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Tomorrow–Columbus Day–I’m launching a new blog called Henry’s Obsession. Henry refers to Mr Hudson, and obsess he did!. For the next year or so, bowsprite and I will use research and imagination to get inside the head of the first European to travel up the river that bears his name. We plan to post twice a month, or “halfmoonthly.” Shouldn’t we celebrate a Hudson Day in September rather than a Columbus Day in October?
Take one container vessel —Saudi Tabuk– northbound in the Buttermilk against an ebbing tide and heading for sea. Bring on Moran tugs Cape Cod (portside of Tabuk) and Katherine Turecamo.
As they approach the Brooklyn Bridge, Cape Cod drops back to Tabuk‘s stern
Katherine no doubts shoves the bow toward Manhattan and Cape Cod presses the stern to Brooklyn.
Plan continues until the ebb tide assists Katherine, and Tabuk rotates counterclockwise.
The ebb is unstoppable,
pivots her 814 feet quite dramatically
leaving no room for error.
Soon Tabuk has steering
outbound toward the Narrows and
bound for the Red Sea
but not for Tabuk, an inland desert city.