PATRICK Passes

USNS GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK passes under the Golden Gate Bridge for the final time. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

Finally, after two weather-related delays, the USNS GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK departed San Francisco’s BAE Systems shipyard under tow for Brownsville, Texas, where she will be cut down for scrap.  The large seagoing tug ALEXANDRA dispatched the PATRICK from her moorings at approximately 10:42 AM and dragged the reluctant former troopship into San Francisco Bay.  Due to strong currents, she passed on the north side of Alcatraz Island and edged slowly toward the Golden Gate with a slight port list.  Once past the bridge, the tow proceeded at a snail’s pace into a white capped, green Pacific Ocean, clearing Point Bonita light station three hours into her voyage.  A coast guard cutter hovered in the distance, possibly to make sure the seas were not too much for the 66-year old vessel to endure.  A full Sea Treks blog report and short video clip will follow in the near future…

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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