United States Coast Guard Vessel
An original watercolor by James Williamson recreated as a fine art print by Fine Art America
FOSS Maritime Emergency Ship Assist
WINNER 2003 FOSS MARITIME CALENDAR COMPETITION
ARTWORK BY JAMES R. WILLIAMSON
The 378 foot United States Coast Guard Vessel BOUTWELL preparing to be re-floated encounters trouble. Boutwell in for repairs and refitting at a Bellingham, Washington shipyard requested emergency assistance due to problems encountered removing the vessel from a floating dry-dock.
Answering the emergency call, FOSS tractor tug ARTHUR, along with Richard FOSS, arrived on the scene. Lela FOSS also came to the rescue offering assistance attaching lines and relaying visual reports to the BOUTWELL and Arthur and Richard FOSS.
The scene illustrates the dry-dock, almost completely submerged with tugs Arthur and Richard in position. The scene was tense and anxiety high as a decision was made to completely sink the dock to free the large vessel. The concern was that BOUTWELL might roll to one side or not escape the sinking dry-dock.
The experienced crews of Arthur, Richard and Lela FOSS saved the day. Careful planning and positioning of the tugs ensured that BOUTWELL would remain upright and survive the dry-dock sinking.
Always Ready illustrates the majestic Coast Guard Cutter BOUTWELL, the capable ARTHUR and RICHARD FOSS plus the agile LELA FOSS during this memorable maritime event.
June 3rd, 2011
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