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Here were post 1 and post 2 with this name, both focusing on WW2 torpedo boats.  PT-728 used to be based on the Rondout in Kingston and would make visits to NYC’s sixth boro, but now you’d have to go to Lake Huron for an outing.

The vessel below is PT-305 and “diminished” version of itself spent from 1947 until 1988 in the sixth boro as Captain David Jones.  Does anyone remember it?  Have photos of it?

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I say “diminished” because to bypass certain crewing requirements, four yards plus was chopped off the stern.  Click here and scroll through to see a photo of this chopped hull and NYC paint scheme.

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If you’ve never visited Nola, you have to;  and if you visit Nola, the World War II museum–easy to get to–is a must-do.  And in one of many buildings–the Kushner Restoration Pavilion–PT-309 is returning to its former glory.   Parts have been rebuilt or returned from scrap heaps and river bottoms–like these exhaust ports salvaged from a wreck in a river in Connecticut.

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The plan is for a return to the water, a possible trip all the way to Boston with a stopover in the sixth boro.

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PT-305–like many torpedo boats–is a Higgins product, made right in New Orleans.

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And before you go, read Jerry E. Strahan’s biography of the Andrew Jackson Higgins.  Click here for a Richard Campanella Times Picayune article with photos on Higgins.  Here’s an excerpt, showing Higgins’ methods when he needed to get fifty small boats built and shipped to the Navy in two weeks:  “

Low on steel, he “chartered a fleet of trucks and armed plant guards,” wrote Strahan, “to persuade [a Baton Rouge] consignee to release the metal to Higgins Industries.”

Requiring bronze shafting, he sent his men to raid a Texas depot and arranged for complicit Louisiana police to placate livid Texas law enforcement as his trucks crossed the state line heading back to New Orleans. Needing more steel, Higgins begged and borrowed from a Birmingham plant, then sweet-talked Southern Railway officials into bending the rules to deliver the metal to New Orleans. “Never before or since,” wrote Strahan, “has a Southern Railway passenger train pulled freight cars.”

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Aircraft about to land .  .  .

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well . .  yes, Philly’s airport is only a few miles to the south.

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Recognize the aircraft carrier?

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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.

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Now . ..  definitely, mothballed.

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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.

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At that time, I’d no idea that some 40 months later I’d cross paths with the same vessel, FFG 42 Klakring here.

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Here is NISMF . . . aka

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. .  the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard,

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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.

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guided missile cruisers and

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amphibious cargo ships like USS El Paso,

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LKA-117.  Click here for info on one of her former captains.

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Last vessel for today is T-AGOR-16, USS Hayes, an oceanographic research ship.

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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!

Here was 15.  The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago.  The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.

All these photos today come from Birk Thomas.  The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard.    For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.

Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.

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Iona McAllister, Rainbow, and Buckley McAllister assist with the hookup and departure from Narragansett Bay.

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Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.

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Warhorse . . . what a name!

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Note the riding crew on the deck.

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Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .

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in the early minutes of the tow.

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Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.

Near the upper left corner is JFK airport and the barrier beach along the bottom is the city of Long Beach, NY. The map makes clear how much of the debris swept off the barrier beach called Long Beach  went into low lying marshes waiting to float off again at any higher tide and clutter the waterways through the green areas, the marshes of southwestern Long Island . . . not far from sixth boro waters.

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Here’s where the landing craft from yesterday’s post plays a role.  The vessel is now called Spartina, ex-Beach Comber, Eleanor S, and 56CM 751x one of 15 identical landing craft built in Marinette in 1977.

 

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The beauty of a landing craft is its shallow draft . . . .

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Note the debris piled near the waterway . . . by the marsh ‘uns. When the landing cart arrives for removal, it does need some water, but not that much and not a dock.

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If you have waders or are willing to get your feet wet,

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or if you pick the right spot in the waterway at the right tide . . .

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you can haul away what you would not want floating in the channel.

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Other workboats in the delta include survey boats looking for sunken boats and cars, and

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various and sundy other equipment moved by the tiniest of tugs.

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Can anyone identify this vessel CW 12?  I haven’t been able to yet.

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Many thanks to Josh Horton of Horton Dredge & Dock for the ride along.   I first met Josh at the Greenport workboat festival here and  here almost seven years ago.

Here are some other Sandy Aftermath posts.

Here was Day 1, and here was a time before that.

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Compared with this photo of Aetos, ex-USS Slater‘s looking good.   Here’s their newsletter, although they do a lot on Facebook.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Call this  hull up for action.  Slater is back in the sixth boro for the first time in 17 years.  Anyone have photos of her in New York waters from 1994 until 1997?

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Here’s the platform where a vessel who served two nations will get “hull work” for the next nine weeks or so.

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Compare this stern shot of Slater with this one of Kidd.

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And so the work starts . . . with no time lost from day 1.

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All photos byWill Van Dorp.

 

As Harvey (1931) made its way northward from a dry dock visit, Slater (1944) was a hundred miles upriver, making its way south.  The next two photos come from Birk Thomas, taken north of Newburgh NY as sun was lowering onto the hills  in the west.

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Benjamin Elliot (1960) is the assist tug.   Margot (1958) has Slater alongside . .  the other side.

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John Dunn caught this photo of the tow south of Newburgh, after sunset.

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Since Margot cannot be seen in the photos above, here’s her profile as I shot it back in September 2013.

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Many thanks to Birk and John for the photos.

 

Behold ex-LST-510, USS Buncombe County, preparing for a routine landing over in Connecticut.

Bowsprite drew it, so it drew me . . . I had to go see again, even though some years ago I’d ridden her.  If you look at her peers launched at JeffBoat in  late 1943 and early 1944, you’ll agree she’s a survivor.

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She follows the route that could have been a bridge from Long Island to Rhode Island!

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I believe this lighthouse, passed here by MV John H,  is still for sale . . .

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Click here to see frogman’s encounter with Plum Gut between Orient Point Light and

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Plum Island.

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Meanwhile . . .  here’s 495  . . . the water way.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here for more info on the Cross Sound Ferry, mentioned here on tugster a few months back in connection with a certain 2003 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Finally . ..  unrelated but very important, vote here as often as you can given all your devices and browsers to get funding for USS Slater, about to come downriver for repairs.

 

It’s now docked near land’s edge Weehawken.  It served almost 20 years in the Army before  spending almost the same number of years in the Navy although

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click here to see how differently she appeared and was oriented in the two services as YFU-79 and then IX-514.   Click here for more.

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At least 100,000 helicopter landings occurred here, 346 of which all landed on the same day in June 1988.

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I’m not sure what role she’ll play in the sixth boro.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s what self-dubbed “crazy dave” has to say about his time on Bay Lander.

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