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It’s Buddy, living breathing braying hoof-beglittered mascot of Debora Miller. If you’ve never been to the New York’s race, there’s a best mascot category. In the past there’ve been . . . dogs, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but Buddy redefines the contest.
With the threat of rain, someone made a wise decision and advanced the start of the race. Here Resolute, Catherine Miller, Tasman Sea, and Red Hook move toward the starting line . . . feted by now-retired 1931 fireboat John J. Harvey.
Foto thanks to William Hyman . . . the line up.
And at 10:29:30 . . . they’re off . . . with 1930 wooden tug W. O. Decker taking an early and easy lead!!
45 seconds later . . . W. O. Decker has dropped back.
Here’s they are 15 seconds later.
John J. Harvey is not a tug, but to see the speed out of this octogenarian . . . was humbling. An engineer toiling away in the engine room later told me all four engines were driving propulsion.
The red tug–Resolute–went on to win, although I don’t yet have the official times. I could have written them down, but I was far too busy applauding and taking fotos.
And here’s the crowd at the finish line.
Part B tomorrow. Thanks to William Hyman for foto 4. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Many thanks to Glen Miller of Miller’s Launch for my ride this year.
Unrelated and almost forgot: Here’s a query from Jeff S, a frequent commenter on this blog: he saw a “very weather beaten wooden sailing vessel (hull) at the Jersey end of the Goethels Bridge, about 65-70 foot long , two deck cabins and a bowsprit.” It was parked in the oversize lot waiting to cross the Bridge when traffic gets light. Anyone have an idea what this may be?
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?
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.
Fair early morning sun illuminates tug Red Hook and the CRRNJ building, seen here 30 years ago.
Brendan Turecamo passes the Hoboken Terminal, originally completed in 1907. For a look at what’s behind the Terminal, click here.
Tailing Brendan Turecamo was El Galeon Andalucia, presumably headed south for Puerto Rico and Florida.
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?
All fotos taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:30 by Will Van Dorp.
Upriver at Magdalen Island, here’s a followup to Ooops 3 . . . Mary Alice (1974) brings in bucket on dredge Delaware Bay (2006) to begin process of raising the beached scow. That’s Leopard Albany-bound on left side of page. See Leopard anchored in the sixth boro in the second foto here.
These fotos come thanks to Dock Shuter.
Resolute (1975) heads for a rendezvous with Zim Qingdao. That’s High Mercury and the ferry terminal in the background.
Anyone know who takes credit for that white arch atop the terminal?
Headon view of the new Mary Gellatly (2000). Actually, I wish the green trim along lower side of house windows were left . . . even enhanced. That’s Maersk Caitlin in the background.
Tied up along the salt pile . . . it’s Vane’s Red Hook (2013) and Hunting Creek (2012) They may be the two newest tugboats in the sixth boro.
Catherine Turecamo (1972) closes in to meet UASC Jeddah.
And here . . . high and dry and needing a shave, it’s Specialist. Here (scroll through to the end) is a foto of the same vessel–house up–three plus years ago. Is she really a 1956-build?
And finally, heading into the Narrows, it’s
Sea Bear (1990).
Thanks to Dock Shuter for the Mary Alice fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Gramma Lee T Moran, 2002
Jay Mchael and Mister Jim, 1980 and 1982
Mister T, 2001
Mister T again
Brandywine and Viking, 2006 and 1976
Kimberly Turecamo, 1980
Red Hook (a first on this blog) and Severn, 2013 and 2008
B. Franklin Reinauer, 2012
Shelby Rose, 1963
Hubert Bays, 2002.
All fotos taken in the past week by Will Van Dorp.
Mary H pushed a creek-size barge.
Winter fishing continued apace aboard Eastern Welder.
I got a close-up of Mary H.
Brendan Turecamo headed out for an assist.
A slightly different angle on Sorensen Miller shows the yellow as strapping.
More shots of John P. Brown moving railcars over to New Jersey.
A Moose boat on patrol barreled right at me.
Hunting Creek got light at the mooring.
And a USACE boat practiced bathymetry.
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 . . . .
Five years ago I did this post about barge names. Here are some bows I’ve looked at recently, including this one that speaks to winter in the sixth boro. When I started looking up vintage, I was surprised. RTC 61 launched from Rhode Island in Sept. 2010.
RTC 103, same provenance, June 2009.
RTC 502, Texas, March 1976. Notice the Vane barge with yellow trim between RTC 502 and the red ship?
Coincidentally, Magothy is pushing Doubleskin 502, July 2008 out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
DBL 140 . . Wisconsin December 1999.
The hull looks different full v. empty.
Scrap scow SMM 203 . . . I have no clue.
All fotos taken in recent weeks by Will Van Dorp.
Sometimes the shapes, hints and colors are enough. You’ll see two more fotos of the ship farther down in this post. Tug–I believe–is Mary Alice.
Same vessel disappears off left as Atlantic Elm heads for the Narrows bound for sea as well.
Leaving town she drew only
about 14 feet.
Here’s Baltic Mercur, the vessel disappearing over the horizon above.
Other vessels in the sixth boro yesterday included Stena Poseidon turning and outbound,
Torm Helsingor and Southport,
Grande Congo and Rio Madeira,
and Overseas Texas City and an unidentified Vane unit.
Notice the pairs . . . . it’s Valentine Day, and I see imminent kisses in places.
And then there’s this . . . if anyone gets a foto of Temptation with a capital T . . . I’d love it.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. AIS capture credits to marinetraffic.com
I know the sixth boro sees lots of RO-RO traffic, these
almost hermetically sealed vessels like CSAV Rio Aysen that allow vehicles to roll on or roll off a port. This is the time of year when new year models of automobiles are heavily advertised. It’s also a time post-Sandy when folks are looking to replace cars crushed by falling trees.
Since Sandy I’ve seen lots of RO-ROs, like
Aida, shown here passing Potomac and
here in the distance heading out the Ambrose Channel, out beyond NYK Romulus (see fotos of her from the Bayonne Bridge) and the Narrows.
Here’s Western Highway inbound a week ago, and
Grande Guinee–hull down–headed for West Africa the same day. She’s approaching Cape Verde right now. In the foreground . . . it looks like Emerald Coast, tending barge alongside an NYK container ship.
And then it occurred to me: sixth boro ports have large areas only a few feet above sea level where new cars just offloaded await shipment inland. Were there any in port when Sandy came ashore? Uh, only about half a billion dollars worth! These cars, never used, now head straight for the scrap yard. I’d have volunteered to help drive some of these cars to higher ground away from the port.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to Michele, here’s a story about burning Priuses and Fiskers at Port Newark.
I’m surprised it’s been almost five whole years since I did the previous installment by this name. The sixth boro is a huge fuel transfer port, and currently Sandy has moved oil back onto everyone’s brain . . . mostly because of how difficult it is to procure. Fuel is gold. The other day when I was standing in line to get to vote, the joke I heard several times was that at the end of the line we’d either get a ballot or a five-gallon container of fuel.
New York harbor is filled with expensive vessels either waiting to move fuel . . . like Dace Reinauer,
Pati R. Moran, or
they’re actually moving it . . . like from Eagle Matsuyama to this Bouchard barge probably usually pushed by
Or fuel is actually being moved from one to another node in the distribution chain . . . like here Diane B,
Pocomoke and Comet (in foreground),
B. Franklin Reinauer,
and Evening Mist . . ..
All this movement notwithstanding, gas rationing is still in effect.
Anyone read whether consumption has decreased because of the rationing?
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Think of the sixth boro as a destination/origin as well as a crossroads. WMEC-905 Spencer anchored in that point of convergence as of midday.
In points not far from Spencer and the Statue, cargo destined for/originating in this port was moving only if it could transfer in the harbor, petroleum liquid, like here, congress happened between barges powered by Pati T Moran and Sassafras as Meagan Ann passes by with a scow. For debris?
Kimberly Turecamo stands by with Long Island itself . . . well, a fuel barge by that name. The spirit is greatly willing to move fuel to faltering consumers on the shore, but the distribution system is broken, for now.
Nicole Leigh Reinauer awaits the green light.
St Andrews with barge on this side and Kimberly Poling on the other . . . like thirsty twins on their mother, Glory Express.
Traversing the sixth boro . . . Marion Moran pushes LaFarge barge Adelaide to points south.
Supply boat ABC-1 passes tanker Favola.
Diane B waits with a barge. A problem is that debris like blowaway and sunken containers may lurk unseen at the transfer docks.
Doris Moran, with another LaFarge barge, makes a power turn from the North River into the East River.
A cluster of DonJon vessels–tugs Mary Alice, Thomas D. Witte, and Brian Nicholas–attend to crane barges Columbia NY and Raritan Bay on some “unwatering” project just west of the Battery Coast Guard station.
Transiting the sixth boro from south to North is Apollo Bulker. More fotos of her later. She may be headed to Albany.
Ken’s Booming & Boat Service tug Durham passes the “seeing boat” Circle Line Manhattan.
Over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, schooner Lynx heads for the Sound, past an East River ferry.
And–this just in–as of 1900 hrs tonight, APL Sardonyx became the first container ship to enter Port Elizabeth,
escorted in by McAllister Sisters and Barbara McAllister. Interestingly, see the foto here of her as one of the first into the port post-Irene!! Here’s another shot almost exactly two years ago of APL Sardonyx.
And a bit later, APL Coral came in, escorted by Elizabeth and Ellen McAllister.
Outside the Narrows waits USS Wasp, recently here five months ago for Fleet Week. A pulse has been re-established.
I am mindful that many residents of the area are hurting. My prayers go out for relief for them soon. Folks who suffered through post-Katrina are also sending along their prayers and encouragement, their solidarity with Sandy-afflicted.
We went through a “reboot” here 14 months ago, but this one is going to be much tougher.