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Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change.  Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time.    Name boards migrate from

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one vessel to another.  Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below.  It appears the first was a Navy built tanker.  I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.

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Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .

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Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven.   I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.

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I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and

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bleached-out white last summer.

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Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the

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modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.

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June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or

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holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.

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Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . .  red or

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blue . . . I don’t see her that often.

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To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.

All foto by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve never seen or heard of Sam M before.  Anyone know what she’s doing in the boro?

Dramatic as this is . . . a few seconds earlier was even better .  . . that’s Maersk Montana.

Guesses on the tugboat on Eagle Beaumont‘s port bow?

The tug is not unusual in itself, but that it’s doing assist

work  . .. is something I’ve never seen.  Yes, there’s a line there connecting Stephen Scott to the tanker.

Maybe all other “assistants” were engaged elsewhere?

Charles D. McAllister solo was assisting British Harmony away from

the dock and retrieving the pilot.

The waters of the KVK seemed to call beckon me so strongly to come swim that I had to leave.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders what became of Yemitzis.

And if you have an appetite for an youtube hour of Dutch tugboats in the rivertown of Maassluis . .  click here.

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