After the diver came back aboard, the work boat headed back to the beach. And sat there a little too long. The tide went out leaving the boat high and dry.
Since I had to go into town, and I always take the scenic route around the harbor to get there, I stopped to see if I could get some more info from the salvage crew.
Sylvester, an employee of Ballard Diving and Salvage, told me that what they’d done so far was pump out the vessel’s fuel. (I think he said water too.) So that’s why she now rides a little higher. As they were off-loading it the tide went out quicker than anticipated and they couldn’t get off the beach. So the rest of the operation will take place at the next high tide this evening. I suggested they head down to Langley and check out Choochokum.
Thinking Ballard meant they’d come from Ballard, in Seattle. I told Sylvester I was surprised they’d made it up here before 7 AM, they must have got the call by the time the sun came up. He said actually, he was from Port Townsend and got the call at midnight.
Curiouser and curiouser. I looked out about 11 last night and couldn’t have seen that boat if she was up or down. I did hear a lot of booming, which seemed to be coming from fireworks a mile or so south, near Mutiny Bay.
I asked if they could tell what sunk the boat, he said they didn’t have any idea yet. Could be the electric went out and the bilge pump quit, or maybe something happened over the 4th of July holiday when someone rafted up to it. He didn’t know who owned it. Surely someone close by, or they wouldn’t have known it was sunk at midnight last night and been able to locate a salvage company.
As I’m always taking pictures of the boats in the harbor I went through some I took on Friday and found one that just barely shows the boat in question. It’s just the other side of the big power cruiser.
Anyway, we’ll watch the show tonight as they raise the vessel and tow her to shore.
The harbor kicked up again this evening just as the tide was high enough for the Ballard boat to float. We had white caps for a good hour, now things are a little quieter, but the swells are still sizeable.
The crew went out to start work on the sunken boat again but there was too much wave action. They waited for a while, probably hoping the seas would calm enough to let them get at it, but have now given up for the evening.
Nope, not dull.