No, not on the road, on the intercoastal canal………..
The beginning of the tale…
A person who lived in or around
Originally equipped with a 670 diesel, this owner replaced it with a gas powered Chevy 350.
He retired and decided to take his boat, wife and there three cats to
Short of cash, he sold the boat to a broker, who sold it to a person in
Enter my part in this hitchhiking trip.
The boat was purchased when it was docked in
Day one of moving it to the yard in Engleside Texas , we spent the night in La Porte, every time a ship would pass by in the Houston ship channel the tide would rise about 2’ over the piers, and then go down leaving all kinds of feces, toilet paper ect. All of that laying on top the piers in the boatyard.
This was about 1974; the
Bright and early the next morning we towed it from the marina out in the ship channel with a 16’ 50 hp outboard. (Understand the boat was 42’, with a 12’ beam and drafted 3 ½ ‘)
The first night we spent just off shore from a refinery in
One of the strangest things I saw, or maybe these surfers were just dedicated, was that there were 3 or 4 of them, in the
Anyway the second push boat took us all the way to the swing bridge at Sergeant, but……going thru the locks at the
While we where anchored at Sergeant, the current changed and started to turn the boat, so I went to reset the bow line, a 12" passage by the cabin with rotten wood took care of almost half the skin on my foot. My shipmates flagged down a pleasure fisherman, got a ride to shore and went to the store in Sergeant, they bought first aid stuff, a hamburger and a 6 pack of Bud, hot food and cold beer fixes everything..
The guys also went to the swing bridge operators office?, cubicle? Whatever, and heard that the Margo Kelso was coming thru.
One of my shipmates was a commercial diver who had removed a wire rope that was wrapped in the Margo Kelso’s wheel previously, so he knew them. The bridge operator let him talk to them and, believe this or not, they came thru the swing bridge, dropped there barges, and came back and picked us up.
Good Lord oh mercy, a nice push boat, with air conditioning and a shower!!!!!, and as far as I am concerned some of the best spaghetti I ever ate
They took us all the way to the entrance to the Victoria barge cannel, radioed to get us another ride all the way to the bridge over Copano bay where a boat from the Engleside boat yard picked us up. Solid ground at last, then of course followed 3 months of scraping, re-caulking, painting and cleaning out the nastiest bilge that you can imagine (the previous owners 3 cats remember).
A 5 day trip, hitchhiking, eating cold
After all was said and done, the boat was a lemon, installed a 470 diesel and it vibrated like hell, had the shaft turned, still vibrated, it turned out that the packing box was warped.
We ended up selling it to a commercial fisherman, so as far as I know, it is still in the Rockport area.