Foto(serie) des Monats – April 2002

Aufgenommen am Mississippi [source unknown]:

TUGBOAT Do not try this at home. Remember, this is a professional captain.

Figure 1: The towboat is approaching the bridge with barges loaded with coal.

Figure 2: This frame gives you an idea of how fast the river is running.
Obviously at or near flood stage

Figure 3: Oh CRAP!!! The bridge didn’t open and the boat can’t stop. Notice that the tug
has released the barges. He is backing as hard as possible to try and avoid a collision
with the bridge.

Figure 4: Can’t back down enough against the current.

Figure 5: Uh Oh! The current has swung the boat around sideways.

Figure 6: The cook thinks maybe something isn’t quite right.

Figure 7: The boss is going to be REAL mad!

Figure 8: Uh… Boss? Do we have flood insurance on this boat?

Figure 9: Uh…. Boss? You ain’t gonna believe what we just did!

Figure 10: She’s low, but the flag is still flying.

Figure 11

Figure 12: The wheelhouse door and the door in the second deck are now open. Look
close at the bottom righthand side of the picture and you will see that the bridge
guardrail is underwater.

Figure 13

Figure 14

Figure 15: Look at the water pouring out of the second deck doorway.

Figure 16: The working deck is still underwater, but rising.

Figure 17

Figure 18: Notice anything unusual? Look at the smoke coming from the exhausts.
This thing is running!!!

Figure 19: Notice the propwash at the rear of the tug. The boat is upright and
back under power.

Ho Hum. Just another day on the river.

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