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Field test for a new digital camouflage pattern?

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Actually it’s this, CVA-59 . . . decommissioned for over 20 years and now moving

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south and then west.  Justin Earl gave permission to use the photo below.  For more pics of the move out of Philly, click here.

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Dave Boone took the rest of these.  Here, the tow approaches the Chester waterfront.

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Assisting here–as they approach Fox Point–a great place to see river traffic–are (I believe) Alex McAllister, Timothy, and Bridget.

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Check out this 12-minute video on her construction.  It makes an appropriate start to an epitaph for this vessel.

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Fair weather, Lauren.

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Many thanks to Justin Earl and Dave Boone for use of these photos.  Justin’s chief mate on Lauren and has been on board since Panama. I took the top two photos back in June 2010.  It’s hard to believe that Lauren, Iver and the crane coming through the Narrows was less than a week ago!

Slight digressions:  here are my latest photos of Timothy from more than six months ago.  And here’s a post I did over a year ago with shots from Fox Point.

I’m very impressed . . . all the images I put up yesterday got identified and within a few hours either in comments section or on Facebook.

The top foto yesterday came from Thomas Scian of the USS Slater project in Albany.  Click here to read the latest Slater Signals publication with info about the upcoming dry-docking.   Thomas has promised to keep us informed about the tow down the Hudson around mid-February–in two weeks or so already– so that this transit can be well-photographed.  I took the foto below back in September 2013.  Here’s the navsource.org info on Slater.

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The engine room pics came from Kelsey Patrick Connors.  The first engine room is from Navigator, with twin EMDs 12-645-e4, 2150hp each.   Here’s a foot of Navigator Norfolk-bound out  the Narrows.

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Some of you commented on how clean the Detroit Diesel was.  It’s one of two 16-cylinder 149s at 900 hp that power Outrageous.   I took these fotos of Outrageous in May 2009.

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Thanks much to Kelsey and Thomas for use of the pics.   Thanks all of you for your answers.   I have no news on Sea Lion.

Here was 16, and I’m asking again my questions about the last foto in that post . . . .

So here is this installment’s odds and ends.  First . . . in the second minute of Woody Allen’s 1979 movie Manhattan . . . there’s this clip.  Can anyone identify?

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And . . . a foto taken not quite a thousand nautical miles from the sixth boro quite a while ago by a jaunty mariner who can’t be too careful . . . it’s LT-805 General Winfield Scott towing the IX-514 that later turned up in the sixth boro.  I’ve no idea if the HLT towed here remains local as of this writing.

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And finally . . . another set from Seth Tane taken in New York harbor in the late 1970s/early 80s . . . it’s Harwich-built 1890s Thames sailing barge Ethel, 84′ loa.  According to former owner Capt. Neal E. Parker, the vessel, built originally as a linseed carrier and brought across the Atlantic for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, was haunted.   “She was fighting to die,” he said, and after an unsuccessful attempt as a charter vessel in downeast Maine, she returned to New London, where around 1992, she sank at the dock and waited happily to be dismembered and removed by a clamshell crane.

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I’d love to hear more about Ethel from anyone who saw her back 30 years ago.

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Oh . .  and that tugboat from the Woody Allen film . . . it’s A. J. McAllister, I believe.  Click here and here for previous film tug posts.

Thanks to Seth and the jaunty mariner for use of their fotos.

These fotos come from Phil Little, who took them from Weehawken.  They complement the ones taken by bowsprite and published here a week ago.  A strong ebb tide appears to be moving the big gray New York very quickly toward the Intrepid pier, but

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the dance of three coordinated tugs makes the departure a study of efficiency, although–as Phil suggests, “there may have been some brow-mopping after they got LPD-21 straightened out” and proceeding southward bound for sea.

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And here, thanks to my sister on Maraki, two landing craft exit a lock on the Erie Canal a few months back.  Does anyone know their story?

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Thanks much to Phil Little–showing closer-ups of Robert E. and Ellen McAllister and Resolute, here’s a differently cropped version of foto #1–

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and the Maraki crew for these fotos.

Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.

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This IS Afrodite.  All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.

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In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel  Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.

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Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.

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This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.

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I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.

I’ll ‘fess up . . . this is the picture in my head when I think of Afrodite.  And here is a former USN vessel by that same name!

 

What on earth–or on the river–could cause all these NYWaterways ferries to stick so close to the terminal?  Like fish in a weir . . . must be something big around . . . although I see no vessel between Resolute and Robert E. McAllister on AIS . . .

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Praise the day!  Bowsprite–who loves gray or otherwise stealthy and can sometimes clear away the miasma and draw them, if you ask her nicely– ascended to a rooftop yesterday to see what MIGHT lurk between the two aforementioned tugboats.

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Here is the current bearer of that name, but there’ve been at least six prior iterations.

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She passes the clock–now being restored–and the light

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but I was not there.  So here’s my chance to place another government boat in the proximity of Robbins Reef.

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Bowsprite, my favorite harbor illustrator,  snapped all fotos except this last one above–of USACE Hayward–which I took.

For another of her ink renderings of sixth boro details, click here.

Thank a vet today; in fact, given the number of vets in the country, thank more than one!  And thank Raymond Weeks for shepherding Armistice Day into Veterans Day.

The huge vessel–escorted by Maurania III, a RIB, and Ellen McAllister– below may still be in town, but I haven’t seen it and probably won’t this time.  I took this foto 26 months ago;  notice the brownish tint on the water created by upriver silt post-Irene.  Here’s the rest of the post featuring shots from this same set.

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Ellen yesterday attendend

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Zim Big River–now already Savannah bound–along with the help of Shannon McAllister.

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And overseeing it all . . .

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Robbins Reef.  Here’s the form used to nominate it to the Register of Historic Places as well as some quick facts.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether anyone out there’s prepared to lead the way with a Robbins Reef verse a la Burma Shave.

Tangentially related:  Healing Waters . . . in today’s NYTimes.   Here’s more.

What’s this?  Answer follows.    And I just stumbled onto this blog . . . Crewboat Chronicles.    Crew boat or crewboat?

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OK . . . asking questions seems to be where this post wants to head.  What’s Stagetide?  The foto was taken on the hard not far north of Atlantic City and with the help of Fred Mallett.

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Here are two crewboats I got a blurry foto of a few weeks ago in the KVK.

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Crewboat Sabine plays lots of roles.  Is she doing a visual inspection of dredge pipe here?

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She also ferries crew and supplies between shore and projects, hydrographically surveys an area pre- and post-material removal, and shoos away non-project boats getting too close to the work.  Sabine was built in New Iberia in 1980.

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I’ve not been able to find out much about Stagetide.

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Circling back to the top foto . . . it was the Swiftboat from the Washington Navy Yard, a vessel whose design alludes to its crewboat origins, I think.   Here’s a post I did two years ago on swiftboats.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  The Bayonne Bridge logo I’ve used on this blog since 2006 was taken from the USACE vessel . . . Hocking.  I believe that’s a crewboat, the first I ever rode in.  Anyone know where Hocking was built?

This “fleetless” 2013 fleet week in the sixth boro is an ideal time to look back at previous fleet visits, using these vintage fotos taken almost a third of a century ago by Seth Tane.  Here’s my “fleeted” fleet week fotos from 2012.

Foto #1.  USS Mount Whitney arrives in town with airship escort.  Which lightship might that be off LCC-20’s port bow?   My thanks to Jed for identification of LCC-20.

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Foto #2.  Victory ship USNS Twin Falls as campus for Food and Maritime Trade high School rafted up along the North River with Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, a floating nautical high school.   Which pier# or street were these docked at?  Can anyone share fotos taken inside these unique school vessels?

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Foto #3.  Comparing with this foto of Wire WYTL 65612 taken less than a year ago, it appears changes have been made over the past 30 years to her house.   Also, notice the “previous” version of the  Staten Island ferry terminal off her starboard.

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Foto #4.  Seatrain Lines vessel Transindiana after some altercation.  Transindiana was initially built as a WWII USN transport vessel.  Enjoy these other Seatrain fotos.

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Foto #5.  Intrepid initially arrives in the North River to begin service as a museum ship.  The foto is taken from a vessel on Pier 9 in Jersey City.

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All fotos thanks to Seth Tane.  And, I again invite your comments and reminiscences.  If you missed it, here was the first installment of this series.

Here was the first in this series, the result of watching an old movie featuring Yul Brenner and Marlon Brando.  What I let fall through the cracks is this identification from someone who sent this foto, the source of which I didn’t know until now.  The tug–supposedly in Tokyo–was actually Wilmington Transportation tug Long Beach.  Click on the foto to see the source.  So is this Revell model the same boat?

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New business . . . the other night I watched another movie Losers for its tugboat content . . . and here are some screen captures.  In the movie, this scene was SAID to be Los Angeles.

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Here’s a closeup from the movie.  Note the “stairstepping” of wheelhouse windows.

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Here’s my foto taken in March of those same “stairstepped” window line as seen from inside.

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Here’s the classy wheelhouse complete with

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this fancy tiller belonging to this aquaclydesdale formerly known as Tuscarora.

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Actually, she works in San Juan now.  The movie folks changed the port name, but not

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the vessel name.

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If you are interested in learning more about a film project in NYC’s sixth boro, I am passing along notification that a TV reality show producer named Lance Schultz will be in town on Tuesday, April 30 interviewing candidates for a series.  I am in no way involved and won’t be there.  The person to contact is John Doswell   john [at] doswellproductions [dot] com . . .  John will be able to fill you n.

Check out more of Zane Johnston’s flickr fotos here.  Non-film fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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