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But first, a gratuitous shot of water flow around the bow of DBL 140 . . . powered by Lincoln Sea.  The focus here, though, is the hull in red, currently pointed to the west.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Let’s start the clock here . . . as Miriam Moran lands the  pilot on the red vessel, and then moves to the bow.

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Time elapsed before there’s movement to be seen . . . T + 35 minutes:  the deckhand in dark green jacket makes up the towline.

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T + 43 minutes  . . .  Brendan Turecamo is made near the stern.

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while at about the same time Miriam has moved around to the far side of the bow.

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T + 45 . . . deckhand retrieves the heaving line.

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Less than 20 seconds later he’s tidying up lines.

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T + 46 . . . Iver Expert is perpendicular to the flow and spinning with momentum.

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Brendan has backed away.

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I could watch this all day.

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About 48 minutes after the pilot first set foot on the vessel, Iver Expert is eastbound, and Miriam glides past, probably to retrieve the pilot.

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Breskens . . . a small coastal village in SW Netherlands, punctuates my report on this spin . . . T + 57 minutes.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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Unrelated:  As I add this, I noticed BBC Carolina is southbound between Newburgh and the Tappan Zee.  Did anyone catch a foto?  I’m interested in the interesting logo on both its stack and its house . . . .

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.

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RTC 103, same provenance, June 2009.

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RTC 502, Texas, March 1976.    Notice the Vane barge with yellow trim between RTC 502 and the red ship?

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Coincidentally, Magothy is pushing Doubleskin 502, July 2008 out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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DBL 140 . .  Wisconsin December 1999.

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The hull looks different full v. empty.

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Scrap scow SMM 203 . . . I have no clue.

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All fotos taken in recent weeks by Will Van Dorp.

Call me a wimp . . .  but it’s icy out there.  And yet people work outside.  Bravo and hats on for the crews and shipyard workers out there where the spray sometimes freezes.  Some quick fotos I took yesterday.  Would you believe this is the same DBL 140 barge you see in the 5th and 6th fotos here?

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Here’s DBL 140 and Lincoln Sea from across the Upper Bay.

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Traffic never stops because of some cold.

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A tanker with a classic name 

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lighters just north of the VZ Bridge.  Here’s the rest of the fleet and more.

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One positive about cold, low humidity air . . . it’s clear.  Ocean Leader could never look this good

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on a muggy summer day.

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Ditto Ruth M. Reinauer moving RTC 102 with an assist from Jill Reinauer.

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Anyone handling line on a day like this needs the right gear and

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a focus on getting the work done safely.

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Bravo and hats on!!

As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago.  Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.

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This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge .  . . those numbers mark feet.

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Length and breath of the tug-barge unit

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is 597′ x 79.’

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Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany,  is also 597′ loa but a little beamier:  105′ . . .  panamax wide.

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I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.

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Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown

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here about a week pre-accident.  Dimensions of Stena Primorsk:  597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity.  Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.

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