National Geographic : 1964 Apr
Over and Under Chesapeake Bay ing crane boom, a defective electrical tool, a boiler explosion. I have heard it called a miracle that none of the deathswas the direct result of weather. Because the weather was unbelievably fierce. As I drove on through Thimble Shoal Tun nel, I thought of some of the things I had seen out there on the bridge on cold and cutting winter days. Once I saw a nor'easter come slashing in off the ocean. When that happened, a dozen cumbersome pieces of floating construction equipment had to be tugged into harbor through a wicked sea. Hundreds of men had been aligned within an amazing 3-inch tolerance. to be picked up, from trestles and bridges and islands, all across the angry bay. No mat ter that it was dangerous for the boatmen, and for the workmen themselves, who dropped to the rearing boat decks from rope ladders twisting in the wind. Bad weather and wind, even swells that came in days afterward from hurricanes far out at sea, scuttled one working day in three during the hard years it took to do the job. A nor'easter coupled with abnormally high tides struck one memorable March day in 1962. It washed away much of the sand in (Continued on page 604) Worker cat-walks across upended piles awaiting transport in the yard of Bayshore Concrete Products Corporation. Prestressed steel wires strengthen each tube. Builders cemented together 16-foot piles for the deep mid-bay positions. The longest stretched 172 feet, height of a 16-story building. Average pile cost $2,500. Pouring concrete, laborers fill forms for a tunnel approach wall on West Island. 599 KODACHROMESBY DAVID S. BOYER. NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF () N.G.S.