Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another tug boat sinks in Portsmouth, NH

1. Seahorse was participating in the Boston Tug Muster & Parade in August 1994.

For the second time this  year a tug sank in Portsmouth NH while working on the new Memorial Bridge between Kittery, ME and Portsmouth NH.
On Wednesday the strong currents on the Piscataqua River swept the tug under a barge, but two men aboard were able to escape without getting wet.
As usual these days, someone caught the incident on video, and it has been posted on You-Tube:

The tug was built in Houma, LA in 1968 as Harvey Raider and has carried the names Gaby Lynn Gisclair, Seahorse, John O, Harbor Lights, Buras Lady, Jenny Anne and most recently Benjamin Bailey. It was carrying the latter name when it sank and is owned by Riverside Marine Construction Inc of Eliot, ME.
Efforts to raise the tug will be made in the next few days.
A typical "southern tug" it has a large accommodation block on a small 65 foot long hull, minimum freeboard, and puts out 500 bhp.

1 comment:

  1. I’ve worked on a lot of these boats over the years and this one seems to have the profile and scale of a fifty footer rather than a sixty five. I wonder if the documentation got messed up somewhere along the way?