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Hurricane Isaac

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Thank you so much for checking on us and praying for us. Isaac was not nearly as mean to us as Katrina was, and for that we are most thankful. So many were not as fortunate, though, and have had outrageous flooding. Waters are STILL rising and there continue to be new emergency evacuation orders put in place as dams, levees, and locks are stressed -beyond their limits from the incredible rainfall. Please continue to pray for those who have lost their homes and have such horrendous damage to their homes.

One of my dear SparkSisters, Dorothy, asked about my husband, Bill's, ship and his company's other ships and how they handle hurricanes. If possible, they head away, in this case, to Galveston from Port Fourchon, Louisiana. All 200 or so ships fled in front of Isaac, as they did with Katrina. If they cannot safely get the fleet out, they lash the ships together with huge ropes (three double lines up to four inches in diameter). The largest ships (280 feed long) tie up broadside to the dock, then a smaller one and a smaller one, up to four in a row (Bill's is 190 feet long, a crew and supply ship).

Bill (CaptainCookie) dug up these photos so Dorothy and her husband cn see what we're trying to explain, so I figured I'd share them with you, as well!

On the far right you can see the size of the ropes that attach the biggest ships to the dock.

This is a great shot of the knots that hold the whole thing together. Awesome, isn't it?!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BEESPARKLE 9/12/2012 4:25PM

    Thank you for your explanation of the ships. Nice your hubby dug that out for all.

Our one friend sort of a distant relative by marriage is a Captain also. Captain Andy.

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BEESPARKLE 9/12/2012 4:23PM

    I was praying for you also. Glad your fine.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/7/2012 12:04AM

    Missy, I am so very glad to learn that you, Bill and the family survived that horrible storm with little to no damage this time. When I heard it was heading for New Orleans, I was so worried about you, and all the others in your area.

The photos are wonderful! Thank you (and Bill too, of course!) for sharing them. I had no idea that this is what the sea farers have to go through to try and keep their vessels safe, but what a clever plan.

Thank heavens you are all okay!!!

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SUSAN134 9/6/2012 9:19PM

    So thankful that Hurricane Issac did no damage to your house and also to Bill's boat(s). Thank you for posting the pics, what an amazing setup!


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ROZEEROZ1 9/4/2012 11:13PM

    Missy, I copied your memo about the ships and forwarded on to a family member. This is what he said:

Thanks for forwarding the memo. it's interesting…Bob

DH & I enjoyed. Haven't seen others to share.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/4/2012 7:50PM

    Cool pictures. So glad you came through everything fine. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/3/2012 12:33AM

    O! I'm so thankful y'all are safe as y'all've been in my prayers. *hugs* Amazing the brilliance of man~ and so thankful Bill and their fleet are safe, too. Will pray for those dear souls who've lost so much. *hugs* BB~

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PEPPERLEAH 9/2/2012 9:09PM

    These pictures are awesome! It makes it so much easier to understand when you can see it. Thank you for posting these!


Love you!

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IMAVISION 9/2/2012 6:31PM

    I am thankful to our Abba that y'all are safe, sweet Missy.

emoticon for answering our Dorothy's question here, so we could learn something new & share in a very small way part of your CaptainCookie's work-a-day world. I am totally impressed with the whole process.

I am going to copy & paste your Blog to our #3 Grandson (11-yr-old), who will be properly impressed, also.

God bless you, Missy!


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PATRISNA 9/2/2012 3:19PM

Glad you & Bill made it through okay. We missed the bullet this time. I am so happy my family and friends in LA. made it through. I feel so bad for all the people who have had such a terrible time.


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SADIEDOLORES 9/2/2012 10:03AM

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PURPLELVR7 9/2/2012 9:21AM

    glad you are fine, praying for others
thanks for sharing the pictures

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 9/2/2012 8:55AM

    thanks for sharing, I wondered what happened to ships in hurricanes

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/2/2012 8:21AM

    Thanks for sharing these great pictures and your blog with us. AWESOME!!! I am just very glad to know that the Lord continues to bless you even with the large amounts of rain. Praying for your safety and the safety of all in the paths of the rains from Isaac. Please thank Bill for the pictures also. You guys are GREAT!!!
May God continue to bless everyone and fulfill their needs as He knows them. I, honestly, can not begin to imagine all the rains that you get from these storms. But God knows that I am a good prayer warrior and this I will continue to do for you and all who are in need.
Continued blessings, love and hugs,

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/2/2012 3:19AM

    SO glad you're okay - still praying for those less fortunate. What incredible pictures! Thinking of you always.

Love, Leah


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FERGSGIRL2 9/2/2012 1:00AM

    Thanks for sharing the info and for the pictures. I have a friend who lost his home and church due to Hurricane Isaac. Evacuated to TX, and most likely will not be going home. I have been praying for all of you in LA. Even though a lot of people did not lose everything they owned, everyone will be affected in some way.

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/2/2012 12:25AM


Glad you are safe! My sister lives in LaPlace and she and the family are ok, but her house did have 2 feet water damaged inside. She is thankful that it wasn't any worse. Continued Prayers to all of the people in the Area.
Mary Ann

That is so awesome about how the boats are tied together!

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JUNA89 9/2/2012 12:15AM

    Still praying for ya!! emoticon

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SLS-NY2IN 9/1/2012 11:44PM

    Thank you for us way -in land lubbers who have no idea of what ships do in hurricane.
We are getting some of the rain here in IN. more on way tomorrow. We are praying for those hit by storms.

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VISUALLYRICS 9/1/2012 11:31PM

    Awesome pics ..thank you for sharing.. Wow! Now that's a knot!

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GINGER_BEAR 9/1/2012 11:11PM

    Continued prayer for those whose are suffering from the storm. God bless them all. Awesome pictures of the ships.Glad the crews stayed safe. emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/1/2012 11:08PM

    I am so glad you are ok!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIDMIS 9/1/2012 10:46PM

    I am so glad it wasn't as bad as Katrina. Praise God.

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ROZEEROZ1 9/1/2012 10:43PM

    Thanks - we love the pics. The knots are awesome. What a neat idea of keeping boats safe at shore.

Missy - 200 ships is a lot of ships to look after. It sounds like a huge task to do and needs loads of organization to get the job done well. Even getting the ships out of harbor into safety of another. Are there other shipping companies as well?

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SUCCESSN2015 9/1/2012 10:36PM


My late husband was in the Navy and the ships did the same thing (went out to sea) when there were bad storms. I'm glad to hear your safe and sound.

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IUHRYTR 9/1/2012 10:35PM

    Very interesting but also sad that you all have to go through this again. The pictures of flooding, anywhere, causes my heart to break as I see what people go through and I try to imagine water up to my house's roof and what an ordeal it would be to recover from that. -- Lou

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TINKERBELL200 9/1/2012 10:28PM

    Thanks for sharing Missy! That is awesome!

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RONNIEHUEY 9/1/2012 10:24PM

    Love the pictures

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