USS HENRY CLAY SSBN-625
APPROACHING THE DRYDOCK
Navy tugs, the workhorses of the fleet in port,
are shown guiding the ship as it
approached the floating drydock. The tugs were actually moored to the submarine
by steel cables (mooring lines) and were not simply "pushing" it. Getting the tugs
properly moored to the ship was a careful operation. If a mooring line were to be
overstressed and it parted (snapped), it could severely injure or kill crew members
on the tugs or submarine.
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