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Looks Like We MADE It....

...but just in the nick of time!!!

For the entire week, I've been watching the progress of the Supertanker, Anne, since it was reported that an historical event would occur in our midst. When I first heard about it, I got online to see where it was located...anchored at a port off the coast of Louisiana. Throughout the week, Anne's position was noted by me. After it left Galveston, Texas, I kept a close watch, as I learned shipping terminology as I went along for the ride of a lifetime [not literally of course]. During the week, I 'conversed' with the PR for the oil company located in Ingleside, Texas...just a short 17 miles from Corpus Christi, on the shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The last email from her was that she'd arrive sometime this week. Friday morning, when I woke up at 5:30 a.m., the first thing I did was get online to check where the ship was...."Constrained Draught", speed was 2.3 knots. She was close!!!! High tide was at 06:11. And, the ship, with it's size and weight NEEDED the high tide to navigate the ship channel. I told Bud..."I'm going to Port A if you wanna come along, get dressed". We left home just before 7 a.m. It takes 30 minutes to get there from home if the traffic on the freeway and then the island highway is moving good. We pulled onto the beach at 7:29...ANNE was in the channel!!! What a sight to behold. I just can't tell you how massive and magnificent she was; it's indescribable.

Alongside her, tugboats, small watercraft [privately owned speedboats] and lots of people on the jetty. Also, several tugboats with the traditional spraying of water off their decks for fanfare.

As ANNE came closer I was definitely awestruck by her size...OVER THREE FOOTBALL FIELDS IN LENGTH [1092 feet - 333 meters and over 200 feet wide].  An average length of most tankers coming into our port is half the size as ANNE.  The captain blew her ship's horn a few times which thrilled the spectators along the jetty waving from those that weren't holding cameras.  Then, silence as ANNE passed by us...

She was moving effortlessly along the surface of the water at quite a quick click! I barely had time to change from zoom lens to use the panoramic setting, but snapped a few 'full length images'....

As she's coming in - compare sizes of boats and tugboats

Closer to us, the spectators

Into the channel on her way to Ingleside, Texas to dock

After she passed the jetty, it was like a mass exodus of the crowds that gathered. Some of us had in mind to board the automobile ferry to cross the channel and head to Ingleside. That, we did.

...at Ingleside on the Bay [near the shipping dock of the Petroleum Company] I took a few more photos. Hopefully this'll show more of her massive size in proportion to the vehicles parked at the Customs Quarters...

And lastly, her stern with IMO #  [International Maritime Organization number - each ship, worldwide, has a unique number for ID] and the online stats of ANNE recorded being MOORED. Saturday morning, she was back out in the Gulf heading to her next port. Destined to go into the record books for being the first supertanker to dock at ANY port in the United States. She made history on the 26th of May, 2017...and we were there.  It looks like we made it!!!