Winter came looking for me

The guys on the boat are starting to talk. Joking at first, I think they are starting to get serious. “fuckin’ new guy” (FNG), “Brought that northern weather with him”. Yeah it’s true, the last week it seems winter has arrived in the Gulf off Mexico. Temperatures this past weekend in the 30’s, and this morning it is much the same. Cold temps and rain, at least the 20 knot breeze is out of the south. I can only hope the breeze stays there, I could go for some warm Caribbean air.
I can’t complain though, yesterday was beautiful, and easy going. We loaded some casing, and then had to go find a place to hide for a few hours while the Fast Skipper got under the crane. We went over to heavy lift in Halliburton slip and I got to drive the boat some more; put her on the dock. It felt good, really starting to get a handle on the boat, her weight and ulstein z-drives. while we were tied up there I snapped a couple pictures, not the best quality still trying to figure out the new camera a bit.

Looking inbound at the Halliburton Slip, C-Port 2 to the left, Martin slip to the right. Just coming into frame is the Fast Goliath, one of Chouest’s 180′ “Crew Boats”. Farther down on the right side is Katrina Morrison’s boat, Kobe Chouest a first gen 280.


The below tug is one of Harvey’s Monsters, 16000 HP.


About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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2 Responses to Winter came looking for me

  1. tugster says:

    harvey war horse II . . . i love that name! Q: if i came down to nola, from where would i get the best views/fotos . . . . without access to a boat? which towns south of nola?

    • In NOLA you won’t really able to see anything but the mississippi. But there are a lot of spots just of bourbon st. where you are right on the river. To see commercial places like Fourchon you could rent a car and drive down, but your access would be limited due to security. The Port of Fourchon is strictly a commercial area, and there really isn’t anything out here except oil field industry.

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