Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tug boat stuff....what else?

Today was photographically a challenging day.
All I have is this mornings activities as the crew disconnected the tow wire
from the barge
and then got behind the barge
to secure the tug to the barge for pushing in the river.
 This picture illustrates why we just run around in circles at the entrance
to a channel if the wether is too rough.

Can you imagine doing this in 8 ft seas?
 Usually there is at least a wave or two that comes over the side,
but like I said,
it was a challenging day for taking photos.

No drama at all.

After we have disconnected,
we run the tug around to the stern of the barge.

See that big "notch" on the stern?
The Captain slips the bow of the tug into the notch
and then a whole myriad of lines and cables secures us in place.

I'm sure I have posted something along these lines previously,
it was a slow day
somedays, I just got nothin.

But the effort was there.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I sit behind a desk for 10-12 hours a day, at least your view changes :-) This is very interesting for me, thanks for sharing.

Jerral Miles said...

Mark, It may have seemed a photographically challenging day, but you were up to the challenge. I particularly like the photograph that is empty of people, a red deck with lines just waiting for something to be done with them. I can imagine a large print of that picture hanging in a significant place in the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). I'll take you there when you visit San Diego.

Busy Bee Suz said...

A slow day for you, but interesting for us land lubbers. ;) I saw something on the news the other morning about an issue near Galveston/LA…in the gulf of Mexico. (I only half listen to the news) Anyhoo…it made me think of you and your crew. Hope all is well.