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This day in canal history, 4/11/83

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On April 11th of 1983 the 100 foot ocean going tug, Morton S. Bouchard, Jr. owned by Bouchard Transportation of Hicksville, NY, sank near the west end of the Cape Cod Canal.  This maritime accident closed one of the busiest water ways in the world for almost a week. 

Some reports state the tug was towing a 300-foot oil barge with a 244-foot wire, instead of the shortest possible safe length, when it overtook and capsized the tug near the Bourne Bridge.  Another contributing factor to the rapid sinking was that the watertight doors to the tug's engine room and galley were unaccountably left open, allowing the tug to flood rapidly.

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The tug was salvaged by DonJon Marine Company, Inc of Hillsdale, NJ who  spent four days diving on the sunken vessel at each slack water period to render four slings beneath it.  Then using an A-frame derrick barge with three working falls, the "Century" first rotated the tug upright and then lifted it's decks to the surface. 

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And almost to the day, 20 years later in 2003, Bouchard Tank Barge #120 spilled 98,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil in Buzzards Bay.  

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12 hours ago, bob_G said:

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 Bob.....you have anything regarding a more specific location for this half  sunken craft..... like a few pole numbers?   

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7 hours ago, Shhh....Now said:

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The tug was salvaged by DonJon Marine Company, Inc of Hillsdale, NJ who  spent four days diving on the sunken vessel at each slack water period to render four slings beneath it.  Then using an A-frame derrick barge with three working falls, the "Century" first rotated the tug upright and then lifted it's decks to the surface. 

That’s some impressive, not to mention dangerous, work right there!

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19 mins ago, Joe G said:

 

 Bob.....you have anything regarding a more specific location for this half  sunken craft..... like a few pole numbers?   

Joe,

It was directly behind Gallo's. 

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