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tugs53

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Sea Stories
« on: January 25, 2011, 21:00:10 »
Good Day All.

I'd like to start a thread containing past and present experiences from our membership.
I know for a fact that there's a vast wealth of interesting and hair-raising tales to be told by you all who have, and still do work at sea, whether on tugs, suppliers, coasters, fishboats, deeps-sea ships, or whatever.

I, for one, love to read this kinda stuff; so let's type a few paragraphs and share some recollections.
It matters not where you are or where your experiences originate because it's all the same job, only a different chart, and different relative conditions.

I'm going to keep poking and prodding, until this thread gets going, so be warned ;) ;)

I'll start if off then, if I may.

 I can recall leaving Port Angeles on the old 'Daring',( a 96' wooden tug with some 900hp and open wheel), with two empty chip barges for Sooke when a wild westerly blew up and we were being pulled backwards at some 3 to 4 knots.
Forcing the tug to cavitate, hence loosing most of the steerage.
It was some very smart thinking on the Master's part by slowly paying out some towline, and re-gaining control, before we wound up in big trouble, or 'aborting' the tow.
 Lot's of heat coming off the winch brake, for sure, and I'm still amazed that the whole winch didn't fly off the back deck  :o

 Those were the days...back in the mid 70's and only 13yrs old  :) :)

It wasn't till later in life when I realized just how bad that situation could have turned out.
The wind can come up mighty fast in Juan de Fuca Strait. From 10 knots to 70 knots in half an hour.

Thanks for listening  
  :D :D
« Last Edit: January 25, 2011, 21:06:42 by tugs53 »
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 06:05:14 »
I like the sound of this thread Mike. As i have never worked at sea the only thing i can add would be on the many crossings from Aberdeen to shetland on the St Clair.

I have a feeling this thread is going to be big.........Tugmaster i think we need more pages. ;D ;D ;D .

Regards Dave.

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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 09:16:38 »
Thanks, Mike. Good stuff. Looking forward to this one.
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011, 14:51:39 »
Hmmmm...well I thought some of our seasoned members would have contributed to this thread......but not to be it seems. :( :(
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2012, 19:45:19 »
I guess i'll throw a sea story in.... 

Summer 2008, aboard the Tug Victory/Barge James L. Kuber, an 815' articulated Tug/Barge on the Great Lakes.  We had a load of limestone on the barge to unload in Fairport, OH.  Fairport is a rather small place for big boats.  A small river that flows into Lake Erie. At the mouth of the river thir are some man made breakwalls to create a harbor.  On the river their are a number of stone recieving docks, a salt loading dock and a USCG station.  The opening in the breakwall for large boats to enter is rather wide, but the channel for them isn't.  Silt from the river often settles there causing shoaling. 

So, we were inbound from the lake going to enter the harbor thru the previously mentioned breakwall opening.  We were in the channel and got to where the bow was maybe a half a boat length from the breakwall opening, and we came to a quick stop and listed to starboard.... on the bottom.  The silt had made a shoal in the channel.  We tried to back off the shoal, worked the stern back and forth pivoting the barge on the point where it was in the mud in an attempt to get her to break loose. slowly the wind started to pick up, on the starboard beam.  Without any luck backing off, it was decided to take the tug out of the notch.  In doing so the wind on the stbd beam pushed the stern of the barge over until it was also pinned against shallow water. Couldn't get the tug around to the port stern as she was drawing almost as much as the barge, too shallow.  The next attempt was to put a line from the stern of the tug to the stbd quarter of the barge and pull.  This was done and the 8000 HP Victory started to pull.  She came away from the shallow area the stern was on, but would not pull off the shoal area the bow of the barge was on. The towline got so hot from the force that the Victory was putting on it that it started on FIRE, melted to the bitts.   With that failure the next idea was to attach the wires from the barge's two stern mooring winches to the tug and pull that way.  This didn't work out either, the tug over powered the winch break and pulled wire off the drum.  With that it was decided to get an assist tug from nearby Cleveland, from the Great Lakes Towing Company.  We put the tug back in the notch and waited for them to arrive.  With help from the assist tug we managed to get off the shoal, thanks to the added horsepower.  Managed to get into Fairport by favoring the stbd side of the channel, thus avoiding the shoaling.

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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2012, 23:08:32 »
Brilliant story. Must have been frightening..... :o

My turn.......Once had a rough trip to the Isle of Man from Liverpool.... :P :P
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 06:56:36 »
Yeah, Barry's heavy wallet caused the yacht to list to one side causing his umbrella drink to spill on his white pants. The steward came rushing up immeadiatly but alas, Barry had ruined his yachting costume. :P :P :P :P
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 07:26:54 »
Now how did you know all that?? :-\ :-\ :-\

Anyone care to finish the story??
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 09:08:09 »
......after hours of genteel persuasion without success Barry's wallet was finally opened, amidst a flurry of moth wings and assorted detritus, by Model Tug Man wielding a 'flippin' big axe (chopper).....and the drinks round was thereby paid in full.
As darkness approached Barry retired to his cabin and nothing more was heard from him, except the occasional bouts of hysterical sobbing, until the dinner gong rang for the following evening dinner. He appeared looking in dire need of a decent nights sleep as apparently he had been kept awake all night and morning 'counting his loss'.
However it was not long before he started to show signs of his former self and he managed to clear the fourteen course meal in record time and reclaimed his favourite seat at the corner of the Bar..........

Please carry on with the next 'chapter'....


Jim
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2012, 09:44:18 »
What did Mersey Dave say about "needing more pages"?

Sorry Barry. Awaiting flurry of yellow cards.

MTM.
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2012, 10:43:03 »
Yellow cards.....Nah....just a good laugh......but I would like to know how this story ends.....Jim put us in real suspense.. :-\
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2012, 10:36:17 »
When the vessel returned to shore Barry, aka "James", was questioned on the dock about the size and weight of his wallet. The customs officials were able to determine that VAT was due for bringing something that large and heavy into the country. Barry,  aka "James" is still crying over the loss.

Send the yellow card, "James".
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2012, 23:03:39 »
Yellow card on it's way.....Not for the insulting behaviour, but because the ending was simply c**p!!!! :P :P :P
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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2013, 23:57:17 »
That was such a good progression. Why did it just end like that?

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Re: Sea Stories
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013, 00:12:24 »
.....Cos someone nicked my wallet!!!! :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
Barry