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Here was #1 of this series, started earlier this month, featuring quite random fotos and thoughts. Here’s a shot looking toward Shooters and Elizabeth, NJ. In the foreground just off the street and that bell tower and to the left of the cement silo are three . . actually four identical brown brick structures; the fourth one is mostly obscured by the silo. I have no clue, although they look like pylons to a structure long gone. Help?
In a bit, I’m hitting the road . . . gallivant time, so many places to see along so much highway and way too little time. The blog may vacate for a few days . . . But on the 26th, whether I post or not, this blog has its fifth anniversary. This is post #1608 in the past 1825 days. Post #1 was prompted by my huge stone-bellied muse. Thanks so much for reading; I’ve had a blast. I’m eager to get gone and then get back.
PS: If you haven’t voted or asked a half dozen friends to vote for this blog as “best neighborhood blog” and “best photo blog” (#5 and 24), please do so now. A few of you have written to say you like thinking of the sixth boro as one of the overlooked neighborhoods of NYC, the place said to be comprised of five terracentric boros.
These fotos come from Jason LaDue, who knew her while he was growing up in the vicinity of the Soo. Foto below by Troy Wilke. Jason writes, “That rare (and large) Kahlenberg smoked like no other but always delivered the power. I was onboard her several times when moving saltwater vessels to and from the Algoma Steel facility in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.”
Next year 2012, Grouper has a one CENTURY anniversary, 100 years of life, the last decade and a half of which she seems in a coma. Here was my original Grouper post, followed by 67 comments!
Many thanks, Jason. I plan to use more of your fotos soon.
Uh . . . I miscalculated and got no new fotos of cutter Eagle today, but John Watson made a smart choice
and got these . . . . Bravo, John! Check out this Eagle/Horst Wessel crew reunion blog. And thanks to PortSide NewYork, this info on visiting hours this weekend aboard Eagle at Pier 7 Brooklyn Marine Terminal . . . Today . .. . 2 — 5 pm, Saturday . . . 1–7pm, and Sunday . . . 10 am–7 pm.
1) . . . Name the four sister training barques. Answer follows.Still, serendipity gave me other fotos for another day. Instead, enjoy a few more Eagle I took yesterday . . . sans ceremonial escort boats and with some facts about the vessel.
2. Eagle was built in 1936, placing it as second oldest.
3. It was transferred to US ownership in May 1946 and sailed to the US in June of the same year by a joint German/American crew. Point of entry to the US and disembarkation of the German members of the crew happened at Camp Shanks, more or less across from Yonkers. Does anyone know of fotos of Eagle headed up or down the Hudson in 1946?
4. It downed three Soviet planes and one German “friendly.”
5. Racing stripe was added in 1976.
6. I don’t know which–if any–of the Blohm + Voss training barques have NEVER visited New York harbor.
The two fotos below show a plaque in what used to be Camp Shanks. Vessel in the distance below is Wanderbird, also
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who took these fotos of Eagle five years ago. Thanks a bundle for the fotos from this morning, John.
Finally, the other Blohm + Voss vessel in New York harbor is Peking, languishing in South Street Seaport limbo. Peking is 377′ loa x 46 beam’ x 16′ draft; compared with Eagle‘s 295′ x 31′ x 17.’
Click here to read the reminiscences of Emil Babich, who crewed aboard Eagle in June 1946 for Eagle’s FIRST arrival in the Hudson on its way to Camp Shanks.
Angus Express got in about 24 hours later than had been predicted . . . that’s right on time, boat time. Many thanks to John McCluskey and John Watson for these pics.
Wooley Bully!!! Of course THAT’s as much a coincidence as my linking to this song.
Angus and Shorthorn are two of ten vessels in the Vroon fleet. Angus is two years older and about 50′ shorter than Shorthorn. The visit of these two vessels in the past half month raises a lot of logistical questions in the mind of this erstwhile farm kid; some answers are provided in this series of links: types of livestock carriers, relative size and capacity ( e.g., 14,000 cattle!!!) , problems/challenges associated with this transport . . . Here are many more such vessels. Questions NOT answered for me are: is the manure stored until reaching destination or treated/disposed of at sea? Ditto . .. fatalities among the animals? And although it probably bunkered “empty” of cattle, is a loaded vessel noisy . . as a stable with lowing and mooing? What type of feed is given to the cows enroute? Can cattle get seasick? Why have we seen two cattle carriers in two weeks, whereas I’ve not noticed one before? And facetiously, might a hull filled with several thousand lowing cattle be heard–conducted via water–by a pod of whales?
Angus arrived in the sixth boro yesterday in late afternoon, and as of this writing, it is about to enter Delaware Bay on its way to . . . Wilmington. So is Ocean Drover. Can anyone get me an invitation to tour a cattle carrier vessel there?
Related: Check out this cattle transport.
Beat the heat . .. by imagining change: well, eastriver suggested the sixth boro annex the Conch Republic. Hmmm. Since the sixth boro is an archipelago like the Keys, maybe we could confederate the American archipelagos (besides the two already mentioned, we’d join with the Thimble Islands, the Thousand Islands, the Channel Islands, the Salish Islands, and maybe establish diplomatic relations with all archipelagos smaller than . . . Long Island, giving us many of the Antilles, a smattering of Pacific nations, the Aeolian Islands and Greek Islands. I know I’ve left many out, but it’s already sounding like good company in my heat-addled brain.
Or defocus on the scorching temperatures by looking at fotos below?
First one is a “tugster-sighting” just north of the sixth boro snapped by Joel Milton. Tugster is on the foredeck of Patty Nolan (1931) sans figurefigure as she tows sailing vessel sans-servingsails Lickity-Split some weeks back, here passing the Englewood Cliffs boat basin, I believe.
Answer comes from Les Sonnenmark, longtime friend of the tugster blog: it’s a cable-laying barge operated by Calwell Marine. Info on the barge can be found in this pdf . . . starting on the unnumbered page 6ff. In fact, this barge may be related to the work of Dolphin III in the sixth boro last summer: click the link to “marine contractor” above the last foto in this post you find here.
Foto by tugster near the Chesapeake City Bridge as 2011-launched Mako ensures Penn No. 81 makes
and Matthew Tibbetts (1969) both high and dry at Caddell Shipyard in Staten Island.
the numbers on the stern, I’ve found no info on this type. Fotos by tugster. Orange bow on the right side of foto belongs to C-Tractor 13.
Only tangentially related: For info on YTB-832, previously based in Mayport and now possibly in Greece by way of Italy, click here.
And an even less tenuous tangential connection to these fotos of vessels of La Guardia di Finanza, which sounds like what our government is supposed to do but actually refers to something quite different . . . . What it is can be found here.
More fotos will be forthcoming from the Conch Republic, a possible future residence.
When January has ended and winter still holds us in its icy grip, some folks around the sixth boro get together and engage in group therapy to exorcise the demons of cold and isolation. Here and here are previous sessions.
Here’s a group shot of those seeking solace from the debilitation of February fevers and agues last evening at the Ear Inn about 8 pm.
Frogma, who issued the convocation to gather, launches into the treatment: evoke summer future and
conjure up villains of summers past, no
Here’s Adam’s account of last night. Besides Frogma and TQ, also representing different takes on the sixth boro last night were Carolina of PortSide NewYork, Peconic Puffin, Rick Old Salt, John and Vicky (who drew the mermaid above) of Summit to Shore, Bowsprite (who shaded in the shark and breathed life into it) , and yours truly (whose fingers extruded the outline of the shark, as if from tribal memory of terror).
And this just in: Puffin Michael’s version of the events.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp . . who was particularly geography-challenged last night.
Look like Atlantic Salvor . .. or if you remember Barents Sea, like her? Well, the middle vessel, Mister Darby, now goes as Atlantic Salvor. And Mister Pete (launched from Halter Moss Point in March 1976 for Portland Tugs) operates as Barents Sea. Mister Darby came off the ways in February 1977 at Halter Marine, along with a litter of similar vessels for Tidewater Marine, like Mister Jean, Mister Andre, Mister Charlie, Raleigh Ann, … and the list goes on. Thanks to Duncan Merritt for this foto. Can anyone place the year?
Fairly new in the sixth boro is Lucinda Smith, 1975, ex-
Passing each other today in the KVK, Franklin (1984) and Zachery Reinauer (1971, ex-Tioga).
Here St Andrews (1978, ex-Melissa L.) gets a dock assist from
the berth just vacated by HMS Liberty (1978, ex-James William, Shirley Joy, and Douglas B. Mackie).
The first and last fotos today come from Tom Mann, who–in spite of the port listed on this vessel’s stern–took them along the Cape Cod Canal less than a week ago. Justice . . . launched in 2009 by Martinac Shipbuilding . . . is one vessel I’ve NOT yet seen in the sixth boro, not that I see even most things or ever claimed to.
Hoss and Carolina I saw in the Elizabeth River in South Norfolk; they are ex-Chauncey 1962 and ex-Amy M, Robert P Jr, Bay Star 1958, respectively.
Here the Intracoastal Marine site.
ICM crews were moving a deckbarge at Jordan Bridge.
Great Point (2002) waited at the pier in Crisfield, MD with
this load; I imagined it pushing with housing away.
Knock Ha Shee, built by Higgins in 1954 as a US Army coastal freighter (ex-Morgan, Edgerton) is now USCG-classified as a towing vessel.
Is this a pushboat or a motorized barge?
Yes, seeing John P. Brown (2002) pushing an oversize Colgate box, that means we’re back in the sixth boro
But thanks to the fotos from Tom Mann, I can overshoot . . . here’s Justice traversing the Cape Cod Canal.
For some Mexican tugs, see Mage’s Postcards.
This post is dedicated to one of my most devoted readers/commenters. It’s you, Mage!
Actually, this is what 3000 people stuck in traffic looks like. Carnival Fantasy was scheduled to sail at 4 pm New Years Day, but two incoming vessels had priority. Here was 4:18. Note the red flag hanging from the bow.
5:31 and some dolphins had just glided by.
6:02, and when the shore crew slipped the line over the bollard, passengers cheered from the upper deck. Thrusters move it laterally, Bahamas bound.
6:12. Notice the tug (Ann Moran?) assisting Brasilia.
6:15. Fantasy in reverse.
6:19. I imagine the lines of the Ravenel Bridge as masts and sails. Well, if I squint, of course.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who will post more “road fotos” tomorrow.