Ships That Pass in the.....
By Morley Hunt
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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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.
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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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.
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.