I am glad that they got her up and can return the last of the Crew to the Family. R.I.P.
Just wondering if anyone else has seen the pictures of the Specialist since they raised Her?
Anyway, one of the shots (not mine, they were shared with me and I am not sure who took them) show the Starboard Side of the Deck house ripped open. To me it looks as if the plate was fractured or maybe it was a really bad patch job. She did not seem to have a Loadline, so I am assuming that she was not classed.
The Upper Deck is ripped and pushed up but if you look close at the picture, it looks to me as the hole in the side of the deck house shows signs of the plate fracturing as you really can’t see where the plate would be pushed in. I might be way off base but it just looks strange to me.
You can tell that she got caught by the rake of the barge and that some of the waist is pushed in but outside of the side of the House and upper deck she looks pretty good. If whatever happened to the side of the deck house did not happen, I think she might have stayed afloat as it looked like all of the W/T Doors were closed when they first raised her.
I worked on some boats very similar to her and had water well over half way up the side of the deck house but with everything buttoned up we made it. This is one of the biggest fears of all that work on Tugs, they sink like a rock once you get water into the E.R.