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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.
As many in the sleeping city have eyes closed, not everyone does. Mary Alice (I think) grabs scows by the pair.
Behold Discovery Coast, sleepless in the sixth boro.
Ellen, . . . whom I’ve long admired and still do, I’m happy to meet
your sister. According to this 2004 article, McAllister had at that time converted over a dozen of these.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Note: Early Tuesday morning, the forecast for the rest of the week told me to go out before dawn to record and store what a cold but quiet and sunny morning would look like. Given the excessive wind of an overcast Wednesday and Thursday, I’m glad I went out.
If harbinger of dawn looks like this over southern Queens,
morning’s first light could look like this an hour later on the KVK. By the way, the foto above comes thanks to Barbara B, and shows Tuesday morning the same scene she captured here before, during , and after Sandy and after Nemo here. Tanker Cape Tampa–in orange–was passed in this light by
Containers on their way to Boston never looked so good.
And yet . . . as she moves in the direction of the dawn, what I see goes all-gray, all shadows.
But this monochromatic accentuates the curves in her steel, here meeting Capt. Dann and then
Explorer of the Seas.
Many thanks to Barbara Barnard for the lead foto; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 15.
Cargoes of all sorts move through the harbor. One that has always surprised me is this ore from the Congo in the first half of the 20th century.
Here’s a vessel–certainly empty as it was towed to drydock in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this week. I missed it but John Watson caught it. Any ideas? I believe I saw it in Wilmington back in mid-October.
It’s Falconia of the Corral Line, adapted to carry things that go “moo” in the night. Stephanie Dann and Ruby M act like drovers to get Falconia into its own private East River corral. Having grown up on an upstate NY dairy farm, I’d love to see a Corral Line vessel loaded and at sea; even better, anchored on a calm night in a comfortable harbor.
Here’s an additional shot of the cargo barged in last week from Canada, powered by the inimitable Atlantic Salvor. The cargo, if you missed last week’s post, is antenna sections for the World Trade Center.
Look closely at that patch of blue on Stolt Emerald‘s port side.
Although not cargo, it is truly unique application of paint . . . surfing penguins.
And finally, look at the frontmost cargo on Zim Virginia.
Here’s sideview of two Ford tow trucks, ones to be operated by wrecker drivers rather than towing officers. And that’s Barbara McAllister running alongside.
Many thanks to John Watson for the Falconia fotos.
Pioneer headed southwest, then
and Clipper City taking her stern.
Laura K Moran takes the stern of an Offshore Sailing School boat.
A small sloop appears to go head-t0-head with Meriom Topaz and does the same with
Americas Spirit, as the tanker is lightered and provisioned.
And finally . . is the green cata-schooner passing off the stern of Comet really Heron, which I last saw in Puerto Rico here (last foto)?
Here she tacks to the east just north of the Verrazano. And Saturday night I spotted her again passing southbound through Hell Gate.
I hope to have more exciting autumn sail soon.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Comet, Eva Leigh Cutler, Manhattan skyline in September 2009.
Ditto . . . . September 11, 2012.
Buildings are replaced,
channels are carved deeper,
the open is
are exercised, but
we remember. Many thanks for the foto below to Capt Jack Joffe, Liberty V of the National Parks Service in the sixth boro.
We heal although scars at times recall pain.
Unrelated: An NYTimes story about a revival in moving raw product to steel mills on inland waterways.
Tugboats in the sixth boro of New York City vary not quite infinitely, but almost. Consider Pegasus (1907), here with Lehigh Valley 79 (1914) alongside. And my social medium tells me they’re about to link up and travel again soon. Watch Pier 25.
Rounding it all out . . . is JoAnne Reinauer III (1970), here passing the unmistakeable Torm-orange house of Torm Thames (2005), and see this spotlight by selfabsorbedboomer.
Having called this set almost infinitely varied, I must say there’s NOTHING operating in the sixth boro quite an unusual as Joseph Thompson Jr. (portions from 1944), the tug portion of an ATM unit currently working the North Coast between US and Canadian ports. Thank’s to Isaac Pennock aka tugboathunter for introducing me to this vessel; For the dizzying set of transformations, read the bio by boatnerd here . . . and follow the fotos, especially the ones by Mark Vander Meulen, Steve Hause, Lee Rowe, and Rod Burdick.
Foto of Discovery Coast by Joel Milton; all others by Will Van Dorp.
The foto below and the one of Dublin Sea come from Birk. Greenland Sea is off Barents Sea port side.
From the same vantage point, it’s Yankee, Greenland, and a third tug I should but can’t identify.
Here’s another shot from Birk, Dublin Sea over at the south end of Arthur Kill. Dublin Sea was launched in Wisconsin in 2009.
First appearance of this vessel on tugster . . . taken a week ago passing Howland Hook . . . it’s Ireland (ex-Yorktown) built
in 1940!! Some great Coastline Marine Towing jobs fotos can be found here.
Not exactly related: Some big doings on April 10 in Erie, PA as Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender get christened. Have you been invited and want to get a few fotos for tugster? Please get in touch.
I priviledge first appearances. This is Arbara Ann’s first. Her registry is Islip, and . .. her stern confirmed the missing “B” at the beginning of her name. Launch date was 1981, loa is 24.’
Jean Turecamo (1975, 107′) meets Herbert P. Brake. You might have seen Jean
here almost five years ago, props and all.Penn No. 6 is long, 141′ launched in 1970.
Amy C. McAllister (1975 and 91′) used to be Christine E. McAllister. In between she was called Jane A. Bouchard.
Saturday mornings are slow in some places, but not in the shipping channels of the sixth boro, Pearl River 1 enters the Narrows, passes Morton S. Bouchard Jr., arcs to port into the ConHook Range,
It’s a heavy-laden Cosco Osaka, tailing Catherine Turecamo.
I wrote about Twinkle Express here a mere two years ago, but that time I didn’t get as close.
And ten minutes behind was this vessel. Doubleclick on any foto to enlarge; if you do that here, you’ll see the builders plate proudly announcing this vessel as a June 2010 product of Yangzhou Guoyu Shipyard.
Now . . . given the name and given the frequency of livestock carriers in the harbor like Shorthorn Express near the end of this post, what do you suppose this vessel carries?
For a distinctly unglamorous view of shipping cleanups after “stuff goes wrong,” watch the slideshow on the TitanSalvage page.
Pushing onto this blog for the first time is Salvage Master,
Kimberly Poling 1994,