The Little Man in the Boat...

Now don't go gettin' all excited. lol

I just wanted to tell you guys about my experience at work during our infamous Nor'easter.

It was a Blustery Day on the waterfront around here on Dec.5th. The wind and sea swells were so bad that day that we just couldn't get anything done. We were working alongside the USS Eisenhower, We were working from a barge along the port side of the ship...Well, the sea swells were rocking our JLG...that's a "Manlift" we use to reach the areas that we were working; I'm talking six to eight foot swells and wind gusts up to 40 and 50 miles. As some of you may know, I am a supervisor with a Government contractor. It's times like this that really get my Goat...I hate it when things don't work on schedule. Well when we finally decided to call it quits...it was up to me; and me alone, to secure the JLG's on the barge for the night, and take our small John Boat; that's what we use to get from pierside to the Barges, everyday, back to the Starboard side of the ship and secure it as well. Sounds easy enough...well first off; as I'm climbing down off of the barge via 12 foot Aluminum Ladder tied to the side of the barge with just a small rope, I apparently began my descent, just a tad "Top heavy", well the ladder begins to lean sideways with me on it...all I can think is..."Oh crap, I'm gonna fall into the river". You see since I was alone in doing this I had untied the John boat and just left it loosely secured so I could easily cast off...remember the six to eight foot swells? well Thank God, I landed in the boat...Bam! about a six foot drop. My hard Hat goes swimming, My pants are wet from the six inches of water in the boat...Oh, didn't I tell you, the boat leaks? well now I'm really furious...I grab the paddles and fish my Hard hat out of the drink right before it sinks, I toss it to the back of the boat and get situated to crank the Motor and get to the other side. I'm cussing and swearing, and telling myself.."Now watch the Motor not Crank"...Thank God once again..it cranked right up. I take off for the Bow of the ship to come around to the Pierside...Remember the 40 and 50 mile an hour winds...well they are blowing across the Bow, and everytime I tried to come about...the wind would just push me right back around. Now I am no expert boater as it is...but I knew enough to know that I needed to go way out in front of the Ship and come back in with the waves. ut there was NO WAY I was gonna trust that motor to not stall on me, leaving me stuck out in the middle of this storm with only two paddles...un unh! aint gonna happen. So being the Quick thinker I am, I decided to just motor in close to the hull and pull myself around using the line that the Navy has secured to the perimiter of the Hull. So I motor towards the Anchor chain, cut the engine and paddle over to the line. Okay, now I can just pull myself around, Right? Riiight!...as I got my front end to the Bow...the wind is so strong that I can't pull the boat around either...I made several attempts...I just couldn't do it. So i did what any Hard working, Red Blooded American would do in a situation like this... I called for Help. I called my mechanic Rob, and told him to go to the Quarter Deck and tell them that they need to send a boat out here and rescue me. I sat there in the boat for about another hour, patiently waiting for my Heroes, by this time the water from inside the John Boat had done a number on my cell phone...I could no longer call or recieve calls. Now don't get me wrong here... I was hardly ever in any real danger...just inconvienenced, wet and more than a little embarrassed. Of course, Rob is safely on the Pier...loaded with a camera...here are the pics.

<a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." target="_blank"><img src="http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." border="0" alt="Stranded"></a>
<a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." target="_blank"><img src="http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." border="0" alt="Stranded"></a>

funny...it doesn't look that bad in these photos. Trust me...It was. well Thanks to the ODO and the Crew of the USS Eisenhower...they came around and saved my butt. <a href="http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." target="_blank"><img src="http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh290/gothamjedi311/At%20W..." border="0" alt="The Rescue"></a>

But because of Divers working on the Starboard side they were forced to just pull me to the head of the pier...which was just fine by me. Well we have another storm coming this weekend...and Yes, I'll have to get back in that boat. Hey, The Job must Go on!
Thanks for taking the time to read this little adventure of mine.

Carl...aka Gothamjedi311\m/...or maybe I should change that to Captain Morgan. Lol

...why does there never seem to be any Rum? Lol

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  • Stix 2009/12/18 07:11:53
    I was in 7 foot waves on lake Michigan once and don't know whether I swore or prayed more..For me it was terrifying beyond words and especially when my husband told me I had to steer into the waves..Yipes..God bless anyone that had your experience and greatful you survived..

    I was so scared when we finally docked our boat I told my husband if ever he didn't come in when they were calling for bad conditions the boat would be sold or I would take a match to it..

    I admire anyone who works on the water for any reason...
  • The Wife 2009/12/18 06:03:46
    The Wife
    Thanks for sharing your...ummmm..."experience" with us..LOL!
    So glad you got rescued and hoping you won't ever get stranded again!

    Here ya go....may there always be Rum..LOL..............

    ummmm experience lol glad rescued hoping stranded ya rum lol
  • Gothamjedi311 \m/ 2009/12/18 02:16:22 (edited)
    Gothamjedi311 \m/
    I can't seem to get thse photos placed properly...so I'll try again.
    The Rescue
    Thanks guys. Love our Navy.

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