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Finally, a relatively close-up foto of Katherine.

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Bruce A. McAllister pushes through the snowflakes, as do

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Blue Fin . . . still gray,

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Brooklyn and Patapsco,

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and finally Pegasus.

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And finally . ..  escuse the poor quality, but these are cam-captures of Miss Lis at the Gatun Locks last Thursday, six days ago.  Although it’s not legible here, the container at the bow of the barge reads “FLUOR.”  Let’s keep a watch for this tow at the Narrows in the next few days . . .  from the Left Coast and headed here for the Tappan Zee project, I presume.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve held off moving from 99 to 100 because 100 suggested I do something special, but ultimately, I decided that random means random, so here it is.  Guess the location if not the tug?  It IS sixth boro. Answer at the end of the post.

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Almost 30-year-old Franklin Reinauer  entered the Narrows light as Sun Right departed the other day.

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Less than an hour earlier, Emerald Coast (1973) overtook the same Sun Right at the turn around Bergen Point.   I’ve seen Sun Round recently (although I didn’t take a foto) here but not Sun Road.  Are there more in this Manila-registered series?

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Note the small tug assisting with Energy 11105 barge  . . .

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pushed by (?) Liberty Service.  It’s Freddie K Miller, which I first met as Stapleton Service, even though that was not the first identity for this 1966 built tug.

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Susan Miller (1981) meets Akinada Bridge –named for a Hiroshima bridge–at the Narrows recently.

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Coho lighters G. Agamemnon.  Has repainting started on any of the ex-Penn boats?

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Comet (1977) heads under the Bayonne Bridge, while (?) Brian Nicholas following.

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Atlantic Salvor (1976) followed Atlantic Coast (2007) into the sixth boro the other day.

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Resolute (1975) escorted in  Americas Spirit.

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Finally . . . that first foto . . . it’s Diane B southbound in Eastchester Bay (til now a tugster-neglect portion of the sixth boro) with Throg’s Neck Bridge in the background.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Does anyone know if and when Athena was scrapped?

The two tugs in question really have nothing to do with each other, although almost all these fotos have been taken in the past month.  Bluefin, launched summer 2009, waits on the hook with Penn No. 80.  Although the colors haven’t caught up, the unit–one of 16 Penn Maritime tugs and 18 heated barges– is now owned by Kirby, in exchange for almost $300 million.

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This foto and the others of this unit you can enjoy thanks to bowsprite.  The red tug–Reliant–is about 20 years older than Bluefin.

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Each designed for its own purpose, Bluefin is 111 feet, whereas

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Reliant . . . 30′.

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Coho, launched November 2008, on paper is an identical twin of the 4000 hp Bluefin.  I took this foto in October 2009.

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Here’s a foto I took of Reliant over on the west side of Bergen Point a few years back.

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Thanks to bowsprite for contributing the fotos of Reliant over at WorldFi ferry terminal.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

I’m surprised it’s been almost five whole years since I did the previous installment by this name.   The sixth boro is a huge fuel transfer port, and currently Sandy has moved oil back onto everyone’s brain . . . mostly because of how difficult it is to procure.  Fuel is gold.  The other day when I was standing in line to get to vote, the joke I heard several times was that at the end of the line we’d either get a ballot or a five-gallon container of fuel.

New York harbor is filled with expensive vessels either waiting to move fuel  . . . like Dace Reinauer,

Pati R. Moran, or

Rebel.  Or

they’re actually moving it . . . like from Eagle Matsuyama to this Bouchard barge probably usually pushed by

Evening Star.

Or fuel is actually being moved from one to another node in the distribution chain . . . like here Diane B,

Mako,

Pocomoke,

Pocomoke and Comet (in foreground),

B. Franklin Reinauer,

and Evening Mist . . ..

All this movement notwithstanding, gas rationing is still in effect.

Anyone read whether consumption has decreased because of the rationing?

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

I did this post just over a year ago; note the prominent change happening in the Manhattan skyline, as seen from the north coast of Rockaway Queens.  The last time you saw the tug shown here was December 2011.  Any guesses what Patty was towing yesterday?  Answer tomorrow.

Most of my views of the rising tower come from my “office” on the north coast of Staten Island.  It looms there, beyond these McAllisters,

Na Hoku,

Caitlin Ann,

Magothy,

Penn No. 6,

Thomas J. Brown,

Norwegian Sea,

JoAnne Reinauer III,

Hayward,

Elk River,

and Resolute.

Unrelated:  Following their own landmarks, a new crop of aeons-old silvery slime has reportedly returned to sixth boro waterways.    What . . . you ask?  Click here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I priviledge first appearances.  This is Arbara Ann’s first.  Her registry is Islip, and  . ..  her stern confirmed the missing “B” at the beginning of her name.  Launch date was 1981, loa is 24.’

Fox Boys . . . third time here I think.  1956 and 48′

Pushing barge Fire Island, it’s Thomas Dann, 1975 and 98′  Can I conclude it’s Fire Island area bound?

John P. Brown (2002) has appeared countless times before.

Jean Turecamo (1975, 107′) meets Herbert P. Brake.   You might have seen Jean

here almost five years ago, props and all.Penn No. 6 is long, 141′ launched in 1970.

Sea Lion (1980 and 64′) pushes some dock equipment.

Eastern Dawn ( 1978 and 52′)   wears flags on her knees.

Amy C. McAllister (1975 and 91′) used to be Christine E. McAllister.   In between she was called Jane A. Bouchard.

Close-up Barbara McAllister (1969 and 100′) exudes power.

And finally, this barge of dredge equipment is

moved along by Sea Wolf 1982 and 61′.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Margaret Moran delivered December 1979.  99′ loa.

Miriam Moran, delivered November 1979.  99′ loa.

Amberjack, 1981, 106′ loa


Comet, build in the same shipyard as

Amberjack but 1977.  108′ loa.  I’ve rarely seen her out of the notch.

Jean Turecamo, Matton (New York state) built in 1975 and 107′ loa,   about to be eclipsed by Cosco Boston.

Thomas J. Brown, Gladding-Hearn 1962, 60′ loa

Maurania III, 2004, 101′ loa.  Built in New England as well.   Petrozavodsk, Japan built 2003. 790′ loa.  Hess, called such only since 2006?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Bohemia (2007) sprints her way through a race of sail.

Taurus (1967) bunkers Ocean Titan.

Eagle Service (1996) also threads its way through a sailing race.

Sassafras (2008) and Emma Miller (2008) adds fluids to run this vessel from Korean, London.  London must be a new country?

Buchanan 1 (1967) moves like a rock star.

Evening Mist (1976) poses using the cliffs of Lower Manhattan as background.

Ellen and Amy C McAllister (1966 and 1975) back Liberty Ace out toward Brooklyn.

Morton S Bouchard IV (2004) exits the KVK.

Cheyenne (1965) ties up at scows over toward Jersey City.

Oyster Creek (2011) blends in as Vane’s newest vessel in the sixth boro.

Coho (2008) makes its way through anchored units on its way to Hell Gate and the Sound.

Specialist II (launch?)  waits at a scow.

Patapsco (2004) makes its way to the Gate.

Gabby Miller (launch?) pushes a box somewhere north of the Battery.

All fotos in the past week by Will Van Dorp.

Beat the heat . ..  by imagining change:  well, eastriver suggested the sixth boro annex the Conch Republic.  Hmmm.  Since the sixth boro is an archipelago like the Keys, maybe we could confederate the American archipelagos (besides the two already mentioned, we’d join with the Thimble Islands, the Thousand Islands, the Channel Islands, the Salish Islands, and maybe establish diplomatic relations with all archipelagos smaller than . . . Long Island, giving us many of the Antilles, a smattering of Pacific nations,  the Aeolian Islands and Greek Islands.   I know I’ve left many out, but it’s already sounding like good company in my heat-addled brain.

Or defocus on the scorching temperatures by looking at fotos below?

First one is a “tugster-sighting” just north of the sixth boro snapped by Joel Milton.  Tugster is on the foredeck of Patty Nolan  (1931) sans figurefigure as she tows sailing vessel sans-servingsails Lickity-Split some weeks back, here passing the Englewood Cliffs boat basin, I believe.

Next foto from John Watson . . . Eddie R (1971) towing a mystery barge.  Any guesses its mission?

Answer comes from Les Sonnenmark, longtime friend of the tugster blog:  it’s a cable-laying barge operated by Calwell Marine.  Info on the barge can be found in this pdf . . . starting on the unnumbered page 6ff.    In fact, this barge may be related to the work of Dolphin III in the sixth boro last summer:  click the link to “marine contractor” above the last foto in this post you find here.

Foto by tugster near the Chesapeake City Bridge as 2011-launched Mako ensures Penn No. 81 makes

its way Chesapeake-bound.  More info on the pilotboat in the background soon.

Foto by Jed of Vickie M McAllister (2001) docked at McAllister’s Blount Island yard on the St John’s River .

Foto by G. Justin Zizes Jr. of Kathleen Turecamo (1968)  and

and Matthew Tibbetts (1969) both high and dry at Caddell Shipyard in Staten Island.

Foto from Lou Rosenberg of Aegean Sea (1962) near Rockaway Inlet.  Aegean Sea used to

be called, in order,  Francis E. Roehrig, Jersey Coast, and John C. Barker.

This yard tug in Mayport seems to have a protection  bar, but in spite of the

the numbers on the stern, I’ve found no info on this type.  Fotos by tugster.  Orange bow on the right side of foto belongs to C-Tractor 13.

A final shot of Patty Nolan and Lickety Split headed upriver.

Thanks to Joel, John, Les, Jed, Justin, and Lou.

Only tangentially related:  For info on YTB-832, previously based in Mayport and now possibly in Greece by way of Italy, click here.

And an even less tenuous tangential connection to these fotos of vessels of  La Guardia di Finanza, which sounds like what our government is supposed to do but actually refers to something quite different . . . .  What it is can be found here.

More fotos will be forthcoming from the Conch Republic, a possible future residence.

Here was H & D 6.

Thanks to Stuart, Harold, and “Ann O’Numess”  for identifying the Kosnac tug steaming past Riker’s in Carlito’s Way.  Here’s a foto I took three years ago, and below I took of Dorothy Elizabeth (1951)  in Tottenville a month ago.  Might she really already be slivers of scrap?

Hercules (1963), sibling of Maverick and others, awaits her emigration with

the return of Blue Marlin.  Note Alert (1976) in the lower left.

Matthew Tibbetts (1966) was high and

dry on Saturday.

With unusually high exhaust, that’s Marlin (1974)  on left and Penn No. 6 (1970)  beside her.   No one has yet told me how designers decide to run such long exhausts v. equally serviceable short ones.  Sea Raven is another high-exhaust vessel.

Click here to see Kathleen Turecamo in its element, not where it stood last weekend.

Barents Sea (right) and Na Hoku  . . . I wonder how long they’ve spent tied up here.  I recall feeling excited when I first spotted Barents (1976) more than three years back, and Na Hoku (1981) used to work the California-Hawaii run, but I can tell you when she last floated on Pacific water.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who DOES reduce foto resolution before posting them here.

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