Shipping season begins at Calcite

The Cason J. Callaway, in operation since 1952, is one of the first to leave the Port of Calcite with a load this month. Here, her crew backs the great ship out of the slip.

Loads are a little lighter since the water level is a foot-and-a-half shallower than a year ago, according to Carmeuse Lime & Stone operations manager Ray LeClair.

“They are being a little more cautious, and not getting loaded to where they were last year,” said LeClair. The first freighter of the season was American Mariner on April 5.

This photo was taken from Harbor View, which is officially open for the season to visitors. (Photo by Peter Jakey)