Trying again with the Evil ‘I’

New York hopes to free Intrepid Tuesday

The first attempt to move the USS Intrepid museum ship to drydock for maintenance ended with the old lady stuck in the mud. Today at high tide they try again:

Three weeks of dredging removed nearly 40,000 cubic yards of muck from under the ship and around its four giant screws. Based on an assessment by military engineers and tugboat operators, officials said they expected a smooth departure for the 64-year-old World War II hero ship.

Once again, at least six tugboats were to attach cables and hawsers to the carrier, ease it away from Pier 86, then pull it stern-first into the river for the five-mile trip down the harbor to a shipyard in Bayonne, N.J.

Officials said the tides gave them a two-hour window of opportunity, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Published tidal tables predicted a crest of 5.5 feet at 8:06 a.m.

UPDATE: She’s free and on her way to her two-year, $60 million dollar overhaul.