Tuesday Update on the Barge

As far as I have been able to find out – the barge was built here in Lakes Entrance, was trucked down to the ramp in Marine Parade, and once floated (presumably on the next highest tide) will be towed to Sydney.  At this time I do not know what it will be used for in Sydney, but I am told there are alot of barges similar to it, although not as big, already operating in Sydney.  Took these shots this evening. They have readied her for floating and constructed all her superstructure this afternoon.

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Lovely to have a chat with locals and visitors alike, who were gathered to have a look and chat about what they had seen on the progress since we saw it all unfolding this morning.  Will update you as and when we are made aware of further developments.

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Again we wish the team involved in the operation all the best!


 

Tuesday 18th December

Bit of excitement in town today.  We had gone into town for some shopping, and had to wait for a Prescription, so intending to spend the time on Bullock Island, we drove off along Marine Parade, to discover all this!   The road was blocked by a truck, lots of flashing lights and men controlling the traffic.  The truck, with a huge barge onboard, was part way across the road, the barge was almost onto the ramp, but had run aground on the embankment.

 

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HUGE big long thing!  No idea how they got it here along our narrow streets.

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Took these standing on the slip below the barge, looking up at it.

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You can see the right hand side is wedged on the ground.  They had a “dolly” underneath, but there seemed to be a hydraulic problem and it could not lift the barge off.

 

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Have since discovered the story.  It was constructed in a yard here in Lakes in Palmers Road, it was trucked down to Marine Parade overnight, to be launched on high tide, and towed by tug boat to Sydney, as it was much too wide to be trucked that far.  At this stage they are aiming for Saturday on the highest tide.