Entering Mobile Ship Channel, the end of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, is a shock. One moves from quiet, natural river channels to a vastly busy industrial port. Above, is a US Navy ship undergoing a refit.
Appears that someone did not measure the building correctly to fit this ship inside during construction.
Mobile is also a large freight terminal.
One of the great benefits of traveling the Loop is meeting new friends, sharing time with old friends, and visits with family.
Robert and Vicki, Gold Loopers (one who has completed the Great Loop) invited the current Loopers passing through to Thanksgiving dinner at their home in Fairhope (across the bay from Mobile).
The always popular dessert table.
Dog River Marina is a full-service boatyard with a good reputation. The stop at Mobile was used to pull Last Dance for some maintenance.
New seals were installed on the Naiad stabilizer shafts and a general check of the underwater gear was completed. Takes a big machine to lift a 40,000 pound boat.
Remember those White Pelicans first seen on the Illinois River? They stopped by Mobile, circling over the marina a dozen times, while Last Dance hung from the slings of the travel lift, as if to say: "Time to keep moving south."