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Many thanks to John Skelson for sharing these photos . . . and I’ll leave you guessing for a day or so.
Notice the vessel westbound in the background. In the foreground, that’s Caddell’s with an Erie Lackawanna tug and a dilapidated ferry. The mystery vessel is what’s in the background.
The bridge needs no identification although the Bayonne shore in the background looks opener than it currently is.
The number of tugs is just fabulous.
And to return some color to the blog, here are Gary (right) and I sharing a beer after the show last night. Thanks to all who attended and to the crews of five interesting documentaries. I hope to see more of the festival Saturday and Sunday.
Again, thanks much to John Skelson for sharing the mystery photos. Now . . please weigh in.
Call this hull up for action. Slater is back in the sixth boro for the first time in 17 years. Anyone have photos of her in New York waters from 1994 until 1997?
Here’s the platform where a vessel who served two nations will get “hull work” for the next nine weeks or so.
Compare this stern shot of Slater with this one of Kidd.
And so the work starts . . . with no time lost from day 1.
All photos byWill Van Dorp.
As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south. The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills in the west.
Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug. Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . . the other side.
John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.
Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.
Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.
Click here to see why John J. Harvey made this trip to Caddells. These photos were taken around midday today, as the .org retired fireboat made its way to its home dock. With new metal covered with absolutely brightest red, nothing but the most brilliant April sunlight would do. Enjoy these photos!
The trim is not yet finished but there’s some time before her first trip upriver to kick off the season. Note the sternway wake.
I thought I could jump in my land conveyance and beat them to one of my “offices” along the Kill, but I had to race . . .
to catch them here.
Yup . . . pass the plate.
Here’s a photo I took September 1, 2013 as Harvey knifed its way between fast-moving boats in last year’s tugboat race.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s putting this Monday morning post up early.
Here was 8.
Do you recognize these vessels? At the moment I write this, both are working together to escort in NYK Meteor.
In the drydock earlier this year . . . Joan Turecamo and the other?
This one is unmistakeable. A year ago she was preparing to steam all night inside the sixth boro to ride out the storm.
Click here for a foto of her in late October last year after Sandy had punished some more than others.
From the land side, you can see some of the work recently done.
And here from the dry side of the first shot . . . it’s Kimberly Turecamo and Joan.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’d planned something else for today, but when Brian DeForest, terminal manager of Atlantic Salt, sent along these fotos –taken Sunday from a unique perspective, I scrapped my erstwhile plan. See the orange details in the foreground?
These are fotos from the ship, which is currently moving at 10 to 11 knots southbound off Cape May. That’s the Bayonne Bridge and
here’s the arm conveying salt onto the pile.
I’m sure this has a technical term, but I’ll call it the bracket that supports the arm when not in use.
And here’s a view into the traveling wheelhouse and
Here is engine room info.
Finally, here’s Quantico Creek as seen from the bridge wing.
Here’s a foto I took nearly six years ago on the KVK looking off the starboard bow of a large vessel of another time–a century ago–that used to engage in a salt trade out of Chile. Know the vessel?
Answer: Peking. Here’s one of six posts I did about that transit of Peking from Caddell’s back to South Street Seaport Museum waters.
Many thanks to Brian DeForest for all these fotos, except the last one.
A thought just occurs to me: Chile’s main salt port today is Patache. Could that word be a Spanish spelling/pronunciation of the word “potash”?
See it there on AIS between Samuel Newhouse and
Grave Grace Victoria? Pretty Scene . . . and I missed getting a foto of it!! I also recently missed getting fotos of potentially pretty scenes–or mediocre pics of vessels with interesting names like African Jaguar, Afrodite, and Great Reward.
Given that “pretty” is as subjective as the ocean is wide, you can judge whether you find these random scenes at all pretty. Can you guess the tug to the right?
Try this . . . the pair of Brown family boats with a couple of Weeks crane barges, or
G. B. Corrado by day at the salt pile where the Weeks crane barges transfer the cargo and
by darkness at the same location passing a large MSC Sindy,
a McAllister tug escorting out a RORO, or
a Dann Marine tug backing into a dock to pivot in place a bunker barge, or
a Moran tug putting power on the stern of a container ship?
I think they’re pretty scenes all. And that tug up on the drydock in the first foto . . . Marjorie B. McAllister.
Twenty thousand feet under the sea?
well . . . maybe just some marine equipment in a drydock.
Oh! This is Caddell’s Drydock #1, which you saw enter the harbor here just five months ago.
And this is Weeks Marine R. S. Weeks, with an unmistakeable ladder–the part that works while submerged. Click here to see what’s left exposed when the ladder is submerged and working.
Since this vessel is 32 years older than C. R. McCaskill, featured on this blog last week, it seems natural to compare them. Visually, design features differ. This dredge has quite different support structure (I know there must be a technical term (help?) . . . but I’ll try “derrick” to raise and lower the ladder and cutterhead. Ditto, the spud support structure on the stern differs. Click here for specifics, but it turns out that R. S. Weeks has a larger hull (268′ x 65′ x 17′ versus 230′ x 62′ x 14′) but cannot operate as deep as McCaskill. Also, Weeks was built on the Susquehanna in 1980 to serve as an “industrial vessel” for Adco. Not sure what that means.
Here are some closer-ups of the work.
This foto comes thanks to Allen Baker.
All other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The next three fotos come compliments of Rod Smith, whose Narragansett Bay Shipping site does a thorough job of documenting many things including all newbuilds worked on at Senesco Marine, where the new Caddell’s drydock was constructed. Here’s the launch day, performed by rolling airbags. See the upper wheelhouse of newbuild Dean Reinauer to the left behind the shed. Small tug afloat is Hawk, ex-YTL 153.
Although not quite wide enough to contain a football field, it is more than long enough. It would certainly redefine the game.
Here’s a foto of the drydock taken from the upperwheelhouse of Dean. Can anyone identify the tug-in-progress directly in the foreground?
Finally, another of my fotos showing the tow just about home entering the Buttermilk Channel. The octagonal structure to the left is the vent tower for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Again, many thanks to Rod for use of these fotos. If you do Facebook, Rod has just posted fotos of arrival of United Yacht Transport’s Super Servant 4 in Newport, RI. Now if I were free, I’d head up and watch the float-off process.
Here was my first post on this drydock.