On Friday morning, we posted about the capsize of the “tugboat” Katherine G, off Liberty Island in New York harbor. It turns out that the Katherine G is not tugboat in the conventional sense. Will Van Dorp at the tugster blog calls it a “lift-boat” rather than a tug. It has three distinctive “spuds,” vertical columns that can be dropped to the bottom to stabilize or lift the boat, to provide a stable work platform. It does not appear that the spuds were down when she capsized.
The NewYorkologoy blog comments that the ”Katherine G, …has been identified as both a work barge and tugboat.” They go on to say that the Katherine G had been “assisting with the interior renovations at the Statue of Liberty” and that it “capsized as it was preparing to transport a 60-ton construction crane off Liberty Island, according to officials from the Coast Guard and National Park Service.” So it sounds like someone made a serious mistake when loading the crane. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.