Salvage operations begin after Blue Stocking broke her mooring during Hurricane Fabian, September 2003

While she didn't suffer any structural damage at all, we did have a job getting her out of the mangroves.  Even with a moon tide the closest 6' depth was about 75' up the bay.  I built an 8' X 14' skid cradle - lifted her up with a 35 ton crane, then sat her down and secured her to the cradle.  We backed an 800 hp tug down within 100 feet of her, connected up the wire slings and within 15 minutes had the engine running and back on her mooring.  The only damage she suffered was to the port side toe rail and cap and we lost the port stem fair-lead and about 2
feet of rail.

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