Friday, February 20, 2009

Video: BUCKEYE Towed into Erie for Barge Conversion

At 0830 on Sunday, December 4, 2005, the OLIVE L. MOORE, assisted by the Ashtabula-based Great Lakes Towing tug NEW YORK, towed the BUCKEYE into Erie harbor to Erie Shipbuilding, where over the coming months the vessel would be converted into the barge LEWIS J. KUBER. Below is video of that event.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting more video from years past as I get it converted and uploaded. Next up will be a video from April 5, 2002 of the tugs IOWA and RHODE ISLAND moving the RICHARD REISS from the Mountfort Terminal to the West Slip. I hope to have that up by sometime next week.

In addition, I will be posting videos from as far back as 1993 as I get them onto the computer and edit them.

OLIVE L. MOORE tows the BUCKEYE into the channel toward Presque Isle Bay, December 4, 2005.

Another view.

Close up of the tug OLIVE L. MOORE.

Close up of BUCKEYE. In a few months, the cabins will be completely removed and the barge will be unrecognizable as the same vessel it is on this day.

Great Lakes Towing tug NEW YORK, out of Ashtabula, Ohio, assisted the tow.

Stern view of the tow.

Close up of the BUCKEYE.

A few minutes later, on this cold December morning, the tow is in the West Slip.

NEW YORK holds the BUCKEYE alongside as Erie Shipbuilding employees moor the vessel.

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