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Here was 17. Click here or use the search window on the left to revisit all the posts in this series. All photos in this post come from my sister currently in the Gulf of Paria, off Trinidad, a place calling me . . I feel it!
I can’t identify the vessel over near shore.
The orange vessel in the distance is Ramform Atlas, a truly usual design, as wide as it’s long; you have to look at the images in that link earlier in this sentence. No matter how functional Ramform is, to someone too long at sea, seeing this approach, it would truly seem a hallucination.
For more info on Janus, click here.
Many thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for these pics and for planting the idea of gallivanting off to the Golfo de Paria . .. soon.
Let’s start with LT-5 at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.
Here’s The Chancellor at the NYS Canals dry dock as it was being flooded. Here’s a recent tugster post focused on this vessel.
Now the marketing name for this “tug” is a “barge pusher.”
Here’s a closer up of the engine unit and hydraulic-driven thruster, operating near Rotterdam Junction.
From Maraki in St. Eustatius . . . it’s Triumph. notice the submerged tug off to her port side.
Here . . . tending the piledriver in Amsterdam is Sarah L_Anne . . . I can’t quite make out the name.
Also from Maraki, it’s Statia Reliant off the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Back to the waters just east of Lock 11, it’s Wm. Donnelly tending a scow.
Thsnks to Ashley Hutto, this photo of Buccaneer, taken Tampa.
And to end where we started . . . it’s Oswego’s LT-5, accented by crepuscular rays.
And who’s being feted here?
It’s Reuben Lasker, a Wisconsin product and brand new NOAA fisheries research vessel getting a prismatic welcome from San Diego Harbor police less than two weeks ago. Here’s some info on the namesake and the shipyard.
Also in port is T-ATF-171, Sioux. Here is one of the posts I did two years ago on a sister of Sioux, one in fact that was recently in my old haunts of Portsmouth, NH, to pick up a sad tow.
For scale, see Sioux here passing Nimitz and a gaggle of C-Tractors.
Also in port around the same time, it’s USNS Montfort Point, aka T-MLP-1, mobile landing platform. She can partially submerge to load/offload hovercraft and other heavy equipment. In the distance you see John Glenn, a younger sibling, also built locally. Michael suggests squinting to imagine seeing the tanker influences in their design. Click here to see other NASSCO ships.
Many thanks to Michael for sending these photos from “somewhere different,” which will be an emerging theme here on tugster.
In fact, if you have great photos from your version of “somewhere different” or “something different,” please get in touch.
Here was 17.
All the photos in this post come from south of latitude 26 N. You might recall the Foss tugs Lauren and Iver delivering the crane to the sixth boro at the end of last month? Then Lauren Foss traveled to Philly to pick up back haul? Well about two days ago, Lauren delivered that payload–Forrestal–to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX. The ship in the distance to the left is SS Mount Washington, also a recent arrival here, and subject of a several recent pictures on tugster. The photo below shows the stern of Lauren Foss with assist tug Signet Ranger on port bow of the old carrier. The next three photos all come from Justin Earl, on paper . .. chief mate of Lauren.
Another shot of Signet Ranger and at stern, Signet Magic. For specs of Signet tugs, click here.
On starboard bow here is Signet Courageous.
I’ve no identification of the two vessels in the foreground.
Oh . .. the port is Clifton Point in the Bahamas.
The blue and white tug to the left is Tiki, but again I have no further info.
And finally . . . Sea Trader. Click here for a closer up photo.
Many thanks to Justin and Maraki for use of these photos.
The tow–Lauren Foss and the crane–is captured in Gatun Lake by MS Europa‘s webcam.
A few hours later, she arrives at the Gatun Locks, which will lower her to Atlantic/Caribbean levels. Vessel nearer is ARC Endurance. Click here to see ARC Endurance in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago.
Vessel in the distance is MSC Carmen.
For truly remarkable photos of the tow traversing the Canal, click here to see gCaptain’s fine work.
With friendly seas, the tow should be arriving at the Narrows at end January/beginning February.
What caught my attention was the towed side-by-side barge arrangement in the KVK,
GL 65 and 66,
with Stephanie Dann hanging off the stern.
Once between Stapleton and Bay Ridge, the tow was re-made and
and Sarah Dann took the two out the Narrows.
Forty-eight hours later, they are still southbound, almost 350 nautical miles out of the sixth boro and off Cape Hatteras, and still southbound.
So I have this question . . . so since there are southbound train songs, why do I know no southbound tow songs.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I had fotos of Tilly on this blog about six weeks ago here, and on a cold sixth boro day that threatens to get colder, I want to salute smart folks like Mike Knape who a) spent it in a warm place and b) sent me a set of fotos of this boat which had the good sense to travel south itself.
Tilly is from 1943 and built in Morris Heights in the Bronx at Consolidated Shipbuilding. An online museum should be created with images of as many of Consolidated Shipbuilding products as photos can be located of. For example, this one. Morris Heights also produced some of these iceboats . . . to give a seasonally appropriate vessel for the sixth boro.
Here, here, and here I did some posts from the Conch Republic myself a few years ago, although I had the poor judgement to go there when upnorth was warm. Next time I should make my way here when a walk on New York streets is incomplete without glances over my shoulder in case a pack of polar bears might be following. Poor Fred up in Fort Edward is hunkered down in his boathouse with famished Ursus maritimuses circling.
Mike . . . many thanks for passing along these fotos from a warm place.
I hope you’re enjoying this time warp as much as I am.
Foto #1. Princess Bay northbound through the Old Bay Draw.
Fotos #3 and 4. Reliable II northbound and . . .
showing the sculptural beauty of her house.
Foto #7. Another shot of Tabeling, here exiting the east end of the KVK. Foto is taken looking toward Richmond Terrace, current location of the salt pile.
All fotos taken by Seth Tane around 30 years ago.