Tugboat salvaged

July 4th, 2013 at 1:41 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

tugboat 1   tugboat 2  tugboat 3On 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.

5 Responses to “Tugboat salvaged”

  1. Neal says:

    Looks like a scene from a Clive Cussler novel…

  2. Jack says:

    FIRST! Very Interesting BILL !! I wonder if That Tug was Named THEODORE??? Lol… Remember This Any One ?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zNkzWWCT9I. ;-)

  3. AlleganJoe says:

    FIRST!!… the 2nd. pic. reminds me of the Monitor..a Union Ironclad Warship. Glad they raised that Tugboat. :)

  4. AlleganJoe says:

    I thought to myself–I will type First and then send in my comment and someone else beat me to it…LOL..bummer. I thought of it first…lol :)

    1. Jack says:

      Just Little OLE ME, Allegan Joe…Lol. Stay Cued, and Happy 4th of July !!!! To YOU… Joe !!! ;-)

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