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The difference between “really random” and just “random” is that with the former, I include photos taken in different waterways and ports. Guess the ports/waterways here?
All these photos have been taken during the past 30 days by Will Van Dorp, who needed to do a random __ tugs post to dispel notions that this blog has succumbed to focus creep. Soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll return to my zoning of the canal. I’ll also return to some background vessels in this post.
Oh . . the first four photos were taken near the Delaware River in Philly, the next two were in the KVK, the following was the Hudson river across from the mouth of the Rondout and the now-derelict Delaware & Hudson Canal, and the last one was between locks 7 and 6 in the Erie Canal. I included the KVK pics to show that although I’m mostly gallivanting these days, mu roots still remain emplaned in the sixth boro.
Here was Augie when I first saw her, June 2012.
A few months later, here’s Augie alongside Cornell.
Ditto . . . Augie that year at Waterford Tugboat Roundup. Start counting the days until the 2014 event.
Here are photos I took of Augie about six weeks ago in Kingston. Notice some evolution?
Augie‘s now grown an upper helm!
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who lost his notes on Augie‘s history: what I recall is Florida-built from the 1940s.
Below . . . a foto from Gerard Thornton showing Gary Nelson on Gage Paul Thornton. Gary seems to be keeping relatively good humor in spite of the cold.
Gulf Dawn returns a dredge scow to the AK.
See the icicles on an anchor which less than a month ago was splashed with tropical water.
Margaret and Laura K. Moran assist Valle Azzurra in from sea.
McAllister Sisters heads upriver with
RTC 60 and –I’m speculating– lots of heating oil for New York state homes.
McAllister Girls –here passing Sassafras–is a boat I haven’t seen in a while.
Thanks to Gerard Thornton for the first foto; all others by Will Van Dorp, who believes that one reason to put up such cold fotos is so that we can look back in July and feel delightfully cooled by these images.
Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:
a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,
a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,
(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)
my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,
waterdogs go fishing,
a Dutch barge,
Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along
with Tappan Zee II,
Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,
the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,
and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . . the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.
If anyone out there needs to be convinced of the beauty of the Hudson Valley less than 100 miles north of the big city, take a glance at this foto by Tim Hetrick showing tanker Icdas 11 escorted by a paparazzi savvy eagle.
The foto below shows sloop Clearwater in mid-June arriving at the music festival that shares the same name.
A minute or so earlier . . . Clearwater rounded the bend following Woody Guthrie toward the shallows.
But if anyone has notions of operating a wooden vessel, it’s important to consider the regular maintenance. Here was a post from about three years ago about work on Clearwater. Currently way upriver this
is happening again. All the following fotos now come thanks to Paul Strubeck. In mid-December, Clearwater was downrigged and hauled out near Albany at Scarano Boat Building and
gently placed onto Black Diamond, with tug Cornell nearby.
Securing the big sloop for travel takes care and time, more time than there is light at the winter solstice end of the year.
But when all’s fast, the trip to where the winter maintenance crew can begin.
Click here for an article about Clearwater‘s winter home in the shadow of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Many thanks to Paul for sending these along. It looks like I need to find time to get up to the Rondout. The first two fotos in the post are mine.
For reasons you’ll find at the end of this post, I’ve held these fotos in reserve since last June. Any ideas what’s going on with . . . an apparently empty 70-year-old covered barge floating in the river with a bridge in the distance and some fibers in lower left corner.
Well, some crew are aboard, Joe and Paul on radio, as the transition to alongside towing is initiated. That’s Rhinecliff, NY in the background here.
It’s a demonstration of skills day for certification purposes. That’s my friend Brian taking fotos, and Matt Perricone, owner of tugboat Cornell making up the tow once that free-floating barge is alongside. Here’s the official Cornell site.
To document the day, we shoot from a variety of locations and
angles. This angle I call “elbows in water.”
And this is how to “make up on the nose.”
Designted examiner Sam Zapadinsky of Diamond Marine Services looks on as light boat is maneuvered to a dock in confined river space.
With the barge on the nose of Cornell, it’s time to head back inot the Creek.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp last June. Here’s the rest of the story . . . and note the byline.
Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time . . well sort of. The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time. The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance.
The surprise newcomer at the roundup this year was Wendy B, but with a bit of search, I’ve found this blog about here journey from Toronto to DC seven years ago, by the previous owners.
Click here for the specs at the time of her last sale. Talking with the owners, I learned she was delayed in the sixth boro–on her recent northward passage–by the 4th of July 2012 fireworks. Does anyone recall seeing her in town? Here are my fotos of the spectacular illuminations that day.
Here’s Augie, nestled up to Cornell, in current colors.
When I saw Frances this weekend, I first assumed I was looking at Margot, currently working on Lake Ontario.
Here’s how Frances looked two years ago.
I’m enthusiastic to see Frances (1957) covered in new paint that just exudes vitality. Soon she’ll be working like Margot, her one-year-younger sister.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but thanks to Barbara for sending this link along: South Street Seaport in the news.
Here are a, b, c, and d from two years ago. As I write this, the Roundup has not yet finished. What’s left is the fireworks extraordinaire, the grand finale. But the Roundup begins with a parade up from Albany northward. On the west side of the river is I-787, and by parading along the Interstate at homeward rush hour Friday night, like a circus parade promenading past the farms, mills and markets of yore, this curious group of vessels is designed to convince weekend-planning commuters to hang out at the Waterford waterfront parts of Saturday and Sunday.
but Troy is proud of its present and
Once through the Federal lock,
The flotilla makes its way to Waterford. more on that the next few days.
Amen . . . thanks to the sponsors!! And I enjoyed meeting so many new people.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Posting every day and trying to maintain a “brand” entails a measure of risk taking that I’ve accepted. Maybe this will be a new series, one that might even get up to SBS 80, like the Random Tugs series. So, here’s a different version of a foto I used yesterday. Doubleclick enlarges. I think there’s something remarkable about this gunner, and that’s all I’ll say. Agree?
The links in this series relate in no way to the fotos, but check this out . . . $20 million in silver and other metals–7700 bars of it–somewhere along the bottom of the sixth boro since 1903? Is this serious?
A grainy documentary foto from the ever-perspicacious bowsprite: Cornell pushes a barge with a yellow schoolbus around the boro, certainly a remarkable cargo.
Another remarkable story, which I heard some time ago but have not followed up on: 15,000 pieces of munitions fell from USS Bennington into the Narrows in 1954, before the VZ Bridge construction began. Have they now been removed?
And from the clear-sighted John Watson, here’s a foto of Sgt. Matej Kocak arriving last Monday from Diego Garcia, a remarkable place I’ll probably never visit.
Equally remarkable is this reference to the island of Lokoko on a sign outside the Hurricane Club (SW corner of 26th and Park Avenue) in Manhattan. By the coordinates, Lokoko must be out there, near Tahiti. I love imagined histories as well as real fictions and everyday miracles. I haven’t been inside. I just stumbled upon this while waiting for a friend the other day. Read reviews here.
When I took this foto in 2006, I knew none of the folks depicted; more about this foto at the end.
This Sunday in the sixth boro is the 19th annual tugboat race. If you are free, come down to Pier 84. Will Beth M. McAllister be there? the young Pegasus?
In previous years, the weekend following the tug race in the sixth boro, there was a tug roundup in Waterford, NY. Bad news this year: because of Irene’s reckless bluster and immoderate rain, the 2011 Waterford Tug Roundup has been cancelled. I will miss the puppytugs,
Thanks to Stray for sending along this link to fotos of Irene devastation upriver. I feel sick. Crow and Wire, #94, 119, and 181, were at the Roundup last year. Black Knight, seen in a tugster post a week ago, shows up in #178.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.