What to do when the river freezes due to plunging temperatures, and ice skating’s not allowed? Suspend river work on the bridge replacement project and wait for an enormous crane! And while yet another dusting of snow last week didn’t freeze the Hudson shore-to-shore, it made for a pretty sight.
That said, New York Harbor was the place for excitement, cameras, and (perhaps) a sigh of relief — it’s finally here — when the I Lift NY arrived January 30. I’m guessing the relief part.
Nowhere among the day’s pictures did I see any like the first three snapped by waterblogger Will Van Dorp; he captured I Lift NY‘s approach on the aquatic horizon, led by tug boat Lauren Foss, adding drama to suspense. Tug boat Iver Foss followed.
A New York state of mind is also apparent in these pictures taken by photographer Phil Little with the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty background.
Now that it’s safely here, “ . . . I Lift NY will undergo preparation for the project at a private facility in The Port of New York and New Jersey, where it will remain until it’s brought to the site of the site of the New NY Bridge this spring,” project officials said.
For those of you who are curious about its tug boat escorts, Van Dorp provides details:
Both tugboats are operated by Foss Marine Holdings, a company that traces its history back to Tacoma, WA, in 1889, and a Norwegian immigrant named Thea Foss, said to be inspiration for “tugboat Annie.”
Lauren Foss is 141’ long and rated at 7200 horsepower, making it among the most powerful tugboats to operate on the Hudson. Iver Foss is 91’ long with 2400 horsepower, and is tethered to the stern of the crane barge to serve as a rudder to the barge.
After delivering the crane, Lauren will not remain here. Likely it will steam to Philadelphia to tow the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Forrestal to Texas to be scrapped.
Cool, huh? I’d like to know what you think.