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I won’t tell the time or place I took these fotos, and I will say that I deliberated long and attempted some removal of identifying details before posting them. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.  Seven minutes elapsed between foto 1 and 10.   Both the tug and ship were moving at least five knots during this time.  Although I’ve never attempted this task before, I have found myself in situations where a problem needed to be solved and I lacked the right tools to do the job safely, but got it done anyhow.  I think that’s what’s going on here.  I wonder what you think.

A ship needs assistance.  The location/design of the recessed bitt made it problematic for the deckhand to get a line on.  Deck stands behind bulwark.

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He stands on bulwark and uses a long tool, but

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its design seems not to provide a solution.

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Next, he tried flipping the line in place,

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stretching upward and flipping it several times,

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but to no avail.

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This makes Plan C, which

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appears to involve getting someone out of his bunk.

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From the top of the ladder,

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then line is finally fast.    The tug can now control the ship in the waterway.

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All’s well that ends well, but  . . .  is this the only way?  I’m not looking to assign blame.  I am wondering what alternatives existed for meeting this challenge.

All fotos by will Van Dorp.

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