Continuing on the theme created in the "Gone Around" discussion....While underway last weekend I thought of this topic. (For those of you that read the CAN DRAC blog you will see why). I found that either the trip under a bridge is extremely non-eventful or it is full of exciting, stressful or disturbing stories.
I have a story that stands out in my mind. It was last season when we were traveling back to the NY harbor from the Long Island Sound. The President was in town so they had to close off the normal passage down the East River. So we had to take the alternate route and have a bridge opened for us. We called ahead and the operator was very professional and pleasant. He opened the bridge on demand. We were unsure of the height he had raised the bridge to and reached out to him again over the VHF to verify that we had enough clearance. The comments he said next have still not been forgotten...."[chuckle, chuckle].... yes Cap' you've got over 80' of clearance". Oh boy did we feel stupid! No matter how much clearance you have it always looks and feels like you are going to perhaps go atop...so my story ends as 'Not'.
I look forward to hearing all about your funny or stressful bridge encounters! Have you ‘Gone Atop’ or ‘Not’?