The evolution depicted in the next photos took all of five minutes.  In the photo below, note where James D.‘s wake is.

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Now the tug’s vector is lateral but increasingly astern.

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I’m glad for my sake the sequence happened so quickly because 18 degrees F was killing my fingers.

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Note Brendan around the stern of Erikoussa.

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The bow line here is about to go slack as the tanker makes headway.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who just happened to be passing at this moment.

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