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2009-05-07 17:56:45
I harbored strong suspicions that this was a WW1 concrete ship. Thanks Patito for the information. Read "Song Of The Sirens" by Ernest K Gann. I consider myself the chairman of the Lower Columbia River Chapter of the "International Dock Committee".
2009-05-07 12:24:43
Yep..we're "in the neighborhood"...at least until the real estate market recovers enough for us to sell our house and move somewhere above the storm surge line...the Galveston-Boliver ferry is operated by the Texas Highway Department and is free in the sense that roads and bridges for which no toll is required are free..of course they are maintained at taxpayer expense, and we get a damn good deal for our money..Texas hiways are among the best and safest in the world...I realize that in the ideal world imagined by the Ayn Randian-Objectivists there would be no taxes at all, and everything would be privately owned and operated for profit..there would be NO public anything..no public schools or libraries or highways or bridges or public health facilities or public parks ...no police or fire protection if you couldn't afford 'em....that's why Ayn Rand is generally considered a crank and a crack-pot, and why Objectivism is considered an utterly un-realistic, totally impractical, lunatic-fringe political and economic philosophy...
2009-05-07 08:34:44
"That's a free ferry, by the way" You mean the taxpayers pay for it.
2009-05-07 06:30:10
Patito... Sounds like you live in the neighborhood! God Bless Texas!
2008-11-17 17:33:40
The Selma, launched at Mobile, Alabama, in 1919, was one of several ships built from concrete during the last years of the First World War. She hit a jetty down at Tampico and cracked her hull, so was sent to Galveston to be repaired. The boys at the Galveston shipyards had no idea how to fix her ( one of the reasons folks quit making ships our of concrete ), so she was run aground near Pelican Island, on the west side of Boliver Roads, where she still lies today. An old guy lived on here for several years back in the 30's and 40's....he had a little garden, some chickens, and a milk goat. You can see her from the ferry that runs between Galveston and Boliver. That's a free ferry, by the way, and a nice ride, but there isn't much to see on Boliver anymore except piles of lumber that used to be peoples' houses.