Here were previous posts from the movies.

If you haven’t seen The Usual Suspects, I suggest you check it out.  And while you’re watching, maybe you can help me identify the tugboats in the movie here

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and here . . . under the VZ Bridge.

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Both photos “grabbed” from the film.

 

Every day has its transitions, but here was a big one one I recorded back in 2008.  Patrick Sky and Scotty Sky will soon be transitioning . . . in some way.

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And this will be the new 10,000 barrel barge . . .

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moved by this Stephen B.

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Happy and prosperous new year!

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

This photo was taken in late spring 2009.  Onrust had been splashed just a day or two before, as recorded in post 1 here and then 2 here.   But look over to the right side of the photo, the two bollards on squarish platforms in the water.

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These.  Well, at summer pool . . . when the water level of the canal is up to allow navigation, they look like so, but

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when winter comes and the state hydrologist directs draw-down of the pool, the bollards are on platforms that

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are actually concrete barges, ones that do NOT rise and fall with changing pool levels.  The snowy photos I took last weekend.

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Click here and here for some of the history of these century old barges.

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Note the reference numbers below and

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below.

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Here’s how they look on google satellite view.   For more on the builder behind these, click here . . . G. A. Tomlinson.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

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Name that tug?  Answer follows.

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Kodiak . . . this is a new one for me and a one-off trip for the vessel?

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The tug here is

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Liberty Service.  And yes, that’s Chesapeake Coast in the distance.

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McKinley Sea leads Bluefin in from the anchorage.  I’m not sure why Bluefin is still gray.

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This is an impressive lineup in the late fall afternoon light:  the McAllisters Kate, Bruce, Helen, Brothers, Brian .  . and more.

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This vessel I truly don’t know.  It’s new in the harbor, and I have a hunch . . . but will keep that to myself.

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And the mystery tug at the start of this post was none other than W. O. Decker.  Here’s one of my favorite set of old photos of Decker.  Here are many others.

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All photos very recently by Will Van dorp.

Here were post 1 and post 2 with this name, both focusing on WW2 torpedo boats.  PT-728 used to be based on the Rondout in Kingston and would make visits to NYC’s sixth boro, but now you’d have to go to Lake Huron for an outing.

The vessel below is PT-305 and “diminished” version of itself spent from 1947 until 1988 in the sixth boro as Captain David Jones.  Does anyone remember it?  Have photos of it?

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I say “diminished” because to bypass certain crewing requirements, four yards plus was chopped off the stern.  Click here and scroll through to see a photo of this chopped hull and NYC paint scheme.

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If you’ve never visited Nola, you have to;  and if you visit Nola, the World War II museum–easy to get to–is a must-do.  And in one of many buildings–the Kushner Restoration Pavilion–PT-309 is returning to its former glory.   Parts have been rebuilt or returned from scrap heaps and river bottoms–like these exhaust ports salvaged from a wreck in a river in Connecticut.

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The plan is for a return to the water, a possible trip all the way to Boston with a stopover in the sixth boro.

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PT-305–like many torpedo boats–is a Higgins product, made right in New Orleans.

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And before you go, read Jerry E. Strahan’s biography of the Andrew Jackson Higgins.  Click here for a Richard Campanella Times Picayune article with photos on Higgins.  Here’s an excerpt, showing Higgins’ methods when he needed to get fifty small boats built and shipped to the Navy in two weeks:  “

Low on steel, he “chartered a fleet of trucks and armed plant guards,” wrote Strahan, “to persuade [a Baton Rouge] consignee to release the metal to Higgins Industries.”

Requiring bronze shafting, he sent his men to raid a Texas depot and arranged for complicit Louisiana police to placate livid Texas law enforcement as his trucks crossed the state line heading back to New Orleans. Needing more steel, Higgins begged and borrowed from a Birmingham plant, then sweet-talked Southern Railway officials into bending the rules to deliver the metal to New Orleans. “Never before or since,” wrote Strahan, “has a Southern Railway passenger train pulled freight cars.”

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Despite the distance and the fog covering the escutcheon,  I could immediately identify this tug–once a regular on the Hudson and in the sixth boro– on the Mississippi.

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Let me end out this series with tugboats and other vessels:  Sydney Ann

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and Brandi,

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Mary Parker and

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Port Ship Service Little Ray

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David J. Cooper and

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Bulk Guatemala with selfie-shooting watch stander,

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Sonny Ivey and

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Connie Z,

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Moose, 

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Jena Marie C, 

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Capt CJ, and

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fireboat Gen. Roy S. Kelley,

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Jo Provel with the 9th steamboat named Natchez.

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Now all of this has nothing to do with the photo below, which nevertheless deserves recognition . . . interactive art which really seems to have caught on.  Thanks, Candy Chang.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s even now in the cold NYC air plotting a return to

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Nola.

I wonder . . . if I move here, will I tire of watching the traffic pass?   Sometimes there are familiar vessels . . . like Buster Bouchard, but otherwise . . .

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commerce rafts in vessels never before seen . . . like Fu Kang (almost a racy name?) foreground and Caribe Pearl protruding from around the bend, with  Angus R. Cooper, Bollinger, and Algiers Point in between.

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Leopard Sea and Miss Sylvia keep the excitement going, with

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handoffs to Karen Koby,

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Cindy R and Zante,

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C. Mack Zito, 

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Jesus Saves,

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Presager,

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J. K. McLean, 

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Alice I. Hooker, 

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Merrick Jones, 

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Louisiana and Angus R. Cooper meeting Qingdao Tower.

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The Mississippi never stops, but I will of now, with a note of familiarity, not Dolphin per se–she’s never been pictured on the is blog, I think–but rather the Kirby livery.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Back to Jesus Saves, is there any truth to the story that somewhere along the Mississippi a nun is master of a tug?

You might conclude that in this city I do nothing except sit on the riverbank, but the better conclusion is that Nola river traffic volume is phenomenal.  So here’s a sampling of another–say–two hours total traffic, beginning with a vessel that would look entirely at home in NYC’s sixth boro . . . it’s J. George Betz.

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Next something you’ll not see except in the inland big river, O. H. Ingram, 185′ loa x 54′ 9200 hp and triple screw,  pushing

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at least eight barges heading into a turn with at least two oncoming tows:

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Joe B. Wyatt, 170′ loa x 45′ 6120 hp twin screw,  pushing 18 barges and Mr. Pete with a single, but they all squeeze around the turn.

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The range of vessels is interesting, considering the likes of Lil Susan S

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and Josephine Anne of Bisso Offshore, with Wise One in the distance.

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Natalie S . . . and

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Blessed Trinity .  .  . and

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and Natures Way Commander . . .

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Moose . .  and

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CSS Savannah . . . and less than two hours have elapsed and I haven’t included all the traffic!

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and let me conclude with a photo taken the previous afternoon, another that would NOT look out of place in NYC’s waters, Greg Turecamo.

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More soon.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’ll start with the greatest looking tug of all I saw.  It has a name, but I cropped it out and will reveal it as this post goes on.  But isn’t this a beaut?!!  It also has an evocative previous name.  Can you guess her vintage?

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I’m in the mood for puzzling today, so what’s this?  I know there’s no tug in this photo, but . . .

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now there is.  Check out the scale of those gift boxes!  Here’s the story of the Algiers Christmas bonfires. Scroll through here to photos 4 and 5 for last year’s Algier’s bonfire fuel.

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So here’s a closer up of the tug Bunker King passing the tanker Bow Trajectory, heading for Plaquemine.

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See the Algiers “gift boxes” over the stern of Cecilia B. Slatten?  See where she fits in her fleet here.   Can anyone explain what if any connections there are between Bisso Towing and Bisso Marine, who recently have had a project in NYC’s sixth boro?

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Freedom . . . there’s nothing in the sixth boro with these colors and artwork.

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M/V Magnolia . . . as night falls.

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Night falls on James Dale Robin and Kimberly Hidalgo.  Less than an hour earlier, prayers had been offered and champagne spilled over these two vessels and another, Dale Artigue.

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And nightfall means I should return to the beaut in the first photo . . . here it is with name restored, formerly called Havana Zephyr.  Check out this fabulous line drawing of her by Barry Griffin.

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Here’s the whole vessel as I saw it last week.  Such lines!  I’d really love to see a bowsprite rendering of those curves!

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Merlin Banta, which my defective eyes first read as ‘merlin santa,” came out of the St. Louis Boats yard in 1946, not long after the yard delivered a fleet of icebreaking tugs to the US Navy and then to the USSR!  If you click on no other links in this post, you have to see these icebreakers . . . last photo in a post I did a year ago here.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Thanks much for the encouragement;  here’s another set of photos.  Actually, if you follow the Bayou nearly to the end, you’ll be here in Port Fourchon at the entrance to one of the southernmost roads in Louisiana.  This post will be mostly a photo album.

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As you’ll notice in the following photos, certain colors dominate here.  Here’s  C-Legacy and

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beyond Delta Power  . . . more orange and yellow in the background including

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Timbalier Island, C-Clipper, and unidentified.  Many Edison Chouest vessels are listed here, and for Timbalier Island, launched less than a year ago, click here.

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Finn Falgout and another view of Timbalier Island.

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For the many other Edison Chouest vessels I’ve previously posted, click here.

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Crosby Enterprise and Kurt J. Crosby.  For lots of Crosby tugs including these, click here.

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Joshua Chouest

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Miss Aimee and John G. McCall

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C-Pacer and Fast Track

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Harvey Champion and Harvey Supporter and some I can’t identify.   Here’s the Harvey fleet including

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Harvey Falcon, Harvey Racer, and Harvey Hero.

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Betty Pfankuch

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AMC Ambassador, Seacor Conquest, and Bob Jr

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Norbert Bouziga

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HOS Mystique and HOS Sandstorm

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HOS Crockett

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Russell Adams

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Mainport Pine and some unidentified vessels

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Connor Bordelon, a ProMariner ship-of-the-year this year, and Blue Dolphin and what looks like an identical BakerHughes vessel.  I saw other Baker Hughes vessels in Brazil last year.

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And finally .  . the MSRC vessel everyone hopes never to have to deploy . . . Deep Blue Responder, she with a sibling in the sixth boro and many other places.

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Thanks for asking for more of these.  Tomorrow I’ll start unpacking the Nola photos.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, but if you want to follow work on vessels like these, check out Crewboat Chronicles and New England Waterman.

 

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