Presentation on theme: "It was the tug Elsbeth Iii with the USS Mount Hood AE-29"— Presentation transcript:
1 It was the tug Elsbeth Iii with the USS Mount Hood AE-29 The 1st photo taken in PANAMA was by Captain Andrew EfthimiadisIt was the tug Elsbeth Iii with the USS Mount Hood AE-29Captain Andrew, a Canal Pilot, was assigned to the CargoShip “ROBIN N”.While on relief, he saw the tow arriving onOctober 3rd, 2013.
2 John took this on leaving ElsbethIII and USS Mount Hood – The 2nd photo taken in PANAMA was by John BamberJohn took this on leaving ElsbethIII and USS Mount Hood –He and his "Gateway Transit" gang had prepared the ship for docking and transit.
3 Captain Andrew took several photos of the Mount Hood. This was taken on Oct. 6th at the RODMAN test station,Pier 1; from the cargo shipCMA CGM AMBER.He took a 2nd shot as they passed.Tug ElsbethIii was moored,Starboard of Mount Hood.
4 On the 9th of October, the tow passed through Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Lock
5 Captain Andrew was on a small barge, moving south. Again, Captain Andrew caught ElsbethIii and Mount Hood, ending their Oct. 9th Transit.This is just north of the Centennial Bridge, part of thePan American Highway.This tie up is called the Cucaracha Dock. It is new, being used to allowships to have a place to moorwhen traffic is too high.Captain Andrew was on a small barge, moving south.
6 1st Mate, Marsha Coates presents us with a series of photos for the 10th of October Transit. Here they depart at 0900.With coffee pot on the bit.Soon the line is up!AndTheyAreOff
7 In an hour they were passing through Gamboa, where the canal receives it’s water from the mountains, east.This is a good photo to display ElsbethIii’sTow connection.The Titan Crane is located there also. It is shown in the aerial video.
8 At 1500 hrs. the tow arrived at Gatun’s west set of Locks. They started into the first step down to the level of the Caribbean.See Scenery:They had just passed over the beautiful Lake Gatun viewing its scenery.
9 In the 1st step, looking forward, they got a view of the gates holding back the water the ships were floating on.That first gate looks a little open.I wonder if it leaks.Looking towardthe Mount Hood,The Canal Mule could be seen, holding the ship in position.That mule must really be held tight to the rails. And it can still move along them.
10 Moving on to the next step down. The two mules together, hold the ship centered in the canal.
11 Exiting the second step, the mules hold tight to their task.
13 This and the previous image, come from Vern’s page: The lower / last gate has a roadway attached to it.This and the previous image, come from Vern’s page:
14 USS MOUNT HOOD AE-29 Exits the Locks Bulls eye in the field, is used forLine Throwing ContestsSee throwing example:Pilot said that old locks are 1000 x 110 feet with max draft 39ft.New lock chambers will be1400x 160 ft with max draft of 45 ft.“Four”, Canal Pilots leave the tow.