23
Mar
09

Day 170 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Switzer Bedford Tugboat, Nova Scotia

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Jean is the captain of the Switzer Bedford, and was our host for the hour and a half adventure.

We took a tug boat across the Halifax harbour to tug a tanker which has unloaded its load and was now heading out to the open sea.

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Getting ready to leave the harbour.

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Looking back at Macdonald Bridge

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Heading Out into the Harbour

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We followed the lead tug to the tanker called the Norient Solar.

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The workers head from the warmth of the ship to the open deck to untie the tanker.

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On Deck

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Tim shoots as the tugboat approaches the side of the tanker.

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The Switzer Bedford pulls the Norient Solar out from the shore so that it can turn around.

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Checking the Rope

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With both tugs pulling the tanker, the job gets done epediently.

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With the job all done, the rope is released and dropped down.

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Jean is in control, and all goes according to plan, despite a slight delay.

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Back from the job in time for another boat to head out.

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The lighthouse helps to guide the way.

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2 Responses to “Day 170 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The Switzer Bedford Tugboat, Nova Scotia”


  1. March 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Great pics, enjoyed looking at your photo blog today:)

  2. November 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    you want to see a real tug boat in action? come to the other side of the harbor my friend!


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