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Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Hercules . . . (keel was laid in 1915) has never visited the sixth boro and never will, but some rough water
The body of water in question here is between Zierikzee (marked with the red balloon with capital A) and Veere . . . on the island off to the southwest. Also notice Rotterdam, Antwerpen, and Brugge on the map.
Top two fotos used with permission from Kees (pronounced “case”) and Ingrid van Trigt; bottom foto thanks to Patty Nolan‘s own Capt. David Williams.
Finally, tugster made the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and . . . no ATF, FBI, IRS, EPIRB . . . no handcuffs, no raincoat covering my face, no sex or financial scandal, no announcement of an imminent run for office. Running FROM office to pick up a copy of the paper sounds like a much better idea. Lots of thoughts there from Cornell‘s Capt Matt Perricone there too. See “Old Salt” Rick’s post on the article AND the upcoming 19th annual Great North River Tug Race here; watch the video and you’ll see some of Rick’s and my footage from a previous race.
Unrelated: This weekend tugster has dispatched me on assignment/hazardous duty at the Pageant of Steam.
In case you worried that Patty Nolan‘s figurefigure would go unrefurbished, check this out . . and just in time for the holiday. The 1931 vessel is updated, state-of-the-art, and decent! More Patty soon. If you don’t get the “figurefigure” reference, well, this is a “headless” and limbless figurehead.
If you’re really coordinated with screen controls, you can tour 1939 Hudson, the only pre-war sea tug museum in the Netherlands.
Ellen McAllister –that nose packs a terrific punch–rafts up with Nathan E. Stewart –now in the Pacific Northwest?–after the 2009 Hudson River tug race; the 2011 race will happen in LESS THAN two months.
And back in the sixth boro, here’sOSG Horizon and barge OSG 351 on possibly their first foray in these waters. Assist tug is Elizabeth McAllister (1967). Horizon is the twin of
OSG Vision. Another of the design is planned. Any guesses on the name?
And an announcement, this blog leaves on a gallivant tomorrow and may be silent for the better part of a week. We hope to surface in Jacksonville, Miami, Key West, and Dry Totugas. Cheers.
#1 was here.
It’s June. Might you be suffering from hypoclupea . . . deficiency of herring? Read what the celebrated neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about treatment here, as published in the New Yorker two years ago. Hypoclupea can leave you blase, bleached, apathetic . . .
dried out . . . as Miss Callie herself is feeling these days. To see Miss Callie in her element among the fishes, click here.
exchange cash or credit at the nearest purveyor of “new catch holland herring,” and you’ll find your zest for life just
returns! You might even end up seeing mermaids without having to go to the latest Depp/Disney show.
And finally, last but not least, you’ll see a new image of “tugster” on the upper left side of this blog; click on the image and you’ll see part of an article that appeared in Jack Tar Issue #5. Watercolor is by Herb Ascherman of Cold is the Sea blog. Another great example of his work is cover on Jack Tar #5.
It’s late and the sixth boro has claimed me for a whole glorious day. Some quick fotos, mostly from today. Check this one out: Sarah Ann (ex-June K) has experienced an identity crisis . . . her genuine orange self has begun bleeding through?
Is this the same Miss Yvette as the one here three and a half years ago?
And unrelated to the sixth boro but exciting nonetheless, Elisabeth (launched 1925) was named “tugboat of the year” (“sleepboot van het jaar”) at the National Tugboat Day 2011 in the Netherlands! Congratulations, Maarten. “Felicitaties!”
Unrelated: For a series of the fotos on the tug (En Avant 5) that got flipped /tripped yesterday in the Netherlands, click here. Thank, John.
The two boats here–Grouper (1912) and Elisabeth (1925) –have nothing to do with each other, but they clearly illustrate two extremes of restoration. Elisabeth lies starboardside to in Schiedam, whereas
same is true of Grouper in Lyons, New York.
Here’s another shot of
A final two words about Elisabeth here: first, she’s vying for Dutch tug/pushboat (opduwer) of the year . . . to be named during the Netherlands National Tug Day, June 2, 2011. I’m trying to learn how/if at all non-local readers might participate. Second, here’s Elisabeth, foto taken yesterday, National Windmill (molen) Day. to mark the completion of reconstruction of the Camel, a malt/gin mill in Schiedam originally built in 1715.
Unrelated: Happy Seattle Maritime Festival this weekend. Wish I were there. I’d be happy to post any fotos from there.
More on all these projects and events soon. Thanks to Alen and Angela Baker for the Grouper documents and to Fred Trooster for the Elisabeth fotos.
Fred Trooster sent me these fotos a few weeks back from the province of Holland, in the land of windmills. Not to push the “maricentric” idea too selectively, but this is truly a unique celebration of green on blue, produce on a canal system, small scale short sea shipping . . . if you will. These fotos are from the “varend corso westland,” where varend . . . is related to the English word faring as in seafaring. Enjoy.
I’d love to see some of these parades.
Happy Earth Day. By the way, what % of the total US energy diet comes from solar and wind at this moment? Answer below.
Unrelated: mini-offering vessels float on Ganges-in-Queens.
Answer: a miniscule 1.7%. Read the story here.
Related: 37 “ridiculous” types of things removed from NJ beaches . . . .
It’s Friday afternoon, and the Upper Bay seems congested . . . Yano is being spun in the distance as McAllister Responder and McAllister Girls head east and Amy Moran enters the KVK.
Cold, gusty Saturday the same basic area sees Taurus and Davis Sea jointly leveraging DBL 25 into a berth, and . . .
Duncan Island heads for sea from out behind a dredge spoils scow holding station with Captain D. Ever wonder why a reefer vessel of the Ecuadorian Line is called Duncan Island? It’s Duncan Island aka Isla Pinzon, said to be named for the Pinzon brothers who captained the Nina and Pinta of the Columbus fleet. Here’s a statue of the brothers, quite unknown in North America.
Most congestion as these two Moran groups cross: left to right, Jean Turecamo, Catherine Turecamo, Scott Turecamo pushing New Hampshire, and Linda Moran pushing Houston. Minerva Vaso lies at the dock in the distance.
At the end of this post is a video that really shows congestion, but as background, consider these two AIS screen captures, each showing about 2000 square miles. The one below displays regularly about 100 vessels, whereas
Now enjoy as much of this 15-minute video as you have time for: heavy traffic on Nieuwe Waterweg connecting Rotterdam with the North Sea. Included are at least two container ships–MSC Alexandria and Maersk Edmonton– with three times the capacity of any vessels currently serving the sixth boro aka Port of New York and New Jersey.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Imagine you are a diver sent down to inspect bridge foundations, and you discover, lodged against the foundation what appears to be a wreck. That’s exactly what happened in 2002 below Queen’s Bridge in Rotterdam.
She was raised and investigation determined her to be Amicitia, launched in Zaandam as Henja in 1941. She was then sold to owners in Arnhem, renamed Amicitia, confiscated by the Germans, and sunk in Rotterdam in 1943.
She’s now being restored by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Amicitia.
Thanks to Fred Trooster.
these fotos. i love the fact that flower boxes have a place in a ship preservation yard.
I’ll be back soon.