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M/V Mississippi IV

by William
posted 11-10-2012 10:41 PM


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#1 posted 11-10-2012 11:10 PM

Cool tour William….I love going through that old iron….those river models are cool. Kind of amazing the scope of the Mississippi….I live about 6 blocks from this massive river and you embrace the same river so many miles away…..

The source of the river (is claimed) from this rather lazy lake in northern Minnesota, Lake Itasca:

Somewhere – I have the pics of me as kid crossing that pass on Itasca…..but that’s for another day…..

Thanks for sharing the day.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 11:11 PM

It sounds as if you enjoyed this as much as, if not more than your kids.

That does look like an interesting place to spend some time. I enjoy learning about things like this. Here in Vermont, we have a paddle wheeler in dry dock that you tour as part of a museum.

William,
You are a great tour guide, perhaps there is a career in it for you. Thanks for teaching me a little bit ‘bout life on the Ole Miss!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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patron

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 11:13 PM

great tour william
and looks like the kids partied on

glad you got to take some fresh air
and be with the family

better start looking for parts for that stove
(or make lots of stuff to sell)
that seeds been planted
and you know how the wife gets
when they want something

oh yea
and start planing the kitchen expansion too
a couple of walls need to come down lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dave

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 11:20 PM

As you guys can tell William writes very well.
That was a great narrative of your trip with the family.
Looks to be a great time.
I think I will have to pay it a visit.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 11:23 PM

Jeff, it is simply amazing that the river starts as it does. Yes, at the beginning of the Mississippi River, you can literally walk across is. Here, in some parts of Vicksburg, it is near two miles wide. You have to be a strong swimmer if you swim across because, even on calm days, the undertow will pull you down and drown you. If you do successfully swim it, and go straight across, you exit about eight miles downstream from where you entered. I grew up on the Mississippi River. No matter how far I go, I’ve always been able to tell I was home when I seen those muddy waters.

Randy, I’m glad you enjoyed it. There is so much more to see that I didn’t get in there though. I just got tired of typing.

David, it is nice to get out once in a while. We all had a great time. Unfortunately though, I am laid up this evening, still paying for it.
No, she will not get a stove like that. I haven’t been too awfully long remodeling the ktichen to put in this ceramic top stove she has now.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 12:31 AM

Hey William, thanks for sharing your outing with us. The headwaters of the Mississippi is not much more than a stream in Northern Minnesota. I was there years ago.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 06:30 AM

Your kids are very lucky to have a Dad who would take them to tours like this! A wonderful trip and day like this will stay in their memory for life! I enjoyed reading about your tour as much as you did! Thank you for sharing with us.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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William

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 01:11 PM

I’m glad you enjoyed it Luv2Learn.

LittlePaw, we like to do this sort of thing anytime we get the chance. We don’t have a lot of money, and with four boys still at home, museums and parks are one of the things we can do at a reasonable price that seems to be a good time for every one.
Our most regular out of town visit spots are the Agriculture Museum and The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. We like those because they are always changing their exhibits to include something new. For example, last time we went they had a huge interactive dinasour exhibit.

It seems that, all in all, people enjoyed reading about our day. So in the future, when we make these sort of day trips, I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and give ya’ll a guided tour. My wife and I have been discussing putting a little cash together and making a trip to the Petrified Forest between here and Jackson. I think the town is Flowers Mississippi. It’s an interesting place. It is the oldest known petrified forest east of the Mississippi River.

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#9 posted 11-11-2012 01:45 PM

William, I really enjoyed your tour, thanks for sharing with us. Kids love to learn about history, when they can feel they are part of it. Sounds like a great museum.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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William

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 01:55 PM

I’m glad you enjoyed it Huff.
That is why I like this museum. We visit some museums where you have to remind kids that the number one rule is not to touch anything. One of the first thing they tell kids when you go by the help desk in this museum is that this is not one of those kinds of places, and they encourage kids to touch and feel everything. I think that gets kids more involved when they can explore with their hands and not just with their eyes.

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#11 posted 11-11-2012 02:42 PM

i’d certainly enjoy looking around that museum for a few hours

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#12 posted 11-11-2012 03:52 PM

What a great family day. Sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves, now thats something to remember.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 11-11-2012 04:45 PM

What a great tour you gave us! That boat is amazing and I had no idea the engines were that big! Thanks for including your LJ friends in your excursion.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 11-11-2012 06:36 PM

This was a fun tour to see. Thanks, William! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 11-11-2012 07:25 PM

thanks for sharing William … you have the potentiale to be a great tourist-guide :-)

we have simular navigations – simulators here on the school for future captains
of the big ocean vessels … fun to see it installed on a real bridge :-)

Dennis

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William

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#16 posted 11-11-2012 08:21 PM

Thank you all. I’m glad so many people seem to have enjoyed this. It inspires me to document future excursions more. How would some of you feel about me pulling up photos and giving tours of past excursions?

Dennis, I thought that was pretty cool too. It is neat how they take what appears a simple task and show the kids how complicated it is. On one of the scenerios, all they had to do was to pull away from the dock, make a forty five degree right turnabout, and move into open waters. It sound easy. It isn’t quite that easy though when you consider that you have four rudder controls, then forward and reverse for two huge engines that turn propellers that are larger than my truck. The slightest movement of the controls has big consequences.

gfadvm, I was amazed by those engines. They were larger than most cars on the road. Being mechanically minded, I’m also aware of what must have went into keeping them in tip top shape. I was also reading some documentation while there on the maintenance on some of these engines. What amazed me was that they done upper head work on them while they were running. That’s right, they’d shut one down long enough to take one cylinder off line while using rudders to make up the difference in steering. Then they’d start it back up on seven cyclinders while they worked on the upper head. I’ll bet that was nerveracking working on an engine while it’s running.

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#17 posted 11-11-2012 09:18 PM

william now you have the excuse to force your sons into the shop and help you
saying they are going to learn eye to hand cordination :-)

on the school we have here they shuold have all waters and bigger harbors in the world on the simulator

yes its right possiple those engines is big enoff to be build to make that kind of service on them
on the real huge engines they can shot a hole cylinder of the maincrank
but as you say the engine has to stand still the moment they do it …. I only have it on second hand … :-)

Dennis

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#18 posted 11-12-2012 02:39 PM

Looks fascinating, and lots to look at, and lots to learn

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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