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Thanks much for the encouragement; here’s another set of photos. Actually, if you follow the Bayou nearly to the end, you’ll be here in Port Fourchon at the entrance to one of the southernmost roads in Louisiana. This post will be mostly a photo album.
As you’ll notice in the following photos, certain colors dominate here. Here’s C-Legacy and
beyond Delta Power . . . more orange and yellow in the background including
Finn Falgout and another view of Timbalier Island.
For the many other Edison Chouest vessels I’ve previously posted, click here.
Crosby Enterprise and Kurt J. Crosby. For lots of Crosby tugs including these, click here.
Miss Aimee and John G. McCall
C-Pacer and Fast Track
Harvey Champion and Harvey Supporter and some I can’t identify. Here’s the Harvey fleet including
Harvey Falcon, Harvey Racer, and Harvey Hero.
Mainport Pine and some unidentified vessels
Thanks for asking for more of these. Tomorrow I’ll start unpacking the Nola photos.
Over a week ago I felt all the symptoms of impending illness, Gfever. I suffer from that affliction quite a lot, as you know if you follow this blog. It starts when I can’t sit for more than 15 seconds, atlases–paper or interactive electronic–beckon, the ear worms in my head are all about travel . . . the only cure for this fever . . . Gfever . . . is a gallivant. And in this case, a Bayou Lafourche gallivant was the only remedy. So from the airport any direction was fine as long as it was south. Let’s cross this lift bridge and go . . . farther than we did last time here.
Of course, bowsprite came along and sketched hither and yon . . . and who could pass up Intl Defender!
There . . beyond the copse of backup rigs . . . it’s the boom town of Port Fourchon.
And rather than understand first and write later, I’ll just put up a sampling of vessels I saw. . . . Here’s off the bow of Delta Power (127′ loa) is Dionne Chouest (261′ loa). A random assortment goes on with
HOS Red Dawn (268′),
Dictator (140′), Candy Bear (156′), and Candy Stripe (130′),
the brand-new 202′ Capt Elliott,
a cluster that includes from l. to r. . . . HOS North Star, Seacor Washinton, C-Endeavor, C-Fighter, and Miss Marilene Tide. The stern-to vessel in the foreground . . . I can’t identify.
Looking like they’re aground and on the grass . . . it’s HOS Black Rock and HOS Red Rock, recent builds and each 278′.
There are more and more . . ..
in Port Fourchon, as seen here from the c-store looking over the trucks, the single-wides on stilts, and the vessels beyond.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Let me know whether you’re interested in another post from Bayou Lafourche.
April 2010 . . . UASC vessel Al-Mutanabbi bound for sea. It has come and gone through the sixth boro many times.
Late November 2014, it looks like a new vessel in the UASC fleet, Al Rain.
Oh! new name . . same old ship.
This makes me wonder whether next time Al-Abdaly comes through . . . it’ll be Al Snow? Named for my friend maybe?
But seriously . . . name changes happen a lot . . . take APL Pearl . . .
she of the blotchy paint job. I saw her pass very near here almost exactly a year ago on a very snowy day . . . Prior to that, some years back I saw her when Hyundai Voyager was painted on her bow. In fact, if you look closely around the starboard anchor, you can still see traces of Hyundai blue.
Take Radiant Sea, just off the bow of the radiant Gramma Lee T Moran. Last time Radiant Sea was here . . . she was Ashley Sea.
Whether a name change constitutes a real transformation–Shakespeare would surely say it doesn’t–I did need a descriptor, preferably one that starts with T.
Here’s another: traveling Tuesday. By the time you read this post, I hope to be around latitude 29.98°N longitude 90.25°W elevation 4.’ To put it another way, here. There’s a conference happening there, and my schedule has never let me get there until now, so it’s time to laissez les carpe diem et bon temps router. Maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’m NOT taking a laptop along . . . only a camera and notebook.
Aircraft about to land . . .
well . . yes, Philly’s airport is only a few miles to the south.
Recognize the aircraft carrier?
CV-67 has been mothballed since 2007. I’m just wondering whether there’s a tally of the number of crew who served aboard CV-67 in the almost four decades it was active.
Now . .. definitely, mothballed.
Until less than a year ago, Kennedy shared waterfront space with the Forrestal. Here and here are posts from February 2014 of Forrestal leaving Philadelphia and arriving in Brownville. Has anyone seen what’s left of the Forrestal today?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The photo immediately below was taken in July 2011, just before I published this post from Mayport.
At that time, I’d no idea that some 40 months later I’d cross paths with the same vessel, FFG 42 Klakring here.
Here is NISMF . . . aka
. . the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard,
where in addition to FFGs (frigates) like Klakring, there are DDs (destroyers) as shown in photo #4 and LPDs (amphibious transport docks) like USS Shreveport above and below foreground.
guided missile cruisers and
amphibious cargo ships like USS El Paso,
LKA-117. Click here for info on one of her former captains.
Last vessel for today is T-AGOR-16, USS Hayes, an oceanographic research ship.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who suggests that if you’re in Philly, take a ride to the end of Broad Street and visit the huge business campus still known as the Navy Yard. There’s no better place to walk around!
I did a post about a scrapping before . . in early 2007 here. Warning: Disturbing images follow. This post focuses on a tug built in Matton Shipyard,
one of four tugboats that were originally christened John E. Matton, not the one below.
It could get confusing, but vessels were launched as John E. Matton in 1939 (which seems to be this one and still afloat as Atlantic 7 although I’ve not found a photo), in 1945, in 1958, and in 1964.
Below are photos of the 1958 John E. Matton. The first one is from 2007, when it was known as Thornton Bros.
It changed names–and colors–after 2007, and that’s confusing too,
but by 2012 it again was Thornton Bros.
But earlier this year, time had run out, and I got some pics as it awaited the scrapper.
The following photos–taken while I was up on the canal–come compliments of Gerard Thornton, to whom I am grateful.
As I look at these, I’m eager to get into canal related archives to see what photos exist of the area around the Matton yard in the 1940s and 1950s.
And might there be photos of steel sheet and rod transported by canal from the Great Lakes steel plants to the Matton yard?
Again, thanks to Gerard Thornton for the last four photos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, the John E. Matton (1964) became one of the vessels named Helen J. Turecamo and sank in 1988. Does anyone know details about that sinking beyond 1988 and that it happened near Norfolk and involved a submarine? I get nothing from googling.
Chesapeake Coast and others were out pushing fuel,
Seastreak New Jersey and others were moving passengers . . . (maybe here), and
crews on ship and shore were moving bulk materials like salt here from Key Hunter.
And if you wonder what it looks like at the base of that tower, whose antenna arrived in the harbor 723 days ago, here’s a photo from Fulton Street I took two weeks ago when the news trucks and lots of others were hoping that two workers would soon be rescued.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
For a sense of how the Lower Manhattan skyline looked from New Brighton area of Staten Island about four years ago, click here.
Eight years ago today I published a post I called Meet Alice. More on that fact later. Today we meet . . . Alakai.
It seems fitting that today we should meet Alakai to the right and her sister Huakai,
now known as USNS Puerto Rico and
No bulbous bow here . . . and that’s a bulker docked off Alakai‘s stern. The catamarans were a very costly mistake for Hawaii Superferry. Here are the ship specifications from an existing Hawaii Superferry site.
Today both vessels await their fate at the Philadelphia Navy yard,
where I took this photo below, which has nothing to do with the HSFs, but I couldn’t pass it up.
Soon I’ll post more from NISMF Philadelphia, a place that should be on everyone’s gallivant list.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who posted “Meet Alice” exactly eight years ago as the inaugural post on this blog. Since then, 2,602 other posts have been sent up from my rabbit’s hole. It’s been a fun gallivant that has shown me fascinating stuff and introduced me to literally thousands of fun and otherwise interesting folks. If I have the stamina and time, there ARE many more places to go and ways to go there, and I hope to do another 2600+ posts over the next days and months and years . . . Thanks for reading and writing back.
Below is North River and Hunts Point as seen from Rockaway.
Port Richmond heads into Hell’s Gate,
Red Hook in the distance and Port Richmond passing by,
and finally all three new boats with Red Hook in the distance. Here are some photos of Red Hook as she appeared when first in service in early 2009.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Know the location?
I took it from a southernmost point in the Bronx looking eastward toward North Brother Island . . . the brick chimney to the right. I can’t identify either the Weeks tug or the current usage of the red-and-white striped stack to the left.
By the time I got back to the sixth boro, the pink “M” on Moran tugs was once again white. The only photo of a Moran tug I managed in the whole month of October was the one below, a photo of a photo of a Catherine Moran in the lobby of a restaurant in Lockport. Label says . . . as you can read it . . . “Lockport 1939.” Would this have been the vessel built by Neafie & Levy in 1904?
As to the pink ribbon, I was happy to see it.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.