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The season comes to the east coast in late summer. New York’s 2013 sixth boro race is 12 days away, but you can get tickets to watch it from a boat already by clicking here. Be patient . . . it may load slowly.
This is NOT a foto from NYC. Can you guess where you’d see this original OSV design? OSV here means “offshore (lobster) supplying vessel,” which I confess are my first love in workboat design, dating from back when I lived in New Hampshire. All fotos in this post come thanks to Birk Thomas, a force behind this site and its Facebook version, which generates a lot of pics of workboats from all over.
If you guessed Portland, Maine . . . this is the pre-race lineup for the MS Harborfest.
I’m pretty sure this foto was taken from Andrew McAllister.
And it’s push-off time.
So in New York on September 1, whether you ride the boat or watch from the pier . . . I hope to see you there.
Although the September 1 race in NYC is the 21st annual in the current series, the races date back to before I was born. See fotos of the vessels from the 1952 race here. Back then, an international lifeboat race–rowers came from whatever cargo ships were in port at that time–was part of the festivities.
Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for these fotos. And if you do Facebook, check out tugboatinformation there.
Almost two years ago, Chris did this guest post about an experience he had sailing in the Mediterranean in this ride. The vessel below, now threatened, was on the hook off Palma, Mallorca, in one of her last years of service.
On that same deployment, he caught this foto of SS France, speeding past his vessel toward the Straits of Gibraltar.
Here’s another of Chris’ fotos, Sac Badalona (see #113) . . . at that time not long to be afloat and intact.
Here’s Chris’ ride low and dry and cold in Boston Naval Shipyard’s Drydock 4, winter 1969-70. What shrinks ASR-16 Tringa once accommodated Leviathan.
During that drydocking, Chris had a chance to get fotos along the Boston waterfront. You can read the restaurant sign as Anthony’s Pier 4. Can you identify the steamer and the schooner? Answer follows . . .
This foto taken some time between December 1969 and March 1970 shows two tugs afloat and one sunk at the dock near Rowes Wharf in Boston . . . now a very different place. Can anyone identify? Chris has no clues other than the time and places info. I’m grateful to Chris for sending along these scans, although both he and I will rely on some group-sourcing to know more about these vessels. Enjoy.
Disintegrating in Noank in the 69-70 time frame, it’s the remains of once-four-masted schooner Alice L. Pendleton.
Moving south to New London, it’s W. H. Welch.
Also in New London . . does that say Spaigo Carroll?
Also in New London . . . it’s ferry Martha’s Vineyard.
And this is the Thames River boneyard a,
And finally, identification on the vessels at Anthony’s Pier 4 . . . steamer Peter Stuyvesant (victim of the Blizzard of 1978) and –a real coup in terms on an identification by eastriver and his “new englander” shipmate”–it’s 1863 Alice S. Wentworth, who went victim to a storm in 1974.
Many thanks to Chris for sending along these fotos, which belong to him.
Looking at this set of fotos, words beginning with “w” came to mind. Like wind-swept, an apt way to describe this land’s end called Halibut Point in Rockport, here looking toward Maine. That’s “halibut” as in “haul about,” because as you sail round the point, you’ll encounter different winds. The rockpile is quarried chunks never loaded onto to ships, never built into construction sites.
Wind again comes to mind in this assemblage of traditional and new-fangled means of harnessing it. One is up, and two will follow. Schooners are Highlander Sea and Adventure.
Wavemaster is NOT the familiar name for the 47′ MLB like these, but it should be.
Wake . . . follows codzilla…
OK . . this one’s a stretch, but whenever I see a small RIB like this of the Massachusetts Environmental Police, I think sirens . . . not whistles, but then
there’s a Rupert, a 50′ RIB, and if the previous was whistles, then this is whistles and bells. If anyone’s thinking to give tugster a gift for Christmas, this is tops on my wishlist.
Viking Starliner wandered through the sixth boro the other day, possibly in for some work, but then it headed south . . . Florida-bound?
And finally this, a winter-cold sunrise, taken a week ago with a hint that December is not far off, a year winds down, waning hours of light.
And just apropos of absolutely nothing, had we had a few more hurricanes, we’d have gotten to hurricane William this year.
Three years ago I did posts about wooden vessels and names while in the greater Cape Ann area. This time what struck me was the variety of vessels in this small but intensely important peninsula. Essex Shipbuilding Museum is always “must stop there” . . . and make a donation if you wish. Essex has fewer than 4000 people. Treat yourself to beautiful lines fleshed out in old . . .
and new like these.
I can’t hear the word “Gloucester“ without thinking of fish and lobsters and other sea life. Read what Capt Joey has to say about Western Venture, here with Osprey. Joey’s GMG does “citizen journalism” par excellence on many aspect of Gloucester life, and a more historically focused website on Gloucester industry can be found here.
Vessels old and
new–like these three midwater trawlers of Western Sea Fishing– line the piers when they’re not at sea. It no secret that fishing brings risks: a vessel I featured here three years ago–Plan B-- sank earlier this year.
Small and newish like Cat Eyes or
or classic, versatile, and large like 1924 Highlander Sea (for sale) and 1926 Adventure both Essex built . . . they all lie in the few dozen acres of water in Gloucester’s Inner Harbor. See Adventure‘ s site here and some fun fotos here.
Treats appear at every glance, near and far.
Can anyone tell me more about Traveler . . and all her lives? Here’s what I learned from Good Morning Gloucester: follow the comments and you’ll learn that she was launched in “1942 by Cambridge Ship Builder, Inc. based in MD, for the US Army. She is 79.9 ft. long, was a rescue boat serving in WWII picking up downed fighter pilots and had full infirmary facilities aboard.”
More Gloucester tomorrow. All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who realizes he should come back here more often. And if you’ve never been to Cape Ann, sooner is better.
Actually this is Kristin 3, counting the mystery vessel post. Let’s start in the wheelhouse, aka ship’s office, looking to port. Notice the gauging equipment, sound-activated telephone, all the manuals.
Here’s a closeup of the starboard
EMD 16-645-E2–if I recall–12-567
Looking down/forward from the fiddley at port engine
the galley. Again, the natural lighting is remarkable. A note about these fotos . . . Kristin has been idle for several months now, and no attempt was made during this foto shoot to “spruce-up” any of the areas.
A near-twin of Kristin–Chester A. Poling–was my introduction to the name Poling, although it was another company. I heard about Chester A. in the 1990s from a diver in Cape Ann, MA. Like Kristin, Chester A. was launched in 1934 from the shipyard in Mariner’s Harbor. Originally 251′, both were lengthened by a 30-foot midsection in 1956. From this foto, it appears the bow bulwarks on Chester were less protected. Click on the image to get to Auke Visser’s fabulous site, from which the foto is taken. Take your pic here from a wealth of video by folks diving on Chester.
Again, many thanks to Ed Poling and Jim Ash for the opportunity to see/foto Kristin in her dotage. Thanks to you all for reading and commenting. Special thanks to Johannah for the info on all-welded construction article and to Sachem1907 on the identification of the locks, which confirms operation by these vessels onto the Great Lakes. I welcome more info and further history on these vessels of past era.
My all-time favorite fotos of Kristin were taken here less than a year ago by Paul Strubeck and “lightened-up” by tugster.
8 was here. In the foto below, note the name in raised metal.
This “colander” bow of tanker Dispatch (ex-Texaco 147, Richmond, Nepco Dispatch) was taken in August 2011. Dispatch was one of three identical ( I suppose) tankers built by Texas Steamship in Bath, Maine, in 1919. Texaco 147 sank off Cape Ann in February 1957, and has therefore weathered underwater and differently. Click here to see a recent foto of Texaco 145 aka Chelsea.
As the sixth boro holds its tugboat race this weekend, Cape Ann has its schooner race. Wish I could be in two places at once! And speaking of the tugboat races, see who has really caught the illustration bug and might be another “sketchy” spectator! Bravo!
Here was RP #12.
Anyone have a great sixth boro story, please get in touch.
Government Boats 14 was here, from over a year ago. A subtitle here might be navy vessels future and army vessels present. Like this vessel below, sent along by Rod Smith of Narragansett Bay Shipping, where you can savor more shots of the same vessel. Can you identify it? Does “FSF 1″ stand for “frighteningly sci-fi 1,” which this truly is? More below.
Now onto army vessels. Oxymoron? Nope, Enjoy these two, contributed by Joe Herbert: LT-2085 Anzio (US Army tug built in 1955) , and
For a frighteningly sci-fi US ARMY vessel prototype built in Australia, click here.
Here’s a full-vessel shot of cement-gray FSF 1 aka Sea Fighter passing Fort Adams in Narragansett Bay.
Any errors in the above info can be blamed on Will Van Dorp, aka tugster.
Thanks to Fairlane and Ben for pointing out an example of “you travel far away to find what you left behind” : shipbuilders in southern New England labored to create vessels like Cayo Largo (2008) , below and here (fotos 6 and 7). In fact, Cayo Largo displays front-and-center on the Blount Boats Shipyard site here.
The same Blount workers built Isla Grande (1976) and Cayo Norte (1995) , and if you want graphic evidence, look at this shot of Cross Sound’s Caribbean Ferry (1972) that despite its name never left New England, I don’t think. They built Isleno in 2004. (third foto down) and La Princesa (2009) (fotos 2 and 3).
As you enjoy these “walk-around” shots of Isla Grande, some of you
Other Blount boats already depicted on tugster include the following:
Twin Tube (1952)
Bergen Point and Vulcan III (ex-Bethtug I and Bethtug III, respectively. 1958)
Scotty Sky (1960)
Miss New Jersey (1991) and bunches of other Circle Line boats.
Mister T (2001)
Labrador Sea (2002)
I’m sure I’ve missed some Blount boats that I’ve seen. The one I’d really like to know the disposition of . . . is Kasai (1960) and built for the rivers of the Congo, where I worked from 1973 until 1975. Anyone know? Here’s a story of a ferry disaster on the Kasai River just a few years back.
Unrelated: I’ve looked high and low for fotos of Asso 22, the tugboat seized yesterday off Libya. See story here, with fotos, of course, of politicians.
Here’s a foto of a foto taken at Fort Wetherill. I couldn’t make out the name of the vessel, but can you identify the objects on the dock in the foreground? Answer follows.
met Thalassa Desgagnes when she arrived. Thalassa is an apt name for a vessel.
Here’s a close-up of Northeast Pilot IV, a product of Narragansett Bay’s own Gladding-Hearn.Here’s Northeast Pilot V, which I presume is
a newer boat.Also based in Newport is Tiger Shark,
Hidden away here is the stern launch small boat.
Back to that first pic . . . those are mines.
Does anyone know the name of that mine-laying vessel?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.