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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.’
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.
Amy C. McAllister (1975 and 91′) used to be Christine E. McAllister. In between she was called Jane A. Bouchard.
Working Harbor Committee win an award for perpetuating this event and calling it race AND competition. And at the expense of making this post almost as long as some of those cinema and music award shows, I’d like to add some aditional awards . . .
like for “best improvised bowsprit on a tugboat” . . . Ross Sea, [doubleclick enlarges all fotos]
and now a break from line-throwing awards . . . best photographer-aloft . . . Shipshooter on Ross Sea.
longest throw” Growler. Note for next year . . . the Growler crew might decide to dress as rodeo folk, given that the 30-second lasso-demonstration prompted a comment from some unnamed person behind me . . . “Next year for Growler we should replace that bollard with a fiberglass cow.” Great showmanship!!
Finally and last but not least . . . two technical awards . .. for “best dredger” Maurania III, and
That this green icon dominating our harbor came as a gift to us from the people of France . . . astounds me. Here Liberté greets Gramma Lee T and a Virgin Atlantic plane simultaneously.
This astounding gift from the people of France lives on and on. All of which leads me to this . . . wouldn’t it be just super if people of another country decided to . . . as did the people of France … make us a gift of a really tall observation tower? Just think of all the great harbor shots to be taken from a 1500-foot tower along the KVK . . . I’d just love it. Somewhere, we must have grateful friends willing to do this, shouldn’t we? Might the Emiratis give us a Burj of our own atop Todt Hill ? Maybe the Chinese could gift us with an Occidental Pearl Tower on Bay Ridge? We must have friends like the French people of a century and a half ago somewhere.
Note: doubleclick enlarges almost all fotos for the past year or so.
Cutter head, the helical jaws with scores of teeth that need intensive maintenance,
light therapy to effect the endless gnawing away of
Or the mighty Brazos and crew?
Why . . . busy, of course.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Vessels besides Florida include Sea Bear, Layla Renee, and Pearl River.
I stopped at the KVK today just in time to watch an anchor move. Crew on the “bent-leg” barge caught the hook in the eye of the anchor cable, and
then Sea Bear powered away, the barge submerging in the process.
The anchor got winched up and
the barge crew took the applause as the tug moved them
away to the next phase, which looked
Right in time for Columbus Day . . .a gallivant has beckoned. Back soon …
and . . . Zhen He (1994 launched in China) came into the boro escorted by Gramma Lee T (unpictured ). . . but you’ve seen the venerable Gramma Lee T at least a hundred times here. Click here to see the explorer Zhen(g) He’s mothership juxtaposed with Santa Maria. Also, in the background off Zhen He‘s bow, that’s Sea Raven, who’s been docked at GMD for quite a while. Zheng He discovered America, along with whole other bunches of mariners?
James Turecamo assists Pati R Moran and barge Charleston into the KVK. James launched from Matton in Cohoes, NY in 1969. See the end of this post.
Comet pushes Eva Leigh Cutler toward the Buttermilk, meeting Houma. Comet launched in 1977 as Clarion, then became Gil Hebert, then Gulf Comet.
Specialist II was high and dry here a year back.
John Reinauer … also launched in Louisiana but in 1969 and has previously worked as Esso Crystal River and Exxon Crystal River.
McAllister Girls (ex-Challenger and Betty Jean Turecamo, 1969) pushes a scow of harbor bottom.
Sea Wolf (1982, ex-Danny Paul) moves an unusual load.
L W Caddell, locally built and 20 years old works out of its place of construction.
Referring back to the James Turecamo foto above, this is a view of Matton Shipyard in Cohoes as seen less than a month ago. Beyond the barbed wire and buildings is the Hudson.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: It’s catching me, slowly but powerfully, the tumblr graphicblog called “Adventures of the Blackgang” produced by Monkeyfist, who also does exquisite work with Maritime Monday. And now it’s on my blogroll. Check it out, often.
Keeping with tradition: here’s #57. Remember, doubleclick enlarges.
Unidentified kayaks foreground, and middleground from left to right: Layla Rene, Sea Bear, dredge Florida; and background, King Dorian (misspell of durian?).
Unidentified crew boat heading away and Barbara C approaching.
W. O. Decker passes W O tanker called Sharon Sea.
Sarah Ann and unnamed blue sailboat painted almost DonJon blue.
Sorry about all the unidentified vessels today. Maybe someone can help.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A weapon from Captain Nemo’s Nautilus emerging from the depths to exact revenge?
Of course, if you read tugster regularly, you know about my fascination with the dredge machine called a cutter suction head. Tug supporting the dental barge here is Sea Bear. Note the condition of the teeth (over 50?) on the head and the green spares on deck behind the dental crew, who like the folks that work on human teeth, use
appropriate tools to assess the damage.
Interesting work, guys.
All fotos by will Van Dorp, who’s happy to see so much dredging happening along the Kills.
First: If you haven’t already, check out Bonnie Frogma’s fantastic post on Olympia here.
Foggy, rainy weather shifts my focus to closer range, to detail, like the contents of this gargantuan bucket taking bottom real-estate out to sea;
the swirl of water over the bulbous point of a Romanian-built, newbie 900′ LOA container vessel;
the neck of a Matton-built Mary Turecamo;
and … finally … my favorite, the cutterhead on GLDD’s Florida surrounded by its own fairy-dust and shepherdessed by Layla Renee.
All rainy, foggy day fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A general thanks for people sending me fotos. Blogging allows some stupendous collaborations.
Thanks to M. McMorrow for sending. Notice the cruise ship, the Intrepid, several sizes and types of tugs, as well as the Concorde! Unfortunately, the blimp–on its way to the tennis tournament–had just escaped from the foto.
Thanks to Stephen Sisler. Any guesses who’s atop the wheelhouse?
Do you recall that Cornell struggled in a pushing contest with The Bronx? (That’s “struggled” to restrain all forward movement.) The next two fotos come compliments of Jim Levantino, who saw that struggle from The Bronx having the pleasure of getting buried
deep within Cornell‘s … er … whiskers.
Here’s my foto of the very same moment, as recorded from high atop the house.
Thanks to Elizabeth … it’s a blogger fotografing within the confines of Troy’s Federal Lock.
And going back to late August, thanks to Eric Graybill, crewman on Bold (See 6th foto down.), who sent these fotos of Gazela making
her way, motorsailing
up Delaware Bay. Recognize anyone on deck Gazela? Gazela will be returning through the sixth boro in mid-October on its way to the oysterfest. Keep your eyes peeled; this blogger will await them at the Narrows or –near the “Gate” in the East River.
All fotos as credited. Only the fifth foto by Will Van Dorp.