The Hudson River holds a very special place in my heart. I live 15 minutes from the Hudson, and during the school year, I get to cross it at least 2 times a day. Each morning, I get to the see the sleepy river wake as the sun rises over the picturesque Mid Hudson Bridge that connects Highland and Poughkeepsie, and I get to feel the cool breeze whisk by me as I drive home. I have sailed, kayaked, and swam in the Hudson, brought my students to the river to study the ecosystems, and enjoyed the hikes and views along 315 miles of the estuary. Seeing boats sail along the river is not something uncommon. Tonight on the other hand, I got to witness something really amazing. A 130-foot steam generator, the largest object to ever travel down the Hudson River, floated right past me coming just a few calculated feet from the bottom of the Mid Hudson Bridge on its way to NYC. Some Pretty Cool Things Happen on The Hudson River in New York……
It is not often that something so large travels down 1/2 of the Hudson River! A 4000-ton giant heat recovery steam generator was being transported from the Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal just south of Albany all the way past NYC, before reaching a power plant in Sewarren, New Jersey. The 8 million pound structure that is 130 feet tall, breezed right under the 135-foot tall Mid Hudson Bridge. Let me tell you.. IT WAS EXCITING TO WATCH!!!
It was a bit of a challenge to know where the barge was located during the day as it neared Poughkeepsie. There wasn’t much information out on the whereabouts of the journey (at least that I can find). There were a few reports I found on Facebook that confirm the passing of the structure at a certain time. At one point, I saw that the barge was about 3 hours behind schedule due to the tides. I drove to Esopus Meadows in hopes to see the barge in daylight, but I missed it because the barge picked up some serious speed and made up some time. *rats! I did however catch the arrival of the barge as it crossed under the Walkway Over the Hudson, and then minutes later under the Mid Hudson Bridge. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! Take a look….
***Amature Disclaimer**** The Mid Hudson Bridge shakes and vibrates as the cars whiz by in the driving lanes. I did my best as an amature photographer to take clear, detailed photos, as I was bobbing up and down IN THE DARK! Oh, and it was also raining…..
Were you somewhere to see the barge? PLease comment below if you were! I would love to know where!