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Despite the distance and the fog covering the escutcheon,  I could immediately identify this tug–once a regular on the Hudson and in the sixth boro– on the Mississippi.

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Let me end out this series with tugboats and other vessels:  Sydney Ann

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and Brandi,

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Mary Parker and

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Port Ship Service Little Ray

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David J. Cooper and

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Bulk Guatemala with selfie-shooting watch stander,

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Sonny Ivey and

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Connie Z,

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Moose, 

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Jena Marie C, 

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Capt CJ, and

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fireboat Gen. Roy S. Kelley,

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Jo Provel with the 9th steamboat named Natchez.

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Now all of this has nothing to do with the photo below, which nevertheless deserves recognition . . . interactive art which really seems to have caught on.  Thanks, Candy Chang.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s even now in the cold NYC air plotting a return to

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Nola.

I wonder . . . if I move here, will I tire of watching the traffic pass?   Sometimes there are familiar vessels . . . like Buster Bouchard, but otherwise . . .

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commerce rafts in vessels never before seen . . . like Fu Kang (almost a racy name?) foreground and Caribe Pearl protruding from around the bend, with  Angus R. Cooper, Bollinger, and Algiers Point in between.

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Leopard Sea and Miss Sylvia keep the excitement going, with

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handoffs to Karen Koby,

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Cindy R and Zante,

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C. Mack Zito, 

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Jesus Saves,

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Presager,

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J. K. McLean, 

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Alice I. Hooker, 

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Merrick Jones, 

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Louisiana and Angus R. Cooper meeting Qingdao Tower.

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The Mississippi never stops, but I will of now, with a note of familiarity, not Dolphin per se–she’s never been pictured on the is blog, I think–but rather the Kirby livery.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Back to Jesus Saves, is there any truth to the story that somewhere along the Mississippi a nun is master of a tug?

You might conclude that in this city I do nothing except sit on the riverbank, but the better conclusion is that Nola river traffic volume is phenomenal.  So here’s a sampling of another–say–two hours total traffic, beginning with a vessel that would look entirely at home in NYC’s sixth boro . . . it’s J. George Betz.

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Next something you’ll not see except in the inland big river, O. H. Ingram, 185′ loa x 54′ 9200 hp and triple screw,  pushing

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at least eight barges heading into a turn with at least two oncoming tows:

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Joe B. Wyatt, 170′ loa x 45′ 6120 hp twin screw,  pushing 18 barges and Mr. Pete with a single, but they all squeeze around the turn.

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The range of vessels is interesting, considering the likes of Lil Susan S

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and Josephine Anne of Bisso Offshore, with Wise One in the distance.

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Natalie S . . . and

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Blessed Trinity .  .  . and

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and Natures Way Commander . . .

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Moose . .  and

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CSS Savannah . . . and less than two hours have elapsed and I haven’t included all the traffic!

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and let me conclude with a photo taken the previous afternoon, another that would NOT look out of place in NYC’s waters, Greg Turecamo.

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More soon.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Thanks much for the encouragement;  here’s another set of photos.  Actually, if you follow the Bayou nearly to the end, you’ll be here in Port Fourchon at the entrance to one of the southernmost roads in Louisiana.  This post will be mostly a photo album.

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As you’ll notice in the following photos, certain colors dominate here.  Here’s  C-Legacy and

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beyond Delta Power  . . . more orange and yellow in the background including

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Timbalier Island, C-Clipper, and unidentified.  Many Edison Chouest vessels are listed here, and for Timbalier Island, launched less than a year ago, click here.

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Finn Falgout and another view of Timbalier Island.

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For the many other Edison Chouest vessels I’ve previously posted, click here.

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Crosby Enterprise and Kurt J. Crosby.  For lots of Crosby tugs including these, click here.

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Joshua Chouest

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Miss Aimee and John G. McCall

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C-Pacer and Fast Track

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Harvey Champion and Harvey Supporter and some I can’t identify.   Here’s the Harvey fleet including

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Harvey Falcon, Harvey Racer, and Harvey Hero.

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Betty Pfankuch

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AMC Ambassador, Seacor Conquest, and Bob Jr

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Norbert Bouziga

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HOS Mystique and HOS Sandstorm

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HOS Crockett

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Russell Adams

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Mainport Pine and some unidentified vessels

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Connor Bordelon, a ProMariner ship-of-the-year this year, and Blue Dolphin and what looks like an identical BakerHughes vessel.  I saw other Baker Hughes vessels in Brazil last year.

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And finally .  . the MSRC vessel everyone hopes never to have to deploy . . . Deep Blue Responder, she with a sibling in the sixth boro and many other places.

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Thanks for asking for more of these.  Tomorrow I’ll start unpacking the Nola photos.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp, but if you want to follow work on vessels like these, check out Crewboat Chronicles and New England Waterman.

 

Over a week ago I felt all the symptoms of impending illness, Gfever.  I suffer from that affliction quite a lot, as you know if you follow this blog.   It starts when I can’t sit for more than 15 seconds, atlases–paper or interactive electronic–beckon, the ear worms in my head are all about travel .  .  .  the only cure for this fever . . . Gfever  . . . is a gallivant.  And in this case, a Bayou Lafourche gallivant was the only remedy.  So from the airport any direction was fine as long as it was south.  Let’s cross this lift bridge and go . . .  farther than we did last time here.

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Of course, bowsprite came along and sketched hither and yon . . . and who could pass up Intl Defender!

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There . .  beyond the copse of backup rigs . . . it’s the boom town of Port Fourchon.

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And rather than understand first and write later, I’ll just put up a sampling of vessels I saw. . . .  Here’s off the bow of Delta Power (127′ loa) is Dionne Chouest (261′ loa).  A random assortment goes on with

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HOS Red Dawn (268′),

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Dictator (140′), Candy Bear (156′), and Candy Stripe (130′),

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the venerable Stone Buccaneer . . . ex-Eastern Sun.

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the brand-new 202′ Capt Elliott,

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a cluster that includes from l. to r. . . . HOS North Star, Seacor Washinton, C-Endeavor, C-Fighter, and Miss Marilene Tide.  The stern-to vessel in the foreground . . . I can’t identify.

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Looking like they’re aground and on the grass . . . it’s HOS Black Rock and HOS Red Rock, recent builds and each 278′.

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There are more and more . . ..

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in Port Fourchon, as seen here from the c-store looking over the trucks, the single-wides on stilts, and the vessels beyond.

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Many thanks to our guide, Aaron of Crewboat Chronicles, a blog I look forward to read all of. We knew Ben was around too . . . but in a short time, you can’t meet everybody.  Ben . .  catch you later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Let me know whether you’re interested in another post from Bayou Lafourche.

 

April 2010 . . . UASC vessel Al-Mutanabbi bound for sea.  It has come and gone through the sixth boro many times.

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Late November 2014, it looks like a new vessel in the UASC fleet, Al Rain.

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Oh! new name . .  same old ship.

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This makes me wonder whether next time Al-Abdaly comes through . . . it’ll be Al Snow?  Named for my friend maybe?

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But seriously . . . name changes happen a lot . . . take APL Pearl . . .

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she of the blotchy paint job.  I saw her pass very near here almost exactly a year ago on a very snowy day . . .  Prior to that, some years back I saw her when Hyundai Voyager was painted on her bow.  In fact, if you look closely around the starboard anchor, you can still see traces of Hyundai blue.

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Take Radiant Sea, just off the bow of the radiant Gramma Lee T Moran.  Last time Radiant Sea was here . . . she was Ashley Sea.

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Whether a name change constitutes a real transformation–Shakespeare would surely say it doesn’t–I did need a descriptor, preferably one that starts with T.

Here’s another:  traveling Tuesday.  By the time you read this post, I hope to be around latitude 29.98°N longitude 90.25°W elevation 4.’  To put it another way, here.   There’s a conference happening there, and my schedule has never let me get there until now, so it’s time to laissez les carpe diem et bon temps router.  Maybe I’ll see some of you there.   I’m NOT taking a laptop along . . . only a camera and notebook.

 

The photo immediately below was taken in July 2011, just before I published this post from Mayport.

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At that time, I’d no idea that some 40 months later I’d cross paths with the same vessel, FFG 42 Klakring here.

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Here is NISMF . . . aka

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. .  the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard,

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where in addition to FFGs (frigates) like Klakring, there are DDs (destroyers) as shown in photo #4 and LPDs (amphibious transport docks) like USS Shreveport above and below foreground.

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guided missile cruisers and

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amphibious cargo ships like USS El Paso,

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LKA-117.  Click here for info on one of her former captains.

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Last vessel for today is T-AGOR-16, USS Hayes, an oceanographic research ship.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who suggests that if you’re in Philly, take a ride to the end of Broad Street and visit the huge business campus still known as the Navy Yard.  There’s no better place to walk around!

The difference between “really random” and just “random” is that with the former, I include photos taken in different waterways and ports.  Guess the ports/waterways here?

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All these photos have been taken during the past 30 days by Will Van Dorp, who needed to do a random __ tugs post to dispel notions that this blog has succumbed to focus creep.  Soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll return to my zoning of the canal.  I’ll also return to some background vessels in this post.

Oh . .  the first four photos were taken near the Delaware River in Philly, the next two were in the KVK, the following was the Hudson river across from the mouth of the Rondout and the now-derelict Delaware & Hudson Canal, and the last one was between locks 7 and 6 in the Erie Canal.  I included the KVK pics to show that although I’m mostly gallivanting these days, mu roots still remain emplaned in the sixth boro.

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Photos were taken by Will Van Dorp between Palmyra and Newark.

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Twenty four hours does include more darkness now than light, so here were:  Algoma Transport at the dock in Port Colborne, Algoma Hansa, Algoeast, Cedarglen, Petite Forte, Peter B. Cresswell, Fortunagracht, and  . . . now northbound, Algoma Transport.  And there’s no better place to watch all night long than from the Inn at Lock 7.

 

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