Busy days in the Gulf of Mexico. On the surface above the continuing Deepwater Horizon disaster yesterday, a drill ship attempting to contain the oil was struck by lightning and caught on fire shutting down containment operations. Reportedly, operations resumed today. BP: Oil containment efforts resume after ship fire.
Not too far away last weekend, the battleship USS Texas came close to sinking in the Houston Ship Channel. A stuffed rag and backup pump reportedly kept her afloat. Battleship Texas saved from near-sinking.
And on the other side of the Gulf today in Tampa the 742-foot Sophie Oldendorff’s self-unloading gear caught fire and took 100 firemen in 24 trucks and one fireboat four hours to get under control. Blaze on freighter at Port of Tampa finally under control