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Robert E. McAllister has quickly become my favorite tugboat in the sixth boro.  I know how fickle that sounds . . .  But here, muscling Victorious Ace around under cover of darkness, Robert E. is incomparable.

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Of course, Margaret Moran nudging in Carnival Glory is no slouch either.

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As many in the sleeping city have eyes closed, not everyone does.  Mary Alice (I think) grabs scows by the pair.

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Sarah Dann and scow have invisible bottoms as WTC1 has no top.   I hope to put up some nekkid hull pics soon.   To see nekkid car carrier hulls like Victorious Ace, click here.

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Behold Discovery Coast, sleepless in the sixth boro.

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Ellen . . .  whom I’ve long admired and still do, I’m happy to meet

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your sister.   According to this 2004 article, McAllister had at that time converted over a dozen of these.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Random, recent, and variously sourced.

The closeup of Nanticoke pushing Doubleskin 57 toward the Goethals Bridge below comes compliments of Allen Baker.

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I took this foto of Robert E. McAllister.

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Marie J. Turecamo here assists Barney Turecamo, pushing

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the 118,000 barrel barge Georgia.

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Four of the Dann Marine tugs:  l to r, Emerald, Chesapeake in the distance, First,  and Calusa . . . all Coast.

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Pegasus . . . the former John E. McAllister and so much more . . . the only tug in the sixth boro that today still excurses (yup . .  that’s a word!) for the public.

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First Coast, the former

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Morania No. 18 . . .  See the traces of “R–A–N” in the painted metal?

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Over in the East River, it’s Bruce A. and

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Charles D. McAllister.   See the McAllister striped Rosenwach wooden water tank on the building upper skyline left?

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From l’amiga .  .  it’s another shot of Patricia, a 1963 tug built in Port Deposit, MD.

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And last but not least . . .  just cellphone-snapped by chance by Birk Thomas yesterday, it’s Miss Lis, which at this writing is about to steam past Sandy Hook on her way out of the sixth boro.  What’s remarkable about this foto is that Birk caught this Tradewinds tug in the last two miles of a journey that started in LA!   I feel like there should be a brass band playing or some other celebration of completion.   Click here to my previous “seeing” of another Tradewinds tug.

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Click on this foto below . . . and if you have a Facebook account, you should be able to see Tradwinds Towing’s FB page.

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Fotos should be credited as I tried to indicate;  non credited ones by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 22.

Fotos today come from David Gardiner and Paul Strubeck.  David took fotos 1 and 3 on September 1 at dawn.  More of David’s beautiful work can be found at DaveGarPhoto.

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Paul–who has frequently contributed fotos  on this blog including one of my all-time favorites here–says both fotos here were taken in the Welland Canal.  The one below dates from 1978.

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Another of David’s fotos of Discovery Coast.

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This one from Paul dates from 1974.

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And a half hour before David took the spectacular sunrise fotos in Gowanus Bay on September 1, I took this one of James Turecamo, an indefatigeable 44-year-old.

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Many thanks to David and Paul.

Here was ASB 2.  There might be eight million stories in the naked city, but in its primary boro aka the sixth boro at least half again that number of other stories could be told  . .  by the collective whoever knows them.

Captain Zeke moves with the diverse stone trade past folks waiting below our very own waving girl and

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all those folks waving and taking fotos from the ferry and every other water conveyance.

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The 1950 Nantucket‘s back in town . .  for the winter.

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Yup . . . no one could have predicted these . . .

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back when Shearwater was launched in 1929.

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A cruise ship shuffles passengers as Peter F. Gellatly bunkers.

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Kristy Ann Reinauer stands by a construction barge.

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Mary A. Whalen . . . is a survivor from another time.

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A barge named Progress has returned to South Street Seaport Museum, here between Wavertree and Peking.

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Emerald Coast is eastbound on the East River.

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Two views of Adirondack, one with WTC1 –or is it 1 WTC or something else–and

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another with the Arabian Sea unit.

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And Sea Wolf heads north . . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Springtime . . . and motion gives a renewed sense of life to the watery boro.  Emerald Sea‘s been around all winter, but she’s not moved loads like this.  Diner?  Prefab beach buildings for post-Sandy reconstruction?  Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this shot taken along Roxbury, Queens.

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Eclipse, the huge yacht in the distance has taller masts than Clipper City, the tallest sailing vessel operating in the the harbor.  Eclipse left the harbor Tuesday, headed for Gibraltar.

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Schooner Virginia left Wednesday, headed for Virginia . . . by way of Portland, Maine.

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Anyone know the manufacturer of the speedboat in the foreground?  In the background is Zephyr, launched 10 years ago from the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL . . . and Wavertree, launched 128 years ago in Southampton, UK.

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I could almost imagine this boat has a bowsprit.

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Smaller workboats seem more commonplace this time of year like Henry Hudson,

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this Oyster Bay government boat,

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an OCC vessel,

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and of course the ubiquitous all-weather sludge tanker North River, frequently mentioned on this blog.

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Thanks to Ashley for the first foto, and I’d love to know what that structure on the Weeks barge is.  All other fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels the urge to go somewhere too.

OK . . . I fail here.  Which Moran and which McAllister are those in the Sunday morning chop?

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Quick post:  Shelby 1978.

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Evening Tide 1970.

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Jay Michael 1980 doing a re-enactment of my December 15, 2012 post here (scroll to third foto).

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Long time no see . . . Superior Service 1981.

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North Sea 1982.

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Laura K. Moran 2008.

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Resolute 1975 and Discovery Coast 2012.

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All fotos taken in April by Will Van Dorp, who’s feeling it’s significant that so many of these are stern shots . . .  i.e., I’m struggling to keep up today.

Friends have sent two articulating fotos from airplanes .  .  . one in February and the second in March showing parts of the sixth boro.  Imagine the foto below as the face of a clock . . . then the VZ Bridge stretches from one to two o’clock and the eastern end of the KVK extends like a five o’clock ray.  All the ship fotos in today’s post appear in this view.  Note the tank farm in the middle of the foto; that’s the rounded southern tip of Bayonne.  Somewhat indistinct at eleven o’clock is Governors Island, whose

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northern tip is visible here at five o’clock.  At the center of this view is the East River, winding its way toward the Long Island Sound. At about nine o’clock, notice the dark rectangle that in late winter is central Park.  Lower Manhattan, at six o’clock is distinguished by the rougher texture creating by light and shadow of dense tall buildings.  The Hudson flows from nine o’clock toward the six.

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Yesterday, as I stood in Rosebank with my back to the VZ Bridge, I saw Turkish bulker  Yasa Kaptan Erbil, now headeding up the Hudson.   I wonder who Kaptan Erbil is/was . . . if that’s –as it sounds– a person.

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A little closer to Manhattan, it was Basuto, a Stolt-managed Unicorn Shipping of South Africa-owned parcel tanker, whom I last saw in the boro a half year ago.  As of this writing, Basuto still swings on the anchor at the same location.

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I believe Yuka here is the first of the Fairchem tankers to appear on this blog.   Tug is Lynx.

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Where Yuka was, now berths Sichem Beijing, anchored outside the VZ Bridge on the weekend.  Unnamed USACE vessel on her starboard side and Hoffman Island in the distance.

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Yesterday morning this intriguingly named vessel docked just west of Fairchem Yuka.  I’d hoped to get a foto of Atlantic Olive for some time now.  Click here for more info on her, including port history for the past nine months.

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And at the salt dock just across the KVK from the tank farms, it’s a fairly new 2012-launched vessel, DongHae Star.

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And leapfrogging back across the KVK, it’s another Star, Palawan Star, or

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maybe Overseas Palawan Star.

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Behold the sixth boro speedy dynamic . . . before it changes.

All fotos, except for the aerials by BS and ST, by Will Van Dorp.

Taken about 10 days ago . ..  Lyman headed south towing Sea Shuttle.

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Lyman used to sport a red star on its stack.

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Harry McNeal (1965) escorts Clyde, whose vintage I don’t know.  Here’s a very similar scene (foto 4)  from almost four years ago.

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Atlantic Coast dates from 2007.

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Perennial “repeater” on this blog, Gramma Lee T Moran, waiting to retrieve the pilot.

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34-year-old Emerald Coast used to answer to the name Maggie Swann.

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Calusa Coast first appeared here six and a half years ago.

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Jill Reinauer and Kimberly Turecamo westbound in morning light.

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As I went into work this morning, there was no more than 10 minutes of spectacular dawn light, before the clouds dulled it.

Here’s a first-timer for me in the sixth boro . . . Miss Emily, a saltwater member of the huge Marquette Transportation fleet.  Look carefully and you’ll see she sports equipment not commonly seen here.

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One of my favorite harbor vessels . . . now called Ellen McAllister, used to do gray-work in Holy Loch, Scotland.  Here’s more on Holy Loch and its role in the Cold War.

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Zachery Reinauer was built upstate at Matton 42 years ago.

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Kristy Ann Reinauer, 51 years old, offers some style hints of 1960s trucks like this one. 

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I’ve no idea how long Harry McNeal has worked the boro, but she was launched in Louisiana in 1965.

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Ditto my question on history of Robert IV . .  who launched in Louisiana in 1975.

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Ruth M. Reinauer is the mother of facet tugs launched in Rhode Island around a half decade ago.

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Discovery Coast might be the newest tug in this installment.  It’s the creation of Frank Basile, whose bio as written by Brian Gauvin can be found here.  For a portfolio of his work, click here.

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JoAnne III Reinauer, a 1970 vessel with a 2008 aluminum tower is one of the more unusual tugs in the sixth boro.  For a before-after look on tugster, click here.

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Finally, a 1980 Oyster Bay, NY built vessel . . . now called Siberian Sea.

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And that equipment unique to Miss Emily . . . it’s this knotted rope escape system.  To see this in use, look at fotos 7 and 8 in this tugster post from three years ago.

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All fotos taken–with icy fingers–by Will Van Dorp, in the past few days.

But first, an orange digression leaving the Narrows this morning under the tow of Michael J. McAllister, with Resolute alongside.  Is it

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Senator John J. Marchi or Guy V. Molinari?  These years maintenance is done in Virginia, and here are fotos from just under a year ago of Marchi at sea.  Is special ballasting need to facilitate better towing of a ferry?   What other preps happen before a tow like this?

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The juice in this post is here, my reason for getting out at daybreak.

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She glowed with health as she came through the KVK today . . . . Orange Star, a 2011-build out of the Adriatic.

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She and escort passed Discovery Coast at the east end of the KVK.

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Turecamo Girls throws on some extra anti-skidmark gear as she escorts the juice ship.

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The juice ships are my favorite, although I prefer the lines of the previous Orange Star to this newer vessel.  My fotos of Orange Star fleetmates include Orange Blossom,  Bebedouro,  Orange Wave,  and Orange Sun.  I don’t believe I’ve gotten a foto of Orange Sky.   An unexpected detail about these tankers is that they are managed/operated from the peerless maritime nation of Switzerland.

All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.

For some great fotos of lakers laid up about 500 miles from here in Sarnia, check out tugboathunter here.  He found some frozen-in tugs there too. 

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