Pilothouse view of Red Wing Mn.

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Sometimes I'm happy to make it through this section of river on a week day!!!!
 

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Gotta be claustrophobic after Pepin!
 

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I live just a few miles from the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, I,ve spent many hours over the years watching barges navigate their way along those waterways. It always amazes me the level of skill they casually display steering those things on a fair course. Way to go Cap,n! I salute you!
 

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High over the slip at Winona! After 47 years of piloting towboats on the Upper Miss. Not many places that can't recognize at water level that is ! LOL
I figured you'd recognize it! "God's country" as they call it around these parts...
 

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I figured you'd recognize it! "God's country" as they call it around these parts...
The old Mighty Mississippi is a real sight down here too. Pretty wild and still unsettled along the banks inside the levees.During spring high water it,s really a mile wide in places. Some really huge tows travel up and down.
 

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High over the slip at Winona! After 47 years of piloting towboats on the Upper Miss. Not many places that can't recognize at water level that is ! LOL

I had a couple of questions maybe you'd be able to answer?

How much fuel do you use going up river compared to going down river?

How many knots do you average?

What's the average main channel depth?

What's the draft on your towboats?
 
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I had a couple of questions maybe you'd be able to answer?

How much fuel do you use going up river compared to going down river?

How many knots do you average?

What's the average main channel depth?

What's the draft on your towboats?
Fuel consumption depends alot on how fast the river current is! But typically we burn about a third going with the flow compared to shoving against it average 2800 gal. A day going up! Average around 5 to 7 mph. And average depth 10 to 12' mid channel with the Boat draft of 9.6' barges carry about 1400 tons of products each !add that by 15 barges in tow! Hope this helps!
 

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