At 9:39 a.m., I watched the pilot boat leave, and the tender stay alongside. For the purpose of this photo essay, the thing to notice is that the ship is exactly perpendicular to us. We cannot see the writing on the stern.
At 10:07 a.m., I took another photo, not thinking about it, but you can now see the writing on the stern, as the ship begins to turn with the incoming tide. Even though we're about 10 miles from the mouth of the river, the tide turns a ship around amazingly fast, as you'll see here. I was surprised when I timed it.
10:15 a.m.: I hadn't been thinking about tides, but when I looked out the window above my desk, I saw this dramatic change in the position of the ship, so I went out to take photos. Was it really turning as fast as it seemed? I thought I'd check the times with my camera. The tender is still sitting alongside, and no it is not pushing the ship!
10:16 a.m.: Look at the change in position in the space of about one minute (more or less)!
10:17 a.m.: Two minutes later, the change is again dramatic. I have not moved, it's all the ship's turning.
By 10:19, there is a whole new aspect, and we can see the anchor chain on the downriver side.
Oops! A distraction. Nice seagull! This is a juvenile. It's mostly brown.
Post-seagull, at 10:21 a.m.
By 10:24, the ship was not completely turned, but I decided to go out and look at the river from another location on this beautiful day (see next photo).
Less than a block away along the River Walk, I could see five more ships at various angles. They are upriver from the Laurel Island. The tidal bore and currents are also different in different locations across the width of the river.
10:31 a.m.: The STX Crocus is turning - in the opposite direction from the Laurel Island. I'm about one block further up the river, and the ship is further yet up the river, so my viewpoint and the angle are both a bit different than they were for the Laurel Island.
10:39 a.m.: I haven't moved, but the ship has.
10:43 a.m.: The bow is facing us, and now it's time for me to get back to work.
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