Day at Sea and Navigating up the Huang Pu River to Shanghai

After leaving Incheon, we have a day at sea while making our way to Shanghai. It is quiet and relaxing and we reflect on our dinner with the Captian of the ship. He is from a small village in Italy which is where St. Nicholas is buried. I had told him that we visited his village while on this ship during a cruise two years ago. He said that he has known since the age of 14 that he wanted to be a ship’s capitan. He told us a harrowing story of being on a cruise ship when the ship was hit by a 75 foot wave in the Mediterrian Sea. The wave was caused by the winds out of Africa known as the Mistrals. He said there were many sea sick folks on that voyage. It is good that we have such an experienced captian. The next morning finds us at the mouth of the Huang Pu River ( Yellow River ). We begin our 40 mile trip us the river to the port of Shanghai. This is the largest port in the world. Until recently, Singapore has been the largest port we have visited, but nothing compares to this. Thousands of ocean going cargo ships, barges, taxi boats, pilot ships, military and coast guard ships, tug boats, and one lone sail boat clog the water way leading up to Shanghai. The river is on average only about 400 yards wide and the ships are going up and down river 3 and 4 abreast. The capitan had explained how he hated it when the tug boats bang into his ship and dent the sides. He has no choice however due to the cogestion. Our ship is to tow tugs one fore and one aft. The river is not very deep so ships like our have to time their transit up and down with the changing tides. We will will later learn that not only tides can affect our transit on the river. It takes over2 exciting hours to get to our dock. I have never experienced large ships manuvering so close to each other.