Ice . .. white gold for some. Imagine the videos you’ll find at the end of this post. Imagine tugboat Cornell powering through it: two soundtracks being a smooth 16-cylinder engine and stuccato crunching of ice.
A tribulation for others. And like many dangerous things, ice can be beautiful, reminiscent of Thomas Cole.
Through this, your petroleum products must flow, safely. Here Sturgeon Bay cuts a trail for Davis Bay and DBL 28, loaded with 30,000 barrels of home heating oil, but
on a cold day, the ice chunks have already started to re-freeze before the square-fronted barge gets there.
Passing us is Justine McAllister pushing a light Reinauer barge, RTC 120 past the small village of Port Ewen, once home to Sojourner Truth.
Davis Sea‘s path here is flanked by Thunder Bay (port) and Sturgeon Bay (starboard). Each of these 140′ USCG icebreakers has a bubbler system that makes the hull slippery, preventing a “plug” of ice from building up around the hull. When you watch the video on Cornell, notice the plug moving forward in front on DBL 28, impeding progress.
At breaktime yesterday, Davis Sea, having delivered its load to a local oil distributor, comes out of the notch to raft up with Cornell. Elise Ann Conners . .. dates from 1881! Consider that Cornell dates from 1949 and Davis Sea from 1982!
All part of getting your home heating oil to the burner in your basement.
See a tugster video below.
and a video by Harold Tartell below showing progress of Taurus southbound through Poughkeepsie.
Unless otherwise attributed, all fotos by Will Van Dorp.
And a year ago tonight, recall this ice adventure?