Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-11-2009
Wow, here’s a piece of news and no mistake! It could really ruin your whole day on the water to hit the “pole or iron post” described below by Captains Tood and Brenda. May I be so bold as to suggest that EVERYONE who will be cruising the waters of Mobile Bay, get out their charts and plot the position of this obstruction!
If anyone else has more info about this navigationa hazzard, PLEASE either click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or send e-mail to me at CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net.
Life’s2Short just crossed Mobile Bay and is headed north on the Tenn-Tom. Yesterday as we were headed across the bay at low tide we saw what appeared to be a large barnacle encrusted stump or pole or iron post. We were in 11′ of water and this baby was not moving and was 30+ inches in circumference, it was definitely attached to the bottom. We did contact the Coast Guard and reported it’s position but I also wanted to let the list know of it’s coordinates; 30.22.161 N 87.54.686 W When Life’s2Short cross’s Mobile Bay, headed west, we always leave the GIWW shortly after entering Mobile Bay and head N.W. on a direct line to Dog River. The obstruction is on that line about an hour north of the GIWW. The scary part was that we were following our old track on the Cap’n software and we came within 10 yards of it before we saw it sticking out about 6″ above the water!!
Todd & Brenda Lanning
We recently completed a cruise from Punta Gorda, FL to Tennessee aboard our Viking 43 DCMY. We saw something like a stump just outside the west side of the channel and just south of Dog River in Mobile Bay. Anyone interested in fresh info the the cruise up the Gulf Coast, Tenn-Tom and Tennessee River can check out our blog at http://www.persistencetotn.blogspot.com