You will recall that I ran this picture of what looked like an eyesore of a freighter.
Well, as follow-up our local newspaper “The Island Moon,” ran an article by reporter Dale Rankin because a lot of people were asking questions. The article is very complete, so I am going to use it here.
Around the Island
By Dale Rankin
Rusty old dredge
“We’ve had several questions about the rustic ship making its ponderous way up and down the ship channel in Port Aransas the past week. While the paint-challenged vessel might look like it came straight out of Waterworld, it is really the 8432 ton, 351-foot dredge Stuyvesant from Mobile. It is cleaning up some shoaling in the ship channel. It is called a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge that drags a sled along the bottom and sucks up the silt and stores it in onboard bins until the ship goes out to open water and drops the silt back into the water. The rusty sides are a result of the overfull bins belching out saltwater over the sides. Think of the stains as the red badge of courage.
In the background of the photo, you can see the mothballed drilling platform that arrived a few weeks ago and is being stored on Harbor Island. Now, this may be a Fish Story, but the word around Port A is that the platform brought part of the ecosystem that lived under its steel columns that support it, including a population of rather large Red Snapper which a few locals have been helping to reduce. The person who told us that said to keep it to ourselves, but as we told him, there is no way in the world you are going to keep that a secret in Port A.”
Sorry to have to run the photo again, but now we have an answer.