TWO BARGES TO NORFOLK
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Tug mate, Marsha Coates mentioned that they were leaving from the Bayou Chene. The only reference I found to that was the area outlined in image right. so I added this for interest.

Tug Elsbeth III
Churns the muddy Atchafalaya River - pushing 2 barges
Bound for NORFOLK, Virginia.





They made good time because the barges were small
and they were running with the Gulf stream Current.



Bayou Chene, which translates to Oak Bayou, is more or less a ghost town today but once was a vibrant, economically prosperous settlement deep in the Atchafalaya Basin. Located about 20 miles west of Bayou Sorrel in St. Martin Parish, the small unincorporated community could only be reached by boat.

Settlers had a church, school, merchandise store and post office all located on the bayou. Inhabitants were swampers, lumberjacks, trappers, farmers, fisherman and moss pickers.
When they raised sugarcane, they had about 25 small sugar mills where everything was done by horse and boat.

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a spillway to reroute floodwaters from the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya River, it forced most of the residents to leave. There wasn't anything left for the people, the swamp was gone and the fishing went bad.

Read more at: "Bayou Chene Reunion" and "The Antique Putt-Putt Boat."


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