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This is a port surrounded by people known far and wide, and although I don’t look for celebrities, I’ve crossed paths with the likes of Al Sharpton in Penn Station one dawn on my way to work and Lou Reed on the westside esplanade a rainy weekend day, I suspect a celebrity must be on a vessel to merit a water display like this one last weekend as Norwegian Star exited the Narrows.
Only when I got back home did I read the name S. S. Sophie and that it is or was the 1947 Trumpy owned by Greta van Susteren. I know she’s “a celebrity,” but as a non-consumer of TV news, I’ve no idea what her voice sounds like. And the S. S. ? steam? Nope.
Springer spaniel, the owner’s dog . . . if you read that link embedded in the 1947 Trumpy above. Here and here are tugster posts with yachts by Trumpy. Here’s a foto taken from the deck of Scanaro’s Manhattan.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Is Marion M (Greenport, NY 1932) on her own power projecting that potentially gorgeous deck before her? Might she be?
I’ll be straightforward for once: Marion M has been moved away from South Street because the museum needs space. She is for sale. You/your organization can get information on purchasing her by contacting Captain Jonathan Boulware, Waterfront Director, South Street Seaport Museum. His tele and email are: 212.748.8772 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some specifics on her history accompany bowsprite’s rendering here. Wooden tugboat W. O. Decker (1930) demonstrates that she has the stuff still in her. Decker stays at South Street Seaport Museum. Here and here are two of my many favorite bowsprite illustrations of Decker.
Again, Marion M can be yours. Contact Jonathan Boulware, Waterfront Director, South Street Seaport Museum 212.748.8772 email@example.com I’m told she’s listed in WoodenBoat‘s “Save a Classic” section, but I haven’t seen that yet.
I’d love to see her gussied up to 1932 standards. I’d even put greenbacks and sweat equity in the project. I’m reminded of what the “crazy farmers of Villiersdorp” managed to do . . . or the Onrust project in Rotterdam Junction.
Unrelated but NYTimes article about resurgence: Cross-harbor rail about to expand exponentially on the sixth boro!!
means all kinds of stuff, starting out with this. Bowsprite took this foto Thursday. Yes, that’s the VZ Bridge in the distance. Not sure what be-flagged and hatted thing does in the foreground go!.
Maersk Murotsu entered service in 2010, so she is quite new, and her raked house and plumb bow are unusual. Does it translate into
increased speed? This PDF from the Onomichi Dockyard builders call this a Shin-kurushima knuckle-shaped bow, an energy saver.
I looked for a name, but saw only this . . . ballyhoo, which reminded me of the conch republic already a quarter year ago. Can you identify the yacht?
Black Knight, head-turner that she is, sports
Nor does this large trawler in town last weekend. Know her? I love the stacks that suggest Sea Raven . . .
Here following replica vessel Clipper City past Ellis Island . . . it’s Black Douglas, with its tender Wild Oats.
Spirit of Bermuda it is, recent winner of large boat class at the Gloucester Schooner fest. Click here for a video by Capt. Joey.
All fotos taken in September 2011 by Will Van Dorp.
A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it. The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise. I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.
But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids, while
Torm Sara waits to do the same. [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]
Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK. I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.
To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.
So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs. Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia- high and dry, here and here. For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below. Thanks, much . . . Harold.
Oh, by the way, four days from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race. See you there?
How many of these tugboats cruising through along the Brooklyn waterfront here can you identify? One might be as rare as a Mississippi kite soaring over New York. Answers and more info follows.
And what’s this? Also a rare film Manhatta (click here to watch the entire 10-minute 1921 silent film) by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand greets gallery-goers at the Whitney entering “modern Life: Edward Hopper and his Time.” Only a few weeks remain to see this, as it closes on April 10. In this capture from the video, a half dozen steam tugs wrestle RMS Aquitania into a finger pier. The film becomes tugboat-intensive at the 6:25 point.
Also, Working Harbor Committee presents a rare and exciting documentary followed by a panel discussion THIS Wednesday in New York; tickets are available here. I have to work elsewhere that night, but panelists will include my friends Ann Loeding (below) and Jessica Dulong (scroll through), but also
If you haven’t checked bowsprite’s latest work, check it out here. What caught my attention other than the actual fantastic drawing was her use of the term “wooden freighter.” Well, Marion M was built in 1932, and that–from this collage of fotos–was a very different era, a time when freighters could still be wooden vessels.
Back to the first foto of this post: from left to right and excluding the white vessel in the foreground, it’s Sea Raven, East Coast, and Penn No. 4 . . . all of which you’ve seen on tugster before . . . and can relocate by typing each name into the search window. But that black-hulled, white and blue trim vessel in the foreground . . . is Hercules. I believe she’s a 2011 launch from Washburn & Doughty.
Is it possibly this is her first voyage and that she’s not yet seen the GOM waters where she live? If so, these are some rare snaps? Here she heads for the Narrows, Miss Gill behind her and Amy Moran in foreground. And why do I not recall having seen Amy Moran before?
Fotos of Ann Loeding and Linda A. Sturgis are used by permission from Jonathan Atkin. All other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The title comes from St. Exupery.
In the sixth boro of course, in fact on Pier 40. If you were to bore through the floor and lower your toes, they’d feel the chill of Hudson River water in late winter. Pier 40 is partly used as parking, athletic fields for budding athletes of all sorts, and docking for fireboats and historic vessels. There even used to be a trapeze school on the roof. Hmm, maybe one of these days a digression will prompt me to put more trapeze fotos up. But I went to Pier 40 this weekend to witness the tremendous efforts of the Village Community Boathouse,
What is a gig, a rowing gig? Click here for dozens of fotos.
The lines on these boats–with only slight modification–date to a rowing race in the sixth boro in 1824!! Yes, 1824 when a sixth boro gig called American Star beat a British gig called Dart, racing with 50,000 spectators on the waterfront, an event commemorated annually. and not recalled solely in New York! Oh . . about that 50,000-spectator number . . NY’s population back then was less than 200,000! 25% of the city never turns out for a baseball or basketball game . . .
An interesting twist in the American Star Whitehall boat story is that it was presented to General Lafayette in 1825 (?) and has remained in France since then. Mystic’s John Gardner took the lines off the American Star and constructed a replica, which in turn led to the design of the boats in various NYC community boating programs.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Doubleclick enlarges. Note the NYC skyline above the Staten Island horizon to the right.
Baykeeper the organization uses this 30′ skiff made with
cedar planks over oak
See the builder’s name stamped into metal on the upper left. The Pedersen family has built wooden skiffs in Keyport (pearl of the Raritan Bayshore) for three generations. This Star Ledger article from a few years back shows work in the Pedersen shop.
Thanks to Dennis Willard, more fotos of PT728 and the others along the Rondout.
According to their website, FleetObsolete has three additional boats: 459, 48, and 615, but I can’t
This one is PT 459, a Higgins 78′ built in Louisiana.
Before coming to FleetObsolete, PT 459 did time as Beachcomber IV, a Fire Island ferry.
For a sense of what is involved in a restoration, see the video of PT 305.
To see a group of Swedish torpedo boats at full speed, watch this video; the best part is from 7’20″ to the end.
For an attractive restoration of a Higgins PT 658, click here.
For the sound of a Packard Marine engine in a non-marine application, click here.
For more PT background than I ever imagined and great vintage shots, click here.
Question: PT 109, where is it today and what was its life span? Answer below.
At my last count, Kingston, NY was home to four World War II PT boats. In milder weather than today, PT 728 travels the river with passengers; the occasion for this foto, taken in November 2009, was the arrival in the sixth boro of USS NewYork. PT 728 was built in Annapolis, but others were built in New Orleans and in the sixth boro’s own Bayonne, NJ.
A few days ago I stumbled onto video 1 of 3 of ELCO manufacturing in Bayonne. Enjoy it here. More manufacturing here. This clip shows a group of PT boats heading up the Hudson and traversing locks in the Erie and Welland Canals; great short brief glimpses of locking and of at least one 1945 tug, passenger vessel, and commercial shipping in the Welland Canal. Finally, here’s a brief report on a New Orleans-built PT boat restoration project.
Thanks to Ken’s comment, I went in search of info on the most famous of PT boats, the 109, associated with the president who was sworn in exactly half century ago yesterday. PT 109 was an ELCO, launched into Newark Bay on June 20, 1942 and fitted out at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Anyone have any fotos?
Answer: 1200′ below the surface in the Solomon Islands. Its service life was barely one year, sinking on August 2, 1943.
Foto above by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get more PT boat fotos.