This ain’t your grandfather’s barge…. with modern ships measuring up to 1,200 feet long and 175 feet wide, a ship channel built in the 1800s is struggling to keep up. How do the pilots handle it? Lou Vest sheds some light!
530 feet – (175 feet + 175 feet) = Not a lot of room for error! Lou Vest explains the “Texas Chicken” and how ships fight massive hydrodynamic forces to pass each other on the ship channel.
How do you turn a 1,200-foot ship in a 530-foot channel? Retired Houston Ship Channel Pilot, Lou Vest, explains the procedure! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Houston, we have a ship channel! In the first of our series about the Houston Ship Channel, Lou Vest helps us find some viewing points to enjoy the never-ending flow of ship traffic through the Houston Ship Channel. Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Sponsored by Sage Energy Partners, the Ship Channel Exhibit is the museum’s newest exhibit designed to showcase the Houston Ship Channel and its massive economic impact on the city. We can’t wait to show you the exhibit in person!