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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Apologies for the mid day update, lords and ladies. Today’s Maritime Sunday post focuses in on an event which occurred several years ago. Mundane and ordinary, it all started when I saw the Carnival Miracle cruise ship maneuvered up the Hudson by the tug Miriam Moran.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The cruise ship piers on the Hudson, which are analogous to the West 40’s street grid in Manhattan, offer berthing opportunity to the gargantuan vessels of the modern cruise industry. Like a game of horizontal Tetris, however, these ships have to be rotated into position before they can lock into place.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Functionally, this is not unlike wrestling a floating Chrysler Building into place, while fighting not just wind but river current as well. Such is the life of a tug captain and harbor pilot, of course, and their long experience in such matters make it seem commonplace.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This is the Miriam Moran post facto on the Hudson, after having accomplished its task.

Written by Mitch Waxman

March 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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  1. Ah, the mighty Miriam Moran and the behemoth Love Boat that needs to be coaxed into its berth. A powerful image.

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    March 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm


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