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As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south.  The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills  in the west.

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Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug.   Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . .  the other side.

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John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.

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Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.

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Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.

 

Here was Augie when I first saw her, June 2012.

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A few months later, here’s Augie alongside Cornell.

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Ditto . . . Augie that year at Waterford Tugboat Roundup.  Start counting the days until the 2014 event.

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Here are photos I took of Augie about six weeks ago in Kingston.  Notice some evolution?

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Augie‘s now grown an upper helm!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who lost his notes on Augie‘s history:  what I recall is Florida-built from the 1940s.

Here was 1.  And for reasons I’ll explain at the end of this post, this title might not be the best one.  Maybe by that time, you’ll figure out a better one as well.    The idea came from here–Nord Snow Queen I took in March 2012 in Panama, and then a friend’s photo from Cappadocia, which I’ll add at the end of this post.

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So a better name might be ovens and freezers, or heat & ice, given that photos 2, 4, and 6  . . . as well as 1 were taken in temperatures close to 100 F (Bonneville Desert) whereas photos 3, 5, and 7 were Hudson River in this winter I now wish would subside into history.  Here’s the photo from Tuz Golu (Salt Lake) in Turkey.

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The Turkish photo by Lauren Tivey;  all others by Will Van Dorp.   And one place I’d like to get to is here.

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, late October 2013.

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Same bridge February 4 2014.

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WYTL 65611 Line and Doris Moran passing under that same bridge  February 4 2014.

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Looking south toward Bannerman’s Castle late October 2013.

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From not as close . . . but that’s Bannerman’s slightly off to the left.

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Northside of Bear Mountain Bridge in October 2013 and

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yesterday with Stephen Reinauer with RTC 80  north bound and

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and Stephen-Scott with light barge RTC 20.

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Doris meets the train.

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Here’s looking south from Newburgh dock mid November a few years ago, and

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here’s the same view from earlier this week.

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All fotos of two of the faces of the Hudson River by Will Van Dorp.

Many thanks to Bjoern Kils of nymediaboat.com for use of this foto.  Check out Bjoern’s website here.

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And many thanks to Phil Little for the rest of these shots.  I’m certain Phil won’t object to sharing the text that accompanied these fotos, as it too captures the moment:

“I went to the viewing site today at 8:30 am, and saw the tow pass under the VN Bridge at about 9:00. I checked in with the Thruway person, and had no trouble with acceptance of my Tugster credentials (my honest face!)  The Lauren Foss stopped out in the middle of the bay to drop the wire, and two other tugs took it “on the hip”, arranged along its (boom facing aft) port side, the Weeks Elizabeth at the front and an iced-up unknown tug (Iver Foss?)at the after end position. Lauren Foss stood by like an anxious parent.  It was awesome to see these tugs then guide the Lifter in toward the Cruise Ship dock, and turn it with precision into the near-shore channel, proceeding northwest toward the Weeks yard. It glided along in front of in front of us, not 100 feet away, aboard the royal barge, the mighty King of Cranes!  They swung into the final turn toward Weeks, against the backdrop of the new Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. In the yard, waiting, it looked for all the world like a huge flock of red and white-necked herons were about to welcome this strange new powerful creature who would lead them in plucking prizes out of the Hudson!  What a show!”

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As of this writing, I believe the two Foss tugs are refueling, resupplying, and possibly re-crewing . . . in preparation to return to sea for the next job.

Bjoern and Phil . . . thanks much.

It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others.  But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning.

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Touchdown!!

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And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP.

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Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews!

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

Here and here  she was at the southernmost arc of the voyage.

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.

Lots of images you can try to identify today, but I’ll hold any further info until tomorrow.

First . . .  this vessel will be visible and will be an interesting subject of photographs from many points along the Hudson next month,  February.  Clue:  Note the hull  color.

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Unrelated to the top foto . . . any guesses about this and

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and this from the same vessel and

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this from the same fleet?   Both vessels are occasional visitors in the sixth boro.

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And finally . . . from a secret salt, a foto easy to identify.  My question in whether there’s any news about this incident.

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You’ll have some answers tomorrow.

Finally . . . here are some of my favorite ice pics on the Hudson taken a few years back by Paul Strubeck.

And here’s hat’s off to my Canadian cousins . . . if case you missed this late addition to yesterday’s post.

What’s this?  Reptile skin?

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A major East coast river.

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Here’s the post I did when Reinauer Twins came to the sixth boro for the first ever time.  What pushes this bow through the ice . . .

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some 400+ feet back . . .

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is Reinauer Twins in her third winter, probably

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her toughest winter yet.

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Hope the cabins are warm . . .

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The unit goes through the ice like a dart.

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I can’t wait til July, myself.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

A late addition .  . I’ll add it to tomorrow’s post too . . . what would our northern neighbors do on a river like this?  You gotta see it here.

I don’t know how many folks were glued to this webcam yesterday, but I was not the only one.  Let me walk us around the foto, different in subtle ways than the other five in this post.   First, note the time stamp upper left:  it’s 11:16 a.m.   This was happening yesterday midmorning at the Miraflores Lock, the first of three set of lifts out of the Pacific on a transit toward the Atlantic/Caribbean.  In the distance on the right side, the large white object is Norwegian Star, negotiating the next set of locks . . . Pedro Miguel Locks.

The ship almost fully shown in this foto is Tai Success, bound for Altamira, Mexico.  Tai Success is 656′ loa (length overall)  by 104′ , the maximum width for the current set of locks.   Extending from lower left is the ex-Left Coast Lifter, towed by Lauren Foss.    Note the relative size of Tai Success and the crane barge.   Lauren Foss at 141′  loa is larger than almost all tugs currently on the Hudson.

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11:20 a. m.  The entire crane is in the lock chamber.  On the stern of the crane barge is Cerro Majagual, a 2013 Panama Canal tug built in Spain.  For the transit from the San Francisco Bay area to Panama, this role was played by another Foss tug, Iver Foss.  Iver is currently waiting for the tow on the Atlantic side.

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11:24.   The water in the lock has started to rise.

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11:30

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11:40.  The doors on the high side of the Miraflores Locks have opened and the tow heads for Pedro Miguel.  By the way, on the horizon beyond the Pedro Miguel you can see the Centennial Bridge, about 10 years old.  As of this writing this morning, the tow was docked just north of this bridge.  I suspect it will complete the transit and be on the Atlantic side by the end of today.

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I see from the Journal News story that Fluor has already changed the crane name from Left Coast Lifter to I Lift New York, presuming they’ve “purged the old from Poseidon’s ledger.”  If you look at the fourth foto above, you’ll notice “Left Coast Lifter” is still painted there.  I wonder when that will be painted over;  maybe the name purging will happen in Gatun Lake today?

Meanwhile, I’d like to propose some alternatives . . .  Hudson River Hoister and Tappan Zee Titan are more local and maintain  the same LCL pattern.

As to size, currently the largest crane in the Hudson Valley is DonJon’s Chesapeake 1000, the number being its tonnage lifting capacity.    Last summer in Rio, I saw a crane called Pelicano 1 with a lifting capacity said to exceed 2000 tons.  The ex-LCL is said to hav a capacity around 1900 tons.

Click here for one of the posts I did from the Panama Canal–a place well worth a visit and a second visit– about two years ago.

Keep in mind that once the tow clears the Atlantic side locks, it’s still more than 2000 nautical miles from the Narrows.  Assuming an average speed of seven knots and no delays for weather or other causes, that’s still almost two weeks.  So, I’ll wager ETA at the Narrows around February 1.

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