Last night I was sitting in the upper deck
of the San Francisco
Giants baseball park watching the game
. I looked out upon the SF bay
and saw the most unusual site. A giagantic oil
tanker making it's way to the south bay anchorage towing a large tug boat backwards. mmmmm, backwards? Then I saw the nearby Coastguard cutter
and pilot boat. I realized the situation, The oiltanker had lost
and the tug being towed was being used to steer the ship. Sure enough, from time to time, the smoke would pour out of the tug and it would move to one side or the other, pulling the stern from side to side to steer the ship. I've heard of boats dragging a drogue
from one corner or the other to steer the boat. I've never seen an oil
tanker dragging a ocean going tug. Considering the size of the oil tanker and tug, I was greatly impressed. One mistake and the tug could have been pulled under and the oil tanker could have careened into the Oakland estuary.
At the anchorage location, the ship slowed, dropped it's anchor
and the tug pushed the stearn around so the bow was into the wind
. I was very impressed.
Oh yes, the Giants clobbered the Marlins and we watched Barry hit 716 out of the park. Sweet.