Captain Luke Moore has steered the Mary Evelyn boat for more than thirty years, going up and down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis-St Paul to New Orleans countless times.
The Mary Ellen pushes numerous barges, tied together. They are called the tow. The boat and its tow move non-stop —
during the day, at night, in the fog, through rain and snow, because of the economic value of the cargo, which must be transported. Satellite/GPS data as well as tremendously powerful headlights aid Captain Moore.
Three time-lapse videos shot by Captain Moore give a unique perspective on the navigational experience of the Mississippi River.
* Mary Evelyn departing Winona MN arriving at Lock 5 April 2022
* Mary Evelyn passing through Clinton IA RR bridge April 2022 https://uofi.box.com/s/jc8rtvnnpy99dwvxn1wfnf220t5bsltu
* Mary Evelyn Lock 15 Rock Island April 2022 https://uofi.box.com/s/5ckwptc2qut1l7ycgxhrabh02cmjt8c0
The density of commercial shipping on the Mississippi River is visible in this shot of the river in the New Orleans area, a testament to the skill of Captain Moore in guiding his valuable cargo.