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Shuttles and warships and barks come and go, but the work in the boro never quits. Greets to all the crew on Falcon (1970),
Crystal Cutler (2010),
Kimberly Poling (1994),
First Coast (1968) and Grace D,
All fotos by will Van Dorp, who will be “on assignment” for a few days.
Meanwhile some ponderables:
A new radio show to create called Boat Talks . . . now that Tom and Ray are parking it . . .
Tugster does not strive to be a “shipping news” site, but each time I walk or ride my beat, I DO keep an watchful eye for change, novelty, well . . . new sights. Certainly this was true yesterday: let’s start with the orange vessel to your left. You’ve seen the colors before, but is that a “hole through the stern above deck”?
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a bit more of Swan in the next few days. And I trust lessons have been learned from last spring’s Blue Marlin saga.
Rosemary Miller? New too. I wonder what has become of Sorenson Miller.
With spring comes the sailing season, and America 2.0 . . . I last saw closeup here last fall.
And one last “newby” I was lucky to catch yesterday was Mark Moran, headed south to . . who knows where? Mark‘s so new that even on Birk and Harold’s excellent site, there’s only a drawing of her.
For the news from the Narrows between Detroit (which means “the narrows” in French) and Windsor, click here for Isaac’s site and some great fotos from Wade. The surprise there for me was Zeus, who worked the sixth boro a bit a few years back. Also, there are more shots of DonJon’s huge Great Lakes ATB unit.
Also, of course please vote for tug Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79. The fact that they’re not in the top few places should NOT be a reason to give up; we have a daily vote until the 21st.
I was delighted to learn that Birk Thomas had taken these last week. They are golden hour fotos of a highly unusual transit up the East River. That’s Queens on the left and a varying Manhattan skyline on the right.
In the past, this blog has published fotos of covered submarine parts headed south to Newport News, like here and here . . . ( read Les’ comment in that first link) but Birk caught the uncovered and partially assembled cargo headed north toward Connecticut.
A large part of what motivated me to start fotoblogging the traffic in New York harbor, which I started to call the sixth boro, is the diverse and intriguing traffic on the waters. No single person I met knew the whole story or appreciated all the details. New York is no simple river town where one person could sit on the bank and see everything that passes. So to all of you who’ve collaborated on this tugster project in some way, I really appreciate it.
Here, in Hell Gate, Birk Lyman and Sea Shuttle look to be a whole different tow, given that the late afternoon sun is now behind the camera. Here’s my first posting of submarine sections on tugster almost three years ago.
I like collaboration. Number nine was a week and a half ago, but I do appreciate fotos like the ones here.
Ken of Michigan Exposures took this one up in Bay City, MI, a hundred plus miles northwest of Detroit. Any guesses on the vintage of this attractive tug . . .55′ loa x 12′ ? Answer follows.
Staying with vintage Great Lakes tugs, this foto comes from Jason LaDue, who recently sent these fotos from upstate. The foto below was taken in Oswego, NY, in late 1998. Three tugs had been sold south by Great Lakes Towing. The tugs below are from RIGHT to left, Gull (1952 ex-Jennifer George, Galway Bay, Oregon), Sea Tractor (1951 ex-Messenger, Patricia Hoey, New Hampshire) and the one I’ve called Grouper, whose entire saga you can find by using the blog search window to the left. Gull and Sea Tractor were both built in Louisiana at Alexander Shipyards.
At this point these fotos were taken in December 1998, all three tugs were headed south, but Grouper has never left the Erie Canal yet . . . in the past 13 years. Did anyone catch Gull and Sea Tractor coming through the sixth boro in early 1999?
Here’s Gull working the icy Great Lakes as Gaelic’s Galway Bay, and
And Sea Tractor (then called Shark) was reefed a year and a half ago near Miami’s Haulover Artificial Reef site in September 2010. I’d LOVE to see fotos of her in her last years, maybe even of the scuttling. Anyone help? Here’s a poor quality foto of Shark being hauled out to be reefed in 255′ of water.
No news currently on Grouper in Lyons, NY, but I wish the restoration of the 100-year old tug success.
Thanks much to Jason and Ken for these fotos.
Jill Marie, 121 years old!! Built 1891.
I’d planned something different for today, but then my inbox started to fill. And it makes me happy to feel a community building here. So . . . thanks all for reading and sending fotos and links. I wanted to go out taking fotos, but a pile of tasks told me to stay home.
First, Ann O’Nymous sent me a link to Tugboat Tales, a fabulous documentary made by the late Bart Lawson back in 1991. This first-rate documentary is divided into parts one, two, and three. A click gets you to youtube.
Next, harbor photographer extraordinaire John Watson went to check progress on Ambrose, and discovered the drydock had been floated out and reoriented 180 degrees, with the lightship on board. That would have been a sight to behold.
Next, from Allen Baker, this foto of a lightship undergoing restoration two hundred miles . . . downeast . . . well, in Boston. It’s LV-112, which last appeared in this blog almost two years ago. That info back in 2010 was passed along by Matt of Soundbounder. Check this link (Thanks to Rick) for many more fotos of LV-112.
As I said, I stayed inside this morning, chomping at the bit because Orange Star was headed out. Had I realized that her sister vessel was coming in and that they’d cross not far from the Narrows, I would have “busted out.” Nothing could have kept me inside. Then, I got an email from bowsprite informing me that Orange
Babe Wave had come into port, and I was beside myself. At which point . . . .
I got an email from John Skelson, with attached fotos of Orange Wave!!! If you’re new to this blog, I’m a self-professed orangejuiceaholic. Here, thanks to A. Steven Toby is a link to the technology of these juice ships.
And since this post has become a gallery of other people’s fotos, here’s another from Allen Baker. A little self-disclosure here: I moved to the Boston area in the mid-1980s. One day in 1986, I was walking near the Science Museum and saw two very tired tugboats there, Luna and Venus. The sad sight drew me in. To see these beauties in such an utter state of disintegration broke my heart. I thought both were doomed. Venus was clawed into matchsticks in 1995, and Luna very narrowly escaped the same fate. Read the much nuanced story here. Luna dates from 1930, the same year as W. O. Decker. I hope to see Luna again soon; too bad I didn’t carry a camera around back in 1986.
And Decker brings the post to South Street Seaport, which I’m thrilled isexperiencing early springtime, frigid temperatures notwithstanding. Also, if you’ve been in NYC recently, you know it’s been a snowless winter so far; this foto was taken last year. I’ve always know the vessel below as Helen McAllister, but now I’m embarrassed to note that she’s also the ex-Admiral Dewey and Georgetown. I’d never realized that. Further, she came off the ways into the KVK in 1900, built at the same yard that produced Kristin Poling! And this raises two questions: is Helen McAllister that last power vessel of that yard still extant? And, does anyone know of fotos of Helen McAllister that show her working during OpSail 1992. Which raises the question . . . am I the only one NOT hearing talk of planning for OpSail 2012 New York?
Both Ambrose and Admiral Dewey/Georgetown/Helen McAllister are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s cold outside and tomorrow should be colder, so you could click on every link above and drink some hot tea. Did I complete many of my tasks today? No, but I had a ball with these fotos. Watching all three parts of Tug Tales will take about a half hour, but it is well worth the time.
Thanks to Ann, John, Allen, bowsprite, Steven, and John for fotos and info.
This “random” title just serves to catch me up, post a few fotos that haven’t worked into any other posts.
This is my first sighting of Atlantic Salvor, 1976, frequently on this blog. With new paint and who knows what else, she’s just back in the sixth boro from a trip to Lake Erie. She spent Christmas somewhere on the St. Lawrence downstream from Montreal. Now that was a trip I coveted a berth on.
deck lamp. A week after I took these fotos in Wilmington, she was in New York. And to give some idea of her range, check out this incident report from 2010.
Any guesses about the location on the far shore with the spiky masts?
From near to far: USNS T-AKR 310 Watson, T-AKR-304 Pililaau, T-AK 3006 Eugene Obregon, and T-AKR 311 Sisler. Sisler, as recorded here on this blog, arrived in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago for maintenance at GMD Bayonne.
Quick question: I like the term “Hampton Roads” to described that water bordered by cities that include Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, etc. It reminds me of the term I take credit for, “the sixth boro.” How did “Hampton Roads” originate? Why isn’t it “Norfolk Roads” or “X roads” with another locality lending its name? Why did “Staten Island Roads” or some such never take root here? Just wondering.
So many places and vessels, so little time. Wilmington, NC . . . you’ve taken a piece of me, and I’ll be back for it. Margaret McAllister sees Louise Knutsen toward the Cape Fear mouth. See Louise in the sixth boro here a year ago.
This article in gCaptain prompted this post: it could be called to trust or not trust . . the knot.
A tug waits inside the Narrows like this every day, many times. This time it’s Ellen McAllister.
All fotos taken last Sunday by Will Van Dorp, as Sea-land Meteor arrived. By now she’s left a handful other ports and is rounding the bend defined by Key West and and headed into the Gulf.
Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.