Put-in-Bay Dock Construction Illuminated

Put in Bay dock cribFriday evening’s sun cast a brilliant light on the docks undergoing refurbishment at Put-in-Bay, Ohio.  The images below reveal the cribbing and essential barge hardware required to move construction forward.  The cribs were delivered by the Tug “Bessie B” on Thursday, 27 February 2014, after Wednesday’s ice-breaking by the Tug “Ohio.”  The open water created by the transit has already begun to freeze.

E-How explains, “Wharf cribs are the support mechanisms for wharf or dock decks. They were made from railway ties, which were filled with rocks to provide a supported bed for the wharf.”  Today’s cribbing is more robust.  History buffs may enjoy an article from November 1908’s Iron Trade Review — a full-length description of the first steel ore docks built on the Great Lakes.

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