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There’s fog of war, and then there’s warships in fog.  Click here for another.

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Note the Hoboken tower off the bow in the photo above and off the stern . . . below.

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Click here for a link to the vessel L-810 Johan De Witt, and here for its namesake, a Dutch politician who was murdered by his opponents.

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That’s Ellen McAllister at the stern and Elizabeth alongside midships.

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I’m guessing there is a photographer in this vessel.

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See it there off the stern?

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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.

 

This is continued from yesterday.

Containers move this way.

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And although this photo was taken on the Maas, registry is several countries away.

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Like double trailers on US Interstates, you see the same with short sea motor-barges.

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And here’s some Maas reefer transport, this

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one with an unexpected name.    Part of the explanation might be furnished by this post from a few years ago.

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I hope this look at some other rivers stimulates some thought.

All photos by Will Van Dorp,

 

This looks like LNG.

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Motorized barges have telescoping houses and transport personal land transport.

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School ships might look like this.

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Bulk carriers look like this, at

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these dimensions,

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and carry products like this.

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And somehow the economies make it work.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Janga Bork is NOT a Dutch fishing vessel, although the unusual (?) hull brings it to the top of this post.  The “L” prefix on the hull identifies it as Danish.

By the way, the aggressive newish spell checker always tries to change my preferred spelling of “sixth boro” to “sixth bork.”  You may have seen some “typos” I missed.  I’m very happy to learn that Bork is in fact the name of lovely Danish seaside town that I must visit one of these years.

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For (slightly dated) info on Dutch society and fish, click here.  For a thought-provoking op-ed piece by Paul Greenberg on the plight of US fishing industry, click here.   The “UK” on the trawler below, Sursum Cordo, identifies it as registered in Urk.   Fishing vessels from all over –see Stellendam below–bring their catch to Ijmuiden, just outside Amsterdam.

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Huge trawlers like Cornelis Vrolijk‘s  Carolien  . . . of Scheveningen–operate out of here as well.

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Here’s sister ship Scombrus.

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Smaller trawlers Seagull and Flamingo are sculptural.

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The “Z” on Flamingo stands for Zeebruge in Belgium.

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In a Den Helder drydock, it’s Grietje Hendrika by the top sign and St. Antonius (Belgian) in raised metal letters below.

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No surprise Dr. Maarten Luther is German.

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In the town of Haarlem, the fish merchant is one of the more recently built buildings.

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In the same square, this take on “blind justice” is a refreshing leap backwards.

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Noord Hinder lightship  . . . just over a half century old . . . reminds me of this lightship lost in the South American jungle.

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Another restored Dutch steam vessel Hydrograaf  has a name that reveals the mission for which it was launched over a century ago.

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I have more, but for now . . .  as the Dutch say . . . Stop.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Whatzit?  Answer can be found at the end of this post.

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Here a huge–by sixth boro standards–bulk carrier Percival offloads coal at the Tata steel works near the salty end of the Nordzee Canal.

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Here Russian drillship Bavenit makes its way to sea through the Nordzee Canal.

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This is diveship Nehalennia, which takes sport divers out helmet diving off the Dutch coast.

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This has to be the most unlikely repurposing of an old ferry:  overflow parking for bicycles just north of the main train station in Amsterdam.

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Here’s the main parking on the south side of the same station!!

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Here are a few vessels of Acta Marine at their yard in Den Helder.  They specialize in workboats for shallow waters.  L to R, Coastal Surveyor 2, Jutter, and Coastal Explorer.

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This has to be the only vessel of this design  . . . with leeboards!  I know nothing more about it.

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In Zaandam, translation of boat name is “flyer.”

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Other than that Zuiderzee is a government vessel with a crane, I can say much else.

 

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A 905 Blommendal is awaiting conversion into a super yacht.  Can this transformation really happen?

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Here’s a more bucolic Zaandam sight, two windmills  . . . one decapitated.

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The intact capped and spinning one, was sawing logs!

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And to bring this installment to a close, the first photo here was NEMO, an Amsterdam science center.

All photos by Will Van Dorp . . .  who feels like he’s hopping between continents.

I’m not sure the following two boats are Kvichak built.  Three previous ones were.  Here was a post of those US-built Dutch pilot boats I had here a few years back;  check out the uniforms of the crew!

 

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Unlike in the US, the Dutch lifeboat or life saving organization is NOT part of the Coast Guard.  In fact, it’s a volunteer group with really impressive vessels.   Click here for more info on KNRM, that group.

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The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.

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North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.

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Finally, an unidentified antique tug collects race buoys on the IJsselmeer just south of Hoorn, a ZuiderZee port that served as center of the VOC during the “golden age” of Holland.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back to Coney Island this weekend for the m e r m a i d s.

 

Arion is one of the smaller Iskes tugs, here towing City of Dubrovnik out toward the mouth aka Ijmond of the North Sea Canal. 

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Aaron is the smallest of the fleet.

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Friesland . . . built 1982.

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Here’s another shot of Triton (farther) and Telstar (nearer).

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Another shot of Triton, built 2008 in Turkey.

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Pollux (Germany built in 1963) and Saturnus (Germany 1978).

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Svitzer Svezia, Italy 1988.

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PA 1 aka Castor looks like it could tow if equipment were added, but it’s actually an enforcement vessel.

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And we end with a 1927 boat . . . aptly named . . . Obsessie.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

What a concept . . . all you can eat pancakes while motoring around Dutch waterways!

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Aurora is a Cargill-operated cocoa tanker.  Read the faint print on the starboard side of the tank.

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Aqua Shuttle in Rotterdam and

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Waterbus.

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School ship Princes Beatrix.

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City Supplier . . as its sibling Beerboat keeps trucks out of the narrow streets in Amsterdam.

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Colorful housing near a maritime school over on the north side of the Ij

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is actually repurposed containers.

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Two more work boats for now:

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Scheurrak is a survey boat.

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I love leeboards and the really upswept bow.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, and I have more from the gallivant, but they may have to wait to late next week.

PBB means “place beyond belief.”  I knew immediately what this was, although I’d never expected to see one afloat and amove!  Know it?

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The translation here is literally “grain sucker.”  Click here (scroll to pic 5) to see a WW2 era floating grain elevator operating in the sixth boro.

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Here’s power lifter Matador 2 towed by 1964 Pieter L.

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Here is one of the most amazing things I saw, a floating vacation boat for the sick and handicapped!!  Click here for more pics.

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Al-Bahar, a brand new self-propelled cutter suction dredger manufactured in the same locality as

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this 250+ year-old technology.

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Eurogas and

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a short-sea container ship, one of myriad.

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Vessel Terra transporting Mercedes vans.

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Ark vessel name is Reinwater, but I’ve no explanation for the model sturgeon on the bow.

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The Dutch word for bicycle is “fiets”  . . which makes this Babette’s fiets, kinda sorta like this movie.

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A floating refueling station with a great name.

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An oil spill clean up vessel outbound under the Erasmus Bridge.

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Kapitein Kok or Kapitein Anna . ..  another amazing restoration.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is far from his heart on the the sixth boro, although he’s loving it.

I certainly saw great assist tugs like Triton, here steering a bulk carrier into the locks at Ijmuiden.  Click here for more Iskes tugs.

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Louise van der Wees is less new.

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Devotion is an Urk-based vessel working a mini-heavy lift unit.

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But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like the 1946 SS. Gebr. Bever.   If that link is in Dutch, you can switch languages at the bottom.

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Ditto Roek, 1930.

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Spes . . . 1946

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Wouw

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Citius

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Wisent and many more.

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Here’s another shot of Elbe (former Maryland Pilots vessel) being passed by Hercules 1915 . . .  and we end this installment with

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a 1977 Hercules.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Personal note:  Today I begin an extended gallivant in northern and western New York, the state.  I have many more Dutch photos, but my ability to post may be limited.

 

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