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Ship In The Mud: Intrepid Move Put On Hold

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The Coast Guard said efforts to move the USS Intrepid were abandoned Monday because the ship is stuck in the mud.

The historic ship was supposed to start its journey down the Hudson early Monday for the first phase of its renovation in Bayonne, New Jersey. But, crews had a hard time pushing the old war ship-turned museum out of the dock.

The 27,000 ton aircraft carrier hasn't been moved in 24 years. Powerful tugboats were only able to drag the ship 15 feet this morning, before it got stuck in the mud as the tide went down and had to call off the mission at around 10:30 a.m.

"We were able to move it 15 feet, but as we progressively moved to astern she became more and more firmly entrenched in this mud until finally she absolutely stopped moving," said tugboat operation chief pilot Captain Jeffery McAllister. So before anyone was hurt we called it off."

"I came down here just to see it," said New Yorker Patrick Elise. "I'm a big ship aficionado. I realize after 20 something years of sitting here, nature takes it's course. It's disappointing that she's stuck in the mud, but I'm not entirely surprised."

Officials now say they'll be calling in survey dive teams to look into the problem. Once they know exactly what they're dealing with, they will then decide how to proceed.

The next high tide will be around December 8th. Officials don't know whether they'll be able to move the intrepid at that time.
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