The Sound of Water Traffic

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services RS284559

We live not too far from the Delaware River, here in Delaware County PA, which is a large tributary that flows into the Delaware Bay and then into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Delaware River is an active river for commerce with ports along its shores in the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The river has a life of its own. Big ships traverse this river at its widest and deepest points, and recreational boating happens at its northern more narrow points.

We usually see big ships on the water when we drive south on Route 95. There are vantage points on the highway close to the water where you can see the river and the large ships and tug boats coming and going from ports in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden NJ.

Other times I become aware of the Delaware River’s activities because of sound. On days like today, when the cloud cover is low, I can hear the moan of a river horn guiding ships on the river. My mind is transported to the river. The low cloud cover, and fog today, seems to force sounds to travel a longer distance below the clouds.

The low moan of a ship’s horn (or small lighthouse) reminds me that not only is traffic happening in the air (from the sound of airplanes landing/taking off in distance), on the ground/roadways (from the sound of local and distant vehicles and trains), but traffic is also happening on the water not too far from where we live in Delaware County.

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Comments (18)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you for taking me there mentally Gloria Todor . I appreciated a link to Google Maps aerial view so I could see it. 

Feb 03, 2022 01:41 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Cloud cover will keep sounds down and allow you to hear the better. Waterway traffic sounds are different and somewhat soothing.

Feb 03, 2022 05:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gloria- I love the sound of water!  When we lived on a canal in Delray Beach, I often heard the mullet as they played or did whatever they do. 

Feb 03, 2022 06:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gloria - your words transport me to the sounds of the river.  Thank you for allowing my mind to travel.  

Feb 04, 2022 04:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I would love to hear that! I spent three months on a training ship with merchant marine cadets and for some reason we were often in fog. That horn often sounded all night long, which wasn't great for sleep but it did have quite a unique sound.

Feb 04, 2022 04:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We live in the hills above Camas and can hear the Little Washougal River most of the year, and see it through the trees. The Mighty Columbia River is about 10 miles from us, but we can hear ship's whistles and fog horns too at times. So cool, isn't it? Thanks for sharing this as it conjures up cool images and sounds of your area. 

Feb 05, 2022 12:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 05, 2022 05:43 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Gloria - very family with all of those sounds on the Delaware River.  I grew up in Bucks County.

Feb 06, 2022 05:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We hear the ocean, and can smell the briny air.  I love the sound of waves....what a beautiful post, glad Kathy Streib shared it on her post. A


Feb 06, 2022 06:54 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Gloria,

Rivers -- the highways of the past & still useful for transporting big loads for low dollars.

Feb 06, 2022 08:29 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Gloria i love the sounds of running water. Living in the desert it's not something we hear often so that is why we have several water fountains on different patios.  Nothing better than having the doors open an hearing the sound of running water!

Feb 06, 2022 03:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gloria loved this post and so glad Kathy Streib  featured it because I would have missed it... speaking of missing I miss our interaction we used to have on the platform, Endre

Feb 06, 2022 11:08 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm for stopping by.  The map was helpful to me also!

Feb 09, 2022 11:04 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Ed Silva yes water sounds can be soothing for sure.

Kathy Streib Living on a canal would be interesting with a lot of traffic too. THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE!  Much appreciated!  Take care.


Feb 09, 2022 11:06 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael Jacobs you are very welcome!  

Kat Palmiotti gosh what a wonderful experience that must have been for you.  Were you a cadet also?  Sounds like some of the training was getting used to sleeping with new, constant sounds.

Feb 09, 2022 11:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I was a civilian onboard and learned a lot! Sometimes we didn't get a lot of sleep, with the cadets clomping up the stairs near our cabin, and the fog horn, and people grabbing stuff from the passageway closet, and the dishes falling out of the mess deck cabinets when the ship rolled too much, and the cook cursing when that happened. Haha. Believe it or not, I'd do it all again.

Feb 10, 2022 04:48 AM
Gloria Todor

Kat Palmiotti What a wonderful adventure!  What part of the world were you traveling?  How big was the vessel you lived on for 3 months? I believe you! I would be very open to such an adventure...but for a shorter period of time.  Thanks for details!

Feb 11, 2022 06:44 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD yes it is cool to hear such sounds.  I bet your views are wonderful!

Grant Schneider yes Bucks County a wonderful part of the Delaware River!  Did you ever see Washington's Christmas re-enactment on the Delaware River?

Feb 09, 2022 11:19 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Ron and Alexandra Seigel the ocean is also full of wonderful sounds and smells.  A good place to live.

So true Dorte Engel .  There are still remnants of a canal further north alongside the Delaware River, talking about the past....

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker fountains do the trick!  Having less water is the trade off for living in such a beautiful location.

Feb 09, 2022 11:23 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Endre Barath, Jr. thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind words.  Hope you are well.

Feb 09, 2022 11:24 AM