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As I searched for something else in the 2007-08 foto galleries, I found shots of vessels long gone . . . .  I know where specifically some are and see them regularly bearing a new name, a couple here  in general I know where they are although I’m unable to picture them,  yet others  . . .  I have nary a clue.  One or two here I spotted maybe only once.  Today seems an opportune time to bring these to light.  If anyone has recent pics, please send them.  Unless otherwise stated, all fotos were taken in the sixth boro, which itself has changed in  . . .  3 or 4 years . . . or more accurately–land, people, water–is always in flux.

Like Baltic Sea.

Francis E. Roehrig,

Robert E. McAllister,

Sea Service, 

THE Janice Ann Reinauer, 

Sea Ox aka Inland Sea,

Mostank,

Curtis Reinauer (and Deanno Franklin)

Little Toot (foto taken in Point Pleasant, NJ),

Dean Reinauer, 

June K and Juliet Reinauer,

Francis Turecamo (taken in Waterford, NY),

Eileen McAllister and Responder . . . still with the boom reel,

Barbara McAllister,

and finally, the elusive basil barge . . . .

And if you’re feeling generous and flush today, how about we support the PortSide Summer Youth Employment program . . .?  Click the icon upper left for info.

Except for the basil barge, all fotos taken a few years back by Will Van Dorp.

In the elusive but deadly department, “ghost bombs” near the VZ bridge???

But first, see this fabulous set of Flickr fotos of Cangarda, which by now must have passed through the sixth boro . . .

and  . .  from Old Salt Rick, let’s remember today is International Day of the Seafarer.

The waters aka the sixth boro provide the best vantage perpective on many aspects of New York:  the bridges, the architecture, the skyline, even shoreline traffic congestion.  In this shot, Margaret Moran (1979) steams southbound beyond the GW and its red lighthouse as it approaches the Upper West Side.  Dominating the scene for many seafarers, the Empire State Building (ESB), the city’s premiere landmark, señal numero uno,  for the better part of a century.  Anyone know what a premiere Moran vessel assist tug was in  1931 when the ESB was built?  Did you realize the ESB drawings were generated in just two weeks because it had a prototype . . . the Reynolds  Building in Winston-Salem, NC?  (Doubleclick enlarges.)  Some part of the ESB appears in every foto here except the last one, which I didn’t take.

With never-retired Patty Nolan (1931!! same vintage as the ESB) westbound on the East River in the foreground, the background shows the towers of LaGuardia Airport to the left and

ESB immediately to the right of the house.  If you’re wondering why this rear view of Patty, well, she has not yet received her new bikini and–in the interest of tugster’s temporary prudishness, I couldn’t possibly reveal her nudity.  For bikini donations, please email me.

Adirondack  II (1999) scuds along while sails get trimmed.

Miss Yvette (1975)–now fully red–heads eastbound on the East River.

A. J. Meerwald‘s schedule shows them in Bivalve, NJ, two days ago, but I’d identify them as northeast bound entering Long Island Sound, leaving a gray smudge of ESB way behind.

Blue Marlin is 13 days out, as of this posting;  her image will stick in my brain until she returns.  Here the loading that seemed endless about three weeks back.

Dawn foto taken just south of Miller’s yard  captures night lights still blazing on Manhattan.

Leaving Chelsea Piers southbound, it’s replica vessel Manhattan.

Another foto of Dominican cocoa being unloading from Black Seal.  For an excellent set of fotos of the entire project, click here for an inimitable Flickr set.

To round this post out, let’s back to Margaret Moran, making her way south along the Upper West Side.

All fotos taken in the past month by Will Van Dorp.

This “foto” is a capture from Carlito’s Way, the 1993 De Palma film.  This Kosnac tug passes in the background as the Sean Penn character leaves the prison barge Vernon C. Bain.  Can anyone identify the tugboat?

 

Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) . .  .63′ loa (length overall),  you’ve seen her here at least once before;  since that link mentions vhf chatter, you must see bowsprite’s latest creations and transcriptions.   Maria J was quickly overtaken by the three Brants.  Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.

Crystal Cutler . .  . 67′ loa, all new and shiny . . .  has been in the harbor now at most . . . three months.

Recently I saw OSG Independence . . . 131′ loa pushing barge OSG 243 .. 557′ loa, in the sixth boro for the first time.

Swarming here from left to right:  McCormack Boys … 73′ loa,  Austin Reinauer … 110′ loa, and Bohemia … 95′ loa with barge GCS 235 … 285′ loa.

The venerable Crow, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug …. 86′ loa.   I believe Crow first appeared on the blog here, almost three years ago, back when she was “crow red.”  To hear Crow‘s horn and see its ability to raise/lower the wheelhouse, click here and see the embedded youtube at the end of that post.

Freddie K. Miller passes by in its latest colors.  Remember when she was orange and also when she was white with black/orange trim and operating for the same fleet as …

Erie Service … 98′ loa, and Eagle Service … 115′ loa here?  Beyond Eagle Service, might that be Scott Turecamo … 116′ loa?

Here’s a light Norwegian Sea .. 131′ loa and here she is

deep in the notch of DBL 103 … at least 381′ loa.  Any guesses on the build date of DBL 103?

2005 was launch date for that, from Bollinger Marine Fab.    Click here for the main Bollinger site.

Finally, here’s a mystery tug moving a deck barge through KVK last weekend.  Snow covered up the name, and it’s a tug I

can’t recall seeing before.  Help?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s happy we’re in the short winter month now.

Unrelated:  If you didn’t read Megan Fraser’s comment in Non-Random Tugs 5, she embedded a link to all the photos in the exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly.  Here’s a shortcut to the link to these fabulous images.   Thanks, Megan.

I chased the moon this morning, and lost.  By the time I got away from my high-horizoned, building-intensive lair, the solstice moon only recently eclipsed, had slipped beneath the New Jersey highlands, but in spite of the cold . . . . I was not disappointed.

First I caught the sixth-boro newby Crystal Cutler pushing

barge Patricia E. Poling into the Upper Bay.

Then MSC Mandraki headed past with

bulb exposed to the cold winds and

Gramma Lee T Moran protecting Mandraki‘s assets.

Freddy K Miller (ex-Fred K and ex-Stapleton Service)  headed west on a mission.

Rarely sixth-boro-seen Marion Moran sprayed past

in the stark but intense winter solstice colors.

As my fingers were losing all sense of feeling in the wind chill 19 degree sunlight, Freddie K and Susan Miller headed back east with Weeks 533, which has appeared here

powerlifting locomotives and Sully’s Airbus 320.

And before I crawled back into a warm place, I caught Sassafras pushing some fuel in Doubleskin 34 and

What!!?? . . .   a classroom on a fieldtrip?  checking out Minerva Rita.

Well, maybe this floating classroom is a figment of my imagination brought about by the cold.

Mermaids emerge on the summer solstice and draw the crazy out in me and some of my best friends.  I MUCH prefer THAT solstice, now only a half year away again.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  check out these fotos of the Crowley barge on towmasters.

The last one was seven, so … for number eight, I bring back this version of a foto from two years ago.  June K was the essential orange in the sixth boro;  nothing was more orange than June K, but

it’s 2010, not 2008, and it seems the answer is Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck might say more than yes or no, and  “Yes a leopard can change its spots.”  And it’s year of the tiger and the tiger might

just strip off its stripes.

A blue June K!   And that’s in transition  to Sarah Ann.    I know it’s frivolous, but I liked the orange on this product of Amelia, Louisiana.

While I adjust to that, check out these fotos of  Hackensack (inland from Petersburg) in March 2009 and

in the same location–although imprisoned in ice–in January 2010.

Change is good.  viva transformation . . . although I’m still going to have a hard time feeling the same about a blue June K.

Blue June K fotos … many thanks to Jed.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

The amazing diversity of traffic on the boro all year round thrills me, like feather-light kayaks gliding past dredgers sucking alluvial ooze from the floor,

one human powered craft yielding to OOCL Verrazano Bridge 4738-teu vessel with almost 60,000 (59764.08…) horsepower,

more kayaks posing with Lucky D and different sullage scooping equipment before

heading north into the habitat of furious ferries, who might change their whole image by slowing down a notch and getting themselves renamed as Tinker Bell and Puck.

On another day, overlaid with haze, more traffic flows:  left to right are Petalouda, Lucky D, Patapsco,  dredge barge GL51, and Sarah Dann.  As to Petalouda, check out the name of the rest of the fleet in the link in the previous sentence.

And on a still hazier day,  Vera K waits as Cosco Boston rounds Bergen Point on its final mile into Port Newark.  That’s the Bayonne Bridge off in the east.

Fotos 2, 3, and 4 many thanks to Vladimir Brezina.  See his comments on “Mixed Use.”  Other fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated but you will be thrilled to check out these videos of paddlecam and icecam . . . via peconic jeff, 2010 comes to documenting surfing and ice-skating!!

Along came Vera K, as pretty as a painted tug on a painted ocean, to take Coleridge‘s line–“idle as a painted ship . . .”  totally out of context.  Idle Vera K . . .

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is NOT!  Rather she’s quite busy assisting Ralph E. Bouchard move B. No. 230 into

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a berth over at IMTT, assisting herself right out of the picture, at least from my point of view.

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But no . . . not unlikely at all.  Without boring you about the meaningful pairs I enjoy in my life, the caldron we call the universe runs over (excuse my poetic tangent there . . . like a sneeze) with them: the moon has a sun, every satisfied shark interacts with a remora (or two), a green parrot once dominated a pirate, a nautical pussy ran off with a seafaring owl, Senor Quixote consorted with both Senor Panza & Rocinante, Ishmael and Queeqeq shared a mattress in a place called New Bedford, rum mixes well with coke, my belly harbors friendly acidophilus,  . . .  and Lucia (121′ loa x 38′ @ 7000+ hp)  needs June K (78′ x 26′ @ 2700 hp).

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I’d like to see barge Caribbean light some time because heavy leaden as here, the bow resembles a ship.

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Side by side they pass, and

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on this afternoon, June K looks more fulfilled than ever.

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If I judged from my life, I’d say unlikely pairings are usually the strongest.

Unrelated:  lest we get thinking ourselves too high-minded and clean-handed, check out Jim Dwyer’s Times article with an interesting history lesson this morning on New York’s choosing at times of dubious leadership to use piracy as a “development” tool.

Away from the busier route, a fleet of construction vessels heads away from the likes of Don Pasquale car carrier and  up the North River

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led by Melvin E. Lemmerhirt and scow,

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John P. Brown with one crane,

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Vera K (ex-Goose Creek) with another,

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and Charles D. McAllister (ex-Exxon Bayou State) with Dredge 51

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that rides quite low in the water

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Now what’s the project?

Minimal text today:  Houma (ex-Texaco Houma II) launched at Jakobson’s Shipyard in Long Island in 1970,

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Kristy Ann Reinauer (ex-Interstate Transporter) launched at Main in Louisiana in 1962,

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Laura K Moran launched at Washburn & Doughty in Maine in 2008,

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June K launched at A & B Industries of Morgan City in Louisiana in 2003) and King Philip … Seaboats Inc of Rhode Island in 1996,

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Pegasus (ex-Al Cenac)  Al Cenac in Louisiana in 2006,

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Peter F Gellatly Thoma-Sea Boat Builder in Louisiana in 2008, and

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Hope you enjoyed  the boats AND the backgrounds, literal and historical.  I’m headed out.

Oh . . . two asides before I go:

if all the extra dollars in your life haven’t been spent yet, wanna buy a “sixth boro” lighthouse?

in case you haven’t seen Henry’s latest missive from –still on the wharf–Amsterdam?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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