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This summer has taken me to memorable places and points in time, one of which was this comparison of the NJ-side Holland Tunnel vents today and thirty years ago.

This morning as I walked to a meeting on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, I took this set of fotos, all within a quarter mile . . .  More time travel?

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Here’s a perspective of Lilac and Pilot from an angle that was not available–due to construction–as recently as two months ago.  Click here (foto #11) for more info on Pilot, the 1941 tug along Lilac‘s starboard side.

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Fair early morning sun illuminates tug Red Hook and the CRRNJ building, seen here 30 years ago.

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Brendan Turecamo passes the Hoboken Terminal, originally completed in 1907.   For a look at what’s behind the Terminal, click here.

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Tailing Brendan Turecamo was El Galeon Andalucia, presumably headed south for Puerto Rico and Florida.

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In Spanish . . . is the phrase “Felices vientos,”  I’m wondering . . .  Also, is El Galeon Andalucia the same vessel that I saw a half year ago in San Juan then called Galeon La Pepa?

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All fotos taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:30 by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s a followup on the Rockaway sand pumping, and there’s gold in those sands, over $36 million worth.   Notice the dredging/pumping vessel upper right.

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This was the fountain this morning.

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Once the slurry exits the mouth, water flows back into the ocean and sand is pushed up the beach.

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This repurposed container is project headquarters.

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The top foto comes thanks to Barbara Barnard;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

You know the colors and organization, but can you name the vessel?  And as to the organization, do you know all the foreign countries where they operate?  I didn’t. 

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Anyhow, all these fotos come from Oregon compliments of Michael Bogoger of Doryman fame.  Actual photographer is Jamie Orr of Bristol Channel cutter Baggywrinkle, returning from sea.

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The vessel is USACE dredge Yaquina, here at the entrance to its namesake river.

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Michael’s searched tirelessly for this dredge ever since last October, when I posted these fotos of McFarland.  That post also generated this impressive list of USACE vessels from the esteemed Harold Tartell . . . a veritable encyclopedia of USACE newbuilds from 1855 until 2012 . . . including the 1981 Yaquina.

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Previously, the latest dredge in a distant location I’ve been looking at was Xin Hai Liu, in Rio.

For these fotos, many thanks to Michael and Jamie.

Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters.  Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract.  Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.

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The only USACE presence I saw was Snell.  USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.

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I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this

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scow and loading equipment.

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When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)

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Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel

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tails.  The Sea Knight helicopter

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just happened overhead.  I’d love the view from a helicopter here.

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Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.

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Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r:  Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1.  More on the last one on that list tomorrow.   Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.

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Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.

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Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.

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I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.

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I can’t say for certain about that dive boat early on and whether the divers had been on Queen Anne’s Revenge, but there’ve been lots of salvage activity around the Inlet in recent days.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Heard of Morehead City?  Know much about it?  It turns out to be quite the bustling port, with Grace Moran,

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Na Hoku . . . previously of the sixth boro,

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a pilot named Able,

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Fort Moultrie and Matamoros,

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Snell,

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and Aurora.  More on this later.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

And the population of Morehead City . . . less than 10,000.

Here was the 12 in this series.  Type in the word whatzit in the search box upper left to see the others.

Now if you were out this morning walking along the esplanade near the VZ and not fully awake, upon seeing this you might  swear to make lifestyle changes.

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??  That looks like a Swiss flag

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This really did happen . . .

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as it raced in at 3.3 kts.

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USACE vessel Hudson seemed as appropriate a welcome party as any.

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Note the pilot boat and Pouch terminal in the background.

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And . . . what IS it?  Well, it is over 6000 miles from its starting point in Sardinia.  Follow them here.  And, PlanetSolar, welcome to the sixth boro!!  Here are the specs on this 60-passenger vessel that looks like it’s arrived from beyond the galaxy.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  I will try to report from the road today for a few days, but I expect to be back for the fishy invasion on Saturday.

Captain Charles . .  1953.  Know the location?  The bridge in the background is a clue.  Answer can be found at the end of this post.

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James Turecamo, like me class of 1969, foto taken just before yesterday’s planned building implosion.  By that early hour, James had already earned a fair amount of “keep.”  To see James in Turecamo livery, click here.

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Hunter is something different!  She’s just towed in a dead fishing boat.  How much would a RIB like this cost new?

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Catherine and Kimberly, both Turecamo, escorted Tonna up the Arthur Kill, past the scrapyard where Gary Kane and I filmed the documentary.

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Jennie B, 1955, in the mighty Columbia.

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Captain Bob, August 1945 Marietta Manufacturing Point Pleasant WV hull #538, is a one year younger sibling LT of Bloxom (June 1944 and hull # 519)!  Also, in this run was Mary E. Hannah and James A. Hannah, posted here on tugster in 2012.   To get a sense what Captain Bob (ex-Sea Commander) looks like high and dry–and by extension what Bloxom of Graves of Arthur Kill once did–click here.  On the vessel below, I love the green “door.”

Scroll through here and here for more LT Army fotos.

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HMS Liberty 1978 here sidles up to schooner Virginia.

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Linda L. Miller, eastbound of the East River.   Linda L. and Gabby Miller assisted in loading Mighty Servant a year and a half ago.

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Coastline Bay Star, once known as Coney Island, dates from 1958.

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Longsplice (originally Shrike, 1959) recently high and dry near the Arthur Kill.

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Pilot, 1941 out of a yard in Sturgeon Bay WI, is a sibling of Spooky!

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And this vessel, on the left bank of the Willamette, I’ve no idea.  Anyone help?

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Getting back to that first foto, the bridge in the background is the Bronx-Whitestone.  Foto then is taken from the north end of that unique part of the Bronx called City Island.

All fotos taken in the past month by Will Van Dorp.

Very related:  I’m looking for someone (or some group of people)  to take over guest editor position of this blog for about a month this summer.  Compensation is a fortune of sixth boro shellbacks as well as fame;  you could become a paladin of the port.  You really can be geographically any watery place.  And you have to adhere to a disciplined foto-driven/sparse verbiage mix of workboats, history, eccentricity, and apolitical wit.  Of course, you can add to that a smattering of your own favorite sprinklings.

Hmmm . . . does that describe tugster?  Feel free to add to a characterization of the blog.  But seriously, I need to step away for a while this summer . . . to gallivant, of course.   Get in touch for details.   Learning the blogging template is not difficult.

Most of the previous birds posts have been in winter .  . except this one.  I find birds one of the joys of winter.  So on the last day of winter, rather than go out and get rainy/sleet fotos, enjoy these.

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Two Brants discuss the approaching Hayward and the distancing Prominent Ace escorted in by Ron G.

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Mergansers are always a joy.

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Here a flock of them discuss the passing B. Franklin Reinauer.

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Buffleheads are indicator species for me that winter is upon us.

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Mallard female?

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It’s time for winter to retreat . . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Actually, this is a reprise of a post I did earlier this week . . .  Ferry Coursen carried trucks.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Mary H pushed a creek-size barge.

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Winter fishing continued apace aboard Eastern Welder.

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I got a close-up of Mary H.

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Brendan Turecamo headed out for an assist.

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A slightly different angle on Sorensen Miller shows the yellow as strapping.

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More shots of John P. Brown moving railcars over to New Jersey.

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A Moose boat on patrol barreled right at me.

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Hunting Creek got light at the mooring.

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And a USACE boat practiced bathymetry.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  For fotos of Hamilton (ON) harbor delights, click here.  Here’s more info on the 1935 tug he shows.  It’s for sale for less than a loaded Escalade.  Unrelated . . . another blog I read these days is Ohio River blog with good inland rivers fotos here.   And since I’m all over the place today . . .check out this Flickr page by Guillermo Barrios of southern South American tugs and towboats.  And finally  check out these fotos of the old bridge in Bucksport, ME.  I haven’t crossed that bridge–about to be demolished– in over two decades . . . .

A quick reprise first:  back in Nola, here Connie 2 assists B. John Yeager dock a tow along Algiers.  Route 90 bridge in the background.

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Here’s the mystery vessel from the last post:  the retired MV Mississippi IV in Vicksburg, positioned here in 2007 when an even larger replacement came on line.

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In Memphis, it’s Richard headed southbound under the I-55 bridge.

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From Fort Defiance Park in Cairo, Il, that’s the Route 60 bridge over the Ohio . . . at the very end of the Ohio.  The confluence is behind me.  Tug is ADM’s American Pillar.  Note the barges and tugs along the far bank.

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Less than a quarter mile away, along the Mississippi bank, it’s AEP’s Michael G. Morris.  The bridge is the Mississippi crossing of Route 60.

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from the St Louis bank.

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Many more to come from points in between . . .  from Will Van Dorp.

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