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"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"  


"No Right Turn"

We Don't Know Where

We Now Know When: June 2002

We Now Know Why

We Need Your help!

Feature Date: October, 2002

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"Overlooking Runway 25 - Right, at Los Angeles International Airport"

On The Scene -- On The River

 A 2002 Countryman & McDaniel

Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

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"No Right Turn".

But They Turned Right!

June 2002 ?

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender !

The Time Is Thought To Be June 2002

The Place Is Thought To Be A River In The Southern United States

The Logistics Effort Is Clear

A River Towboat & Barge Has Delivered A Cargo of Heavy Electrical Equipment To Shore

 Mounted On Blocks, Drop Deck Trailers Are Used To Off Load The Electrical Transformers

No "Over Height" Risks Here! This Job Is Being Done Correctly -- With Care

The Drop Deck Trailer Has Taken The Load -- It Is Now Properly Braced & Chained

Ho, Hum -- Just A Straight Pull Off The Barge For Delivery To A Construction Site

NOTE: To Properly Document This Project Cargo Move, A Young Cargo Surveyor Representing The Cargo Insurance Company -- All Fit Out With Regulation Survey Pants, Survey Shoes, & Survey Notebook Tucked Into His Left Back Pocket -- Stands By To Get Proper History For This Major Move. For High Value Cargo Like This -- You Want To Demonstrate That All Saftey Precautions Were Propery Taken.

OK -- So Let's Drive Straight off The Barge


Or Perhaps It Was That Very Cheesy Ramp Situation?

Where They Using That Plywood & Rail Ties Combination For A Garden Project?

No Right Turn ! !

Did They Say "Bump it Off The Dock?" -- Or -- "Dump it Off The Dock?"

Perhaps This Was One Of Those Cellular Telephone Misunderstandings

Either Way -- This Was A Violation of The Rule: -- "No Right Turn."

UPDATE FROM OUR READER --- We Now Know Why - Thanks To Pat Sowers

"Pictures are deceiving. One cannot tell all from a photo, but it looks to me like the barge floated when the load came off it and then the barge moved. Tug captain probably saw the barge lifting so let off the throttle. Barge looks like it was beached and secured with anchors not cleats When the 80 - 90 tons came off the barge it probably bobbed up like a cork.

Notice the angle of the ramp off the front of the barge in the 1st picture compared to the 3rd picture. Also notice the change in elevation of the ramp.

Seems to me this is a simple case of not understanding how a barge works and how much water it draws loaded, vs. unloaded."

Pat Sowers, Farmers Branch, Texas - November 2002
(Pat passed away on February 11 2003 and is survived by his wife Carolyn - he will be missd)

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