Walter J. McCarthy Jr. has a problem

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On January 14th, the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arrived in port for winter layup but hit a submerged object while backing into the dock at Hallett 8 in Superior. It stayed there until Tuesday morning when three tugs moved it to the Enbridge Dock in Superior for continued repairs (above). The tug North Carolina is tied to the bow of the boat and is pulling, or towing, the McCarthy behind it. For the most part, it was able to pull the boat by itself. The tug Kentucky was tied to the stern of the boat, performing the job of the break pedal if there was a problem and the maneuver had to be stopped. In such a case, it would shift into reverse to slow the forward movement of the boat. Unseen in this picture is the tug Minnesota. It was not tied to the boat, but provided pushing power when needed, usually in making a slight course correction.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-09-2008

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