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Here was 29.  (The apostrophe is making me lose count.)

Below . . . just in this morning from Ashley Hutto . .  call this “can’t sleep ’til I get to Brooklyn.”

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From Jason Padgett high above Broad Street about a week and a half ago, part of a submarine on a barge entering the East River, and

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from Jonathan Steinman, the same unit a little farther up the East River.  A little over two years ago, Birk Thomas took these of a similar cargo.

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And from a secret salt . . . some months back, it MAY be the same tug as seen in dry dock but what would be a submarine perspective.

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From along the Maas and taken by Fred Trooster last week, it’s the restored tug Elbe.

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From another secret salt . . . these are sixth boro waters to be kept in mind whenever you’re tempted to swim here.

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The world is full of secret salts, another of whom sent this photo of Louisiana vessel with an intriguing name.

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And finally, a photo I took . . . of a scrapyard with an alarming name, until you accept that it might be another language.

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Thanks much to Ashley, Jason, Jonathan, Fred, and all the secret salts who send me photos.   And finally . . . a photo I took myself, and I’ll leave you to guess where, a photo that goes along with an article Elizabeth sent me recently about an invasive species in Colombia.

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Here was 8.  And here was yesterday.   The photo from yesterday–below–shows the near VZ Bridge footprint, and the far footprint can be seen

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here in a photo from a few weeks ago.    This morning, as I’m waking up, looks clear like the next few photos.

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It’s C. Angelo towing Sea Shuttle.  Part of the joy of photographing the same geography repeatedly is seeing the difference made by factors like weather and

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time of day.

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Here’s a dramatic weather photo taken somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico by Capt. Aeolus.  It reminds me of dramatic weather here . .  scroll through . .  from a “road fotos” post I did about three years ago.

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And speaking of the road . . .  I have some major gallivants coming up very soon.

Thanks to Aeolus for the photo above;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

All these photos come from bowsprite, who is known to scale the cliffs and trees of lower Manhattan to photograph and sketch the ships go by.  From auspicious time to time, she shares her photos with me, as she did recently.

Northbound . . . Stad Amsterdam in formation with a sludge tanker.

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This past Sunday she caught Topaz.  Some years back, I caught Skat, a yacht built by the same yard.

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Here and here were photos of Stad Amsterdam I’ve taken in recent years.

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The Intermarine vessel (Industrial Echo taken on April 6) is evidence of expansion of wind power generation upriver.  Thanks to David Silver for identifying the ship.

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In the foreground Gateway tug Bridgeport (Thanks for the help!)  and in the distance the all-knowing, never shrinking from difficult work Michele Jeanne.

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As we move through these photos, bowsprite must have descended the trees or cliffs, because here she’s incorporated early spring arboreal detail into her compositions . . . Gran Couva (with “lower” Jersey City) and

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Afrodite and Stad Amsterdam and

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Voge Freeway.

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For the current tip of bowsprite’s opus, click here.  For the most recent tugster post showing her work, click here.  Her photos clearly show the variety of large vessel traffic northbound between Manhattan and Jersey City/Hoboken.

I am grateful to bowsprite for her permission to use these photos.  To see and buy her work online, click here.

I’m very impressed . . . all the images I put up yesterday got identified and within a few hours either in comments section or on Facebook.

The top foto yesterday came from Thomas Scian of the USS Slater project in Albany.  Click here to read the latest Slater Signals publication with info about the upcoming dry-docking.   Thomas has promised to keep us informed about the tow down the Hudson around mid-February–in two weeks or so already– so that this transit can be well-photographed.  I took the foto below back in September 2013.  Here’s the navsource.org info on Slater.

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The engine room pics came from Kelsey Patrick Connors.  The first engine room is from Navigator, with twin EMDs 12-645-e4, 2150hp each.   Here’s a foot of Navigator Norfolk-bound out  the Narrows.

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Some of you commented on how clean the Detroit Diesel was.  It’s one of two 16-cylinder 149s at 900 hp that power Outrageous.   I took these fotos of Outrageous in May 2009.

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Thanks much to Kelsey and Thomas for use of the pics.   Thanks all of you for your answers.   I have no news on Sea Lion.

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.

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I saw MOL Encore, again bound for Asia.

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I found Maersk Memphis . . . until very recently Maersk Kwangyang.

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I noticed C. Angelo passing Explorer of the Seas.

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I noticed workers walking the cables of the

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VZ Bridge . . . .

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Then I had obligations and headed over to Staten Island and caught Dalian Express passing Maemi II.

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I was there when Hanjin Nagoya headed underneath the Bayonne Bridge, as did a pack

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of Moran boats . . .  .

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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.

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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.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

Taken about 10 days ago . ..  Lyman headed south towing Sea Shuttle.

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Lyman used to sport a red star on its stack.

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Harry McNeal (1965) escorts Clyde, whose vintage I don’t know.  Here’s a very similar scene (foto 4)  from almost four years ago.

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Atlantic Coast dates from 2007.

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Perennial “repeater” on this blog, Gramma Lee T Moran, waiting to retrieve the pilot.

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34-year-old Emerald Coast used to answer to the name Maggie Swann.

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Calusa Coast first appeared here six and a half years ago.

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Jill Reinauer and Kimberly Turecamo westbound in morning light.

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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,

this 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

like I said, this might be it.  That’s reason enough to

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.

I’m always looking for outatowners or “never-before-seen”s in the sixth boro.  C. Angelo 

fits that description.    Here’s what Birk and Harold  had to say about her.  I got this foto Sunday, and the turbine WAS spinning.

Back to Xtian fotos,  Marseillais 6 is Voith propulsion tug based in greater Marseille.

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.

I believe that since this foto was taken, Tenax has lost these hues of blue–can I call one of them “cerulean”–for orange and white.  Here’s another blue shot, with sibling vessels.

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.

Back to my  fotos, this is a Kirbified Viking.

Amy C McAllister and McAllister Responder race out the toward the Narrows and beyond, as

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.

Many thanks to Birk, who started this amazing resource.   Lyman belongs to Gateway Towing based in New Haven, CT.  Check out the Gateway Towing page.

Here and here are two previous “submarines in the sixth boro” posts.

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