No sandy beaches here, although I saw a few farther north closer to the US border and the maps point to some farther south.

My first thought was that this was a cross, like the Christ near Rosarito I saw, but it turned out to be an aid to navigation.

The entrance to Ensenada is a breakwater quite built up with tetrapods. 

I don’t know how long ago Kittiwake was sold, but she was built at the very familiar Washburn & Doughty shipyard in Maine.  Click on that link for a walk-through of the 2002 expedition/research vessel built for some folks in Narragansett Bay.

Wan Hai 322 was in port, as was

Ken Yo.

 

On one pier a clutch of tugboats and fishing boats awaits a call.

The two I got the best view of were J. Porres (ex-CMM Cordoba 1998)

and this one I was unable to identify. Boluda Towage Mexico is the leader in Mexican towing and a subsidiary of the second largest towing group worldwide. 

Fish, shipping, and grapes figure of the seal on the city.  

Ensenada has a vineyard culture and a craft beer scene,

the latter of which I sampled after hours and found quite satisfactory.  This drinking establishment had interesting decor on ceiling and walls made from . . . styrofoam!

Salud!  All photos and any errors, WVD.

 

Pete Ludlow’s photos have shown a variety of vessel traffic near Hell Gate.  Here’s a whimsical set, not really work boats for a day I’m having a hard time working or even thinking about working.

Who knew the variety of traffic here?!!

There has to be a story here, and

photos are said to be worth a thousands of words . . . 

I wish I knew the story, or even just the name and itinerary of a boat like this….

Many thanks, Pete.

 

Three and a half years ago I started this series.  I realize now I should just have called the three posts for the ports in question:  Guaymas in Sonora, Manzanillo in Colima, and Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán.  Having started the way I did, the Ensenada post will then just follow the pattern.  With half a million people, Ensenada is the third largest city in Baja California.  Besides being the starting/ending point for the Baja 500 and 1000 races, it’s also an important fishing port, although less so than it was prior to the US tuna ban.   I have enough pics for a second post on Ensenada, so I’ll call this the fish and road version, with another to follow.

I took this photo from the road. Down there but out of sight at that moment were tuna pens.

Translate whatever you want on this menu.  I can vouch for the marlin ahumado, smoked marlin soup!  The $45.00 Mexican converts to about $2.25 US, and it was realmente delicioso!

Southern Horizon is inside the port tied up to a floating drydock. 

Galileo is too common a vessel name to locate.

 

 

From my conveyances, I was witness to the arid and steep terrain.

Other fishing machines lounged on the moorings.

This is the rocky shoreline south of Rosarito.

A few days later, I got lots of photos through a bug-spattered windshield.

 

 

All photos, WVD, who is back in the sixth boro, behind in work, but for now successful in reclaiming the reins from the robots.  I hope you enjoyed their tenure.  They will be back for an extended period in June.

Fast jet boats . . .  like Patriot, doesn’t every major harbor have one?   Oh well, it gets folks out on the water.  There are many other options as well.   Other boats to see as well.

Ocean Valor was over on the far side, and I recall (and quote) some info about her from George Schneider:  “She is a former oilfield supply boat, built as PAUL W MURRILL 20 years ago by Tidewater Marine at their building yard, Quality Marine, in Houma LA.  With the oilfield slowdown of 2015 she was idled and eventually sold.  Her new owner is Ocean Guardian Holdings of Seattle, and her name and other features about her indicate she [may be] owned by Stabbert Marine, who buys ships on speculation in hopes of paying for them with charters-of-convenience.”

George got a photo of her underway in a different season, actually January 2022. 

HOS Dominator was moored nearby.  Both the HOS and the Ocean boat remind me of the views from a half decade back along Bayou Lafourche. 

An intriguing aspect of San Diego’s “bay walk” is the commercial fishing fleet.  I did not find that much about it, given my short stay, but I did stay long enough and walk far enough to learn about the tuna clipper work during WW2. See more here

 

Coyote, Lydorein, Cachalot, and Ebbco all seem they might have interesting histories. 

 

 

Hodor, a “game of thrones” name, would be a terrifying vessel to see if it pulled into a secluded cove somewhere along an unpopulated coastline.   

 

It’s 200+ feet of floating toy box, however, no matter how lethal it all looks. 

The 1970 Admiral Hornblower‘s styling gave me the impression it was much older than its 52 years. 

Finally, it started as an Eisenstaedt [or was it the Jorgensen one?] photo taken in the Manhattan boro.  nonetheless, it has morphed into a 25′ tall controversial statue to mimic, as was happening as it sauntered up. How could I resist a photo??!  That’s the USS Midway in the background. 

All photos, WVD, who managed to get the photos while waiting for an airplane connection.  I realized on this trip how good an impromptu gallivant is for the soul, and I need to do it more.  San Diego . .  I gotta get back.

Separate from that, given my itinerary, the establishment of missions in Baja California shows the progression of settlement early to late in Las Californias from south northward to Alta California

 

Tony A has a sharp eye on the sixth boro traffic, like here, Durable, cable ship that worked off Fire Island for some time this spring.  I did catch Durable‘s fleet mate here a while back.   Durable was working on offshore wind farm elements, but has returned to the UK at this moment. 

He also caught Fort Point transiting the watery boro.

 

A first timer catch though is Miss Jean, a Louisiana-based boat likely working with a dredging company in the area.  

For a few more first-timers on the blog, check out David Steers and Benjamin D. Baxter, up along the Sound. 

So is this retired FDNY fireboat Alfred E. Smith under its own power?

Nope.  She’s at the end of a line towed by Jaguar, frequently towing “second-lives” vessels into or out of the sixth boro. 

Jaguar is a Gladding-Hearn product from 1978. 

And that’s a good place to hold it up.  Thanks much, Tony.  

And if winds are fair, tugster might just be back in the sixth boro soon. 

Let’s get back to some Pete Ludlow photos.  Co Morgan has such a long history of names going back to 1951 1965, I’m just going to paste it in here.  

A high vantage point helps convey appreciation for the train of three Mister Jim tows through Hell Gate. 

Ditto Navigator.  From this perspective, her smart color scheme is clear. 

Meghan Marie heads into Hell Gate with a destination somewhere along the Sound or farther. 

All photos by Pete Ludlow.  Thanks, Pete. 

One of the joys of wandering around an unfamiliar port is getting surprised, as

I was to see an LCS underway.  I also saw some reference to the place of LCS vessels in the USN fleet here and here on gCaptain. More on the ship and the Independence-class variant can be read here

Know the LCS-8?

 

I guess one aspect of the surprise was that she moved through the San Diego harbor without an escort, as if this were a routine transit, and maybe it was.

More San Diego soon, a port I could have spent more time in and one I surely hope to return to. 

All photos, WVD.

 

For what might be considered an exotic among exotics, let’s go back to Pete Ludlow’s photos,  meet Windserve Odyssey.  

As an all-purpose offshore wind farm support vessel, it is just one vessel type that will be more common in the years to come.  The blog alluded to this particular vessel and a possible transit through the sixth boro back last September.   Pete’s photo here confirms that it did transit back on the first day of 2022.  

Hat tip and thanks, Pete, for catching this. 

Tugster is still gallivanting far away from the sixth boro, will be for the better part of a week yet, leaving the robots in charge.  We test the perimeter, push the parameters, but in our own robotic ways, support the mission.

 

 

Urger got some love yesterday, and tugster was there to document it.

Wait . . . is that Urger?

No . . . that’s tug Seneca

and there is the Capt. Wunder getting some visitation in and 

telling stories about the days he was her captain, but

“there’s more,” he said. 

The older step-sister is here too. 

The tugs were a place of pilgrimage.

Recall they are now seldom-seen but certainly not forgotten. 

Want to make a poster?  Write my email and ask for a full-size version of this image.  Once you get it, send it far and wide to enthusiasts who lament her isolation as well as enthusiasts who can take her out of isolation.  

All May 9, 2022 photos taken by WVD with arrangements by the Canal Society of NYS.  Please share this post far and wide to the family of Urger and Seneca fans. 

 

 

We’ve updated our incomplete work from yesterday, and hey . .  it’s May, tugster is away, and that makes it a perfect time for another installment of  . . . truckster!  

For starters, how about a 1950 F-1 on the street in Queens!@#!

Along the road on a recent tugster road gallivant and inside the Outer Banks . . . we spotted this 1952 Ford, made to [attempt to] play in a place like the Dismal Swamp maybe.

Speaking of saltwater, this 1952 (?) GMC has been exposed long enough for a sweet patina.

Having slept in a tent recently near a rooster farm, tugster wonders what sound a rusty rooster makes.

Talking patina, he caught this early 1950s Chevrolet in the low-angle morning light, in Washington . . .  NC that is.

There’s patina, and then there’s post-patina, but the guy selling this told tugster he could throw a battery in this CJ and she’d start right up . . .

How about this one from a Great Lakes mariner, spotted not far from Lake Superior?  I’d say a camo Dodge M37?  Under all that snow, there might be a little patina as well.

On another Queens street, tugster saw this and wondered if patina can be translated into Italian . . .  actually patina is the same in English and Italian and you won’t find any here.

And to round this post out, tugster was returning from a Shawngunk hike the other day and saw this beauty, a 1950-something Studebaker, a real beaut.

 

Love the milk can and produce crates in the back?

Thanks to a Great Lakes mariner for sending along that snowy pic;  all the others, WVD, as he prowled the backroads and who thinks that not much says gallivant more clearly than old trucks . . . .  Complete text here by the renegade robots, who want to stress that they met their deadline today.

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