View Full Version : Can you give me a tug?

04-11-2009, 12:01 AM
A tugboat assists a US Navy Virginia class fast attack sub as they head back to the sub base in Groton, CT. Now what would have made this shot perfect is if the New England Central Railroad was running on the tracks in the background... :D


04-11-2009, 09:11 AM
Train or no Train this one is still pretty close to perfect.:) Do they always bring in by tug or did they have a little problem on the sub?

04-11-2009, 09:42 AM
Thanks Sandy!

Always at least 2 tugs (and at least 2 armed USCG escorts, and one more Sub Base police boat). The subs have to make a 90 degree right hand turn into the piers at the base, so it's pretty much impossible to do it under their own power. Same for leaving - tugs pull 'em out of the pier, point them south, then one tug accompanies the sub out into either the Long Island Sound or the Atlantic - not sure which.

04-11-2009, 10:10 AM
Thats an awesome catch Tom... its always looks so strange to me since most of the sub is still under the water... when you know they have a large crew but all you can see is just the top of the bulkhead...

04-11-2009, 01:00 PM
Thanks Ross! I would normally head to the Nautilus overlook park, but figured I'd sit at this spot for a bit. Glad I did!

I know, it's deceiving - crew compliment is 120 enlisted and 14 officers. If you look at the shot here, just below the "PROJ" under the sail is a column of numbers, starting with "30". That's 30 feet to the keel. The water line is at about the 28' mark, putting the majority of the hull under water!

My guess is this boat is the USS North Carolina or USS New Hampshire - it looks newer than the other Virginias based here - which would be Virginia & Texas (Texas is soon to be transferred to Pearl Harbor, joining the USS Hawaii who is already there).


04-11-2009, 04:06 PM
Great shots Tom, I'm surprised than don't have a Navy Tug. PNSY here in Portsmouth NH has a Navy tug they use. I just never can seem to get a shot of any subs that come here for overhauls, they bring them in and they put them undercover.

04-11-2009, 04:36 PM
Thanks! Nope, all the tug work is contracted out to Thames Towboat Company of New London since 2004. I don't even think they have any smaller tugs to move cranes & stuff around, as I've seen the smaller Thames tugs moving that stuff around too, not just the subs.

04-11-2009, 09:56 PM
Thanks for sharing those Tom. Great shots. I would love to see them bring a sub in once. I dated a submariner a long time ago - they are definitely a different breed!

04-12-2009, 11:33 AM
Thanks for sharing those Tom. Great shots. I would love to see them bring a sub in once. I dated a submariner a long time ago - they are definitely a different breed!

You should plan a nice week-end trip to the Groton are, go to the USS Nautilus at the Submarine Museum
http://www.ussnautilus.org/ (http://www.ussnautilus.org/)

And you are not that far from the Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium, well worth the drive down.

http://www.mysticaquarium.org/ (http://www.mysticaquarium.org/)

http://www.mysticseaport.org/ (http://www.mysticseaport.org/)

and if you're lucky you might even get to see a sub coming in or going out.

Plus as an added bonus while in Mystic you can dine at Mystic Pizza. :D