Just as planned, the D B General got right to work today, fastening slings around the Respect and bringing her back from Davy Jones's locker.
My good friend Cal got a nice picture of the D B General, hard at work:
As it rises slowly from the murky depths, it's hard to imagine what the Respect was once like.
Happily, Hamish, a colleague of mine, on and off, for many years, has made a habit of photographing this part of the world, and has preserved several of his pictures online:
- Around Jingletown -- Respect (2006). If you look very closely, you can see my office building in the background of this picture of the Respect from 2006.
- Around Jingletown -- Respect (2007). This is the view, more or less, from my office. Just off the port (left) side of the Respect, you can see, canted at about a 20 degree angle, the jack-up legs of one of the sunken barges. This barge still remains to be recovered; hopefully now that the Respect is free of the estuary floor, the barge will follow suit soon.
It's been a busy several months here on the Oakland-Alameda estuary, with a lot of successful cleanup performed.
I can't wait to see the results when they're all done!