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Here was post #1 of what could become a series from over five years ago.
Dusk rarely finds me at my places along Richmond Terrace, but last night I was here with elizabeth, and she took a pic much like this one, and when she sent it to FB with the question “Guess who my dinner date is?” one friend wrote back . . . ”the great Gatsby?” So call this . . . what the great Gatsby sees as tugster on a short day’s journey into night, apologies to Mr O’neill.
Barney Turecamo passes Gatsby’s place, as do
Frederick E. Bouchard and B. No. 210,
and Weddell Sea.
Gatsby’s for the night . . . was actually Blue–formerly known as R. H. Tugs. From Blue, it was a short walk to Sailors Snug Harbor for the 25th annual John A. Noble Art Auction. And I’m very pleased to say that
a print of my foto below brought $500 into the museum’s funds for restoration of Robbins Reef Light, and the framed foto went home with a very happy friend. To see the other 49 items in the auction catalog, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Taken over in Newark Bay . . a shrink-wrapped airplane on a barge . . foto compliments of the team over at Henry Marine. I did this post in April 2013, but you should befriend them on Facebook at Tug Life at Henry Marine for a different take on working in the sixth boro. Anyone know where this airplane has gone/is going? Two of several previous posts with airplanes on barges are here and here.
Up near the Thousand Islands and the Canadian border, it’s Bowditch, foto compliments of Bob Stopper. Bowditch dates from 1954 and used to be called Hot Dog. More of Bob’s fotos from upstate NY and other places soon.
And last but not least, taken off New London during its schooner fest, it’s Malabar II, a 91-year-old vessel of John Alden design. Fotos of this timeless vessel come compliments of Rod Clingman.
Mant thanks to Rod, Allan, Bob, Maraki, and –last but not least–the crew at Henry Marine for permission to use these fotos.
Now some info on other people’s events:
and last but certainly not least . . . that’s a tugster foto below. Click here for details.
All these fotos–except the ones identified as flashbacks–I took while resting yesterday. The indomitable Helen Parker, intrepidly westbound among giants. I believe she was last on this blog a year ago here.
I believe this is Coastline Bay Star. If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?
Also squeezed between giants, James Turecamo, who has appeared on this blog possibly more than any other tugboat. James was launched in greater Waterford, NY late in 1969. Click here to see James tailing Caddell’s new drydock back in May. More on this flashback later in this post.
Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.
AT IMTT Bayonne Dean Reinauer and RTC 106, which appeared on this blog last week, configured differently. Dean is so new that if you go back to that link with the foto of James tailing, you’ll see the upper house of a Dean which at that time had never yet floated!
Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .
as Dean spun around to head south.
Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning
and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.
Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked by the building in the distance.
Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing
And check out the stack on St Andrews. Maintenance or . . . something more?
All fotos except for the flashbacks . . . Will Van Dorp took yesterday.
What’s this? Where? Answer follows. It’s not really sepia per se, just an approximation.
I took this foto a week ago, then stripped out the color. It’s Yemitzis, the former
PRR Philadelphia, launched 1954. Major modifications have happened between the two incarnations.
Here’s another foto I took last week, Resolute. With its ample pudding, it’s a perfect candidate to be sepia-fied.
The top foto was taken by Fred Wehner a few days ago; that’s not Rosie the riveter but Capt. Wendy Marble, working to prep her vessel Urger, for the 2013 season. Here, here, and here are some full color fotos previously featuring Urger, who initially looked like this over a century ago.
Thanks to Paul Strubeck for the foto of PRR Philadelphia.
I suspected as much when I saw this train . . . although I was quite surprised by the tug out front.
I hadn’t seen Yemitzis under way for a few years now. Yemitzis dates from 1954, launched as Pennsylvania RailRoad’s Philadelphia, hull 227. Here‘s the link. . . but scroll about 2/3 through to get to PRR tugs info. So Yemitzis is one of the oldest hulls working here. Tailing tug Robert IV is 1975. No, the newest hull is the black box between them, hull #92 just launched at Senesco, destined to be part of a drydock at Caddell’s.
Meanwhile , I’m happy to see Yemitzis out and about working again.
Does anyone have a foto of her as PRR’s Philadelphia?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
All manner of small vessels traverse the waters of the sixth boro. Twin Tube is truly one ageless fixture of the harbor. If I did photoshopping, I’d have the boom dangle something tantalizing over the Statue’s upstretched hand.
Annie G II . . . makes me wonder about Annie G I. Here she
stands by as crew perform some truck task over on the west side of Governor’s Island. I’ve enjoyed watching the derelict buildings on the Island disappear. A largely unseen harbor project farther south (sorry no pics from UNDER the sixth boro) has been the tunneling of a new deeper “water main” (p. 7 ff) between Brooklyn and Staten Island.
A small USCG boat stops for maintenance on the red 32. Unfortunately, I was on a vessel headed away from the buoy, and a few seconds after I took this, one crewman stepped aboard the buoy, on the other side.
A small USACE vessel speeds to the southeast past Robins Reef Light.
John P Brown pushes fewer than a dozen of the mere 1500 cars per year across the harbor, the miniscule fraction of merchandise that travels between NJ and parts of NYC on non-rubber wheels.
A small fishing boat crosses the bay under the cranes
on hovering over Bayonne.
St Andrews runs light past some unidentified tugs obscured in the fog. I spent July 4 docked near St Andrews.
New England style fishing boat heads out of the Bronx while Fox Boys (I think) pushes some scrap probably toward Jersey City.
In fading light, HMS Liberty heads for the Kills. I’ve often wonder what the HMS stood for in this case. . . . Is the H his, her, or something else . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether Sandy will be sandy or just windy, snowy, rainy, . . . tricky . . . .
As I post this, Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, and the work of every mariner on the river is to ride out the storm. Even if it appears that almost nothing is moving on the river, movement is there and intense. Click here (now) for live views on the street and on the river in the Crescent City. To see what Isaac looked like over in Florida from Jed’s perspective, click here.
In the sixth boro, a race is a few days away, but vessels like Susan Miller--pushing the barge with the “rolled on and about to be rolled off” trailer–are at work.
Ditto an unidentified DonJon tug, Pati E. Moran, inbound
CMM CMA CGM Eiffel, and schooner Pride of Baltimore II go about their business.
Having “rolled-off” said trailer truck, Susan distances herself from Mary Whalen (just the bow at the starboard stern of the cruise ship) and Queen Mary 2.
Viking moves a barge through the KVK,
as does Arabian Sea and
Gramma Lee T Moran, and
the list could go on. Here, Doris Moran and Dace Reinauer . . . that’s tug work too. This last foto below comes compliments of Marian & William Hyman. Thanks.
All other fotos taken by will Van Dorp, who will be at the race Sunday. Thanks for reading.
If you’re around my age, you remembered this yesterday, 47 years before.
I’m guessing it all seemed easier today–no matter what else difficult was going on–the mild weather made it just a bit easier.
All fotos by will Van Dorp.
Carfloat, front heavy, moving from Jersey to
Another shot of the mighty Brangus tending to the teeth of Florida, with more to come soon.
Treasure Coast pushing
uh . . cement.
Meagan Ann noses along a barge of crushed
cars that may until recently have traveled along those roads.
Tarpon moves asphalt barge (?) Potomac up toward the Buttermilk.
Thomas D. dispatches more cars to the scrappers.
Pegasus the younger sports new primer paint.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
From the distance created by space or by economic analyses, these are big colorful machines … or … assets. And they are, but
look closer and you’ll see people at work high up and
in between and
in baskets and
sometimes re-appropriating these machines for fun. People
earn their livings with
their skill at using these
assets. It’s about earning a living.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
In fotos 1 and 3, the numerous yellow cranes are mounted on two Seaboard Marine vessels: Vega Nikolas (shuttling between Brooklyn and some big Caribbean islands ) and Westerkade (between Brooklyn and Colombia). The barge there is Double Skin 34 pushed by Sassafras. Foto 4 shows repairwork on Lombok Strait (shuttling between Central America and the US East Coast with fruit that might include banana, pineapple, cantaloupe, and plantains. Other tugs shown are, in order: Petersburg, Ocean King, Jennifer Turecamo, Odin, and Robert IV.