Tugboat salvagedJuly 4th, 2013 at 1:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers successfully raised a tugboat that sank in the St. Marys River near Lake Superior early Monday morning. Three vessels were sent to rescue the tug Hammond Bay, including a crane barge, and a derrick barge. Divers dove to the tug, resting in 37 feet of water in the 2,000 foot wide channel. They rigged the vessel and pumped it out to refloat it. The tug was brought to Sault Ste. Marie to refurbish. Initial inspection showed the tug to be structurally sound with no broken windows. The tug was being towed along with three barges and was lost around 3:30 AM Monday. It was unmanned when it broke loose and sank. An initial search to see if the tug was afloat, perhaps against the shore was unsuccessful. The St. Marys River was closed to commercial traffic until the tug was found. Once the tug was located and the area secure, a single line of boat traffic could proceed around the salvage area. The Hammond Bay is used to ferry crew from ship to shore. Pictures courtesy of the Detroit District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Click on the pictures to enlarge.