Ship Stuck In Mud On Its Way To NJ Drydock
Plans to move the legendary World War II aircraft carrier USS
Intrepid across the Hudson River are temporarily on hold. Actually,
it's more accurate to say those plans are stuck... in the mud.
Workers planned to take advantage of an unusually high tide
Monday to dislodge the aircraft carrier from its pier on
Manhattan's West Side, where the massive ship has rested for the
last 24 years. The plan was to move the ship across the river to
dry docks in Bayonne, NJ so it could undergo a $60 million
That tide wasn't high enough, though, as the ship's propellers
got stuck in the mud after tug boats managed to move the storied
ship all of 15 feet.
"We had the sun, the moon and the stars in alignment, and it was
just a very disappointing day for us," said Bill White, president
of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, to the Associated
The next high tide is December 6... but that may not be enough,
either, as it's expected to crest about a foot lower than Monday's
swells. Crews are now trying to determine whether to attempt to
move the 27,000-ton, 872-foot-long ship then, or to perform the
retrofit where it lies.
Launched in 1943, the Intrepid suffered seven bomb attacks, five
Japanese Kamikaze attacks and one torpedo hit during its service in
World War II. The ship later served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars,
as well as recovering Mercury and Gemini astronauts for NASA.
Today, in addition to serving as a naval air museum -- and a
tribute to the 270 crewmen who died serving aboard her in WWII --
the Intrepid also serves as an emergency operations center for city
and federal authorities. The FBI used the ship as an operations
base in the days following the 9/11 attacks.