Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
What were you going to do?
Try to cram 6 lengths of barges in a 5 length space, so jackknife tow into this hole south bound kick rigging off the lead barges swing lines from an empty to a load and work against the boat in reverse order from the way it needed to be done.
Basically doing **** that doesn't need to be done that way. A lot of **** breaks that way. Not a safe environment. All while trying to keep an eye on a trainee, it's hard to work against te current in the wrong order and the boat.
Work 3 swing lines at once to try and get the drops in under some ice breaker cells, then somehow manage to tie the stern to the mooring cells. It wasn't going to happen anyhow. Ain't no way in hell.
Tug told us we were on our own. Guess the pilot told them to help. They came and grabbed out drops off of us instead. Much safer and faster.
Mind you that's 1200 foot of barge length. Trying to finagle that into a 1000 foot space with these little ass nylon lines. Yep. Fun times. I was excited about doing it, as its exciting and an adrenaline rush when stuff starts breaking. That's why I love the upper Mississippi in high water. Smoke rolls off our lock lines going into locks and out, those break it will kill you or tear you up.
Think of a 2" thick rope, that is designed to withstand a lot of breaking strength, stretched tight then explodes. Lots of energy there. Fella on my boat has his calf muscle shoved through the front of his calf. Fella got a glancing hit to the head last year. Ended up in a coma and died. Would have been better to take it direct. Faster death at least.
A barge weighs around 1000 ton? They will carry 1500 tons of cargo. That's 58-60 SEMI trucks. Per barge.