Follow us 7,000 miles around the Great Loop as we depart Chicago and take you to see 20+ states, three countries, two Canadian Providences and some of the most scenic portions of the Eastern US … all from the deck of a 50′ vintage wooden Chris Craft. http://www.lifeofacaptain.com There are several different links to follow us on the starboard sidebar of the website. #MissMarianne #chriscraft #classic_boats #woodyboater #woodyboater #classictoys #greatloop
Great Loop Boating Safety Provisions on #MissMarianne – Ditch Box, First Aid Kit, Defibulator, Flir, Underwater Sonar, Radar, Life Raft, EPIRB, AIS, HD Garmin Charts
OMG!!! 9 days and we are leaving for the great loop trip and Albert decides to rewire the boat. Better get this cleaned up before I get there!! (he’s saying they will be done with the mess tomorrow) #missmarianne. – – – – – – – per Albert:: “Started our a/c panel replacement . Also ridding all the two wire in the boat so everything will be properly bonded and all in one location. Also new transfer switch, shore power breakers and galvanic isolation. First day we traced every circuit and did load analysis and labeled all if he and referred to the original electrical print we have with the boat.”
T – 2.5 days till Great Loop trip departure and ….. he’s still rewiring the boat??? No heat, no hot water, but running the refrigerator off an extension cord to the dock. Guess I should have Amazon or Instacart deliver groceries? http://www.lifeofacapt
Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Monday, October 23, 2017
This is getting really serious!!! This boat is getting hauled out for a survey TOMORROW! Rewiring project wrapping up, but no juice yet… and in 56 hours she departs Chicago heading to Florida??? And did I mention that I don’t do cold weather!!!!!
Dropping off lunch today and I ran into #MissMarianne! Good luck on your 7000 mile journey around the world Albert Bartkus Cindy Chebultz
10/26 – Departing Burnham Harbor – 7,000 miles to go on the Great Loop Adventure #missmarianne
My office this morning #MissMarianne #ChrisCraft #Woodyboater #chicago #classicboat #yachtlife
Leaving Chicago – Great Loop travels
Reversing the flow
During the last ice age, the area that became Chicago was covered by Lake Chicago, which drained south into the Mississippi Valley. As the ice and water retreated, a short 12-to-14-foot (3.7 to 4.3 m) ridge was exposed about a mile inland, which generally separated the Great Lakes’ watershed from the Mississippi Valley, except in times of heavy precipitation or when winter ice flows prevented drainage. By the time Europeans arrived, the Chicago River flowed sluggishly into Lake Michigan from Chicago’s flat plain. As Chicago grew, this allowed sewage and other pollution into the clean-water source for the city, contributing to several public health problems, like typhoid fever. Starting in 1848, much of the Chicago River’s flow was also diverted across the Chicago Portage into the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In 1871, the old canal was deepened in an attempt to completely reverse the river’s flow but the reversal of the river only lasted one season.
Finally, in 1900, the Sanitary District of Chicago, then headed by William Boldenweck, completely reversed the flow of the Main Stem and South Branch of the river using a series of canal locks, increasing the river’s flow from Lake Michigan and causing it to empty into the newly completed Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. In 1999, this system was named a “Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Before this time, the Chicago River was known by many local residents of Chicago as “the stinking river” because of the massive amounts of sewage and pollution that poured into the river from Chicago’s booming industrial economy.
Through the 1980s, the river was quite dirty and often filled with garbage; however, during the 1990s, it underwent extensive cleaning as part of an effort at beautification by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
In 2005, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign created a three-dimensional, hydrodynamic simulation of the Chicago River, which suggested that density currents are the cause of an observed bi-directional wintertime flow in the river. At the surface, the river flows east to west, away from Lake Michigan, as expected. But deep below, near the riverbed, water seasonally travels west to east, toward the lake.
All outflows from the Great Lakes Basin are regulated by the joint U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Commission, and the outflow through the Chicago River is set under a U.S. Supreme Court decision (1967, modified 1980 and 1997). The city of Chicago is allowed to remove 3,200 cubic feet per second (91 m3/s) of water from the Great Lakes system; about half of this, 1 billion US gallons per day (44 m3/s), is sent down the Chicago River, while the rest is used for drinking water. In late 2005, the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes proposed re-separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to address such ecological concerns as the spread of invasive species.
Thanks to a follower for getting some video of us at the O’brien locks just outside of Chicago. We got our boat wifi set up last night so we can post as we go and I’ll get caught up on the blog with the first couple days posts … stay tuned. http://www.lifeofacapt
Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Sunday, October 29, 2017
Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) is the only known continuous connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins and poses the greatest potential risk for the transfer of aquatic nuisance species.
The Electric Barriers are located near Romeoville, Ill., in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) within the CAWS. The CSSC is a man-made hydrologic connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins that was completed in the early 20th century to address sanitation and flooding. Construction of the CSSC allowed the reversal of the flow direction in the Chicago River and accommodated increased shipping.
The Electric Barriers are operated to deter the inter-basin establishment of Asian carp and other fish via the CSSC by maintaining an electric field in the water. The barriers are one control technology in a broad interagency Asian carp prevention effort. They are formed of steel electrodes that are secured to the bottom of the CSSC. The electrodes are connected to a raceway, consisting of electrical connections to a control building. Equipment in the control building generates direct current (DC) pulses through the electrodes, creating an electric field in the water that discourages fish from crossing. Laboratory and tagged-fish study results show that the electric barriers are an effective fish deterrent.
The old and the new #chriscraft #greatloop #MissMarianne
Brandon Road Lock and Dam