One hears so many rumors here on the island that it is hard to tell which are true and which are just wishful thinking. I had heard a while back that the Ultramar ferry was going to demolish their old wooden dock and build another cement one. Why this is necessary is beyond me.
I guess the rumor was confirmed for me last week when we took our friend D to the ferry. (we always hang around until we are sure he is on it and it is far enough away from the dock so he can't jump off and swim back! Just kidding D!)
So there were these three boys, hardly what I would call men, working on tearing the old wooden one apart.
Although it looks like it could be, that is not a shark swimming by the big tire in the picture above. Trust me, I looked very carefully! Note that the guy on the right in the white tee shirt is all bent over. Wanna see what he was doing?
Yup. He had that big chainsaw between his legs, cutting out one of the side support bars. Gave me shudders just to watch him. He must have been the one with either a)the most experience or b)the least amount of seniority on the crew.
Here he is in the water. It was his job to work that pulley to pull the supports out of the sand. Not an easy job. The guy with his legs spread kept kicking at it to help loosen it. The other lad is lending moral support.
Not a job I would have liked to do, for various reasons. The major one that day was because the wind was blowing, churning up the water into big swells even by shore and it was cold! I would bet money that he had wrinkles all over his body from being in the water so long. And he probably looked like George Kastanza when he got out too!
So I guess it's true about the new dock. At least the tearing out of the old one is anyway.