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Find the clue to the location of Governor Roosevelt, canal champion, in this photo?  For info on the ex-president’s role in saving the canal, read here.   For tugster post on Roosevelt’s last tug ride ride , click here.  Click here for a photo of this vessel taken on a VERY cold day earlier this year.

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Erie in Marcy.

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One of many dredging operations ongoing . . .

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A vestige of industry still extant but moved on.

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Vestige of junction of current canal with old canal leading to Syracuse.

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Current passers-through.

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One of many self-propelled scows on the canal.

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Here I need some crowd-sourcing help . . . this is former Coast Guard equipment, probably an inland buoy boat . . .  but what was its official original designation?

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Bow view . . .

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Night time configuration.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I will continue to post when I have wifi.  And when I’m back home, like this morning, I even have time to comment on the photos I post.  These photos were taken between Waterford and Fulton this past week.  Notice the family coloration resemblance?

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I could comment if I knew more about what I’m seeing, but Tappan Zee V is one I’ve heard about but can find no further info on the internet to corroborate.   Notice it presents a different interpretation of NY state colors.

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Reliable . . . again, I know she has a twin and has been on the hard for an unspecified period of time . . .

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Syracuse is the twin of Reliable, and what I learned about her–other than that she still works–is

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here.  She’s in her 81st year and was built in the Canal shops in Syracuse.  Maybe Reliable was built there too?

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And the final photo for now is self-propelled derrick barge Ward’s Island, which–I’m told–began life as a sixth boro harbor ferry serving–you guessed it–Ward’s Island.

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I really hope some of you help out with more info about these boats.

 

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Just photos for now…  I’m day 5 on the Canal, having traveled from Little Falls to Phoenix.  If I had more time and better personal technology, I’d write more.  Enjoy.

What a concept . . . all you can eat pancakes while motoring around Dutch waterways!

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Aurora is a Cargill-operated cocoa tanker.  Read the faint print on the starboard side of the tank.

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Aqua Shuttle in Rotterdam and

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Waterbus.

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School ship Princes Beatrix.

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City Supplier . . as its sibling Beerboat keeps trucks out of the narrow streets in Amsterdam.

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Colorful housing near a maritime school over on the north side of the Ij

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is actually repurposed containers.

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Two more work boats for now:

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Scheurrak is a survey boat.

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I love leeboards and the really upswept bow.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, and I have more from the gallivant, but they may have to wait to late next week.

PBB means “place beyond belief.”  I knew immediately what this was, although I’d never expected to see one afloat and amove!  Know it?

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The translation here is literally “grain sucker.”  Click here (scroll to pic 5) to see a WW2 era floating grain elevator operating in the sixth boro.

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Here’s power lifter Matador 2 towed by 1964 Pieter L.

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Here is one of the most amazing things I saw, a floating vacation boat for the sick and handicapped!!  Click here for more pics.

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Al-Bahar, a brand new self-propelled cutter suction dredger manufactured in the same locality as

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this 250+ year-old technology.

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Eurogas and

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a short-sea container ship, one of myriad.

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Vessel Terra transporting Mercedes vans.

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Ark vessel name is Reinwater, but I’ve no explanation for the model sturgeon on the bow.

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The Dutch word for bicycle is “fiets”  . . which makes this Babette’s fiets, kinda sorta like this movie.

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A floating refueling station with a great name.

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An oil spill clean up vessel outbound under the Erasmus Bridge.

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Kapitein Kok or Kapitein Anna . ..  another amazing restoration.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is far from his heart on the the sixth boro, although he’s loving it.

I certainly saw great assist tugs like Triton, here steering a bulk carrier into the locks at Ijmuiden.  Click here for more Iskes tugs.

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Louise van der Wees is less new.

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Devotion is an Urk-based vessel working a mini-heavy lift unit.

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But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like the 1946 SS. Gebr. Bever.   If that link is in Dutch, you can switch languages at the bottom.

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Ditto Roek, 1930.

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Spes . . . 1946

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Wouw

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Citius

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Wisent and many more.

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Here’s another shot of Elbe (former Maryland Pilots vessel) being passed by Hercules 1915 . . .  and we end this installment with

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a 1977 Hercules.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Personal note:  Today I begin an extended gallivant in northern and western New York, the state.  I have many more Dutch photos, but my ability to post may be limited.

 

I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder.  A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch.  I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.

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Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.

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Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has

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REM Island.

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Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?

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No problem and you further insulate your home.

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The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT

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out of service.  Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and

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Rotterdam.

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Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called

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Amsterdammers.

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Lara dates from

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1926.  DAF powers this vessel.

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Greta is just beautiful . .  or mooi, as my relatives would say.

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Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,

 

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Bonheur.  Odin, formerly of the sixth bork and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.

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This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this

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Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.

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Here and here are some articles about the brand-new Damen built Susie S, the first of at least three Windwave vessels I spotted.

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There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.

 

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Just some more photos and mostly from Amsterdam.

 

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Photos 2, 3, 4, and 5 here were taken from Hoek van Holland;  the others are from Amsterdam.  It’s been rainy and gray.  Enjoy.

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More later after the gallivant ends.

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