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Hawsepiper Paul is writing about this subject all along, as you might expect since he lives most of his days on a bunker barge.
Indulge me a bit as I elaborate on these adventures, as captured in photos by Tony A, starting with this one. When does a New York port of registry seem out of place?
I’d say when it’s painted onto a vessel never or rarely seen in New York, and of course I know that with flags of convenience . . . anything is possible with arcane finagling.
To appear to digress a little bit more, Marcus G Langseth is to 2014 as Robert G Conrad was to –say– 1980. Conrad is a photo I copied from Seth Tane‘s archives a little over a year ago when I did the “fifth dimension” series on the sixth boro.
Anyhow, about two weeks ago Tony A and Patrick Sky got to deliver fuel to this international wanderer.
A little over an hour later, Patrick Sky, feeling much lighter, pulls away from this dock underneath Throgs Neck (which autocorrect insists should be spelled “throb’s neck,” but that would take us into adventures in spell auto correcting, which I’d much rather avoid.
Here was 29. (The apostrophe is making me lose count.)
Below . . . just in this morning from Ashley Hutto . . call this “can’t sleep ’til I get to Brooklyn.”
From Jason Padgett high above Broad Street about a week and a half ago, part of a submarine on a barge entering the East River, and
from Jonathan Steinman, the same unit a little farther up the East River. A little over two years ago, Birk Thomas took these of a similar cargo.
And from a secret salt . . . some months back, it MAY be the same tug as seen in dry dock but what would be a submarine perspective.
From along the Maas and taken by Fred Trooster last week, it’s the restored tug Elbe.
From another secret salt . . . these are sixth boro waters to be kept in mind whenever you’re tempted to swim here.
The world is full of secret salts, another of whom sent this photo of Louisiana vessel with an intriguing name.
And finally, a photo I took . . . of a scrapyard with an alarming name, until you accept that it might be another language.
Thanks much to Ashley, Jason, Jonathan, Fred, and all the secret salts who send me photos. And finally . . . a photo I took myself, and I’ll leave you to guess where, a photo that goes along with an article Elizabeth sent me recently about an invasive species in Colombia.
Boston Navy Yard, February 1932 and launch day. Click here to see the context.
82 years later, the same vessel as the top one and now known as Seneca, pushes Tender #10 eastbound just east of Oneida Lake.
107 years later than the second photo above, H. J. Dornbos, now known as Urger awaits dry-docking between Locks 2 and 3 in Waterford last week. For a sense of how Urger looks high and defy, click here.
Enjoy these additional shots from Seneca‘s wheelhouse.
Here’s the story, and
here’s what the 1960ish waterways of New York State looked like.
Thanks to William Lafferty for the 1907 Dornbos image.
Off the Japanese coast?
Isn’t that Patrick Sky? Has she been boarded?
Nah . . . Patrick is just bunkering the Japanese Coast Guard Kojima on its annual trip through the sixth boro.
Many thanks to . . .was it Tony? . . . for these great pics.
Pulling the plug?
Trying to put it back before the sixth boro drains away? Freeing a fouled conning tower on an experimental North Korean submarine? Attempting a descent into a rumored rabbit hole? Performance artist? Very small bobber tender preparing for a large fish to bite? Got a better caption?
Thanks for this photo sent by a secret salt . . .
Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.
F. Scott Fitzgerald said there were no second acts in American life . . . but as in this case, he was wrong about so many things. We all have second and third acts, fourth and fifth lives.
Does anyone know the larger vessel below? What’s barely legible on the bow is the name Maryland. Photo was taken by Brian Hope between 1978 and 1984, and that info should make identification quite easy. There’s a closer-up at the end of this post.
Unrelated . . . but another vessel, currently in the UK, has also gone through a series of lives.
Currently it’s on the Avon River near Bristol . . . Its previous lives include the following
30-06-1916 Flora, Rotterdam; 18-11-1975 Zuiderzee, Urk; 1979/04/07 Zuiderzee, Enkhuizen; 22-08-1979 Zuiderzee, Steenbergen; 16-01-1980 Zuiderzee, Rotterdam; 1981/06/08 Zuiderzee, Maastricht; 1990/09/11 Gaby, Maastricht. I’ve simplified the info a bit here; the underlined words are towns of registry although in many cases the boat had multiple owners in the same town.
Her previous life as a small tug is evident in her lines.
Her current owner–Pete Totterdell–is looking for any more info and photos from her previous lives. Further info from him: “The boat was originally bought from Zaandam. It has a Volvo Penta 117hp engine currently. 15m x 3.5m, Air draft 3m, depth draft 1.6m. It was a was a working canal authority vessel.”
Parting shot . . . closer-up of Maryland, whose current life and mine may cross paths in exactly one week.
Thanks to Capt. Brian hope and Pete Totterdell for these photos.
here in a photo from a few weeks ago. This morning, as I’m waking up, looks clear like the next few photos.
It’s C. Angelo towing Sea Shuttle. Part of the joy of photographing the same geography repeatedly is seeing the difference made by factors like weather and
time of day.
Here’s a dramatic weather photo taken somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico by Capt. Aeolus. It reminds me of dramatic weather here . . scroll through . . from a “road fotos” post I did about three years ago.
And speaking of the road . . . I have some major gallivants coming up very soon.
Thanks to Aeolus for the photo above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
If there are eight million stories in the naked city, then there are at least 80 million perspectives, and what I love about social media is the ability to share many more of these than can otherwise be seen. Take this one . . . sent along yesterday by Jonathan Steinman. Big Allis sets the location as about a half mile north of the bridge now named for Ed Koch. And the vessel . . . the current and VI version of Empire State on the first day . . . of Summer Sea Term 2014 and not yet out of its East River home waters. Greets to all the cadets on deck enjoying the mild spring morning. Click here for the previous versions of Empire State: I II III IV V.
And tailing . . it looks like McAllister Girls.
Around midday yesterday, Empire State was here (the blue icon off St George) and not quite 24 hours later,
she’s off Montauk.
The previous photo from Jonathan–which I never shared–was this, taken in midMarch. If you’re not from the area, that’s the East River with Roosevelt Island making for a quite narrow channel. That’s Shelby (of shuttle fame) and Freddy K Miller (ever morphing) team-pushing Weeks 533 (lifter of Sully’s ditched 1549).
And if you’ve forgotten what my –and many others’ focus was in midMarch, it was
Many thanks to Jonathan for sharing these photos.
Here’s a photo I took almost four years ago of the SUNY Maritime training ship returning home from Summer Sea Term.