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I did a post about a scrapping before . . in early 2007 here. Warning: Disturbing images follow. This post focuses on a tug built in Matton Shipyard,
one of four tugboats that were originally christened John E. Matton, not the one below.
It could get confusing, but vessels were launched as John E. Matton in 1939 (which seems to be this one and still afloat as Atlantic 7 although I’ve not found a photo), in 1945, in 1958, and in 1964.
Below are photos of the 1958 John E. Matton. The first one is from 2007, when it was known as Thornton Bros.
It changed names–and colors–after 2007, and that’s confusing too,
but by 2012 it again was Thornton Bros.
But earlier this year, time had run out, and I got some pics as it awaited the scrapper.
The following photos–taken while I was up on the canal–come compliments of Gerard Thornton, to whom I am grateful.
As I look at these, I’m eager to get into canal related archives to see what photos exist of the area around the Matton yard in the 1940s and 1950s.
And might there be photos of steel sheet and rod transported by canal from the Great Lakes steel plants to the Matton yard?
Again, thanks to Gerard Thornton for the last four photos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, the John E. Matton (1964) became one of the vessels named Helen J. Turecamo and sank in 1988. Does anyone know details about that sinking beyond 1988 and that it happened near Norfolk and involved a submarine? I get nothing from googling.
The difference between “really random” and just “random” is that with the former, I include photos taken in different waterways and ports. Guess the ports/waterways here?
All these photos have been taken during the past 30 days by Will Van Dorp, who needed to do a random __ tugs post to dispel notions that this blog has succumbed to focus creep. Soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll return to my zoning of the canal. I’ll also return to some background vessels in this post.
Oh . . the first four photos were taken near the Delaware River in Philly, the next two were in the KVK, the following was the Hudson river across from the mouth of the Rondout and the now-derelict Delaware & Hudson Canal, and the last one was between locks 7 and 6 in the Erie Canal. I included the KVK pics to show that although I’m mostly gallivanting these days, mu roots still remain emplaned in the sixth boro.
There’s fog of war, and then there’s warships in fog. Click here for another.
Note the Hoboken tower off the bow in the photo above and off the stern . . . below.
That’s Ellen McAllister at the stern and Elizabeth alongside midships.
I’m guessing there is a photographer in this vessel.
See it there off the stern?
All photo taken this morning by Will Van dorp, who has been back in the sixth boro for over a week now but is still mostly “unpacking” the canal experiences, which will be shared shortly.
. . . with some digressions . . . . The photo below of the procession leading to the Roundup comes from Jeff Anzevino.
Digress to the left . . . on the Troy (Lansingburgh) side through the trees is Melville Park and this sign and
this house. If you’re looking for a good read about Melville’s later life on the waters off Lower Manhattan, check out this Frederick Busch historical novel.
Here’s another shot by Jeff, taken from the 112th Street Bridge. You might recognize the crewman standing beside the wheelhouse port side. There are many other posts with photos from Jeff, such as this one.
From Jason LaDue . . a photo of tender (?) Oneida taken in 2001. Anyone know the disposition of Oneida? Click here for some previous photos from Jason.
And finally, from Fred tug44 . . . locking through E2 . . . right behind us. I feel grateful to have an occasional view of self to post here. Some of you have seen some of these on Facebook.
Thanks to Jeff, Jason, Bob, and Fred for photos here.
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.
Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug. Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . . the other side.
John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.
Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.
Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.
Here was Augie when I first saw her, June 2012.
A few months later, here’s Augie alongside Cornell.
Ditto . . . Augie that year at Waterford Tugboat Roundup. Start counting the days until the 2014 event.
Here are photos I took of Augie about six weeks ago in Kingston. Notice some evolution?
Augie‘s now grown an upper helm!
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.
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.
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.
Same bridge February 4 2014.
WYTL 65611 Line and Doris Moran passing under that same bridge February 4 2014.
Looking south toward Bannerman’s Castle late October 2013.
From not as close . . . but that’s Bannerman’s slightly off to the left.
Northside of Bear Mountain Bridge in October 2013 and
yesterday with Stephen Reinauer with RTC 80 north bound and
and Stephen-Scott with light barge RTC 20.
Doris meets the train.
Here’s looking south from Newburgh dock mid November a few years ago, and
here’s the same view from earlier this week.
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.
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:
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.