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Tugboats in the sixth boro of New York City vary not quite infinitely, but almost. Consider Pegasus (1907), here with Lehigh Valley 79 (1914) alongside. And my social medium tells me they’re about to link up and travel again soon. Watch Pier 25.
Rounding it all out . . . is JoAnne Reinauer III (1970), here passing the unmistakeable Torm-orange house of Torm Thames (2005), and see this spotlight by selfabsorbedboomer.
Having called this set almost infinitely varied, I must say there’s NOTHING operating in the sixth boro quite an unusual as Joseph Thompson Jr. (portions from 1944), the tug portion of an ATM unit currently working the North Coast between US and Canadian ports. Thank’s to Isaac Pennock aka tugboathunter for introducing me to this vessel; For the dizzying set of transformations, read the bio by boatnerd here . . . and follow the fotos, especially the ones by Mark Vander Meulen, Steve Hause, Lee Rowe, and Rod Burdick.
Foto of Discovery Coast by Joel Milton; all others by Will Van Dorp.
It’s been over a year since I’ve used this title . . . I worry sometimes that someone I catch in the act of working might feel intruded upon. Such is the farthest thing from my intention. I’m certainly not the first or last to state there’s dignity in labor, whether it’s performed indoors or out.
Here Doubleskin 37 approaches NYK Rumina (named for the goddess of breast-feeding mothers!!!) as
Green Bay shuttles between dredge and
Paul Andrew seems headed for a shore base as well,
as Sarah Ann heads for Newark Bay
I did this post just over a year ago; note the prominent change happening in the Manhattan skyline, as seen from the north coast of Rockaway Queens. The last time you saw the tug shown here was December 2011. Any guesses what Patty was towing yesterday? Answer tomorrow.
Unrelated: Following their own landmarks, a new crop of aeons-old silvery slime has reportedly returned to sixth boro waterways. What . . . you ask? Click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was the first one, two years ago. Actually . . . this post should be called “waiting for Pioneer, ” one 1885 steel and iron schooner, said to be transiting through the Kills back to South Street Seaport.
But in the unpredictable ways of the sixth boro, this is the first Pioneer that showed up, stern first and
Anyone know from whence? Actually Crowley Mars also arrived that way midday today . . . stern by bow of Bruce A. McAllister. More fotos of the Crowley visitors tomorrow. Anyone know what the plans are?
For more on Katherine G, see what Newyorkology has to report.
And this Halifax-centric tugboat blog to check out . . .
araised and dry. Those props are at least 10′ diameter . . . I don’t know the exact number. Barbara E. first appeared here in 2008.
three years ago but I hadn’t seen since.
And of course with the gray training wheels and hard in pursuit of APL Spinel, it’s
Ellen McAllister (1966 Wisconsin), here neck-n-neck with Amy C. McAllister (1975 Louisiana). Ellen may have appeared on this blog more often than any other tug; here … with some additional lettering on her flanks … I believe is her debut post.
Potomac (2007 and built along the Bayou Lafourche . . . third foto) moves neck-n-neck with . . .
Considering the shipyards mentioned above, I’m wondering why–so far as I know–no active shipyards remain on New York’s Great Lakes shore, and when the last one on that shore closed.
10:18 Note Shooters Island. Charles D. McAllister is on port bow, out of sight. An unidentified Vane unit (yellow front) stands off to allow the containership to round the bend. Maurania III is on starboard near stern.
African Spirit is next to round the bend.10:37. Ellen (ex-YTB 793) on the port bow. That link takes you to Jed’s recent post about his YTB experience.
Less than 20 minutes after assisting the Zim ship, Charles D. is on the stern of African Spirit.
By now . . . a little over a week later, the Zim ship is in Jamaica*, and African Spirit is out of AIS range, somewhere southward.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
* Not surprisingly, as of midnight, March 7 into 8, Zim San Francisco awaits passage through the Panama Canal at Colon.
That bit of land on the upper right of the foto is Bergen Point. The shadow I hope you recognize as my favorite bridge, and the Sunday morning light plays with the water, bridge, and the pinkish
Behold the nostril!
Complementing Charles D.’s effort, it’s Maurania III starboard stern quarter.
10:21 a.m. Charles D. spins around, racing back to the west end of the KVK to assist the next vessel westbound under the Bayonne Bridge, while Brendan Turecamo heads over to the Arthur Kill for an assist there.
Footnote: last Sunday I took fotos of APL Indonesia as it exited the east end of the KVK for sea. Last night . . . i.e., seven days later, I took this “screen grab” of the same vessel standing off the Panamian port of Colon waiting to enter Manzanillo port!!
Meredith C. Reinauer (2003, 7200 hp) and Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962, 2000 hp)
Coral Coast (1970, 3000 hp)
This short dozen tugboats chosen because they passed on a given part of a morning recently differ in size, age, tasks, and number of fleet siblings. Less visible are their differing histories and crews.
Laura K Moran, 2008 built in Maine 87′ loa and 5100 hp here escorting in Ever Devote. Below her is Caitlin Ann, built in Louisiana in 1961. 70′ loa and 2400 hp.
Vane’s Bohemia and Quantico Creek differ in many respects: 2007 v. 2010, 4200 v. 3000, Louisiana v. Maryland, and 96′ v. 90′ loa.
Below them, escorting Dubai Express, is James Turecamo, 1969 built in NY, 92′ loa and 2000 hp.
Below her is Barbara McAllister, 1969 built in Louisiana, 100 loa and 4000 hp.
Margaret Moran, shown twice escorting Cosco Tianjin, 1979 built in Louisiana, 99′ loa and 3000 hp.
Two former SeaBoats tugs are now Mediterranean Sea and Weddell Sea, both built in Massachusetts and powered by 4500 hp. Mediterranean Sea (110′ loa) was launched in 2004; Weddell Sea (105′ loa) launched 2007.
So . . . the bright sunshine and 45+ degree temperature coaxed me out to take some fotos, and soon I’m having a conversation with a gentleman whose first thought was wind power device was deck-mounted equipment on the reddish tanker. Clearly here . . . t-o-w-e-r rhymes with power and not lawn mower. I’m guessing it to be the tallest structure in Bayonne. Any idea what Manhattan’s first skyscraper was and where? It lasted only three years (1853–6) before it burnt down.
Some of the parts are US-made; others come from Austria. Here are some introductory technical details. If I read Leitwind’s homepage correctly, this is their first turbine delivered to the US. Here are even more technical details, again from a New Jersey publication.
Northern New York state has a surprisingly large number of such turbines, as documented in tugster here, and “salties” have been delivering components into the upper Midwest through the St. Lawrence and into the Great Lakes, as Marlene Green, shown here . . . although I caught her running empty. The five states that currently have the highest percentage of their electric power generated by turbine are: Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Kansas. Atlantic City has five turbines. Are there others in NJ? And Staten Island . . . the idea of wind turbines atop Fresh Kills has certainly been discussed.
As of this writing, I’ve not seen any NY papers mention the Bayonne tower. Hmm.
Oh, the first “skyscraper” was Latting Observatory, standing 315 feet. To learn more, click here. This bit of erudition comes compliments of Tom Flagg, who is also responsible for this great but maybe slow-loading document of the bygone era of marine rail on the west side of Manhattan. Thanks, Tom.