Life Along the Banks: M/V Capt Paul E Lord
Posted on Nov 4th, 2013
The M/V Capt Paul E Lord pushboat was seen recently traveling down the San Bernard River pushing a barge filled with petrochemicals from the ConocoPhillips Refinery terminal located on the river near Sweeny. The pushboat is part of the Blessy Marine Fleet of towing vessels from Harahan, La. The pushboat, built by A&B Industries of Morgan City, La, is 1,200-hp, 168 ton, measuring 66’ long x 30’ wide. Other pushboats on the San Bernard
Capt. Paul E. Lord breaks a bottle of champagne over the railing of the pushboat during its 2012 christening ceremony.
Christening ceremonies are meant to bring good luck to the new vessel. According to some superstitions, a bottle failing to break could mean bad luck. The Titanic was never christened.