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April 2010 . . . UASC vessel Al-Mutanabbi bound for sea. It has come and gone through the sixth boro many times.
Late November 2014, it looks like a new vessel in the UASC fleet, Al Rain.
Oh! new name . . same old ship.
This makes me wonder whether next time Al-Abdaly comes through . . . it’ll be Al Snow? Named for my friend maybe?
But seriously . . . name changes happen a lot . . . take APL Pearl . . .
she of the blotchy paint job. I saw her pass very near here almost exactly a year ago on a very snowy day . . . Prior to that, some years back I saw her when Hyundai Voyager was painted on her bow. In fact, if you look closely around the starboard anchor, you can still see traces of Hyundai blue.
Take Radiant Sea, just off the bow of the radiant Gramma Lee T Moran. Last time Radiant Sea was here . . . she was Ashley Sea.
Whether a name change constitutes a real transformation–Shakespeare would surely say it doesn’t–I did need a descriptor, preferably one that starts with T.
Here’s another: traveling Tuesday. By the time you read this post, I hope to be around latitude 29.98°N longitude 90.25°W elevation 4.’ To put it another way, here. There’s a conference happening there, and my schedule has never let me get there until now, so it’s time to laissez les carpe diem et bon temps router. Maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’m NOT taking a laptop along . . . only a camera and notebook.
Know the location?
I took it from a southernmost point in the Bronx looking eastward toward North Brother Island . . . the brick chimney to the right. I can’t identify either the Weeks tug or the current usage of the red-and-white striped stack to the left.
By the time I got back to the sixth boro, the pink “M” on Moran tugs was once again white. The only photo of a Moran tug I managed in the whole month of October was the one below, a photo of a photo of a Catherine Moran in the lobby of a restaurant in Lockport. Label says . . . as you can read it . . . “Lockport 1939.” Would this have been the vessel built by Neafie & Levy in 1904?
As to the pink ribbon, I was happy to see it.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
All I know about these photos is that they were in frames in the Baldwinsville Lockmaster’s office. He didn’t know who took them or what year they were taken. Can anyone answer those questions or identify any of the people shown in the photos of Sheila Moran, Cheyenne, and the Great Lakes tugs (I think) called Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Know this superstructure? Guess the date?
Know other boats on this photo? Actually I don’t although I see some Eklof colors.
Here’s Mary Turecamo as she appears today, i think. I took this photo in November 2009.
And frequent contributor Ashley Hutto send this along. Can you identify the location?
And finally, from Walter, a frequent commenter here, a novel view of Alice discharging aggregates.
These photos come thanks to bowsprite, Russell, Ashley, and Walter. Thanks very much.
Answers to the questions are: Mary Turecamo photos were taken during the 1986 centennial of the Statue of Liberty. And Ashley took the his photo over near the Goethals Bridge.
Specialist (Texas) is looking good for a 1956 vessel.
Dean Reinauer (Rhode Island, 2013) heads into the rising sun.
Eastern Dawn (Louisiana 1978) passes the hose rack.
Gramma Lee T Moran and Barney Turecamo in the KVK under an unsettled sky.
Caitlin Ann (1961, Louisiana) with tons of scrap.
Patrice McAllister (Alabama, 1999) stands by. Here was how she looked her first hours in the sixth boro.
Neptune (1992, Louisiana) tends the dredge along the Con Hook Range.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
So what’s with the white sheet over the fendering? It must mean
a creamy-white hulled vessel is arriving with what the Brazilians call “SU coe,” or . . . my favorite cargo.
It appears this is the third voyage of Orange Sky from Santos to Port Newark this year. My friend John Skelson caught her here on her second voyage. By the way, you might want to check out John’s photo exhibit on Lilac this month.
In the next few photos, watch the teamwork between tugboat crew and ship crew.
Ship crew has sent down the monkey’s fist line and deckhand makes it fast to a towline . . .
which is then hauled up and made fast by ship crew, while deckhand keeps eyes on tug captain.
Line is made fast on ship but slacked as needed on the tug until
tug is correctly positioned.
Now with a name like this, I couldn’t resist using
this photo recently sent along by a secret salt.
Any errors in interpretation of what I was “seeing” while taking these photos . . are my errors.
Unrelated . . . given that this is Brazilian orange juice and that world cup play is on many people’s minds, check out this interesting essay by David Brooks on . . . more like life . . . baseball or soccer?
Notwithstanding all that . .. sometimes the thought that a day is the first day in the rest of one’s life is superlatively vivid. Enjoy my pics and maybe you’ll get this sense also.
Sunday afternoon, Zhen Hua 10 enters the Kills. Does anyone know if “Zhen Hua” means anything? Note Manhattan and the tip of Bayonne to the left, and tug Brooklyn, Robbins Reef Light, and the boro of Brooklyn to the right.
The new cranes arriving and the bridge their squeezing underneath are integrally related parts of the same story, as . . .
… are the cranes and the dredging equipment in the background. Note tug Specialist in the background
Margaret Moran tends the port bow.
Gramma Lee T Moran supplies the brakes and rudder.
The ship completes its journey of thousands of miles. Is it true that Zhen Hua 10 arrived here via Cape of Good Hope?
On the same theme . . here’s a handsome team of tugs, good paint all around. Working on a tandem assignment?
My thought when I read the name on the nearer tug was . . . this is historic . . . Crow‘s last ride; the Bushey tug might also be in the last mile of its thousands and thousands in a half century of work.
She’s being escorted in by Emily Ann . . .
Crow and her sister Cheyenne DO have classic lines!
Machines on shore were already staged . . . .
while not far away a last spring seal lollygags on some warm rusty metal, once also a brand new machine.
And on the other side of Staten Island rubble of a light indispensable a century ago adapts to a new life as a rookery.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will be transiting himself soon. Thursday I leave on a grand gallivant, and in early June–if all goes well– I start a new chapter working on Urger, that handsome young centenarian tug you see upper left at the top of the page.
It’s late Sunday evening, and Monday morning will come very early, so as a sneak preview to tomorrow’s post, a few photos of the transit of Zhen Hua 10 to Port Newark. Moveable platform courtesy of NYMedia Boat, which gets a photographer in the right places.
More tomorrow after work. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
As day broke, the fog descended. Here was Zhen Hua 10 right outside the Narrows around 0700.
Marie J. Turecamo stood by.
Nicholas Miller ferried out . . . crew? . . . materials?
Here’s how the bridge looked by 0720. i had to do some work, and when I
returned at 1030 . . . the bridge looked like this and Zhen Hua 10 and escorts looked like
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Here’s the Shanghai-based company site.