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Tugs Move Sideways and Barges Move Straight by Val Hightower
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Tugs Move Sideways and Barges Move Straight by Val Hightower in On the Job

We went out to Toadsuck Lock and Dam to see if there was flooding. Parking on the east side of the river, we observed a tugboat in the lock. It was moving, but very, very slowly. We sat and watched it make its way to the south end of the lock, which appeared to be open. As the tug cleared the lock gates, we were surprised to see that not only did it have no barges with it, but it was going at such a crawl because it was moving sideways. The tug was pushing ahead of it flood debris that had gathered in the lock.

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