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This photo was taken in late spring 2009. Onrust had been splashed just a day or two before, as recorded in post 1 here and then 2 here. But look over to the right side of the photo, the two bollards on squarish platforms in the water.
These. Well, at summer pool . . . when the water level of the canal is up to allow navigation, they look like so, but
when winter comes and the state hydrologist directs draw-down of the pool, the bollards are on platforms that
are actually concrete barges, ones that do NOT rise and fall with changing pool levels. The snowy photos I took last weekend.
Note the reference numbers below and
Here’s how they look on google satellite view. For more on the builder behind these, click here . . . G. A. Tomlinson.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Name that tug? Answer follows.
Kodiak . . . this is a new one for me and a one-off trip for the vessel?
The tug here is
Liberty Service. And yes, that’s Chesapeake Coast in the distance.
This is an impressive lineup in the late fall afternoon light: the McAllisters Kate, Bruce, Helen, Brothers, Brian . . and more.
This vessel I truly don’t know. It’s new in the harbor, and I have a hunch . . . but will keep that to myself.
All photos very recently by Will Van dorp.
Here were post 1 and post 2 with this name, both focusing on WW2 torpedo boats. PT-728 used to be based on the Rondout in Kingston and would make visits to NYC’s sixth boro, but now you’d have to go to Lake Huron for an outing.
The vessel below is PT-305 and “diminished” version of itself spent from 1947 until 1988 in the sixth boro as Captain David Jones. Does anyone remember it? Have photos of it?
I say “diminished” because to bypass certain crewing requirements, four yards plus was chopped off the stern. Click here and scroll through to see a photo of this chopped hull and NYC paint scheme.
If you’ve never visited Nola, you have to; and if you visit Nola, the World War II museum–easy to get to–is a must-do. And in one of many buildings–the Kushner Restoration Pavilion–PT-309 is returning to its former glory. Parts have been rebuilt or returned from scrap heaps and river bottoms–like these exhaust ports salvaged from a wreck in a river in Connecticut.
The plan is for a return to the water, a possible trip all the way to Boston with a stopover in the sixth boro.
PT-305–like many torpedo boats–is a Higgins product, made right in New Orleans.
And before you go, read Jerry E. Strahan’s biography of the Andrew Jackson Higgins. Click here for a Richard Campanella Times Picayune article with photos on Higgins. Here’s an excerpt, showing Higgins’ methods when he needed to get fifty small boats built and shipped to the Navy in two weeks: “
Low on steel, he “chartered a fleet of trucks and armed plant guards,” wrote Strahan, “to persuade [a Baton Rouge] consignee to release the metal to Higgins Industries.”
Requiring bronze shafting, he sent his men to raid a Texas depot and arranged for complicit Louisiana police to placate livid Texas law enforcement as his trucks crossed the state line heading back to New Orleans. Needing more steel, Higgins begged and borrowed from a Birmingham plant, then sweet-talked Southern Railway officials into bending the rules to deliver the metal to New Orleans. “Never before or since,” wrote Strahan, “has a Southern Railway passenger train pulled freight cars.”
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Despite the distance and the fog covering the escutcheon, I could immediately identify this tug–once a regular on the Hudson and in the sixth boro– on the Mississippi.
Let me end out this series with tugboats and other vessels: Sydney Ann
Mary Parker and
David J. Cooper and
Bulk Guatemala with selfie-shooting watch stander,
Sonny Ivey and
Jena Marie C,
Capt CJ, and
fireboat Gen. Roy S. Kelley,
Jo Provel with the 9th steamboat named Natchez.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s even now in the cold NYC air plotting a return to
You might conclude that in this city I do nothing except sit on the riverbank, but the better conclusion is that Nola river traffic volume is phenomenal. So here’s a sampling of another–say–two hours total traffic, beginning with a vessel that would look entirely at home in NYC’s sixth boro . . . it’s J. George Betz.
Next something you’ll not see except in the inland big river, O. H. Ingram, 185′ loa x 54′ 9200 hp and triple screw, pushing
at least eight barges heading into a turn with at least two oncoming tows:
Joe B. Wyatt, 170′ loa x 45′ 6120 hp twin screw, pushing 18 barges and Mr. Pete with a single, but they all squeeze around the turn.
The range of vessels is interesting, considering the likes of Lil Susan S
and Josephine Anne of Bisso Offshore, with Wise One in the distance.
Natalie S . . . and
Blessed Trinity . . . and
and Natures Way Commander . . .
Moose . . and
CSS Savannah . . . and less than two hours have elapsed and I haven’t included all the traffic!
and let me conclude with a photo taken the previous afternoon, another that would NOT look out of place in NYC’s waters, Greg Turecamo.
More soon. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks much for the encouragement; here’s another set of photos. Actually, if you follow the Bayou nearly to the end, you’ll be here in Port Fourchon at the entrance to one of the southernmost roads in Louisiana. This post will be mostly a photo album.
As you’ll notice in the following photos, certain colors dominate here. Here’s C-Legacy and
beyond Delta Power . . . more orange and yellow in the background including
Finn Falgout and another view of Timbalier Island.
For the many other Edison Chouest vessels I’ve previously posted, click here.
Crosby Enterprise and Kurt J. Crosby. For lots of Crosby tugs including these, click here.
Miss Aimee and John G. McCall
C-Pacer and Fast Track
Harvey Champion and Harvey Supporter and some I can’t identify. Here’s the Harvey fleet including
Harvey Falcon, Harvey Racer, and Harvey Hero.
Mainport Pine and some unidentified vessels
Thanks for asking for more of these. Tomorrow I’ll start unpacking the Nola photos.
Over a week ago I felt all the symptoms of impending illness, Gfever. I suffer from that affliction quite a lot, as you know if you follow this blog. It starts when I can’t sit for more than 15 seconds, atlases–paper or interactive electronic–beckon, the ear worms in my head are all about travel . . . the only cure for this fever . . . Gfever . . . is a gallivant. And in this case, a Bayou Lafourche gallivant was the only remedy. So from the airport any direction was fine as long as it was south. Let’s cross this lift bridge and go . . . farther than we did last time here.
Of course, bowsprite came along and sketched hither and yon . . . and who could pass up Intl Defender!
There . . beyond the copse of backup rigs . . . it’s the boom town of Port Fourchon.
And rather than understand first and write later, I’ll just put up a sampling of vessels I saw. . . . Here’s off the bow of Delta Power (127′ loa) is Dionne Chouest (261′ loa). A random assortment goes on with
HOS Red Dawn (268′),
Dictator (140′), Candy Bear (156′), and Candy Stripe (130′),
the brand-new 202′ Capt Elliott,
a cluster that includes from l. to r. . . . HOS North Star, Seacor Washinton, C-Endeavor, C-Fighter, and Miss Marilene Tide. The stern-to vessel in the foreground . . . I can’t identify.
Looking like they’re aground and on the grass . . . it’s HOS Black Rock and HOS Red Rock, recent builds and each 278′.
There are more and more . . ..
in Port Fourchon, as seen here from the c-store looking over the trucks, the single-wides on stilts, and the vessels beyond.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Let me know whether you’re interested in another post from Bayou Lafourche.
April 2010 . . . UASC vessel Al-Mutanabbi bound for sea. It has come and gone through the sixth boro many times.
Late November 2014, it looks like a new vessel in the UASC fleet, Al Rain.
Oh! new name . . same old ship.
This makes me wonder whether next time Al-Abdaly comes through . . . it’ll be Al Snow? Named for my friend maybe?
But seriously . . . name changes happen a lot . . . take APL Pearl . . .
she of the blotchy paint job. I saw her pass very near here almost exactly a year ago on a very snowy day . . . Prior to that, some years back I saw her when Hyundai Voyager was painted on her bow. In fact, if you look closely around the starboard anchor, you can still see traces of Hyundai blue.
Take Radiant Sea, just off the bow of the radiant Gramma Lee T Moran. Last time Radiant Sea was here . . . she was Ashley Sea.
Whether a name change constitutes a real transformation–Shakespeare would surely say it doesn’t–I did need a descriptor, preferably one that starts with T.
Here’s another: traveling Tuesday. By the time you read this post, I hope to be around latitude 29.98°N longitude 90.25°W elevation 4.’ To put it another way, here. There’s a conference happening there, and my schedule has never let me get there until now, so it’s time to laissez les carpe diem et bon temps router. Maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’m NOT taking a laptop along . . . only a camera and notebook.
Aircraft about to land . . .
well . . yes, Philly’s airport is only a few miles to the south.
Recognize the aircraft carrier?
CV-67 has been mothballed since 2007. I’m just wondering whether there’s a tally of the number of crew who served aboard CV-67 in the almost four decades it was active.
Now . .. definitely, mothballed.
Until less than a year ago, Kennedy shared waterfront space with the Forrestal. Here and here are posts from February 2014 of Forrestal leaving Philadelphia and arriving in Brownville. Has anyone seen what’s left of the Forrestal today?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.