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Here a huge–by sixth boro standards–bulk carrier Percival offloads coal at the Tata steel works near the salty end of the Nordzee Canal.

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Here Russian drillship Bavenit makes its way to sea through the Nordzee Canal.

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This is diveship Nehalennia, which takes sport divers out helmet diving off the Dutch coast.

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This has to be the most unlikely repurposing of an old ferry:  overflow parking for bicycles just north of the main train station in Amsterdam.

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Here’s the main parking on the south side of the same station!!

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Here are a few vessels of Acta Marine at their yard in Den Helder.  They specialize in workboats for shallow waters.  L to R, Coastal Surveyor 2, Jutter, and Coastal Explorer.

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This has to be the only vessel of this design  . . . with leeboards!  I know nothing more about it.

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In Zaandam, translation of boat name is “flyer.”

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Other than that Zuiderzee is a government vessel with a crane, I can say much else.

 

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A 905 Blommendal is awaiting conversion into a super yacht.  Can this transformation really happen?

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Here’s a more bucolic Zaandam sight, two windmills  . . . one decapitated.

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The intact capped and spinning one, was sawing logs!

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And to bring this installment to a close, the first photo here was NEMO, an Amsterdam science center.

All photos by Will Van Dorp . . .  who feels like he’s hopping between continents.

No . . . it’s not a disease or a euphemism for profanity.  It’s many places, one of which is marked by this lighthouse in Oswego.  All these photos were taken since Tuesday in Oswego, a place I previously wrote about here last year after watching a drill that involved swimming from and to a helicopter.

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See the light to the right here along the horizon, a light younger than Urger.

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Last year’s drills involving drones have already made their way into kids’ murals!

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The mouth is the port of entry for Metalcraft Marine vessels making their way into various US ports.

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Some vessels I was free to watch enter the port, but others

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went by and I couldn’t follow until later, when they were really

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behind and beyond

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reach.  The tug here is Everlast.  If you were at the canal mouth this morning–or any other time–and caught a close-up, side view of Everlast pinned or–even better–light, kindly send along some photos.

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All photos this week by Will Van Dorp, whose access to wifi is still a challenge.

 

I’m not sure the following two boats are Kvichak built.  Three previous ones were.  Here was a post of those US-built Dutch pilot boats I had here a few years back;  check out the uniforms of the crew!

 

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Unlike in the US, the Dutch lifeboat or life saving organization is NOT part of the Coast Guard.  In fact, it’s a volunteer group with really impressive vessels.   Click here for more info on KNRM, that group.

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The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.

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North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.

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Finally, an unidentified antique tug collects race buoys on the IJsselmeer just south of Hoorn, a ZuiderZee port that served as center of the VOC during the “golden age” of Holland.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back to Coney Island this weekend for the m e r m a i d s.

 

Tenders . . . I have to find more out about them.  Here’s #10 and

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here’s a stripped but sculptural hull of another.

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Here’s #1.

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This is a rainy morning on the Oswego Canal.  I saw a snapping turtle and a pike playing here.  Not with each other.  With their food, though.

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Kaho is a former research vessel.  Click here to see what has recently replaced it.   The new Kaho was built in Ohio;  this blue hulled vessel was built for USGS in 1961.

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Donald Sea dates from 1964.

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And this ST . . . maybe someone can help me out here.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Arion is one of the smaller Iskes tugs, here towing City of Dubrovnik out toward the mouth aka Ijmond of the North Sea Canal. 

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Aaron is the smallest of the fleet.

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Friesland . . . built 1982.

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Here’s another shot of Triton (farther) and Telstar (nearer).

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Another shot of Triton, built 2008 in Turkey.

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Pollux (Germany built in 1963) and Saturnus (Germany 1978).

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Svitzer Svezia, Italy 1988.

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PA 1 aka Castor looks like it could tow if equipment were added, but it’s actually an enforcement vessel.

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And we end with a 1927 boat . . . aptly named . . . Obsessie.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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.

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