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During the construction of one of the East River Bridges in New York City, the engineers encountered the sunken hull of an old barge which would not yield to removal. It had become so securely embedded in the river mud that engines, cables, and derricks were powerless to remove it. At this point in the fruitless operation a young man, fresh from technical school, appeared on the scene and after studying the problem asked for permission to try his hand. Upon permission he had a large barge towed to the spot at the approach of low tide and its ends were fastened by huge chains to the sunken hulk. Then when the tide came in with its irresistible power, the surface barge rose with the swelling tide, lifting it with the submerged wreck. The young engineer made use of the natural power of the ocean.

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