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Friday, December 4, 2009

New pilings for the pilot dock

Pilings at the Pilot Boat Dock It appears that the rest of the old wooden pilings at the end of 12th Street where the pilot boat docks are being replaced by metal ones. Work is done using a couple of small skiffs and a crane barge. Yesterday I saw these boats along with the towboat going up and down the river. Today I saw where they were working. I also learned something. If you look back at the barge in yesterday's post (3rd photo down), you can see two tall poles with red at the top. I didn't realize until I saw the barge at work today that the poles are dropped into the mud to stabilize the barge while the huge crane does its work. I hadn't seen this arrangement before; the smaller crane barge I watched this summer didn't seem to have them. It seems like a nifty way not to tip over.

We had another mostly-clear day today, but I have to tell you, it was cold. There's a good reason this guy is wearing a jacket.


B SQUARED said...

Hard work whatever the weather.

Stine in Ontario said...

It looks like slow work!

Don and Krise said...

Interesting. It still looks like pretty hard work. It was pretty cold here today too. More frost tomorrow morning I'll bet.

Vogon Poet said...

I like this kind of pictures, these works are very interesting!

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