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At 0630 today . . . this vessel was still in Gravesend Bay, flanked by two tugboats. I recalled it’d been there for about two days.
As the tide turned, one assist tug switched out and others added.
Three hours later . . . it was Margaret Moran, Joan Turecamo, and Marion Moran . . . and
then Gramma Lee T Moran hooked into the bow, totaling over 16,000 hp if needed. Pretty World looked like a dead ship.
Towing stern first,
Gramma Lee T brought her into Upper Bay by noon and then on to GMD Bayonne. It looks like time to pop the hood on Pretty World.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Deira is to Dubai Creek as Richmond Terrace is
the KVK. See fotos of that Creek today and a half century ago here.
Here’s Al-Mutanabbi a while back. I’ve yet to see any of the UASC fleet launched in 2012, with more than three times the capacity!
Margaret Moran was returning from another job while Gramma Lee T Moran
escorted Deira in, passing Brendan Turecamo on the way.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Check out Elizabeth Simenstad’s blog here, just added to my blogroll.
This is the 98th installment of this title. If you’ve any ideas about what I might do with the 100th, let me know. Of course, I could just let it pass by . . . randomly.
All these boats have some things in common, like . .. they passed through the sixth boro although in all types of weather/light in the past week or so. I’l let you know what I’m thinking at the end of the post.
Miss Yvette, 1975 built in Houma, Louisiana (LA), here attending to Kraken.
Freddie K Miller, 1966 . . . Madisonville LA.
John P Brown 2002 Morgan City LA
Atlantic Salvor 1976 New Orleans.
James Turecamo 1969, Waterford NY.
Pegasus 2006 Tres Palacios TX
Pathfinder 1972 Houma LA
C. Angelo 1999 Lockport LA
Margaret Moran December 1979 Morgan City LA
Miriam Moran November 1979 Morgan City LA
And another thing they all have in common right now is that
they all work in trades other than directly pushing oil.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to hear ideas about the “Random Tugs 100″ post.
Unrelated: I read this line yesterday about a withdrawn lawsuit between the NY Port Authority and a Canadian steel company: ”The deal means the lawsuit will be dropped and the steel for the [World Trade Center] tower antenna can set sail before Canadian shipping channels freeze over in winter.” Here’s the rest of the article. But it made me wonder . . . by what vessel . . . barge or ship . . . will this steel arrive in the Upper Bay. Anyone know? Here’s info on the fabricator of the antenna.
And a Q . . . has anyone seen evidence of construction of the crane(s) to be involved in the Bayonne Bridge raising? I’ve heard rumors, but not read or heard anything authoritative.
No vessel–not even passenger carrier–is quite so distinctively colored.
Given their frequency here during winter, I think of the fleet (of which I’ve recorded more than half) as an uncommon seasonal indicator: hungry bears coming to town . . . happens in the cold season. Name and placement on this vessel suggest the bear chases forever across all the seas–like Ahab–but never catches.
Assisting Penguin into port were Brendan Turecamo and
Be on the lookout for more bear ships in the sixth boro.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Labor Day, my father used to say, was a time to labor. We did, and lots of people do. When I was out this morning from before moonset until 9 a.m., ample evidence of ongoing work presented itself, work that had started hours before I was able to get fotos. I love the light at daybreak. Here’s Freddie K Miller north of me and
northeast of me a few seconds later.
Here’s Margaret Moran before sunrise east of me as she returned from assisting Saudi Hofuf into port, and
here’s Catherine Turecamo about a half hour later (exactly 07:33 . . . remember that) exiting the KVK west of me.
Here’s Atlantic Salvor towing dredge spoils out as Mary Alice returns with a scow, and here’s
the bigger picture as Salvor moves east of me. Vessel in the distance is Titan.
Here’s looking north at Weddell Sea at moonset, and
looking southward at Rosemary Miller parading a pair of pickups around the same time.
Here are Gramma Lee T Moran, Siva Sincerity, and . .. again . . . Catherine Turecamo arriving from the east. Time is 08:51, almost an hour and a half later than the previous shot of Catherine.
And two more of the trio, mere
Here’s a mystery . . . I’d swear that was Taurus, but AIS says Taurus is in Louisiana. Can anyone identify the Kirby tug here?
Happy Labor Day, and if you have to work, I hope you at least enjoy it, as I did as a kid.
I’m guessing what’s happening was accounted for by Newton and I’d enjoy hearing a description of forces like resistance caused by hull and keel design, ideal speed for flow across the rudder, and coordinated push of the two tugs deployed such that 5100 hp is near stern and 3000 hp opposite but toward the bow; and taking into account the current/tide and wind.
But ultimately, I suppose the principles are the same as turns a canadagosling.
Yesterday’s post featured a dredge that vacuums diamonds off the seabed. I’d thought this remained mostly still the stuff of Jules Verne, but here’s a fairly recent assessment from the Economist, a half-decade-old article from Der Spiegel, and a southern African treasure trove of several sorts. Dredging in the sixth boro allows trade worth billions to proceed in orderly fashion and without . . . groundings. Here MSC Emma heads southbound out of Newark Bay and toward the Bayonne Bridge, KVK, and … the Atlantic. Notice the tallest building in NYC (as of today) about seven miles away in distant Manhattan across the peninsula of Bayonne.
For outatowners, check out the lower left of the AIS screen capture below; doubleclick enlarges. See Elizabethport? Move toward the right along the bottom . . . see Kraken? The foto above was taken roughly where Maurania III appears. Now move across Bayonne toward the upper right and you’ll see lower Manhattan, where 1WTC is located. The sinuous body of water along the lower center of the image is the KVK, the west end of which is crossed by the Bayonne Bridge, which you’ve seen at the top of this blog since post #1.
Below is the backhoe dredge Capt. A. J. Fournier, represented by the lowermost left magenta diamond. Elizabethport’s St. Patrick’s Church is in the background between Capt AJ’s spuds, which appear of different heights because one is implanted in a deeper portion of the channel than its mate.
And all this dredging relates to all the digging down in Panama.
Unrelated: Note the new button . . . upper left. Tug Pegasus (1907) and Waterfront Museum Barge aka Lehigh Valley 79 (1914) have teamed up in a grant application for $$ for preservation work each vessel needs. As a component of the decision-making about who gets the $$, Partners in Preservation have a “socialmedia-meter” running from now until May 21. To help Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79 register high on this “meter,” you can do two things from wherever on the planet you may be: 1) befriend them on Facebook and get dozens of your friends to befriend them as well, and 2) vote DAILY here. DAILY! Seems like a crazy way to run an election, but . . . that’s social media and in this case, the cause is worthy.
Here’s the Facebook link. For some background on Pegasus and its captain Pam Hepburn, watch this great video from almost 20 years ago. And you must watch this. . . a video made last week in which Pam and David explain their project . . . most compelling.