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What a concept . . . all you can eat pancakes while motoring around Dutch waterways!
Aurora is a Cargill-operated cocoa tanker. Read the faint print on the starboard side of the tank.
Aqua Shuttle in Rotterdam and
School ship Princes Beatrix.
City Supplier . . as its sibling Beerboat keeps trucks out of the narrow streets in Amsterdam.
Colorful housing near a maritime school over on the north side of the Ij
is actually repurposed containers.
Two more work boats for now:
Scheurrak is a survey boat.
I love leeboards and the really upswept bow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, and I have more from the gallivant, but they may have to wait to late next week.
Louise van der Wees is less new.
But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like the 1946 SS. Gebr. Bever. If that link is in Dutch, you can switch languages at the bottom.
Ditto Roek, 1930.
Spes . . . 1946
Wisent and many more.
a 1977 Hercules.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Personal note: Today I begin an extended gallivant in northern and western New York, the state. I have many more Dutch photos, but my ability to post may be limited.
I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder. A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch. I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.
Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.
Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has
Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?
No problem and you further insulate your home.
The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT
out of service. Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and
Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called
Lara dates from
1926. DAF powers this vessel.
Greta is just beautiful . . or mooi, as my relatives would say.
Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,
Bonheur. Odin, formerly of the sixth bork and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.
This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this
Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.
There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.
This post quite directly follows on 14 in this series, from two years ago. Just fotos today, all taken since the winter solstice. Call this where roads go
and where they end.
Before you leave . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Actually the key is making it possible for the helicopter to find you. In some cases, assisting the task of arriving at your location makes the difference between life and death; things don’t always go so well. On a windy unsettled afternoon last week I happened to be there when
an obsessively circling C-130 over Oswego’s lighthouse demanded attention. I wish I’d stumbled onto this scene the day they trained search & rescue with a Reaper drone. Here’s another link about that drill.
As it was, the helicopter here working with the USCG puzzled me, and
having no VHF or binoculars, I couldn’t tell whether the debris on the jetty was just drifted remains of a Lake Ontario shoreline tree, but
someone had certainly swum to proximity of rescuer.
In the half hour that followed at least a half dozen “winchings up” and “down” before
it returned to USCG Station Oswego. Click here for their flickr page. Click here for info on the blue-yellow structure to the lower left, NYS Derrick Boat 8, the last steam-powered barge (with dredge capabilities at one time) on the Erie Canal . . . maybe even in New York . DB8 is also known as Lance Knapp, named for a salvage diver.
A half year ago I watched a helicopter rescue drill here.
All fotos taken within an hour by Will Van Dorp. Here was my previous swimming post.
PS: Enjoy the additional fotos below from the Port of Oswego, showing schooner OMF Ontario, LT-5, and fishtug Eleanor D, and Oswego West Pierhead Light.
Click here for an overview of Brazilian shipyards from about 18 months ago. STX OSV in Niteroi since then has become VARD, a Fincantieri holding. Skandi Salvador was at the VARD yard last week. Shipbuilding–like oil & gas–are multinational concerns clustered in locations of production, like the North Sea. The NYTimes this week had a story about a world center of petroleum expertise and innovation . . . Aberdeen.
The orange vessel to starboard of Skandi Salvador is CBO Manoella, built less than a mile away at the Alianca yard. Can anyone identify the smaller tug made to the starboard side of the small green and white tug SM Niteroi?
Moored off the bow of Skandi Salvador is (I believe) the future Skandi Urca.
And forward of that, on the high and dry, the soon-to-be Skandi Paraty.
And between the two, it’s Skandi Angra.
Recent products of that yard–albeit under old ownership–include the following: the 2012 Sea Brasil,
and Skandi Amazonas (2011). To appreciate the rollers off Copacabana–where I took this foto–notice the small fishing boat in the trough on the beach side of Amazonas‘ stern.
And finally, one more product of the same yard is A. H. Giorgio P, 2008.
Finally . . . I’m curious . . what is the citizenship of the crews of these vessels and what are their hitches like?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll start this post with the foto of Pelicano 1 below to situate it. The location is Niteroi, more specifically Ponta D’Areia, and the Maua Jurong shipyard, founded in 1845, marked by the bow of the tanker in the background. You may have seen the Maua shipyard fotos in the background of this post a few weeks back. Currently, Maua is owned by Synergy.
This post gets closer to the shipyard, but first, notice the ruined building off the bow of Far Swift–a pointed tower at each end–in the background partway up the slope and three-fouths the way to the right. Click here for a close-up. Its the now-abandoned mansion once owned by the former owners of the shipyard and a possible location for a possible future museum of Brazilian shipbuilding.
Starting at the opposite end of the shipyard, it’s Anita Garibaldi, under construction.
Components for another hull seems underway as well.
And moving toward the inland side of this yard, it’s Jose Alencar.
For more info on this and other shipyards in Brazil, click here and scroll through to page 31 of this pdf of a document prepared by a Norwegian gas & oil industry group called Intsok.
More Brazil shipyard fotos by Will Van Dorp soon.
I am back in NYC, safe and sound, and just read this article in the NYTimes about three million people on Copacabana today for today’s last mass by Papa Francisco, as he is referred to in Brasil. And how do three million people get to the beach? They march. I took this unsatisfying foto from the bus yesterday afternoon on the way to the airport. But now imagine this group with green tshirts, yellow backpacks, and national flags–and they snake around the bay here– filling a major avenue for at least eight miles . . ..
. . . here emerging from one of the tunnels leading to the beach.
Back a week and a half ago, this is how the main stage looked, and
here–taken yesterday–Copacabana with each of the white triangles in the distance . . . a booth for folks staffing the large screens projecting the proceedings. The main stage here is the cluster of white triangles to then right of the tallest building on the beach. Click here for a Rio Times article with foto showing this same beach last night. But . . .
here’s what was offshore.
More on these Brazilian naval vessels in a future post.
More Brazilian posts still to come . . . at least through the end of July.