Big Ship Sails Past
While driving up the Colonial Parkway from Yorktown, readers may recall seeing the US Navy crane ship Flickertail State moored at Cheatham Annex for many years. In an extraordinary coincidence, her sister ship Cornhusker State drove up the York River to Cheatham as the current engineer for Flickertail State looked on while sailing with his family. Jim Schwartz said both ships are 610 feet long and have steam-propelled engines of 17,500 horsepower (vs. my piddly 18 HP). It took three tugboats to bring the Cornhusker State up from Newport News, at a cost of $80,000 one-way. “It’s cheaper to do it that way than under power,” he explained.