|During the last weeks of July this section of the Columbia was dredged. First we noticed the small boat, the Army Corps of Engineers boat “Redlinger” running back and forth about a half mile up and then half mile down river from us throughout several days. Until the dredger showed up, we weren't certain of what the Redlinger was doing. But then it became clear: Redlinger was charting the bottom of the channel in preparation for the dredger, the Bayport.
The Bayport, when actually dredging, moved so slowly it would take about an hour to move up and back the same positions which previously the Redlinger had been traversing every 15 minutes while mapping. When the dredger would push the mud further up into its holding bays, the ship would come to a complete standstill, with groaning and screeching emitting from within the bowels of the ship. After about a week, both the Redlinger and the Bayport had moved further downstream.
Our campground “host” told me that this dredger is just a puny little one which only takes mud from this section of the river and deposits it just a bit further down river in “holes”. He said the BIG dredger will come in the spring and do a really thorough job. That ship will take the silt out to sea rather than just move it down river.
On another day, while watching the Marine Traffic website to see what might be coming up or down river, we saw that a military ship would be going downriver. Not many military ships go by here, so we were interested to see it. We looked up the photos for the ship, the Pacific Collector, and saw that it is a satellite reception ship, configured in varying arrays. So, we weren't precisely sure just what “she” would looked like. But when she arrived, the large golf ball like bubble dome type of receivers rather than the dish receivers were installed.
The last ship photo shows a familiar image in that we all have seen Hanjin containers on trucks, railroad cars, at shipyards and now, on ships. It is amazing how high they stack the containers. You'd think they'd topple over in a rolling sea storm!