up.
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 17
A nice exciting walk for you I wish I was there to see it too!
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
These are the views that will keep me motivated and walking.
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
27 Apr 17
I've never seen one of those bridges in person....I could see being frustrated having to wait for them. You got some nice shots of the ships.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
It's not that big a deal. You learn to adjust. Only once a year us it a serious problem.
@UncleJoe (10856)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
27 Apr 17
We have 12 drawbridges in our immediate area. 5 are on regular scheduled openings but the rest can be raised at any time without warning. That's when people get out of their cars and cuss.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
30 Apr 17
Two Jack knife bridges and one lift bridge. They go up or down as required by the passing ships. The Jack knife bridges are at either end of the lock (Lock 8) so they are never both up at the same time. Two years ago, one of the Jack knife bridges was struck by a ship and was closed to traffic for 7 months. Three months of that time the canal was closed to shipping, but four months of nightmare traffic....I also have the option of driving about 8 or 9 miles and using the closest tunnel under the canal.
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@allknowing (69306)
• India
27 Apr 17
You have an off the beaten track 'trail' for walking.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
I have many options for trails I can walk. It's just a matter of finding a good place to park my car. The closest trail is a 2.5 km walk down the road.
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@andriaperry (58421)
• United States
27 Apr 17
That would be different for me, its trains down here.
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
The first few times, I waited for the bridge. It was a novelty. Now I just take the alternate route.
• Banks, Oregon
27 Apr 17
How unique to have to wait for bridges we don't have that problem around here
@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
Unique. Sometimes inconvenient. I rarely actually wait for the bridges, but during shipping season (March to December) I allow some extra time to cross town.
@HazySue (23017)
• United States
27 Apr 17
I wouldn't mind watching the first time or so, if I were on foot. If I were in the car I think I would be impatient for them to move along. In the top picture it looks like they are going to hit head on. Beautiful picture.