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Thanks for all the guesses, both in comments and on email. Last week I accompanied a group of journalists invited on board. The word from the SS United States Conservancy is that the need for action is urgent; the project is running a critical “race against time.” Here are a few key facts about the vessel from the conservancy website. This is the first of several posts I intend to do. Click here for an Op-Ed piece written by one of the guides on our tour Susan Gibbs, grand daughter of the the vessel’s designer, architect, and creator.
Note the unique “sampan wing” tips on the funnels.
This is midships looking aft in the First Class corridor, as it looks today. To the left, you can see the deck “footprints” of suites, including where the plumbing rested.
This section of the “First Class stairs,” like the entire interior is stripped to bare metal.
Use your imagination . . . this is the First class ballroom, where Count Basie and other greats played.
This is the port side promenade deck. (Follow the links there.) Too enclosed, you think? You’d want it enclosed for a passage in the North Atlantic in January as she speeds along at nearly 40 mph.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Click here for David Macaulay’s blog about the vessel that brought him to the United States.
For more info on the the SS United States Conservancy and their efforts to save the ship via repurposing, click here. More soon . . . if not tomorrow.
By the way, in yesterday’s post, the first three fotos were as follows: 1955 Packard Clipper Super, a 1941 Cadillac Series 75 hearse, and a 1955 Buick Road Master . . . all contemporaries of the SS United States.
Many thanks to the Conservancy for the opportunity to tour the vessel. If you have personal stories related to the vessel, please consider adding them to the comments.
Cold weather keeps me inside, where my fingers keep the keyboard warm. I’ll start by revisiting this foto I took a warm morning in 2010. That tugboat was 60 years old at that moment. The easiest name to read is Ocean King, but in raised metal letters on the port bow, you might make out some other letters,
even clearer here on the starboard bow. And in between those two names, she also went by David McAllister.
The following three fotos come thanks to Allen Baker. The foto below shows Resolute in 1974 in Fells Point, when she was part of the Baker-Whitely Towing Company. Click here and here for posts I did in Fells Point and Baltimore back in 2010.
The foto below dates from 1980. Notice Grace McAllister to the left. At this point, McAllister had just purchased the B-W Towing Company.
Many thanks to Allen Baker for sharing these vintage fotos. And thanks to the folks at tugboatinformation.com, without whom I’d have a much harder time tracing back these names.
First three fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Although quite common for tugboats and other smaller craft, New York is a rare place of registry in large vessels today. Horizon Trader belongs to the same aging Jones Act fleet as Producer, Navigator, Challenger, . . . Crusader now scrapped.
I’m way out of my depth in bringing up the Jones Act, a set of statutes regulating maritime commerce dating from 1920 sponsored by Senator Wesley Livsey Jones. But here is a fact: 35 years old is the average fleet age of Horizon’s container vessels . . . a large if not the largest Jones Act carrier. That compares with 12 years . . . for the international container vessel fleet. Source for these ages is here.
As an untrained observer of the industry, I can state that Horizon Trader looks all of her 40 years, and again . . as a fervent but unconnected news consumer, I’ve heard/read nothing that blemishes their safety record.
And here’s the newest development . . . Horizon will cease their commerce through New York, substituting Philly instead.
Enjoy the 40-year-old details. I’d love to hear from someone who’d been onboard.
She looks small beside Laura K. Moran. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
First, thanks to Birk Thomas . . . Ice River currently in Philadelphia. Here’s the reefer fleet list.
And thanks to Mike Abegg, Alice Oldendorff, currently in the sixth boro, the vessel that started this blog over 2000 posts ago.
Also, still in port, Asopus.
And just out of the repair dock, it’s Stena Primorsk, having spent weeks in or around the harbor.
And finally . . . NYK Joanna leaves town yesterday. Watch between tug and ship, starboard side,
here, for what has to be one
of the more dangerous jobs on the water.
It’s the docking pilot leaving the vessel as it heads for sea.
Perusal of the NYK fleet shows names like Mark Twain and William Shakespeare. I’d love to see them come to town.
Unless otherwise attributed, all fotos by will Van Dorp. Thanks here to Birk Thomas and Mike Abegg.
Foto from Birk. I never noticed before how much the colors of a McAllister tug and Santa Claus are alike. Now all Alex needs is to sport white fabric bow pudding, you to squint, and . . . et voila! To the right . . . I think that’s she who did a last waltz this past July.
Christmas decorations on USS New Jersey? Except this foto was taken in October.
Tugboat Lizzie with reflections . . . and made by a frustrated retired jeweler friend of John Ericsson.
a gold- and silver-plated copper tug! Trophy material. See more at the Independence Seaport Museum, not where the road has taken me but well worth a visit.
Top foto by Birk Thomas. All others by Will Van Dorp, who’s quite inland and equidistant from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
Sandy? Of course, if you live inland from a beach, you may be scoured by the stuff.
These signs appeared along the NJ Turnpike today.
I had to return to the sixth boro from a little time spent in Philly. I saw Lois Ann L. Moran (2009, Washburn & Doughty) pass quite close to Penn’s Landing, but she was way up by Fishtown by the time I could grab my camera.
High Roller (1969, Jakobson) passed also, but the light hardly allowed Roller‘s brilliance to show. Scroll through for a foto of High Roller and her siblings with unique names in a post I did here over two years ago. The dome is the Camden aquarium, where some float-through-and-over-anything hippos live.
Two weeks ago, these small craft bobbed resplendent in summery sunny, but now a storm that should be called stormy or squally or even super-tempestuous dulls their colors.
For now, get to high ground; otherwise, batten ‘em down. Dog’em. Double’em up.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s some sixth boro area tempests of past years. As I post this (1700 hrs), Queen Mary 2, Maersk Kentucky, and Yasa Golden Dardanel are among the last large vessels leaving boro6 for the safety of sea.
gCaptain comments on vessel heading counter-to-trend with paramount urgency . . . here.
Foto below was taken on July 3, 2012. Charles D. McAllister . . . featured here dozens of times, was assisting British Harmony (see name on lifeboat) out of IMTT Bayonne . . . for sea. Where? Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
MANAUS on the tug is the best clue.
All fotos in this post except the first one were taken by my daughter, Myriam, who’s on the Amazon all summer as a grad student. I bought her a camera and said . . . “tugster needs you,” and she’s been following through since mid-May while I’ve focused mostly on my end of the sixth boro, not hers. More on this later in this post. That’s a sweet ride below.
She’s based in Macapa and took this and all the others from her workboat. No, she doesn’t drive it.
this. Right now Ikan Suji is Shanghai bound with a hold filled with Amazonian raw materials, I’d bet.
From Macapa to Manaus upriver is 500 to 600 air miles. Stadt Gera, in Macapa today, was in the sixth boro and on this blog a year and a half ago.
And here’s why I put the foto of Charles D. McAllister and British Harmony first: British Harmony is about halfway up the Amazon to Manaus as I write this. One really can get anywhere watery from the sixth boro. Knowing that and having concrete reminders like this are not the same.
From fishermen, people with cameras along the KVK, and Macy’s barge waiting for the 2012 Independence Day fireworks . . . to kids in wooden boats like this . . . all seen by crew on British Harmony on the same trip . . . I find amazing.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of another watershed. Myriam certainly has the gallivant gene. Here’s some self-disclosure. 39 years ago (!!) I traveled to my first professional job about 500 miles up the Congo River on a huge tugboat named Major Vangu, pushing four deck barges. The tug had 8 or 10 “staterooms” and a bar/restaurant for paying first class passengers. Second class were on a barge with shade, and third class slept among the cargo (barrels of fuel, trucks, crates of beer, misc . . .) on the other barges. It took four days and nights to get from Kinshasa to Mbandaka, near where I spend the next two years. The reason for the choice of a tug was the airplane was non-functioning and roads to get there would have taken weeks. Making this realization today suggests the need for a long river trip next year. . . . hmmmm . . . .
Related: Several times I tried unsuccessfully to find good profile shots of Major Vangu, which sank in 1979. Anyone have ideas on finding fotos of the old Onatra vessels like Major Vangu?
Today marks the end of the four-day historic ship festival and the official opening of Pier 25. Friday and Saturday I worked on Pegasus. Click on that link and you can find details of her history, starting from her inception as Standard Oil No. 16, including a time when she sported the flying horse on her stack. 1907 was a recurring number in the history-oriented tour: the date of Pegasus launch in Baltimore and the date of the opening of the Kenneth M. Murchison-designed Hoboken terminal of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
Also giving tours on the water was the historic John J. Harvey. Type Harvey into the search window on this blog and you’ll see more fotos I’ve taken over the past five years.
Folks including me took fotos of Harvey from Pegasus, just as folks on Harvey zoomed in on us. In the cowboy hat, it’s Mitch . . . of Newtown Pentacle.
Over 150 folks enjoyed a FREE!@#@! Hudson River ride on Pegasus Saturday. Lucky them!! I’m just saying . . . this is a rare treat, and you could make it less rare by joining in this way or that. FYI . . . the engine burns about 35 gallons per hour, if I recall correctly.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who yesterday befriended MV Algolake. a bonafide facebooking, literate ore carrier! Be the first among your FB friends to befriend an ore carrier; for me it’s therapeutic, helping me forget the bulk carrier Alice that has made distance between us!!
Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) . . .63′ loa (length overall), you’ve seen her here at least once before; since that link mentions vhf chatter, you must see bowsprite’s latest creations and transcriptions. Maria J was quickly overtaken by the three Brants. Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.
Crystal Cutler . . . 67′ loa, all new and shiny . . . has been in the harbor now at most . . . three months.
Recently I saw OSG Independence . . . 131′ loa pushing barge OSG 243 .. 557′ loa, in the sixth boro for the first time.
Swarming here from left to right: McCormack Boys … 73′ loa, Austin Reinauer … 110′ loa, and Bohemia … 95′ loa with barge GCS 235 … 285′ loa.
The venerable Crow, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug …. 86′ loa. I believe Crow first appeared on the blog here, almost three years ago, back when she was “crow red.” To hear Crow‘s horn and see its ability to raise/lower the wheelhouse, click here and see the embedded youtube at the end of that post.
Here’s a light Norwegian Sea .. 131′ loa and here she is
deep in the notch of DBL 103 … at least 381′ loa. Any guesses on the build date of DBL 103?
Finally, here’s a mystery tug moving a deck barge through KVK last weekend. Snow covered up the name, and it’s a tug I
can’t recall seeing before. Help?
Unrelated: If you didn’t read Megan Fraser’s comment in Non-Random Tugs 5, she embedded a link to all the photos in the exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly. Here’s a shortcut to the link to these fabulous images. Thanks, Megan.
A short post today . . . it’s December and just to call it windy out is an understatement along the lines of saying that in winter the sixth boro is less hot than in June, that sex is just exercise, and that this video is a fenderbender.
Oh, well . . . enjoy these fotos: Specialist II slings a string (strings along a sling?) of rock scows into the confluence of the East (so-called) River and the Hudson. That’s
Red Hook container port in the background, with the nose of Mary Whalen protruding from behind the blue warehouse.
And here’s a catch-up from my Philly posts of last week: when Captain Dann towed the Lockwood 2002 barge south-bound the cargo looked
all boxed up like this. Maybe something headed south or east for Sinterklaas?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to Carolina Salguero of PortSide NewYork for calling that video to my attention.
And since I’m linking to videos today, see this one, a music video that uses the Witte scrapyard as backdrop. I really like the music, but I think the ship remains in the Arthur Kill location should be the main event, NOT the backdrop.