These are two images of the same tugboat, the Salvor, captured at different times and under very different conditions on the St. Lawrence River.
The first image is a collage of video stills taken of the Salvor and barge stuck on a shoal near the town of Alexandria Bay, NY, July 2004.
The second is of the Salvor pushing a different barge through rough water a half mile from the accident site, about five years later.
Salvor is a common name among nautical vessels, as it means "one who carries out Marine salvage." That's an ironic name for a tug that almost caused the St. Lawrence Seaway its worst possible PR nightmare, as the barge that hit Frontenac shoal in 2004 was on a direct course with the "Playhouse" building at the head of Heart Island, the site of the hugely popular 1000 Islands tourist attraction, Boldt Castle.
Sadly, public outcry over a barge hitting a shoal and leaking hundreds of gallons of liquid cargo was not nearly as angry as it might have been had the barge smashed into a long-since-dead billionaire's mansion.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Two Barges, Same Tug
Posted by paullloydsargent at 10:03 PM
Labels: nautical failure, Salvor, St. Lawrence River
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