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First, an unpredicted early morning thunderstorm pushed back the start time. Then the wreck resisted for three hours before it allowed itself to be wrested off the jagged rocks that were Nike Crew Socks White

Never before has such an enormous cruise ship been righted. Salvage workers struggled to overcome obstacle after obstacle as they slowly inched toward their goal of raising the crippled ship 65 degrees to the upright position.

Using a vast system of steel cables and pulleys, maritime engineers on Monday gingerly winched the massive hull of the Costa Concordia off the reef where the cruise ship capsized near an Italian Nike Shorts

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in the final phase of rotation, said Franco Gabrielli, the Italian government official who is overseeing the operation.

embedded into one side of the hull after the Concordia had hit another reef close to Giglio Island coastline, took on water through a 70 meter long (76 yard long) gash, and eventually capsized a few hundred meters (yards) away onto another reef.

Then engineers quit operating the pulleys, and by using remote controls, carefully began opening valves to let seawater start filling huge ballast tanks that had been welded onto the already exposed side. The weight of the water in the tanks helped pull the cruise liner up much faster.

The initial operation to lift the ship moved it just 3 degrees toward vertical. After 10 hours, the crippled ship had edged upward by just under 13 degrees, a fraction of what had been expected.

Shipwrecked Concordia declared vertical after daylong operation to right it from its side

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At the waterline, a few feet of slime covered ship that had been underwater slowly became visible, the first clear sign to spectators on land that the rotation strategy was working.

The salvage operation, known in nautical parlance as parbuckling, was used on the USS Oklahoma in 1943 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But the 300 meter (1,000 foot) Concordia has been described as the largest cruise ship ever to capsize and subsequently require the complex rotation so it can be towed away in one piece and dismantled for scrap.

After 15 hours of slower than expected progress in pulling the heavily listing luxury liner to an upright position, engineers said they finally hit the tipping point they eagerly were awaiting.

At one point, some of the cables dragging the ship hull upright went slack, forcing engineers to climb the hull to fix them.

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Engineers had dismissed as the possibility that the Concordia might break apart during the salvage operation but set out absorbent barriers to catch any leaks of toxic materials from the ship.

Officials said so far no appreciable pollution from inside the ship had spewed out. Giglio Island is part of a Tuscan marine sanctuary where dolphins and fish are plentiful.

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy Engineers have declared the crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship completely upright after a 19 hour operation to pull it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany. Tuesday, a foghorn rang out on Giglio Island and the head of Italy Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it was complete.

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Images transmitted Monday by robotic diving vehicles indicated the submerged side of the cruise ship hull had suffered deformation from all its time on the granite seabed, battered by waves and compressed under the weight of the ship 115,000 tons, Girotto said.

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Thirty two people died on Jan. 13, 2012, when the Concordia slammed into a reef and toppled half submerged on its side after coming too close to Giglio Island. T

operation pulled it free.

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Engineers used remote controls to guide a synchronized system of pulleys, counterweights and huge chains that were looped under the Concordia carcass to delicately nudge the ship free.

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are going like they should, but on a timetable that is dragging out, Gabrielli chief of Italy Civil Protection Agency, said earlier on Monday.

Officials said the underwater cameras Nike Dri Fit Short Sleeve Hoodie did not immediately reveal any sign of the two bodies that were never recovered.

The Concordia itself didn budge for the first three hours after the operation began, engineer Sergio Girotto told reporters.

But the timetable quickly went off plan.

Originally, engineers had been confident complete rotation might take as little as 10 hours, and be reached by early evening Monday.

The listing of the liner was so drastic that many lifeboats couldn be launched. Dozens of the 4,200 passengers and crew were plucked to safety by helicopters or jumped into the sea and swam to shore. The bodies of many of the dead were retrieved inside the ship.

have passed the 24 degree mark and now are filling the tanks with water, he told journalists early Tuesday.

Shortly before midnight, the Concordia was raised by 25 degrees after that, engineers said, the effect of gravity started giving the rotation a boost.

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After some 6,000 tons of force were applied using a complex system of pulleys and counterweights, Girotto said saw the detachment of the ship hull from the reef thanks to undersea cameras.

island in January 2012 and were poised to set it upright in the middle of the night.

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