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Here’s my response to bowsprite’s post on Albany-bound ships . . . she drew a TEN tanker called Afrodite, but when I came looking–more on that later–I saw only Apollon, not necessarily Albany bound.
I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.
I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.
I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.
I noticed workers walking the cables of the
VZ Bridge . . . .
Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.
I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack
of Moran boats . . . .
And only later did I find Mischief–S/V Mischief, or I think that’s her, sailed by Harry and John. But that’s when I found . . . if not more mischief then misfortune.
the Bayonne Bridge walkway/bikeway . . . is now closed!! I wish they’d put up a re-opening date . . . 8/5/15? 8/5/16? Until then, there’ll be no more fotos like the last seven here.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Taken about 10 days ago . .. Lyman headed south towing Sea Shuttle.
Lyman used to sport a red star on its stack.
Harry McNeal (1965) escorts Clyde, whose vintage I don’t know. Here’s a very similar scene (foto 4) from almost four years ago.
Atlantic Coast dates from 2007.
Perennial “repeater” on this blog, Gramma Lee T Moran, waiting to retrieve the pilot.
34-year-old Emerald Coast used to answer to the name Maggie Swann.
Calusa Coast first appeared here six and a half years ago.
Jill Reinauer and Kimberly Turecamo westbound in morning light.
As I went into work this morning, there was no more than 10 minutes of spectacular dawn light, before the clouds dulled it.
This is the 98th installment of this title. If you’ve any ideas about what I might do with the 100th, let me know. Of course, I could just let it pass by . . . randomly.
All these boats have some things in common, like . .. they passed through the sixth boro although in all types of weather/light in the past week or so. I’l let you know what I’m thinking at the end of the post.
Miss Yvette, 1975 built in Houma, Louisiana (LA), here attending to Kraken.
Freddie K Miller, 1966 . . . Madisonville LA.
John P Brown 2002 Morgan City LA
Atlantic Salvor 1976 New Orleans.
James Turecamo 1969, Waterford NY.
Pegasus 2006 Tres Palacios TX
Pathfinder 1972 Houma LA
C. Angelo 1999 Lockport LA
Margaret Moran December 1979 Morgan City LA
Miriam Moran November 1979 Morgan City LA
And another thing they all have in common right now is that
they all work in trades other than directly pushing oil.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to hear ideas about the “Random Tugs 100″ post.
Unrelated: I read this line yesterday about a withdrawn lawsuit between the NY Port Authority and a Canadian steel company: ”The deal means the lawsuit will be dropped and the steel for the [World Trade Center] tower antenna can set sail before Canadian shipping channels freeze over in winter.” Here’s the rest of the article. But it made me wonder . . . by what vessel . . . barge or ship . . . will this steel arrive in the Upper Bay. Anyone know? Here’s info on the fabricator of the antenna.
And a Q . . . has anyone seen evidence of construction of the crane(s) to be involved in the Bayonne Bridge raising? I’ve heard rumors, but not read or heard anything authoritative.
A salmon-fishing dog in a kayak being paddled by a human and tailed by a Coast Guard RIB . . . that’s intriguing, but the 50 or so folks with me at the end of the jetty were not there to greet the pooch. We were there to see the badger,
Badger entered service about the same year I did and
now she’s threatened, at least in her current state of being a coal-fired steam-powered ferry. For part of the year she shuttles between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI . . . as she has for 60 years, but
take a ride, which I’m about to do. More soon from the 60-miles one-way trip between the two Lake Michigan ports.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
This foto, and some others here, comes thanks to Xtian, who had a question about a model he’s building a few weeks ago. I hope someone can help. This drydock foto shows Abeille Liberté , which assisted in the salvage of MSC Napoli five years back. I’m guessing this is irrelevant, but “abeille” is the French word for “bee,” as in … the critter that makes honey and stings. This hull is nothing if not sweet yet efficient. As of this writing, Abeille Liberté is at the dock in Cherbourg.
fits that description. Here’s what Birk and Harold had to say about her. I got this foto Sunday, and the turbine WAS spinning.
Abeille Flandre is based east of Marseille in Toulon.
Here’s another of the same size and mission: Abeille Languedoc. As of this writing Abeille Languedoc is docked in Boulogne-sur-Mer, just west of the Calais/Dover crossing point in the Channel.
Finally, from Xtian, Baltic Warrior–built in
Poland West Germany* in 1964– towing a disabled Eleousa Trikoukiotisa to Malta, where she remains. As of this writing, Baltic Warrior is docked in Ramsgate. * means see Xtian’s comment. Baltic Warrior was originally Bugsier 26; here’s Bugsier (Hamburg)’s current fleet.
does Buchanan 12. Given that Buchanan 12 often pushes a half dozen or more stone scows, I’d could easily squint and tell myself she’s pushing Swinburne Island closer to New Jersey.
All fotos by either Herrou Xtian or Will Van Dorp.
Abeille International is a division of Boubon International. Here’s their fleet.
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.
If that wheel is working, then it can’t be anything in the sixth boro. These fotos of the steamer Natchez come from Capt. Justin Zizes.
who took them here in the proximity of the Greater New Orleans Bridge. Natchez the hull is a half century newer than her engine and machinery.
Tug in the foreground is Angus R. Cooper. I’m not sure what the pusher tug with barge is.
And a thousand miles to the northeast and fully accessible by water . . . a foto from Detroit, thanks to Ken of MichiganExposures, showing Wisconsin-built, New Jersey-powered Canadian-flagged bulk carrier Saginaw. Meeting Saginaw is mailboat J. W. Westcott.
Navigator? Sea Shuttle? Anyhow, bound from Rhode Island to Virginia.
Winston Churchill said: ”If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I’ll add . . . doesn’t matter where you go, just gogogo, hither and yon, yon and hither.
Bowsprite and I did not collaborate on this . . . or even confer in any way. I’m delighted by our different takes on the same scene.
In less than a mile of navigable water between Vane Brothers’ Elk River and the Staten Island shore in the distance, a lot can go on. Elk River and DoubleSkin 37 lighter Cape Bird from the portside while Barbara C (not sure the barge) does starboard. Then Eagle Service–just off Blue Sapphire with barge Energy 13502 heads north and beyond them, APL Sardonyx heads for sea. Whatever lies or moves west of Sardonyx, I can’t tell.
A short time earlier, GT’s Navigator with barge on the wire . . . meant only one thing . . .
more mystery parts bound between Narragansett Bay and the Chesapeake. This isn’t a part of a Cadillac, but my immediate thought seeing these barges is this song by Johnny Cash. Michelle Shocked’s version, my favorite, I can’t find.
Sheer beauty and joy came next . . . Orange Sun, headed back to the equator for another load of that ambrosia from Brasil.
A fairly new Desh Mahima lies at anchor while (also fairly new) Firefighter 2 waits at HomePort.
Doubleclick enlarges ost fotos; try it here to see a crewman from Blue Sapphire taking a brush to the Plimsoll marks?
APL Sardonyx heads for sea (interestingly . . . for Antwerp, just as Bowsprite’s Barrington Island is!!) while Torm Lene gets escorted in the Arthur Kill by Gramma Lee T Moran.
Temperatures pushed 40 today, and it was a joy to walk the Bay Ridge Shore.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Need sunglasses for this drama on the Hudson? “Random” means … spotted in a plethora of places, like Elizabeth, passing the Hudson waterfront at dusk with a barged Weeks crane 532 in tow. Note the Crow or Cheyenne in push gear with barge on the far left.
Paul T Moran at Gulf Marine Repair in Tampa. Not to be insensitive to customary modes of dress, but–as east river pointed out– doesn’t this vaguely like a burka or abaya from the eyes down on the tug?
Atlantic Coast pushing Cement Transporter 5300 south of –you guessed it–Cementon, NY.
Sea Hawk in Brooklyn Navy Yard last June appearing tied up to sludge tanker North River.
Connecticut (1959?) crosses the Sound north to south.
That’s it for now. Thanks to Deb DePeyster (who previous contributed to this) for the foto of Elizabeth, and to east river for the foto of Paul T Moran. All others by Will Van Dorp.