Monday, October 25, 2010

Views from Work

If you are friends with me on facebook you probably already saw these pictures.

I love my job. No, it isn't easy. Yes, it is physically exhausting. But I love it and it is just what I needed at this time of my life. My favorite part of the mornings are between 6-7am. The first thing we do in the morning is do our stretches as a group then we head onto our respective boats and do "housekeeping". Basically, cleaning and straightening our materials up while the tags get signed and we wait for the welders and other departments to get there.

Here are some pictures I took from the boat I have been working on the most recently, the Aban Abraham.

I love looking at downtown Mobile in the early morning. It's beautiful!

This is the Aban Abraham. I have climbed around this boat so much in the last month. It's killer on my thigh muscles. ;)

Another boat came in to be decontaminated from the oil spill. It was huge. Unfortunately I can't find any pictures of it. It was a Helix boat. We built several scaffold off the sides of the boat and down in holes in the side. But unlike most boats, this one did not have railings on the ledges of the starboard or port sides.

That line you see on the floor is a rat tail. We hook our harness to it as we walk back and forth with material. The wall on the left is the dry dock, which is a dock that sinks down into the water and raises back up after the boat is steered onto it. So the only thing holding you onto the boat is that cable. Otherwise you have a 60-80 drop onto a steel dry dock. Ouch! I tried to get a good picture of the drop but because of where the sun was this is the only picture that even really turned out.


  1. Ah-ha! I just figured out why I wasn't getting your posts in my newsfeed. Somehow I wasn't subscribed??? Not sure how that happened, but glad I figured it out.

    And what on earth is your job? You work in the shipyards? That sounds...exhausting. But probably really satisfying at the same time, like that worn-out got-something-accomplished feeling at the end of the day.

  2. Those photos look great!!!! Glad you're having a great time even though it's rough work!