Not New York . . . that’s for sure.  But do the colors look at all familiar?

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That name should tell you why I posted these photos, taken in Skagway, Alaska, and sent along by Bob Heselberg.  Click here for more info on Lily Oldendorff, sister of Alice, who most recently appeared here on this blog.

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And finally, the day before the race, I got this photo from MY former Pioneer crewmate Darell Terrance Gilbert.  Now crewing on a people mover on the sixth boro, he sees a lot of things not many folks see.  for example, back on a cold evening in January, he sent along this pic that we’ve never quite figured out.

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Bob and Darell, thanks much for sending along these pics.

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It enjoyed meeting so many nice people at the Roundup this past weekend.

 

0aaaaurg10aaaaurg20aaaaurg3If you’re up here, today’s another chance to walk through Urger and see Graves of Arthur Kill at 1230 on Pennsy 399 barge.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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Whether you carry passengers like Grande Caribe or bulk like Day Peckinpaugh, restrictions of size are the same.

Photos today by Will Van Dorp.

True, the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition does involve a race, and trophies are given for the best finishes, but my favorite part is just the pushing around.

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Photos of the RIB pushing LT803 by Jeff Anzevino. All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Happy Labor Day.  And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street.

The event starts with a parade . . .

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including a range of serious muscle.  That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right.

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Even The Bronx represented that bor0.

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Then there’s the line up . . . .  Anyone have the experience of waiting in the starting blocks before some foot race?

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And then many engines roar . . .

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and churn up the river.

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William does a good job of capturing what it looks like from behind.

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Scroll through this 2006 tugster post for photos of my current boat–Urger–in this race eight years ago and seen from the back of the pack.

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And I took this photo yesterday of the 343‘s addition to the festivity.

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Many thanks to William Hyman.  And have a great Labor Day.

 

But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . .  .  And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies.  But what would you call this?

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Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and clearly it’s USAV MGen Anthony Wayne LT-803, 5100 hp, and delivered from what is now  VT Halter Marine in June 1993.  Off her port side is Eric R. Thornton.

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From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.  

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Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.

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Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year.   It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried.  66, perhaps?

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And they were off.  Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.

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More photos later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.

Two questions you might have are . .  why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne?  Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”

Here was the first post in this series.  The photo below I took last week after the newly painted engine room deck had dried.  At that point, I could have eaten off that “floor,” you know . . . a sandwich, a slice of pizza, although I would have used a plate so that the slice wouldn’t get the floor dirty.   At this point, we are forward of the engine, looking down the port side.

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Here’s a photo I took five years ago, same side of the engine.  Chris . . . the 6′ engineer shows scale . . .

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The next several photos show the starboard side of the engine.  The camera was nearly on the deck.  Upper left side of the photo shows the red grates of the engineer’s station and the chain attaching the controls to the engine.

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This is almost the same shot taken with camera about three feet from the deck.

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Here’s starboard side of the engine looking forward, and

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ditto . ..  taken at level with the catwalk the engineer walks on to manually lubricate the moving engine while under way.

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This is looking forward from “behind” the flywheel.

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The photo below shows the engine room controls to the engine.  Click on the photo to hear and see the Atlas Imperial running.  The sound here differs from the clip embedded in the following photo because here the generator is off.

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The shot below shows the upper engine controls, just forward of the seat where the engineer sits.  Click on the photo for a video of the engineer executing engine commands as the captain communicates them via bell and jingle.  In the video–yes, I invert the camera after a few seconds–the constant roar in the Kohler engine/generator/compressor.  The video starts with an air-start.  At the 10-second mark, the bell commands the engineer to stop the engine.  At the 18-second mark, the bell commands him to restart the engine in the opposite direction.  The captain was doing a three-point turn in a narrow portion of the canal during this time.

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Even though the post is called “internal” Urger, here’s a show from outside the wheelhouse.  Click on it to see and hear the Atlas Imperial running;  again, in this clip the generator is off.  The video was done fairly early in the morning and shooting into the sun.

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All photos and video by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get better video of the AI once back on the boat.

 

Here were 2 and the first.  This was Sunday morning August 24 at dawn.

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Maersk Atlanta was headed out and

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the lifters –Oops I mean Ardmore Sealifter and  . .  Ichabod Crane–were at different stages of prep to move and

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and who be that . . . incoming  . .  . hull down?

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with lots of deck gear . . .

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why it’s Alice!!

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with all her sculptural machines all

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ready to discharge more aggregates on the projects hither and yon in the terrestrial boros of NYC.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this in case he’s NOT back in the city for the tug race on Sunday.  On verra.

Click here for the many posts I’ve done on my favorite Alice.

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