Sound familiar ?

Sound familiar ?




Barge hits bridge in Florida


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RE: Sound familiar ?




You mean when the Bonner got hit and collapsed? That’s gotta go bak 30 years.


RE: Sound familiar ?




A hard northeaster was pounding the Outer Banks as Mickey Baker and Carmie Prete hustled home to Ocracoke Island that October night {30} years ago, intent on beating the heavy weather before Highway 12 flooded. As they crossed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, they spied something odd looming in the darkness, just off the span.

“We looked to the left, and there was the dredge,” Baker recalled in an interview last week. “Right there — the crane and everything.”

The equipment’s close proximity was remarkable enough to comment on, she said, but not ominous enough to interrupt their hurried journey.

It wasn’t until the next morning that the women, then owners of the Island Ragpicker, learned that the 130-foot high dredge Northerly Island slammed into the Bonner Bridge at 1:28 a.m., causing a 370-foot section to collapse about an hour later into the swirling Oregon Inlet. With it went the telephone and electric power lines that ran under the bridge.

The storm-tossed dredge, working earlier on the east side of the bridge, had lost its moorings at about 10:30 p.m. Dragging its anchors, straining against wind gusts up to 90 mph, the 200-foot vessel lumbered intractably toward the bridge. At 1 a.m., the captain notified the Coast Guard. Police rushed in to stop traffic. Moments before the dredge rammed the span, the last vehicle on the bridge had reached safety. Miraculously, no one was injured.

On Oct. 26, 1990, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands lost their only land link to the mainland. It would be 3 1/2 months before they got it back. In between, they made-do with unreliable ferry transportation and Outer Banks resourcefulness.





RE: Sound familiar ?




Thanks for the memories....


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