If at first you don't succeed... dig a big trench and wait for the next high tide. Bill White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum announced yesterday that the Intrepid aircraft carrier is scheduled to be moved to Bayonne next Tuesday. The first attempt to move the ship on November 6th ended after only a few feet of movement as the 36,000 ton carrier's propellers got stuck in the mud.
The Navy was called in to oversee the digging of a trench 40 feet wide and 35 feet deep was dredged parallel to the ship's hull. A total of 39,000 cubic yards of sediment were removed to city Department of Sanitation barges. After processing the sediment will be taken to Fresh Kills on Staten Island.
When high tide arrives between 7:30 and 9:30 Tuesday morning the plan is to push and pull the WWII-era carrier into the trench, from which it can then be guided into the Hudson's shipping channel and floated downstream to Bayonne. If all goes well, the ship will unfurl its enormous American flag when it passes Ground Zero between 10:00 and 10:30 that morning. The ship should arrive in Bayonne that afternoon, where it will stay until May. Further repair and renovation will take place on Staten Island. The historic Intrepid is scheduled to return to a renovated Pier 86 in 2008.
Photograph of tugboats pulling the Intrepid by Jason DeCrow/AP.