Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Makin tow

I don't know why we say "makin tow."
We could say, putting the barge on the tow cable,
making up on the tow wire,
but we say
makin tow.

Anyway, that's what we do any time we go offshore,
unlike when we're in the river when we "push" our barge,
as we say it, "gettin in the notch."
But that's another post.

Here's an anatomy of makin tow.

 I caught Gary and Stan in deep conversation
as we came alongside their barge.

Step one.
The barge guys send us a heaving line.

Stan tells us to start pulling on the pennant wire.

The pennant wire is connected to our tow cable.

My oiler Brad, and the deckhand Chuck,
fight to connect the two.

Once everything is connected
we payout cable to get it over the side.

And then we scoot down the side of the barge
paying out cable as we go.

More and more cable gets let out
until the barge is about 1000 ft behind us before we start to tow.

This guy seemed to be saying,
"Hurry up already!"

Then off we went passing this rig along the way.

And that's all I'm gonna say about that.


Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I've only seen 'push' and I wasn't aware that the barge is 1000' away, seems far to me, but I'm sure there's good reason. The view and clouds in that last photo are amazing.

Jerral Miles said...

I guess I'm not ready to sign on to do a job, but I definitely know more than I did before your---I was going to say lesson--- but it's more of visual and verbal poem. Thanks for it.

Cindy said...

Your pics make me reminisce my time in the Navy. The last photo is lovely.

Marilyn said...

Fascinating to see a bit of what you experience.

dcpeg said...

I'm with Marilyn -- that's fascinating! I'm learning so much from your posts, Mark.

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