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It had just finished pouring in Red Hook, 8 a.m. Here, looking SW are the two French schooners (l to r) Etoile and La Belle Poule, RFA Argus beyond extending overtop of the warehouse, Cuauhtemoc, Pohjanmaa now departed, and the bowspit of Elcano.
Virgin of Guadalupe adorns the jibboom tip of Cuauhtemoc.
The 1932 French schooners fly the French flag with the cross of Lorraine, in honor of their service to the Free French. Their design was once used by hundreds of French schooners that fished cod off Iceland.
This helm and compass appeared here in April 27 in Jed’s post from Fernandina Beach, FL.
Recall that fleet week/OpSail happens in the context of regular traffic in the sixth boro, although I’ve seen NOT a word referring to these events in the NYTimes. Should I really conclude that in spite of how many folks stood in line to see these vessels today, NYC in general and in officialdom care very little for these events. But I digress . . . notice something new on the barge company logo?
Click here for a host of changes on Labrador Sea over the years I’ve followed harbor traffic.
I’m guessing these critters on the superstructure of Pohjanmaa are ermine; if so, does each symbol represent a number of “ermine laid” maybe? Sorry.
Argus was once a RORO container vessel called Contender Bezant. Today her roles include “primary casualty reception [PCR] ship” aka hospital, aviation training, drug interception, and disaster relief.
Click here for another foto of Argus pre-conversion.
Tomorrow I plan to visit Elcano, she of the four masts and
I had planned to call this convergence, but the sixth boro or any harbor is much too dynamic a place for that title. Stuff in and stuff out . . . . From near to far here is Dewaruci, Arabian Sea, and Swan. Dewaruci, arriving here already last Thursday, was the vanguard of the flotilla that prompted me to think of this as “convergence,”
As she headed out, a flurry of other vessels moved out as well, like Mariposa. I’ll bet she’s the updated version of Butterfly, which used to call here. . . and maybe still does. These are non-interactive screen captures of AIS.
Anyhow, as Swan and Mariposa headed out, notice APL Indonesia and A. r. c. Gloria arriving. As thrilling as it was to see Gloria, I felt the same to see APL Indonesia, which I foto’d here three months ago headed outbound for China; THIS is the return, twice via the Panama Canal.
Sunday night I also noticed Gazela exiting Delaware Bay. Almost two years ago, I stood watch on Gazela inbound from just east of Cape May and upward toward Wilmington, midnight to six, a thrilling experience. If you’re local or can get here by this weekend, come see pirate burlesque on Gazela. Get tickets here.
As Mariposa and McAllister Girls tango eastbound on the KVK, crew retrieve Girls’ line. Just a few days ago, Girls participated in the foggy loading process of Swan.
In the wee hours this morning, I noticed B. E. Guayas (all 257′ loa of her) approach from the south and Eagle from the East.
Also in the wee hours this morning. APL Indonesia heads back for China already, passing between Pride of Baltimore 2 and Cuauhtemoc, converging upon the sixth boro. Here’s a quite poor foto I got of her at Pier 17 five whole years ago . . . before this blog sprouted chin feathers!! For a guide to pronunciation, click here.
Also by Tuesday morning, more Opsail vessels have converged within the sixth boro. See Gazela at Pier 25 Manhattan, and over at the cement pier in Brooklyn is . . . . Alice!!! Alice Oldendorff!! My point is . . . Opsail happens within a context.
And when I woke up this morning, Eagle was doing a turn in the Narrows while Scotty Sky (52 years young . . . bless her vital Blount-built tanks!) was supplying Gloria with liquid sustenance.
Latest . . . J.S. El Cano (1927 built and 371 ‘ loa) has popped up on AIS; I had seen her in the wee hours. Cisne Branco, La Belle Poule, Etoile, and all the FleetWeek vessels are still out of range or in stealth mode.
Kirbyfication, which looks
Others, like Miss Yvette take things much more in stride from here (third foto down) to June 2011
this one last week. And a year from now, as she plys waters off Equatorial Guinea . . . what will that look like?
one of my sources was of no value.
For a thrilling transformation story, check out The Skipper & the Eagle, which relates how Horst Wessel became Eagle back in 1946.
Change is the only constant. New stuff always appears, like this slightly different foto (than Saturday‘s) of Mark Moran, and
old stuff gets painted, again. Click on that link to see only some of the colors Greenland has worn over the past 22 years. I may be biased, but the K-Sea colors seemed to have suited her best.
This next series shows what I think is an ongoing filming of a Z-drive tug by a crew on another tug. ”Reality show” BIG TELEVISION discovers the sixth boro” perhaps?
Notice in the third foto down here Ellen McAllister had the words “tractor tug” painted on her hull midships.
I also caught this behemoth yacht over at the Red Hook passenger terminal, where the Queen Mary 2 docks in town. My first thought was that it might be a yacht taking design inspiration from Discovery Coast (third down), but then I learned
it was Luna and predates Discovery. That small white craft on this side of Luna is
is R/V Nauvoo.
Finally, rounding out this newsy but very “mixed bag” is this clutch of sailing vessels, from left to right . . . Spirit of Massachusetts, America 2.0, and Adirondack. Next week promises many more sails.
All fotos this weekend by Will Van Dorp, who’s now minding a swan.
Tugster does not strive to be a “shipping news” site, but each time I walk or ride my beat, I DO keep an watchful eye for change, novelty, well . . . new sights. Certainly this was true yesterday: let’s start with the orange vessel to your left. You’ve seen the colors before, but is that a “hole through the stern above deck”?
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a bit more of Swan in the next few days. And I trust lessons have been learned from last spring’s Blue Marlin saga.
Rosemary Miller? New too. I wonder what has become of Sorenson Miller.
With spring comes the sailing season, and America 2.0 . . . I last saw closeup here last fall.
And one last “newby” I was lucky to catch yesterday was Mark Moran, headed south to . . who knows where? Mark‘s so new that even on Birk and Harold’s excellent site, there’s only a drawing of her.
For the news from the Narrows between Detroit (which means “the narrows” in French) and Windsor, click here for Isaac’s site and some great fotos from Wade. The surprise there for me was Zeus, who worked the sixth boro a bit a few years back. Also, there are more shots of DonJon’s huge Great Lakes ATB unit.
Also, of course please vote for tug Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79. The fact that they’re not in the top few places should NOT be a reason to give up; we have a daily vote until the 21st.
Foto and alert thanks to John Watson, as are the first three fotos of this post. Genuine Ace arrived here this weekend after having been launched just six weeks ago. Given that it’s a PCTC, I’ll bet it really has that “new car” smell. To see where this design is headed, click here . . lower right.
I’d seen QM2 bunkering a few hours before, but John caught it headed out . . . currently on a flat Atlantic for Hamburg.
Short sea shipping continues in the sixth boro, here with Doris Moran barging containers. To see where this might be headed . . now that American Feeder Lines is changing their game, click here . . . Unrelated, look into the mid-distance and the long-necked tug at the end of the GMD Bayonne pier . . . a K-Sea tug repainted?
which is precisely my challenge here . . . although if you go back to the link just above Doris Moran, the sketch of the tug looks just like Discovery Coast. By the way, anyone upriver know where Discovery is hauling the dredge spoils from?
Thanks much to John Watson for the top three fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp, who is on the cusp of having more free time. That’s the Newport lighthouse in Jersey City creating an additional “jar” to an already “jarristic” set of patterns.
Tugboats in the sixth boro of New York City vary not quite infinitely, but almost. Consider Pegasus (1907), here with Lehigh Valley 79 (1914) alongside. And my social medium tells me they’re about to link up and travel again soon. Watch Pier 25.
Rounding it all out . . . is JoAnne Reinauer III (1970), here passing the unmistakeable Torm-orange house of Torm Thames (2005), and see this spotlight by selfabsorbedboomer.
Having called this set almost infinitely varied, I must say there’s NOTHING operating in the sixth boro quite an unusual as Joseph Thompson Jr. (portions from 1944), the tug portion of an ATM unit currently working the North Coast between US and Canadian ports. Thank’s to Isaac Pennock aka tugboathunter for introducing me to this vessel; For the dizzying set of transformations, read the bio by boatnerd here . . . and follow the fotos, especially the ones by Mark Vander Meulen, Steve Hause, Lee Rowe, and Rod Burdick.
Foto of Discovery Coast by Joel Milton; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Note: If you’re new to this blog and wondering what resources provide “pedigree” of these vessels, a fantastic reference work in progress is tugboatinformation.com Start out by clicking the letter of the company name to find the fleets, present and past.
This is what a “Kirbyfied” Barbara C looks like today. Scroll through to the bottom of that Kirby Corporation link to see their string of acquisitions.
Barbara C (now Arabian Sea) used to be sibling to Donald C (now Med Sea); as Seas, you could call them once-and-future siblings. If you squint while looking at Med Sea‘s stack, the shadow outlining one side of the logo board there almost looks like a crescent.
Another tool is the NOAA documentation registry. Here you just type in vessel name. You’ll find, e.g., that Maria J used to be called Jesus Saves. I took this fotos last Thursday in the rich colors of 7 am near Howland Hook container port, one of my “offices,” where NYK Constellation was having containers shifted. By now, Constellation has been in and back of Norfolk and Savannah and is heading ultimately through the Canal and out west . . .
I did this post just over a year ago; note the prominent change happening in the Manhattan skyline, as seen from the north coast of Rockaway Queens. The last time you saw the tug shown here was December 2011. Any guesses what Patty was towing yesterday? Answer tomorrow.
Unrelated: Following their own landmarks, a new crop of aeons-old silvery slime has reportedly returned to sixth boro waterways. What . . . you ask? Click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
When I saw this unit arrive, I thought maybe I’d see one of the larger tugs painted in Kirby colors, like
Finally . . . I’ve failed to publicly praise tugboathunter for his site about Detroit River traffic. Check it out here.