Because it's happened before, I've seen it! This also a good time to call NS1 railroad bridge and give them a heads up that we will be there in about an hour. You don't want to piss off the railroad or you'll never get a lift! And who wants to tread water all day in the Cuyahoga? Not me!
Step 2: How Many Miles Off The Break Wall?
I say 3 miles but I'm kind of a chicken. Don't forget we are fully loaded, 25 foot draft and carrying 19,438 net tons of lime stone. Look mom, no brakes!!!!
Step 3: Break Wall!
What a beautiful line up on a windless day. What could possibly go wrong? Don't answer that!
Step 4: Chart Time!
If look at my pencil, you'll see the inner pier and the outer harbor. That's pretty Neato!
Step 5: Take A Knee Everybody.
If we take a left, we go up the main river, no thanks! We checked the local notice to mariners, and they're fixing all the bridges up there. We better take a right and go up the old river bed, and why not? That's where the dock is! From here on out the old river bed is referred to as the ORB. There might be a test later!
Step 6: Bingo!
There's the dock! How hard could this be?
Step 7: Ya! We Got A Lift!
The hardest part is now over and they only had to run one West bound. I'll take that any day!
Step 8: Will She Fit?
It sure doesn't look good. But it fits! I've been coming through here for 12 years! I say, less than 1 mph, no problems.
Step 9: I Can Breathe Now.
There's the day light we've been waiting for. You don't want to hit that place, they bill you for the damage! Can you believe it?
Step 10: Are You Sure She'll Fit?
I'm positive. Have faith, we have the mate up forward calling distances over the bow. "50 foot closing, 40 foot closing, 30 foot still closing" he sounds like a broken record!
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