this closer-up of the foto above shows half the bridge won’t lift. Research aborted, and I was really hoping to show the tow breaking its way up the Hutch through ice. The fuel load eventually –and very eventually–has to get delivered elsewhere. For outatowners, the background is the Bronx.
Now it’s February 3, 10:52. The fuel has been transferred into the tanks on shore, and the crew waits for sufficient water to return to the creek for egress.
11:01. Note how little water shows on the right side of the barge.
11:43. While waiting for the flood, here’s a view of the engine room.
1:43. Still waiting.
2:26. There’s now adequate water for the towboat to squeeze alongside the barge to make up to the “bow” of the barge.
2:27. Diane B pivots in her length and the crew makes up to the “bow.”
2:45. As they finish making up, I run ahead to the nearest bridge for the best fotos as they “thread the needle” back out to wider water. Let’s call this bridge #1.
2:47. Truly this is contact sport . . . without the contact and without the sport. Actually, it’s hard work. Notice the barge cutting through the ice here.
3:10, and I’ve driven my car a half dozen miles to get to bridge #4. Notice #3 and #2 open. And if you squint, you can see Diane B‘s upper wheelhouse passing through bridge #2.
3:13 finds the tow about to pivot 90 degrees to port to clear the Amtrak Bridge, aka bridge #3.
3:17. After fitting through #3, the tow immediately needs to line up for #4.
3:18. Lining up may take a pulse, a snort of the engines.
Once through #4, it’s not as if the channel runs straight.
3:27. The tow heads through Eastchester Bay for the East River. Throgs Neck Bridge is NOT a lift bridge. If I’m counting right, the tow passes under another 11 bridges before reloading on the Arthur Kill.
Thanks to American Petroleum & Transport and the crew of Diane B for helping with this story. Thanks to Professional Mariner for printing my story and pictures. Consider subscribing.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who places them online because I like the cheap big format afforded by electronic media.