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Here was 15.  The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago.  The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.

All these photos today come from Birk Thomas.  The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard.    For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.

Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.

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Iona McAllister, Rainbow, and Buckley McAllister assist with the hookup and departure from Narragansett Bay.

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Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.

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Warhorse . . . what a name!

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Note the riding crew on the deck.

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Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .

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in the early minutes of the tow.

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Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.

Going, going . . .

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working . . .

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standing by,

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heading to the next job,

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waiting,

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traveling to the next job,

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looking good in green . . .

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who . . . yeah . . . was running out of text today.

 

Click here to read the first five posts in this series.

I’ve noticed the vessel below docked along the south side of GMD Bayonne the last few days, and wondered about the name, Capt. David I Lyon, which sounds unusually American for a ship in the harbor.   Looking closer, I see the  black-gray-blue-yellow stack stripes that identify it as an MSC vessel, not to be confused with this type of MSC vessel.   I turns out Capt. David I Lyon is a very newly christened MSC vessel, and here’s the rest of the story.    Hat’s off.

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Completely unrelated . . . there must be some fish swarming alongside the vessel, maybe feeding and leaving scraps for the gulls.

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Check out Zim Texas, looking like a typical sixth boro sized c-ship . . . loaded with a few thousand identical containers.  But . . .

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up there near the top of the stack . . .

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I’ll never know what oversize cargo is wrapped there.  Here’s a post I did the first time I noticed that not all cargo on a c-ship is containers.  Here’s another.

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And finally, yesterday I overheard the conversation of these two cormorants .  . saying something about Gabby and the brightly colored squares, and I thought they were talking about a 1960s rock band I don’t remember.    But then I looked out beyond the two chatty birds and noticed

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Gabby.  That Gabby, but what was the cargo on this barge?

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Can you see it better here . . . thanks to New York Media Boat, the best way to see what’s happening in the sixth boro.  Many thanks to Bjoern for sharing this photo.   Here, from the Staten Island Advance, is more detail.

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Again . . . thanks to my friend Bjoern for sharing this photo.  And if you are out on the water today, keep your eyes open wide . . . and cameras handy.

All other photos by Will Van Dorp.

Non-random  . . . because well . . . they’re not.

Sabine, for example, I’d never seen before taking these.

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. .  here escorting in Zim Texas.

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Ditto Ironhead, which has to be one of my favorite names.

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I don’t know much else about this boat.

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And this one, Thornton Bros . . . this may be the last photo I post of her intact, as this Matton boat mutely awaits the reaper.

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Oh the stories others could tell of her.  Here and here are previous photos of this fine old boat.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product,  coming through the Narrows last weekend.  Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.

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And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.

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Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.

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Bluefin . .  still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?

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Maryland . . . with reflections.

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If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.

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This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here.  The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.

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And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and

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Cerro Jefe.

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A previous view here  of Emily Ann had her as Solomon Sea.

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Brian Nicholas at work in Great Kills.  Click here (scroll through) to see her as both Banda Sea and Brian Nicholas.

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And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland.  At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore.  I haven’t found out much about Baltimore.  Any help?  About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace.  She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward.  The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew.   When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well.   I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis).  She’s a great boat!”  Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.

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When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.

Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.

To pick up where yesterday I ended . . . Chemical Transporter is not a ship.  Rather it’s the barge married to–or at least in a relationship with–ATB Freeport.

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This Workboat article makes clear the circuitous and costly ($91 million !@#@!) route this 150′ tug followed from keel lay to launch.

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I’d love to see the interior of this 2007 vessel.

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R. L. Enterkin is a tug I’ve seen on AIS for a long time, but the other day,

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I finally got a close-up as she went out to pick up a “tail job” at sunrise.

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At the head of the tow was Layla Renee.

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Click here for many posts I’ve done on Resolute.

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Thomas D. Witte–here passing off Wall Street– has carried many names since 1961.

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Zachery Reinauer was launched nearly a half century ago at Matton Shipyard . . . up above the Federal Lock in Troy and right across the river from the boyhood home of Herman Melville.

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Ellen . . . focus of countless tugster posts… as

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has Brendan Turecamo.

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HMS Justice–NOT this one–debuts on this blog with the photo below, which almost makes it appear she’s equipped with her very own drone…. but there must be an illusion happening there.

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And to close out this post . . . from M. McMorrow . . . the most intriguingly named tug of all . . . Tug of War.

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The last photo from Mike and Michelle McMorrow, who’ve contributed photos here before.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Red Hook with Alice Oldendorff in background.

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Lia with Stolt Effort on the far side.

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Hellas sisters with Left Coast Lifter in the background.  Anyone know when the gargantu-crane will move toward the TZ Bridge site?

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Ever Divine has seraphic lines . . .

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Zim Luanda follows a sinuous path through the KVK with assistance from Brendan Turecamo

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… as does Hanjin Durban, escorted by Miriam Moran

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maintaining a steady course between the two container ships as MOL Excellence bounds seaward…

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and encounters a sister MOL Expeditor waltzed in with Marjorie B McAllister.

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So . . . what do you know about this ship?

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Answer tomorrow.  All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about transitionings myself these days.  I might have one coming soon . . . .  More on that in a bit.

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One summer as a kid I suffered from impetigo.  I was terrified because I thought I’d end up scarred as badly as a neighbor . . .  .  Charles D looks to be suffering into a serious case of something . . .

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most likely “prepacitis.”  Her partner doesn’t seem to have great coating health either . . .

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Alam Aman II might have been away from Port Kelang pretty long. . . .  By the way, where is that port?

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I had to look it up.

As for my own transitionings . . . well, I go in for a drug test tomorrow, if that tells you anything.

Not worried, though . . . I haven’t even had to study.

 

Here was 14.

And in the photo below, dozens of people occupy  the vessels, mostly invisible even as the weather starts to warm up.

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But some work is done outside . .  like preparing to retrieve a docking pilot, whereas

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others, after a time at sea, feast their eyes on details of a foreign port . . . one that might NOT look like the legendary port they are entering,

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looking at the south side of KVK and thinking, “This is New York?”

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

The sixth boro has pyramids?

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It does have fortifications, here patrolled by Gelberman.

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And lots of interesting names, making for great juxtapositions.

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And every now and then some seldom seen boats pass like this one, always out there but rarely –it seems–coming in close.

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Kendall J. Hebert for a closeup!

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I regret I didn’t get a close-up of the stack.

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Ron G rotates through the sixth boro now and then.

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So . . . back to those pyramids, there’re over by South Amboy, at Amboy Aggregates.  Sand Master is involved, of course.

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Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the pyramids and Sand Master photos.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

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