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Here’s the treat I’ll leave you with for a few days. The twin towers in the background should clearly state we aren’t in Kansas or 2013 anymore. Please comment on your speculations. Foto #1
This is from the converging waters just south of the Battery. Notice the towers to the right. Foto#2
Note the stripe on Coursen‘s bow. Foto #3
Note the I-beam structure to the right. Foto #4
Note the relative positions of the towers and the Manhattan-side Holland Tunnel vent. Foto #5
Again, thanks in advance for your comments and reminiscences.
Source will be credited soon.
The foto below is a repeat, last one of previous post . . . and I stated I was hoping I could find Portland. Well . . .
Port of registry on this Foss tug reiterates that. Not much time for research or commentary on my part, so enjoy the fotos.
Although this one deserves some enhancement. Peacock is a pilot boat with a daughter vessel. Notice the seam around the stern . . . it opens to launch the daughter, which got the pilot to the ship for 30 years.
Germany-built and delivered in 1967, she’s
A model inside the museum–where there’s also a video of her delivering a pilot in very rough water–illustrates the flybridge.
Will Van Dorp took these fotos and will post again when possible.
Trying to do a drive-through of maritime Maine in a few days is as futile as trying to tease town genealogy from its graffiti, but I’m a fool and I rush in.
It was 20-something years ago that I last saw this exhibit of generations of lobstering boats at Maine Maritime Museum.
Since then, MMM has installed this most effective display of a vessel built on the grounds, schooner Wyoming, the largest ever wooden ship, the last of 10 six-masters. For scale, note the workmen and the black pickup truck and yellow lift at the bow.
Here’s the vessel and a fleet of Winslow tugs as seen from the Route 1 Bridge.
Prock Marine’s Marie hangs in the balance.
Rubbing shoulders with the brawn at the pier is the beauty Wagon Box.
Gimmick like the brass spheroids hanging from some pickups I’ve seen?
Hardly . . . it’s one of the few Amphicars.
Now if I can follow signs like these to reorient myself, I might get to Portland . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who may go a few days before posting again.
Quick update on National Maritime Day from Belfast, Maine. What got me here was this vessel, today a platform for tours between here and the Arctic mostly. Wanderbird started this stage of her life after fishing for 30 years, cod and herring. The shoes in the foreground reflect its origins . . . launched in 1963 as a beam trawler in Maassluis, Holland.
What enforces this sign is . . .
this. David put the specs up on yesterday’s post.
The “towed” vehicle will be observed from here.
Also on hand are Maine Maritime Academy vessels. Here’s tug Pentagoet, training vessel powered
by two sets of Detroit diesels. Note this is one set, two blocks mounted together.
And the wheelhouse . . . shows TLC.
Another MMA vessel is Ted, as in
Ted Nusunginya, revealing its previous Alaska work and soon to be renamed for an MMA alum. Vessel Ned is a classroom, a lab, in fact, for courses such as Navigation, Celestial Navigation . . . and more.
The pilot boat is
If you have a chance, you might fall in love with Belle fast.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
No . . not mine. It gives me ideas though. No . . . not Newport.
Ayup . . this is a clue.
For some of you, this is a giveaway.
Meet Atlantide, featured in this blog here three and a half years ago. Scroll through.
It’s Belfast, a place for restless feet to come for National Maritime Day. More tomorrow.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp. More Fournier tugs soon.
Springtime . . . and motion gives a renewed sense of life to the watery boro. Emerald Sea‘s been around all winter, but she’s not moved loads like this. Diner? Prefab beach buildings for post-Sandy reconstruction? Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this shot taken along Roxbury, Queens.
Schooner Virginia left Wednesday, headed for Virginia . . . by way of Portland, Maine.
Anyone know the manufacturer of the speedboat in the foreground? In the background is Zephyr, launched 10 years ago from the Austal Shipyard in Mobile, AL . . . and Wavertree, launched 128 years ago in Southampton, UK.
I could almost imagine this boat has a bowsprit.
Smaller workboats seem more commonplace this time of year like Henry Hudson,
this Oyster Bay government boat,
an OCC vessel,
and of course the ubiquitous all-weather sludge tanker North River, frequently mentioned on this blog.
Thanks to Ashley for the first foto, and I’d love to know what that structure on the Weeks barge is. All other fotos by Will Van Dorp, who feels the urge to go somewhere too.
These vessels recently left a trading post that was starting up around the same decade the sixth boro replaced the initials N. A. for N. Y.
As of this writing, these three vessels are entering the Indian Ocean on a historic re-enactment.
Earlier this month, Colin Syndercombe visited the three vessel at the docks in Cape Town. Oosterschelde, Europa, and Tecla have an amzing combined age of 295 years!! Tecla was built in my father’s hometown of Vlaardingen, nine years before my father’s birth.
Preparing to get under way.
Departing on this leg of the trip are some cadets of the South African Navy.
Fair winds . . . bon voyage.
Click here for fares and schedules. Of note, in August 2013, there’s a sail from Perth to Houtman Abrolhos archipelago and back to Perth. This picturesque Indian Ocean island chain saw the mutiny and wreck of the VOC ship Batavia on her maiden voyage and the subsequent murders of over 200 survivors by a band of other survivors. This Lord of the Flies tale serves as basis for the Mike Dash’s compelling account Batavia’s Graveyard, if you’re looking for summer reading.
For an upbeat parting shot, here.
Many thanks to Colin, who has previously sent lots of interesting fotos from 8000 miles away in Cape Town.
Almost two years ago, Chris did this guest post about an experience he had sailing in the Mediterranean in this ride. The vessel below, now threatened, was on the hook off Palma, Mallorca, in one of her last years of service.
On that same deployment, he caught this foto of SS France, speeding past his vessel toward the Straits of Gibraltar.
Here’s another of Chris’ fotos, Sac Badalona (see #113) . . . at that time not long to be afloat and intact.
Here’s Chris’ ride low and dry and cold in Boston Naval Shipyard’s Drydock 4, winter 1969-70. What shrinks ASR-16 Tringa once accommodated Leviathan.
During that drydocking, Chris had a chance to get fotos along the Boston waterfront. You can read the restaurant sign as Anthony’s Pier 4. Can you identify the steamer and the schooner? Answer follows . . .
This foto taken some time between December 1969 and March 1970 shows two tugs afloat and one sunk at the dock near Rowes Wharf in Boston . . . now a very different place. Can anyone identify? Chris has no clues other than the time and places info. I’m grateful to Chris for sending along these scans, although both he and I will rely on some group-sourcing to know more about these vessels. Enjoy.
Disintegrating in Noank in the 69-70 time frame, it’s the remains of once-four-masted schooner Alice L. Pendleton.
Moving south to New London, it’s W. H. Welch.
Also in New London . . does that say Spaigo Carroll?
Also in New London . . . it’s ferry Martha’s Vineyard.
And this is the Thames River boneyard a,
And finally, identification on the vessels at Anthony’s Pier 4 . . . steamer Peter Stuyvesant (victim of the Blizzard of 1978) and –a real coup in terms on an identification by eastriver and his “new englander” shipmate”–it’s 1863 Alice S. Wentworth, who went victim to a storm in 1974.
Many thanks to Chris for sending along these fotos, which belong to him.
The next three fotos come compliments of Rod Smith, whose Narragansett Bay Shipping site does a thorough job of documenting many things including all newbuilds worked on at Senesco Marine, where the new Caddell’s drydock was constructed. Here’s the launch day, performed by rolling airbags. See the upper wheelhouse of newbuild Dean Reinauer to the left behind the shed. Small tug afloat is Hawk, ex-YTL 153.
Although not quite wide enough to contain a football field, it is more than long enough. It would certainly redefine the game.
Here’s a foto of the drydock taken from the upperwheelhouse of Dean. Can anyone identify the tug-in-progress directly in the foreground?
Finally, another of my fotos showing the tow just about home entering the Buttermilk Channel. The octagonal structure to the left is the vent tower for the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Again, many thanks to Rod for use of these fotos. If you do Facebook, Rod has just posted fotos of arrival of United Yacht Transport’s Super Servant 4 in Newport, RI. Now if I were free, I’d head up and watch the float-off process.
Here was my first post on this drydock.
It was a rainy day and I was giving some friends a tour of the city, intending to leave the camera in the waterproof bag . . . but how could I pass up a foto like this . . . “spring-showers” washed-out colors notwithstanding.
Schooner Virginia was in town. As of this writing, it’s anchored south of the George Washington Bridge. Two very different places I’ve seen Virginia in the past year are here in tropical waters and here in her home waters. I’d loved to have been on the tug HMS Liberty at this moment.
Here’s where I first caught sight of her . . . approaching tug Liberty Service lightering Amalthea.
Also in port . . Prisco Elizaveta and Atlantic Jupiter.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who in the course of the day, was so thoroughly and delightfully showered upon that the clothes are still wet