Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Grand Harbor Marina to Joe Wheeler State Park

27 September 2016 - Our stay at Grand Harbor was a very pleasant experience.  The weather was starting to have a little hint of Fall in the air and we found ourselves looking for our polar-tek jackets on the morning of our departure.  Visiting Shiloh Civil War Battlefield peaked my interest in researching that battle.  The marina personnel were very hospitable we enjoyed sitting on the dock in the swinging benches lined against the river side of the dock.  We met some fellow Loopers who were planning on heading up the Tennessee River to Chattanooga TN before coming back for the Fall Loopers convention at Joe Wheeler SP in October.

After we spent a couple of days exploring the area we were ready to set sail for Joe Wheeler.  Meg and I made a point to tell the pirate ship captain how much we appreciated them letting us tag along up the Tenn-Tom with them and wished them a safe journey to their final destination on the Great Lakes.  We were familiar with Joe Wheeler marina since we had stayed there a year ago at the previous Looper's Convention. There would be two more locks to transit on our way to Joe Wheeler, Wilson and Joe Wheeler L&D.

That's the news and here's the views:

Route From Grand Harbor Marina to Joe Wheeler SP

Wilson: Facts + Figures

  • Construction of Wilson Dam began in 1918 and was completed in 1924.
  • The dam is 137 feet high and stretches 4,541 feet across the Tennessee River.
  • Wilson Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has 21 generating units with a net dependable capacity of 663 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
  • Wilson is the largest conventional hydroelectric facility in the TVA system. Only Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant near Chattanooga can generate more hydroelectric power.          
  • Wilson Reservoir provides 166 miles of shoreline and 15,500 acres of water surface for recreation.         
  • The main lock at Wilson is 110-by-600 feet. With a maximum lift of 100 feet, it is the highest single lift lock east of the Rockies. An auxiliary lock has two 60-by 300-foot chambers that operate in tandem.
  • On average, 3,700 vessels pass through Wilson's locks each year.  
  • Wilson has a flood-storage capacity of 50,500 acre-feet.

Deep Water Ship heading down the Tennessee for the Mississippi and into the Gulf

1 comment:

  1. El and I are on the feed burner and looking forward to the journey with you.