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Margaret Moran delivered December 1979. 99′ loa.
Miriam Moran, delivered November 1979. 99′ loa.
Amberjack, 1981, 106′ loa
Thomas J. Brown, Gladding-Hearn 1962, 60′ loa
If I haven’t not yet mentioned/heaped praise on tugboatinformation.com, the site started by Birk Thomas (see last foto) and now co-administered by him and Harold E. Tartell, I am truly remiss. Now that they have begun creating this capacious database, I don’t have to replicate some of their info. So how about some fotos from the last two days:
North Sea . . . which I haven’t seen in quite a while. Doubleclick enlarges.
Kimberly Turecamo assisting Mount Kibo. By the way, Kibo is one of the volcanic cones near the summit of Kilimanjaro.
As you know, I do this blog because it’s fun. I’ve met a lot of great people, and recently, with the evolution of so-called “social media” have become friends with some hunks of steel aka ships. Well, although I “befriend” a ship, it’s more accurate to say . . . the crew of the ship. And I’m overjoyed to learn of others’ routines, lives, and journeys . . . as offered by FB. Here’s a foto recently posted by the crew of Algolake, a Great Lakes bulker. This post I dedicate to the crew of Algolake, my FB friends. To hear the vessel, click here for youtube of her leaving Duluth. The foto below was taken FROM Algolake.
And, I take a lot of fotos. The first two below I took in the St. Lawrence Seaway in July 2008. Algoport entered the port, and then
moved downbound for its next load. At the time, I recall looking up more info on the vessel, learning that it was built in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1979, and then ran only one foto, seen in this post. Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago, because of my FB friendship with Algolake, I ran into info about Algoport sinking in the East China Sea, while under tow by Pacific Hickory, for a new “forebody.” Here a youtube slideshow with more info on the demise of Algoport, now gathering marine encrustation (?) 16,000 ‘ below the surface, a wreck no wreck diver will ever see.
Another story: in March 2010 I took these fotos of USS Sanctuary in Baltimore harbor. She served as a hospital ship during WW2 and the Vietnam War. Yesterday, a friend mentioned in passing that this vessel
for recycling. A little hunting leads me to believe her demise/rebirth . . . will involve ESCO, a dismantler or recycler. Foto 7 here leads me to think at least part of the tow was performed by Allie B. Also back in March 2009, I gallivanted up to Massachusetts to see Allie B leave on a fairly long tow to Romania. Some posts on that can be found here, here, and elsewhere.
Ships, like everything else, have lives. Lots of folks, like me, are fascinated by the “end” of the life of various ships. Some sink. Some get reefed and then some of those “reefs” dived upon. Some get recycled. Others get scrapped or broken. If, like me, you’re interested in these things and have the chance to see Park Bong Nam’s documentary “Iron Crows,” by all means . . . go.
I’d also love to hear your thoughts on this interest many of us share on the end of ships . . . breaking, recycling, wreck diving, wrecks in general, . . . and the eerie beauty of rusting derelict ghost vessels.
Algolake . . fair winds, interesting ports! And keep the great fotos coming.
A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it. The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise. I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.
But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids, while
Torm Sara waits to do the same. [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]
Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK. I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.
To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.
So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs. Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia- high and dry, here and here. For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below. Thanks, much . . . Harold.
Oh, by the way, four days from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race. See you there?
. . . the movie. I’d thought to call this “getting closer to Rita” or DDSS. Why? Scuttlebutt had it that today was loading day, so I left home before 6, and the big orange back of Blue Marlin was still riderless. Otherwise, things were not the same but very similar to yesterday. Same people casting bunker out to stripers that never seem to bite, same hazy weather, and different strange profiles in the air. Tom . . . can you identify this one, replica of something 1911ish?
Vane’s Susquehanna passes,
Allie B heads for sea with scow GL 66.
while some scaups glide out to sea themselves . . . and at least they and the cormorants were catching breakfast.
Parting shot for today . . . and it seems to say USM on the vertical stabilizer . . .? Maybe Jonathan has a new air platform?
In the Groundhog Day movie, 42 days go by . . . . hmmmm, maybe by July 4, Blue Marlin will free itself and all the rest of us from this temporal loop. But …oh the things we’ll see and learn! Meanwhile, if you haven’t watched this stop-action show of the fleet passing the cliff at Stevens Institute of Technology yesterday, click here and let it load.
Meanwhile here’s an idea for a Memorial Day activity from WNYC: Interview a vet.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp between 6 and 9 this morning.
Added later: Joe’s clue led me to the airplane: it a replica of a 1911 Ely-Curtiss built and flown by Bob Coolbaugh.
Vantage point here is the Buttermilk Channel, looking roughly west toward the Bayonne and Jersey City side of the sixth boro; that’s the Bayonne Bridge in the distance. Any guesses about these vessels?
Schooner turns out to be Spirit of Massachusetts (1984), doing programming in New York. I usually keep opinions on such matters to myself, but it boggles my mind that an out-of-town replica vessel comes to New York for such programming when less than a seamile away, two authentic schooners stay “chained” to the dock at South Street Seaport, eager local crews grounded and frustrated by a museum administration that says nought , an unseemly and surreal turn of harbor affairs.
Captain Dann (1974) pushes a scow eastbound.
Meanwhile over in Gowanus Bay (aka the mouth of the canal), the cement ship with the interesting stack . . .
Doubleclick enlarges. Calusa
Sea Coast (1978) pushing Sugar Express comes thanks to Dan Blumenthal, who recently sent along the shot of Stad Amsterdam‘s golden masts and ivory sails here. Thanks, anon., for the correction.
Average age of these boats is . . . almost 33 years old.
Doubleclick enlarges most fotos. From a distance, I knew the profile was unfamiliar. Note Neptune‘s outside controls on either
Not an impressive foto, but I’ve not previously seen ATB Corpus Christi, here with PetroChem Supplier.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
No news on the Colvin schooner ashore on Fire Island, although plans are converging to attempt getting her off.
Featured many times on this blog: McAllister Responder (ex-Exxon Empire State, Empire State) launched in 1967 in Jacksonville. Note the deckhand’s communication. If my info is correct, then ghosts
Weeks tug Robert (ex-Emily S, 1982) stands by Crane Barge 532 in midstream off the Financial District, awaiting more “erosion mats.”
Jill Reinauer (1967, ex-Ranger) southbound past Ellis Island, the place the Lenape knew as Kioshk . . . or Gull Island.
Eagle Service (ex-Grant Candies, 1996) and crabber Alexa J off the wintry dunes of ”Konstapel’s Hoeck.”
Jakobson-built, 1967 Ruby M, ex-Texaco Fire Chief, pushing fuel barge Fire Island. Now if you didn’t know this to be the name of local geography, wouldn’t such a name as “fire island” make you nervous?
Lincoln Sea, used to be blue, anchored off Red Hook a few days ago. Off to the left, Moran barge Massachusetts anchors.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Would ”teal” be the best word to describe this green? Crystal Cutler and barge Patricia E. Poling have been in the harbor less than six months; if I round off her time here to the nearest year, her age is zero. Fleetmate tanker Kristin Poling‘s age is 77 years! Only recently was Coral Queen, an even older member of the fleet, morphed into metal heaven.
Rafted up here is the other Poling & Cutler tug, Kimberly Poling.
Here Dann Ocean’s Comet moves Eva Leigh Cutler past Kimberly Poling and Crystal Cutler.
Teal or jade . . . I do like this color. And for more delightful colors, check out bowsprite’s latest hues. The first tug . . . hmmm, what company is running the avocado fleet?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.