Two ships—One of the Bolivar Ferry boats and the other a big Carnival Cruise ship—passing each other yesterday in the Galveston Ship Channel.
Ships can pass in the day as well as in the night.
I’ve got a busy day ahead.
So please allow me the escape hatch of telling you that this brief entry is all I have time for today at the blog.
The escape hatch is from one of the Bolivar ferry boats that travel from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula.
I’ll be back on-board tomorrow with all the blogging action you’ve come to expect.
Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.
These are two soda vending machines at the Bolivar Ferry terminal in Galveston, Texas.
I was not certain if they were caged in to prevent people from busting them open and taking the money, or to prevent the machines themselves from being stolen.
It did appear there was enough room through the bars to stick you arm in and buy a drink.
The Bolivar Ferry is a free service of the Texas Department of Transportation that somehow escapes Tea Party/Republican Party accusations of being a socialist front.
In the case of these machines, it seems a concern is that people might steal from government rather than the often heard lament that government is ripping off the people.
There Is No Oil In Galveston Or Anywhere On The Texas Coast And You Can Visit These Places—-Tell Them A Texas Liberal Sent You
Is there any oil from the Gulf of Mexico/BP oil spill and disaster in Galveston, Texas or at any Texas beaches?
There is no oil in Galveston as of the evening of Thursday, June 24, and there is not expected to be any over the upcoming weekend.
Please do not cancel your trip to a Texas beach because of the oil spill. There has not yet been any report of oil on a Texas beach and no such report is expected at this time.
Please know that I’m an Obama voter who wants America to move to the left.
I care about the people who work in tourist -related jobs on the Texas coast and I care about small business people on the Texas coast.
Visit the Texas coast this weekend and tell folks that a Texas liberal sent you.
When I woke up this morning, I thought I’d be catching a plane to Cincinnati. However, my flight has been delayed a day due to snow in Cincinnati.
Having a vacation day in front of me but with no plane trip to take, I’ve driven 50 miles south to Galveston.
In the picture you see the wake of a big ship. I took this picture from the Bolivar Ferry. The Bolivar Ferry runs between Galveston Island and Bolivar Pennisula.
Sometimes things work out well even when what you had planned must be changed.
Above is a ship called the Sanko Bright. This ship is registered to Singapore.
This picture was taken in Galveston Bay last week from the Bolivar Ferry.
The Coast Guard put out a press release involving this ship back in 2007—The Coast Guard medevaced a crewman from an oil tanker in the Galveston Fairway anchorage off Galveston, Texas, this morning. A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call for assistance at 6 a.m. from the captain of the Sanko Bright, a 783-foot oil tanker, reporting one of his crewmembers was having difficulty breathing and his face was swelling. The Coast Guard patrol boat Skipjack was diverted from patrol to medevac the man. The boat arrived on scene at 7:19 a.m. and crewmembers went aboard the tanker to assess the man. The Skipjack transported him to the Coast Guard base in Galveston, where awaiting emergency medical personnel transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch, also in Galveston.
I hope the crewman was okay.
Though the ship is supposed to be from Singapore, it is owned by a Japanese company—The Sanko Steamship Company.
A book I read about global shipping is The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche. The book talks about ships with poor safety records and about tax avoidance and poor regulation at sea. Here is a review of this book from The National Sea Grant Law Center.
It is fun to see big ships in the ocean, though I do feel they should all be regulated and that the people who own the ships should pay all taxes due.
This is why I am hoping to be appointed Czar of the World’s Oceans by the United Nations. I will keep my readers up to date on my quest for this title.