Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mississippi River Tugboat - Now this is UNBELIEVABLE

Look at each picture slowly and completely - in order to the end.
If not for the photos no one would believe this!!!

The towboat is approaching the bridge with barges loaded with coal.

This frame gives you an idea of how fast the river is running,obviously at or near flood stage.

Oh CRAP!! The bridge didn't open and the boat can't stop. Notice the tug has released the barges.
He is backing as hard as possible to try and avoid a collision with the bridge.

Can't back down enough against the current. LOOK at the NUTTY people standing on the BRIDGE!

Uh Oh! ! The current has swung the boat around sideways.

The cook thinks maybe something isn't quite right.

The boss is going to be REAL mad!

Uh... Boss? Do we have flood insurance on this boat? The Tug is going under the bridge!!

Uh.... Boss? You ain't gonna believe what we just did! Tug came out other side!!

She's low, but the flag is still flying.

The wheelhouse door and the door in the second deck are now open.
Look close at the bottom right hand side of the picture and you will see that the bridge guardrail is underwater.

Look at the water pouring out of the second deck doorway.

The working deck is still underwater, but rising..

This company that built the Tug should get the government contract to build our battle ships.
(And cruisers like the Titanic)

Notice anything unusual? Look at the smoke coming from the exhausts. It's still running!!!

Notice the prop wash at the rear of the tug. The boat is upright and back under power.
Just another day on the river.
Do you suppose the captain had to change his pants after all that?

As per this story is 100% true, occured in 1979, and captured by a photographer for the Linden Democrat-Reporter.


  1. That is TRULY speccie!

  2. I like the running commentary - that is almost as good as the pictures!

    Thanks for the comments