Saturday, February 7, 2009

It Has to Get Better

Sunrise on the Providence River,Rhode Island

It has been a few stressful days to say the least.I should have known when I was told it was an easy run,a cakewalk as it was put to me.I never learn that when I'm told it's an easy run it turns into complete mayhem.It all started with the assist tug from hell the first time we tried putting this barge to the dock.Then it was the bargeman from hell,followed by the dock workers from hell and just behind them the line handlers from hell.A few days ago I wanted to rant about how pathetic the marine industry dockside has become and how these people should be grateful they even have a job given the economy.Then if I did that,I would be just like them wouldn't I.So simply put,I won't.Fact of the matter is I'm nowhere near as hardcore a mariner than 30-200 years ago so I suppose I have no room to complain.

Assist tug Maurania III,note the Boston Red Sox emblem on the smoke stack

Things have gotten better,as they couldn't have possibly gotten much worse.Back at the "hell" dock again and everything seems to be going as planned.We had a capable assist tug,the bargeman was given an ass chewing by several people and he in turn chewed out the line handlers.It's great how it all runs down hill and whoever is at the bottom gets the brunt of it.Luckily I wasn't involved in this avalanche.A few weeks left in the Northeast and them I may work over on another boat or I may go home.


{nUtTyPrOfFeSsOr} said...

Hope it mo' better! Sry about the snow up there- it's 66 here!

tugboatdude said...

Yeah it is going to be near 50 on Sunday,then back down to 30 for a high Monday.I'm getting used to it though.I don't like it,but I'm getting used to it.

Swamp Thing said...

Rhode Island, isn't that in the R's?

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Your sunrise shot is excellent. That must be ice in the reflection . . . correct? It makes for great color.

tugboatdude said...

Yeah Rabid it's ice,there is no shortage of it up here I'm finding out