USS Intrepid No Match for the Hudson River Mud


For those familiar with NYC and the Hudson River, the fact that the USS Intrepid gut stuck in the mud comes as no surprise. To other it almost sounds like a stereotypical joke regarding the Hudson River. I am reminded of the movie, ‘National Treasure,’ when Nicolas Cage (Ben Gates) dives into The Hudson off the USS Intrepid. Harvey Kietel asks that memorable and comical question while receiving the all to honest answer:

Sadusky: Agent Dawes, do you have a visual? Do you see Gates in the water?
Agent Dawes: Sir? It’s the Hudson. Nothing is visible.

Such was the case for the USS Intrepid’s efforts to move her to dry dock in Bayonne, NJ,The USS Intrepid for a $60 million renovation. It would appear that 6 tug boats with a combined 30,000 hp were no match for the Hudson River mud and sludge as the tugs could only move the floating military museum 15 feet.

Six tugs pulled with a combined 30,000 horsepower but moved the Intrepid only about 15 feet. Not even an unusually high tide could free the 27,000-ton, 872-foot-long ship from the ooze.

“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.

The Intrepid has been moored at a pier on Manhattan’s West Side for 24 years, during which time silt accumulated as deep as 17 feet around its keel. The decommissioned ship no longer has engines, but it does still have its four propellers, each about 15 feet across, and they got stuck in the mud. (AP)

Posted November 6, 2006 by
Bizarre, Fun, Military | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “USS Intrepid No Match for the Hudson River Mud”

    1. dutchhog on November 6th, 2006 10:19 pm

      who cares it’s a museum leave it where it is!

    2. Scared Monkeys on November 6th, 2006 10:37 pm

      Ever been to the Intrepid? Even museums need renovations every so often.

    3. dutchhog on November 7th, 2006 2:05 am

      do you really need a dutchman to tell you that if you dock a boat for 24 years you’ve might experience trouble getting afloat!LOL!!just thank god it’s not a big ship!!LMAO!!

    4. Houston on November 7th, 2006 12:18 pm

      There was no effort to the save the AMERICA. At 84,000 tons she was 3 times Intrepid size. What a waste.

      After the completion of the tests, America was sunk in a controlled scuttling on 14 May 2005 at approximately 1130, although the sinking was not publicized until six days later. At the time, no warship of that size had ever been sunk, and effects were closely monitored; theoretically the tests would reveal data about how supercarriers respond to battle damage. The ship rests about 6,000 ft. below the Atlantic Ocean surface, roughly 250 miles off the North Carolina coast.

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