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Remind me some day to tell the story of Schuyler Meyer, who is credited with starting Urger’s educational program back in 1991. As of today, the season is over. Over 4500 NYS fourth graders have experienced the “Urger program” this season. That number and more have visited the 113-year-old vessel in festivals and other contexts along the Canal, now recognized as a very large location on the National Register of Historical Places.
Thanks to Chris Kenyon of Wayne County Tourism for the first and last photo here. All other photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve never “reflagged,” but this seems like a precedent breaker. Wish I could have been there.
Originally posted on Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook:
J. Cowhey & Sons hardware was a chandlery in Red Hook. Three containers of their old marine and rigging equipment will be on sale today, Sunday, at Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The metal tools and equipment were in time capsules freshly opened. Foundries from towns I have never heard of made beautiful pieces. Some of the factories are gone, and some of the jobs these tools were used for are no more.
Steel Products Corporation, South Windham, ME:
The Caldwell Company, Rockford, IL: the Adjust-A-Leg Equalizing Sling
Boston & Lockport Block Company, Boston, NY (I didn’t know there was a Boston, NY; did you?)
New England Butt Company, Providence, RI: a line counter that still works, clicking away as it measured 50 feet of beautiful old manila rope that a shopper, Ben P and I fed through it.
“What’s that called?”
“A Headache Ball.” ouch. It reads: “Swiveler, SWL 3 TONS, WGT 35 LBS, Model SAS5″
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Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.
Happy Earth Day. Well . . every day should be that, and although I recall and participated in the very first one in 1970, I’m no longer so enamored of the name. Planet Day would be better, and of course every day should be that as well. Actually . .. I’m rather more attracted to declaring this and every day Sea Day. Actually, every day already is, with a parade of random vessels making their way past the KV buoy every day all day.
See that random stuff floating in the foreground on KVK waters?
This was at my feet that same day, all arranged by tide and wind and buoyancy. And here’s more.
Some these pics I took a month ago, a day I’d just heard about the search for the tragic Malaysian Flight 370. What struck me as strange was the reporter’s reference to “sea junk” … a term that seemed to suggest the sea was responsible for debris of all sorts floating there.
Calling it “our junk” would make more sense.
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. If you don’t think the world has changed much in a half century, watch The Magic Bus, a video about a journey from California to the World’s Fair.
OK . . . let’s go back to today. I got work to do. Look at this desk junk . . . my desk. Note the logo on cup and guarded by the feline.
Let mer see . . . happy see day.
Count’em . . . three! Becky Ann and two of Ken’s boats.
Click here to see a post I did a few months back on crewboats exclusively. Miami River shuttles in here past Charleston in drydock.
Becky, Doris, and Maria T.
Wolf River has returned to the sixth boro after some time away. Brazil maybe?
A few weeks ago, here’s Julia assisting as Freddy K Miller prepares to move a construction barge away from Governors Island.
Miss Ayva in the straits of Gowanus down under the BQE is one of the workhorses . . . work ponies of the harbor, not unlike
this unidentified vessel off Happy Dynamic‘s stern and
Gabby . . . here staying ahead of Sarah Ann and her clutch of barges and
Julia fearlessly speeding out the flat Narrows to run someone out to Gravesend Bay.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Separating Copacabana and Ipanema is a point I think is called Arpoador (Harpooneer). From that point, this is looking northeast toward the entrance to the harbor.
This is closer to the shore, nets deploying.
This small boat is passing between the point and Ilha Rasa. It appears to have a large fish over the portside.
Here, as seen from the east end of Ipanema and looking between Ilhas Cagarras and Palmas is another view of the offshore rig. I don’t see it identified on AIS.
xHere is one of many dozens on vessels seen from the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and looking north beyond Guanabara Bay toward the Serra dos Orgoas.
Among these vessels, I did spot a Candies and a Seacor boat, not shown here.
I’ve tried unsuccessfully to identify on non-OSV 1950s style passenger/cargo vessel, gray and in front and center. Anyone know? [Update: it’s called Teknik Perdana, 1974, hydrographic research vessel. see comment.]
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More as possible.
Here was 9.
But this post presents a mystery. Maybe someone knows how (or through whom) to find the answer, possibly in US Coast Guard archives. A group of veterans who spent their time in the Dutch Navy serving aboard the vessel below want a reunion but have lost their ship, possibly to Davy “drug-smuggler” Jones.
Wamandai A870 was launched in the late 1950s from Den Helder. From there she went to the Dutch New Guinea, where she worked with Wambrau A871. When the Dutch left the colony to Indonesia in 1962, Wamandai and Wambrau returned to the Netherlands. Wambrau then was Netherlands-based as Sea Driver II until she was sold to a private company in Toledo, OH!! where she works as Josephine to this day. Click here (and scroll through) for some fotos.
Wamandai remained in the Royal Navy and in 1964 traveled to the Netherlands Antilles. As a navy auxiliary vessel, she worked there until January 1986, when she was decommissioned and sold to a resident of Curacao.
According to Sea of Grass: The Maritime Drug War 1970–1990, by Charles M. Fuss, Jr., she may have become a “mothership.” Here’s a quote from pp. 226-7 that has an unsatisfying ending to me and to the Dutch Navy vets who called it to my attention: “…The routine transportation of multi-ton loads of marijuana through the northern Atlantic ended in 1987. The 90′ stateless motor vessel Wamandai with 22,000 pounds was one of the last motherships seized. A Coast Guard C-130 from Elizabeth City, NC, found the suspect 105 miles southeast of Bermuda on 2 September, 1987. A marathon air surveillance began that lasted until 5 September, when the cutter Gallatin (WHEC-721) finally arrived after being released from a navy exercise. This was definitely one for the Airedales. ” The next paragraphs switch to the 1987 drug interdiction campaign in the Pacific.
The question is: What happened to Wamandai? Would it have been scuttled then and there, or is there a chance that it was sold either as scrap or vessel?