Monday, August 20, 2012


At 0615 this morning, PAUL R. TREGURTHA backed away from the east side of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair into Presque Isle Bay. The TREGURTHA passed a stern line to the tug MANITOU and used its bow thruster to line up for the drydock. TREGURTHA proceeded bow-first into the drydock, which is rarely done.

Most vessels proceed stern first into the graving dock for repairs; however, TREGURTHA, due to the nature of its damage, proceeded bow-first into the graving dock to allow much of the damaged area to be inside of the building at the south end of the dock.

By 0730 TREGURTHA was in drydock and MANITOU departed, bound for her home port of St. Clair, Michigan. PAUL R. TREGURTHA is reportedly expected to be in drydock for more than a month for repairs.

PAUL R. TREGURTHA releases lines and prepares to depart the dock at Donjon this morning.

Backing away..

Starboard view.

MANITOU stands by for the TREGURTHA.


Bow view.


Approaching the drydock.

Moving into drydock.

Another view.

MANITOU assisting.

Yhe sun rises behind the TREGURTHA and MANITOU.

MANITOU pushes on the TREGURTHA.

Pushing the TREGURTHA into position.

Close up of the TREGURTHA's rudders. The rudders were reportedly damaged in the grounding.



In line for the channel.

Between the piers.

Cimarron, an honorary member of the MANITOU's crew, stands watch.

Outbound the channel.

Buoys 3&4.

MANITOU heads for home.

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