Along the Thames – The Hartford and NR-2 2


Finally, some summer-like weather is upon us, including bright blue sunny skies.  This morning I was able to take advantage of the beautiful weather conditions on two different occasions – one on my way into work, and the other a bit later on.  And The Hartford I’m talking about isn’t the capitol of Connecticut, or the insurance company.

On my way into the office today, like usual I crossed over the Thames River on the Gold Star Bridge.  And like I usually do, I look to the south to see what’s going on in the channel.  Well, something down by Electric Boat caught my eye – it looked like three tugs working with something that I couldn’t quite make out.  Could it be a sub?  Well, it was worth checking out – and it is on the way into work, so why not…

I got to the Garbo Lobster parking lot to see the USS Hartford (SSN 768), currently under diesel power, being assisted by a trio of tugs into the EB docks for repairs.  Back on March 20, 2009, the Hartford collided with the USS New Orleans, an amphibious assault ship, in the Straits of Hormuz.  Here’s a story on CNN of the collision.

Anyways, here’s a few pictures of her being assisted into EB for repairs.

The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
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The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
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The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
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The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
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The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
The USS Hartford gets assisted into Electric Boat for repairs
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With those in the camera, it was time to head to the office.

Then a little while later, I headed out to try and catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2.  So I set my sights on Mill Cove.

Well, as I got there, the scanner was still silent.  So I pushed further north – maybe I could get them at Stoddard Hill.

But as I passed by the little tidal pool near MP7, I caught a chirp on the scanner – OK, a train is around somewhere.  So I turned around and headed back south.  But then I realized that I heard the NECR down in New London on my way into work, so maybe it was them.  I fired up the NECR frequency on the scanner, and it was them across the river switching AES Thames in Montville.  Oh, well, I’m already heading south, so I guess I’ll hang out at Erickson Park for a few minutes before calling it a morning.

While I’m parked there enjoying the weather, I heard a faint chirp again on the scanner.  I guess that could possibly be NECR again.  But something sounded different – I could hear a faint rumble in the distance.  And that rumble slowly grew louder.  That was followed by “P&W NR-2 to the Worcester Dispatcher” on the radio.  Oh, crap, NR-2 was south of MP5 – less than a mile from me!

So I high-tailed it down to the south end of the cove to get a few shots of them running along the water.  I got there just as they were blowing for Red Top, and came into view just as I powered up the cameras.  So I bagged a quartet of standard shots.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 comes into view at MP 4 in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 comes into view at MP 4 in Ledyard, CT
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NR-2 skirts along Mill Cove and the Thames River, with the Harvard boat house in the background
NR-2 skirts along Mill Cove and the Thames River, with the Harvard boat house in the background
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NR-2 rolls along Mill Cove
NR-2 rolls along Mill Cove
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NR-2 heads over the inlet to Mill Cove
NR-2 heads over the inlet to Mill Cove
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With them slowing down for the Sub Base, I figured that if I hit the lights right, I could get ahead of them and bag them south of the Nautilus.  It was worth a try…

Well, I got to my spot just as the crossing at the USS Nautilus activated.  Plenty of time!

Moments later, NR-2 came into view, and I rattled off a series of shots as they approached.

NR-2 emerges from the Sub Base near the USS Nautilus in Groton, CT
NR-2 emerges from the Sub Base near the USS Nautilus in Groton, CT
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NR-2s reflection in the US Navy Sub Force Museum in Groton
NR-2s reflection in the US Navy Sub Force Museum in Groton
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NR-2 heads past the Sub Force Museum in Groton
NR-2 heads past the Sub Force Museum in Groton
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NR-2 skirts along the Thames River with the US Navy Sub Base in the background
NR-2 skirts along the Thames River with the US Navy Sub Base in the background
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NR-2 rolls along the Thames River in Groton, CT
NR-2 rolls along the Thames River in Groton, CT
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NR-2 heads south towards Fairview Yard in Groton
NR-2 heads south towards Fairview Yard in Groton
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And now off to the next spot – maybe I could get ahead of them at the bottom of Fairview Yard.

Well, I did get ahead of them, mostly because they began switching up at the north end of the yard.  After a bit, they headed down into the yard, where I shot some more of NR-2 doing their thing, along with a couple other boats heading by in the Thames

NR-2s lead power pulls a pair of gondolas south in Fairview yard
NR-2s lead power pulls a pair of gondolas south in Fairview yard
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NR-2s lead power pulls a pair of gondolas south in Fairview yard with a boat in the Thames
NR-2s lead power pulls a pair of gondolas south in Fairview yard with a boat in the Thames
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Some of the scrawlings on one of the gondolas of wire
Some of the scrawlings on one of the gondolas of wire
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A closeup of the boat passing by
A closeup of the boat passing by
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The Rough Tide heads south past Fairview yard
The Rough Tide heads south past Fairview yard
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The rest of NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard, with Don riding the shove
The rest of NR-2 heads south through Fairview yard, with Don riding the shove
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A closeup of Don riding the shove through the yard
A closeup of Don riding the shove through the yard
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Hmmmm....a little commentary...
Hmmmm....a little commentary...
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NR-2s trailing power pulls into view.
NR-2s trailing power pulls into view.
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Bob at the controls of the 3909
Bob at the controls of the 3909
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NR-2 stops towards the bottom of Fairview yard to drop the Tilcon stone cars as a single engine plane passes overhead (look above the trees)
NR-2 stops towards the bottom of Fairview yard to drop the Tilcon stone cars as a single engine plane passes overhead (look above the trees)
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At that point I called it a morning.  Can’t complain with what I came away with!

Thanks for looking!
Tom


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