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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A ruby red crane

Crane Barge on the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon When you want to do heavy lifting on the river, you bring out the crane barge. It doesn't move under its own power, so you also bring out the tow boat (on the right). The crane spent the weekend behind the old (now empty) Englund Marine building shown here, then it moved off and docked at the Maritime Museum. It has two huge metal pilings suspended from it. I haven't asked around, so I don't know if it's planning to do some work, or if it's just finding available places to dock until it goes to work again.

The pilings you see here are from earlier buildings, now gone. The seagulls, cormorants, herons, and (in season) ducks love to roost here.

For other photos featuring red, take a look at Ruby Tuesday.

8 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That's a crane allright! A monster! In French, you call port cranes "toads". I don't know why...

Don and Krise said...

That is a mighty big piece of equipment. I bet you'll know in a day or two what they're doing.

Jacob said...

I think they call this a crane 'cause you've got to crane your neck to see it all!

Nice shot, Sheryl!

Lee Spangler said...

Can you imagine the thrill of being the crane driver!

Small City Scenes said...

Good shot for Ruby Tuesday. Now you have to find and report to us exactly what is going on. MB

Vogon Poet said...

I am fascinated by heavy eqipment at work, expecially on water. I am quite curious about what they are doing...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A ruby red crane
can do anything you need
a strong crane to do!

My Ruby Tuesday

amanda said...

Sheryl, I just love your local photojournalism! I am sorry I got this late in the week running a bit behind!

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