Radio traffic on the river usually starts on VHF Channel 13. If more than a quick comment or instruction is needed the parties switch to another channel. The tugs all have names and they're used without exception. Pleasure craft are referred to as just that, usually in a thick Cajun accent-Play jure craaft. “No tug captain or lock master will ever allow the name of a pleasure craft to cross his lips (I never heard a female voice on the Illinois, Mississippi or Ohio Rivers unless from a pleasure craft). You soon learn to modify your radio traffic accordingly. “City of Nashville (tug name) this is pleasure craft, how do you want to pass?”
12/6/2022 11:19:01 pm
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We're Steve and Libbey from Whitefield, Maine. We're launching this blog as we start our attempted circumnavigation of America's Great Loop in August 2015. We'll be traveling living aboard our 24' Maine lobster style boat the Laughing Gull