The USS Intrepid Slides to Freedom
It has been a long ordeal for the retired aircraft carrier, until today it was stuck in the muck and mud of the Hudson River.
But this time the tow to New Jersey was a success for the tugboat operators, and the crew, as crowds got to watch the carrier sail freely along the NYC cityscape.
This time, just as the tugboat operators were starting to give up hope, the old ship yielded, sliding free of the muck and away from the pier that has been its home since 1982. Pat Kinnier, who planned the towing operation for McAllister Towing, yelled out, âWe got it!â and hugged Bill White, the president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
The men who had spent months preparing the Intrepid for its first voyage in 24 years admitted that for several minutes they had feared that the 36,000-ton ship might never budge.