The U.S.S. Intrepid was to leave its dock on the West Side of Manhattan today for the first time in 24 years, aided by an unusually high tide and six powerful tugboats. A fire boat was on hand to fire off its water cannons as the aircraft carrier-turned-floating museum moved away, and dignitaries were assembled on the Forbes yacht Highlander waiting to accompany it downriver.
With two mighty tugs pulling on the stern and four smaller ones assisting alongside, the Intrepid moved about 10 feet, and refused to go any farther.
After about an hour of fruitless pulling and with the tide falling, Susan Marenoff, the executive director of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, announced that the attempt would be halted. Officials said the ship’s propellers had apparently dug into the bottom of the river and were stuck there.
“Old gray lady Intrepid did not want to leave her home in New York,” Bill White, the president of the museum, said in a televised interview. ... “Intrepid dug her heels in,”
Monday, November 06, 2006
USS Intrepid redeploys to the shipyard for some work ... but she is playing hard to get.