Monday, January 25, 2021

THE FISHING BOAT RESCUE WORKED AND IT IS UPRIGHT AGAIN

Well if you read my Sunday post you will already know where Pheebs and I headed this morning.  Yes, at 9:15 we were down at the Bayfield harbor.  The partially submerged fishing boat tied to the wharf in the Bayfield River was still there and I suspect more than ever that its starboard (right) side was resting on the river bottom.  I could see a small cluster of men with one of them breaking the ice around the stern with a pole.  No sign of any heavy equipment on scene.  Pheebs and I continued our short Jeep ride around Bayfield before heading home again.  Figured I'd come back and check on the fishing boat progress later.

 THE FISHING BOAT HADN'T BUDGED
 A WORKER BREAKS ICE AROUND THE STERN
 THE FELLOW ON THE LEFT HOLDS AN AIR HOSE TO A DIVER UNDERNEATH  THE WATER INSPECTING THE BOAT
Back to the Bayfield Harbor at 11:30, I noticed they had a diver in the water around the stern section.  Two fellas in a rowboat were at the bow trying to get a deck hatch open with an axe and a crowbar.  They did get it open.

 WITH AN AXE AND CROWBAR THIS FELLA PRIED OPEN THAT FRONT DECK HATCH
1:30 p.m. it was back down to the harbor.  Diver was out of the water and I saw 3 large green industrial diesel water pump machines sitting on the dock ready to go.  The fishing boat was still tipped to it's right side.

 QUITE A CREW OF WORKERS ASSEMBLED FOR THE JOB OF RE-FLOATING THE FISHING BOAT
 ONE OF THREE LARGE DIESEL POWERED WATER PUMPS
 I THINK THE BOYS ARE HATCHING A PLAN
3:30 p.m.  Back down to the harbor.  Two big mobile cranes had been brought in with one ahead of the boat and one behind.  Took them a while to get the rear crane positioned but soon the lift was slowly underway.

 TWO CRANES ON SITE AND THE ONE AT LEFT IS JUST BACKING INTO POSITION
 TALKING OVER THE COMING LIFT PROCEDURE

 THE CRANES ARE FINALLY READY TO START THE LIFT
One of the big water pumps began pumping water out of the boat and it was 4:40 p.m. when the cranes slowly began their lift.  Immediately I could see movement around the frozen water line of the boat as it began to inch its way back up to a steadier keel.  
 WATER BEING PUMPED OUT OF THE BOATS' INTERIOR WHILE IT'S BEING RIGHTED
 SLOWLY THE STARBOARD SIDE BEGINS TO RISE AND I CAN SEE A COUPLE WINDOWS
 ALL WHEELHOUSE WINDOWS ARE NOW VISIBLE
 FIVE WINDOWS IN THE HULL ARE NOW VISIBLE
 THIS IS THE LAST PHOTO I TOOK BEFORE HEADING HOME AND I IMAGINE BY NOW THEY HAVE THE BOAT ON AN EVEN KEEL
Daylight was fading and the cranes had momentarily stopped the lift.  Don't know what their next step is but I will be anxious to see how they are making out tomorrow when Kelly, Pheebs, and I get back from London's University Hospital.  Kelly's ultra-sound is at 9:30 a.m. and we should be home before noon depending on the weather.  The forecast is calling for snow.

 THE EVENT TURNED OUT TO BE QUITE A SPECTATOR EVENT TODAY

GROANER'S CORNER:((  Ronald and his wife were cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket from the local shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed that it was over eleven years old. They both laughed and tried to remember which of them might have forgotten to pick up a pair of shoes over a decade ago.  "Do you think the shoes will still be in the shop?" Ronald asked.  "Not very likely," his wife said.  "It's worth a try," Ronald said, pocketing the ticket.  He went downstairs, hopped into the car, and drove to the store. With a straight face, he handed the ticket to the man behind the counter. With a face just as straight, the man said, "Just a minute. I'll have to look for these." He disappeared into a dark corner at the back of the shop.  Two minutes later, the man called out, "Here they are!"  "No kidding?" Ronald called back. "That's terrific! Who would have thought they'd still be here after all this time."  The man came back to the counter, empty-handed. "They'll be ready Thursday," he said calmly.

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6 comments:

  1. Interesting event there in Bayfield Al. Keep us posted.

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  2. Well wahoo. May not be the last time for the Last Time. And with so many people watching, and I hope, wishing for the best, all the labor and effort and energy paid off. It WAS interesting. Thank you for making the effort yourself. Brrrr. And brrr for the diver. Argh.

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  3. I don't care how much money they pay that diver, you wouldn't get me in there. But lots of free enteranement.

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  4. I suspect that 'Last Time' will be first out of the water next fall! I hope someone got some drone shots of the recovery. Thanks for covering the story!

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  5. You got us all interested to find out what caused the leak. Sure is entertaining and we appreciate your photos and patience to take them. Lots of people watching but not seeing wearing any masks.

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  6. Quite the operation to get that boat up!

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