Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Going, going, gone: The Intrepid finally came out of the mud today, and has been moved across the Hudson River from the West Side of Manhattan to Bayonne, N.J. A friend of mine from school suggested that its original recalcitrance was due to the final destination as much as the muck -- sort of a "New Jersey?!" moment. You might remember that from a few weeks a go. But the Intrepid is there now. The Times:

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 "We got it!" and hugged Bill White, the president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

"This old baby's moving, and I'm enormously gratified and grateful," Mr. White said, as a broad smile replaced the worried grimace he had worn a few minutes before.

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