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. . . although bridge shipping might be more accurate. Mostly pics for now, as I’ve no time for research other than eyes. As night falls and with aerial pelican support . . . Norma H II.
. . . and waterborne pelicans.
Dawn with Midnight Wolf.
At the entrance of San Juan harbor . . notice the tiny fishing boat beyond Wolf.
Even earlier at dawn . . Sabre Spirit.
At dusk . . . Midnight Stone. . .
And finally . . . a mother ship, and not-so-short sea shipping . . . it’s Navigator towing San Juan – Jax Bridge . . . as night fell last night.
The tow gets an assist from Beth McAllister. More Beth soon.
These fotos taken since last Wednesday show part of the range of weather we’ve had since Wednesday. And here’s a surprise: Crowley’s Courage in the Stapleton anchorage . . . as of this writing, she’s off Florida halfway between Jacksonville and Miami.
Lincoln Sea, same day, off BAT, just before that wicked storm erupted . . . derupted/descended . . . Great pics at that link.
Buchanan 10 was making her way across the Upper Bay as
the wind started to kick up some splash. Did I get wet? Yup . . . but I always carry a dry bag for stuff that dislikes water. And I was afraid of getting zapped by the electricity in the sky as I walked home from the subway. Yup . . . tugster on the subway.. Hey . . . parts of the subway lines allow me to travel beneath the sixth boro without a submarine, as depicted by Duke Riley.
Here’s Siberian Sea, also on Wednesday.
Saturday morning light was quite different, after more than two days of rain. D . . . I hope that answers your question about shooting through glass. This was the huge 12,000 hp OSG Vision pushing OSG 350 westbound on the KVK yesterday morning. Given what ATBs work the Great Lakes, I’m wondering about the claim here that Vision, a year even, was the world’s largest ATB unit. On this foto, I’m also shooting into the morning sun.
Here Wicomico passes MSC Federica. Notice the white structure atop the containers (left of the turbine) on Federica.
Here’s a close-up. Anyone else notice it? . . . identify it?
Beaufort Sea passes Zim San Francisco.
By the way, what are those blue “seaco” units on San Fran‘s deck? Also notice the sailboat up there on the load!! Doubleclick enlarges.
Rounding out this post, my till-favorite large tug in the sixth boro . . . Atlantic Salvor, just a bit over half the hp of OSG Vision, not that hp tells the whole story.
Unrelated to this post but related to the major focus of this blog: I’ve adding the comment by R. A. Pena because it may please you and some of you may be prompted to research it. His note follows: with a bit of editing by me”
|we owe our life to the captn and crew of tug boat CABO ROJO; they saved us from capsizing on 13 of may 1966 on rough weather crossing from cuba to florida; will never forget them; our boat was a 17 footer; l was 18 yrs old at the time. now at 66 l would like to have a photo of the ship or his crew. god bless them and god bless america. note at the time of our rescue tugboat CABO ROJO was pulling 3 barges behind it with molasses on a trip from puerto rico to new orleans. who was to tell that [our] faint far away light was seen in the distance. it was going to be our salvation. thanks a million captn god bless. tugboat CABO ROJO and his crew. r .a. pena vero beach fl. 7-22-2012. note our boat the ANITA was abandoned to the mercy of the sea due to certain circumstances; every time l remember seeing it fade away under the lights of the reflectors of tugboat CABO ROJO l can’t stop tears . thanks again for saving our life. gratefully yours r.a pena”|
Mr. Pena . . . thanks for writing the wonderful note. I hope we can find a foto of CABO ROJO operating between PR and Nola in 1966.
First . . . a foto from Cape Town thanks to Colin. Any idea what purpose the wire coils around the bulwarks of Teliri serve? Answer at end of post.
Next, from French mariner Herrou Xtian, a LeHavre-based rotor tug RT Claire, now working in Bremerhaven. For a sense of what she looks like below the waterline, click here.
Also from Xtian, it’s a huge salvage tug Abeille Bourbon. Xtian’s has a model-building question later in this post. And I hope to have fotos of a huge tug myself in the next few days.
And from Dave Chappell, Mobro’s Rio Bravo (ex-Gus Candies, 1973) towing a scow through Jacksonville, FL.
And here’s Xtian’s question, stemming from his work on Crowley’s former vessel Centurion. On his model, the lighter strips represent the keel coolers. How far do the ones marked A and B extend, and what exactly do they look like.
Here are fotos I took of Centurion high and dry on Mighty Servant 1, about to leave NYC’s sixth boro for Nigeria. However, the portion Xtian wants to see is obscured in all my fotos. Anyone help?
Thanks much Colin, Xtian, and Dave.
They say we never had a winter in 2011 into 2012, but on this first full day of summer, a hot season has begun. What better day to look at Cook Inlet. I’m using these fotos with expressed permission from Seth Tane, who took them four years and a month ago; see his painting here.
Seth’s platform here is Polar Adventure. Click here and scroll to see her shuttle route between Alaska and the West Coast during the past 30 days alone.
And the “tailgating” tug is Tan’erliq, a Crowley ship assist and tanker escort, training.
Click here for a commendation Tan’erliq shared with an even more powerful Crowley tug for rapid response to a tanker power loss.
Line is made and pullback begins. This process makes me think of calf roping or kayak hunting.
Unrelated: Bravo to community Board 1 for passing a resolution supporting wood carver Sal Polisi’s right to stay put. Shame on EDC for their broad-broom sweeping all that impedes their planning.
Note the Crowley props and the orange-clad crew. Doubleclick enlarges image.
My question is this: what is the actual weight added to Swan by these five tugs, one barge, and one crewboat? Does the load change the draft of Swan at all, given that she like any vessel is ballasted as needed? And I do not know the answer.
For outatowners, these shots from Bay Ridge show the “west” end of the Verrazano Bridge. Yesterday’s fotos were taken from the bluff more or less just above the white dome of the lighthouse.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp, who probably has one more installment on Swan. For the title, my apologies to Marcel Proust.
(Note: Doubleclick enlarges.) The title . . . those were the exact words John Watson emailed me last night. If the message had been “hawk is down” . . . or “condor …” it would have alarmed me, but instead I charged my camera so that right after work I could zoom over to Fort Wadsworth for these shots. By one, I found Alert loaded onto barge BFT No. 38, which
was already on Swan. Gabby Miller was present, of course. Lined up on the Brooklyn side was a cast of characters identified as
The three Crowley tugs glided onto Swan‘s back, extending beyond the hull on
For outatowners, that’s Manhattan in the distance looking across most of what’s called the Upper Bay. The Lower Bay is behind me, as is the Verrazano Bridge. On the right is the boro of Brooklyn. The red tugs are Charles D. McAllister and McAllister
Next on board . . . Socrates, who in spite of the fog, found
I offer these as fotos in search of a story . . . midday yesterday it was Bruce A. McAllister who appeared first on the ConHook Range with an unmistakeable
As I pondered that, I noticed a follower . . . a McAllister tug I’ve not seen before . . . Michael J. McAllister, built at Halter in the state of LA as well in 1971, 109′ and 4100 hp . . . with another
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp. For a foto of Crowley Pathfinder I took a few years back near Seattle, click here . . . 8th foto down.
Here was the first one, two years ago. Actually . . . this post should be called “waiting for Pioneer, ” one 1885 steel and iron schooner, said to be transiting through the Kills back to South Street Seaport.
But in the unpredictable ways of the sixth boro, this is the first Pioneer that showed up, stern first and
Anyone know from whence? Actually Crowley Mars also arrived that way midday today . . . stern by bow of Bruce A. McAllister. More fotos of the Crowley visitors tomorrow. Anyone know what the plans are?
For more on Katherine G, see what Newyorkology has to report.
And this Halifax-centric tugboat blog to check out . . .
Here was 10.
measured using the load line (draft markings) on the stern. Eyeballing it, I’d say that from the top of the stern bulwarks to the top of the brownish bottom paint is almost 20′. I.e., if (post-launch obviously) I dove from the bulwarks into the water, it would be a long way just to the water! ?? Stern anchor is already in place.
Also at the shipyard in Anacortes, John got this foto of a dry-docked Nanuq, a 301′ loa oil recovery/platform supply vessel build by Edison Chouest. Nanuq was delivered in May 2007; here’s a youtube of its launch. Click here for a foto/info on the newest vessel Edison Chouest is undertaking for Shell’s Arctic drilling.
And from Isaac of the tugboathunter blog, this foto taken in Toledo. OH, (it reminds me of those shots taken by “future car spies”) of the former tugboat Cleveland, possibly headed for the sixth boro as the new (and third) Patrice McAllister. Another shot of the future Patrice can be seen in the last foto here on this post from Isaac’s blog. For archival shots of the vessel, check out Birk and Harold’s site, of course.
Related: If you haven’t seen Jed’s blog, Cumberland Soundings, check it out here.
Also related: I’m suddenly thinking seriously about visiting the Panama Canal. A site like this one gives me the impression that there is an Canal/shipping enthusiast-friendly tourist infrastructure in Panama. Can anyone who’s been there comment? Would it be better to use Panama City or Colon as a homebase for a four-day trip? The “screen capture” below is interactive but time sensitive. When I studied traffic just now, I quickly recognized a half dozen vessels I think I know from their transit through the sixth boro. One is NYK Meteor, which I got fotos of eight days ago exiting the KVK. Is this possible?
Many thanks to Fran Van Staalduinen for snapping these fotos, in a snow storm. Given the foreground, any guesses on the diameter of the props? identity of the tugboat?
Click here for a series of construction fotos from tugboatinformation.com.
Harold Tartell asked that I add the following: ”Sister Tug LEGACY Is Out And In Service. The Second Tug In This Series Of Three LEGEND, Is Over 90 Percent Complete, And Is Due Out Very Soon.” Click here, here, here, and here for more info on the Legacy-class Crowley tugs.”