All these photos come compliments of frequent commenter Jan van der Doe.  And all were taken in Hamilton Harbour, the southwest corner of the lake where I learned to swim.

Hamilton is headquarters for McKeil Marine, whose vessels have been posted on this blog herehere and here.

Click here for the specs on Leonard M.

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Click here for info on Tony MacKay.

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Florence M needs TLC and paint.

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Here’s another shot of Tony and Florence.

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From left here, more McKeil Marine vessels:  Carrol C 1, Bonnie B, and James A. Hannah.  This latter (rightmost) tugboat has appeared on tugster before, and in fact is a sibling of Captain Bob (in the Columbia) and Bloxom, the faded red tugboat on the cover of our 30-minute documentary film Graves of Arthur Kill.  If you want to read about the dispersion of the entire Hannah fleet by the U. S. Marshal’s auction, click here.

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Here’s a side view of the same three boats.

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Click here for the specs on Kingfish 1.  

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Believe it or not, this blue-hulled vessel below dates from 1959 and used to be known as Helen M. McAllister.   Here’s her story as told from a different perspective.

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Jerry G. is one year younger.  Click here for more info.

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This looks like two old but active boats,  Lac Manitoba and Vigilant I, both of Nadro Marine.

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And finally, Jan didn’t pass along info on the black hulled vessel to the left. Pacific Standard . . . ex-Irishman (?) is my guess.

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I visited Hamilton twice 50 or more years ago to visit a relative there.  I recall not liking the city.  But what does a kid know?  Jan’s photos in this post and tugboathunter’s here inspire me to consider a return there.

Jan . . . many thanks.

Somewhat related, for a great database of Owen Sound-built boats, click here.

This was the tip-off photo:  in the right light, the raised-metal lettering is clear.  I received this photo from I.Y. last September, but never got more of the hull going abaft the US.

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This one doesn’t show the lettering.

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Nor does this.

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So this past weekend, when I was in Greenport, I headed straight down to the water–aboard Glory, which I’ll talk more about tomorrow–and

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bow of ex-YG-33 later J. R. Nelson

although the light didn’t bring out more detail, the captain did.  It turns out that YGs were garbage lighters, and this one had a memorable engine, although I don’t know if it’s rusty remains are still submerged.  This YG was turned into a fish

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processing vessel that sank at the dock and became the focus of a lawsuit.

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Thanks to Ingrid Young for putting me on this search and sending the top three photos.  The last three photos I took from launch Glory.

Fleet Week is part of the official marking of Memorial Day in the six boros of NYC each year.  Maybe someone can tell me how long ago this tradition began.

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DDG-55 Stout receives greeting from Fort Hamilton

This is the day set aside to honor those who died in America’s wars, but the listing earlier in this sentence does not list all of the skirmishes that resulted in the death of American military personnel.  Take the Battle of the Pearl River forts aka Battle of the Barrier Forts.   Know the details?  I’ll tell you about it in a minute, but I stumbled upon this neglected monument in NYC about five years ago.  It was overgrown.  The public couldn’t see it because it’s fenced off.

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Barrier Forts Monument

As it turns out, the stonecutters misspelled two names here, and two others listed here as killed were not.

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The Barrier Forts Monument is located inside a closed-to-the-public area of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  For an interesting article on the battle and the monument, click here.  For a wikipedia treatment of the event, click here.

I stumbled onto the event depicted in the rest of the photos here last week and had only the phone camera.  Any ideas on what’s going on?

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What I’d happened upon here is two workers of the NYC DPR Arts and Antiquities division cleaning up the Richmond Hill “doughboy” war memorial.  The crew told me they do this one each year in May as a preparation for today.

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All of this brings me to a thought I’ve carried today.  I retire from teaching this month, a pensive process of deciding what comes next and revisiting students and colleagues from the years extending back to 1973 and in places in five countries where I’ve worked.

There was a student in one of my classes back in 1979 who died in Desert Storm in January 1991.  This link identifies her as Staff Sgt. Tatiana Khaghani Dees.  I knew her as  Tatiana Khaghani, a student on an F-1 visa in the US who wanted to be a lawyer.   A FB link goes on to describe her death this way, and I paste it in here, since not everyone does FB.

“USA SSG Tatiana Khaghani Dees, from Congers, NY in Rockland County but originally from Tehran, Iran drowned after stepping backwards off a pier in Dhahran while avoiding moving military cargo. She was unable to swim due to all the gear she was wearing. She was assigned to the 92nd Military Police Company, 93rd MP Battalion, 14th MP Brigade, V Corps based in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Tatiana leaves behind two children: Lena and Joseph. On 28 May 12, I received an email from Tatiana’s son Joseph. He thanked me “for remembering the great women who served our country” and included this photo of his mother.

According to SSG Bill Hancock: I wanted to clear up the events that lead up to Tatiana’s death. It is reported incorrectly on your site. Tatiana had immigrated from Iran to the United States and was assigned to 2nd platoon (squad leader) 92nd MP Co, 93rd MP Bn, 18th MP Brigade, (not the 14th MP Bde) from Baumholder, Germany. Tatiana and 2 soldiers in her squad were pulling guard duty at the port. They saw a man taking pictures from atop one of those large cranes. Tatiana sent her 2 soldiers up to investigate. Both soldiers handed Tatiana their M-16s so she was holding 3 M-16’s and wearing full gear including Kevlar and flak vest. She stepped back from the base of the crane to get a better view of her soldiers as they climbed when she fell into the water. She was found an hour or so later and still had all her gear on and the 3 M-16’s. I think she was found in 50’ of water around 11 p.m. She was a great squad leader and person. Her troops held her in high regard.”

For Tatiana, all those who have died in too many wars, and all the families, let’s keep some solemnity in this day.

Entirely related:  American war dead still abroad.

Also related, an 1889 poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier called “The Captain’s Well” 

 

Ocean Tower passes the tow of Wavertree, aka “ocean wanderer.”

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Ocean Tower, built 1969

At the east end of Caddell Dry Dock.

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Coral Coast, 1970

Joyce D., no longer the newest Brown boat.

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Joyce D. Brown, 2002

Between Atlantic Salt and Caddell.

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Rae, 1952

In the Morris Canal.

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Little C, 1988

At the southwest end of Shooters aka Mariners Harbor.

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Bering Sea, 1975

On the Shooters Island end of the Bayonne Bridge.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:

A video of the welcome of Half Moon now in Hoorn.

A fun 8-minute 7-day trip from the Hudson River to the Thousand Islands via the Erie Canal, with ALL the locks!

A less-professional video of the arrival of Half Moon in Hoorn, but showing music by the Musiek Boot, delightful man of the waters, Reinier Sijpkens, (click here and scroll) who entertained here in the sixth boro six years ago.

 

This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes.  See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?

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It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.

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So let’s resume . . .  the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so

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gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock.  Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.

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it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.

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Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.

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almost all fast

Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.

The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman.  It shows a more complete rig.

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Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days.  For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221.  Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.

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All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.

From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.

 

But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen.   I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts.  These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.

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arriving for the pick up at Pier 25, westside of Manhattan looking towards Jersey City

Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.

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I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown.  This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.

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Thomas J. Brown, 1962 built

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On starboard side was Pelham.

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Pelham, 1960 built.

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This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.

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at the 31

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passing Robbins Reef Light and  . . .

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the Verrazano.

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and into the Kills

Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part.  I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still  Miss Bonnie.  Click here and scroll.

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passing the dented 6

In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.

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Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.

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If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . .  Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.

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Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.

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Rae, 1952 built

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And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.

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to the lower left, that’s Joyce D. Brown about to overtake

All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.

 

Here’s the fleet arrival extravaganza from three years ago.  And here are installments 1  2 and 3 of the arrival of a special vessel of the LPD set.

I got my spot early, and had some surprises . . . like this medium endurance cutter heading OUT to meet the fleet.

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WMEC 905 Spencer

There were also these four yard patrol craft doing the same,

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Training vessels from Annapolis

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YP 705

and this tropical architecture (!!?) under the palm-tree grove over by Fort Wadsworth.  What’s going on?  It’s Cuba at the Narrows.  

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Just before 10 a.m. the fleet was in sight coming up the Ambrose.

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The YPs 704, 705, 707, and 708 led the fleet in,

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DDG-55 Stout the first larger vessel in,

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followed by DDG-52 Barry and

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foreground vessel is former WPB-82362 Point Brown, now  Lady B

LPD-17 San Antonio.

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Here’s a schedule of events for the public and the fleet this week.

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Enjoy your stay, all.

 

See the name clearer of the stern here than the bow?  See the distinctive tender?

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Marie J. Turecamo, taken April 2015

This vessel with the unique davits and radar is not the same vessel.  And the woman in black with a bow in her hair at the stern, she is the namesake for both boats.  The gray, black, and white photos, complements of Russell Skeris, were taken in 1952, when this Marie J. was new.  Previously, Russell sent along the lead photo in this post here.

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And here, the gent forward most on the bow is Barney Turecamo.  In the background is Jersey City.

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I’m not sure what “platform” these shots were made from, the the landmass in the background here looks like Staten Island as seen from off Red Hook.

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It turns out that the 1952 Marie J. Turecamo is now DonJon’s William E., and unfortunately I do NOT have a photo of William E.   Anyone help out here?  Here you see some shots from Birk’s site.

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Marie J. Turecamo, built 1968, photo taken 2015. 

Many thanks to Russell for his photo and to Birk and crew for his informative site.   2015 photos by Will Van Dorp.

More gray tomorrow.

Bravo to South Street Seaport Museum and all its supporters.  From their press release:  “A celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15, with  Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction; Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director; and other City Officials.”

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Wavertree, built 1885 in Southampton, England.  Dismasted off Cape Horn 1910.  Former floating warehouse in Chile and  sand barge in Argentina.  Arrived in NYC’s sixth boro 1970.

“This $10.6 million stabilization and restoration project is funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council Office, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. The project will be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island and will address critical long-term preservation of the ship.”

This will be a long visit to the yard.

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Departs for major shipyard work May 21, 2015 at 1230

If you want to see her at the East River dock, you’ve got only about 48 more hours.

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For photos of Wavertree arriving in NYC in 1970 and in Argentina before that, click here and scroll.

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The black-hulled tall ship along Wavertree is Peking.  For some photos from her last trip to the yard click here and here.

Wavertree, steady as she goes.

Tangentially related:  given that Wavertree–like Peking–is a “wind ship” without auxiliary power, here’s some exciting news from New England Waterman blog

 

Here’s an index of the series.

Can you place the scene below . . . on the other side of the tracks?   Photos come thanks to Elizabeth Wood who’s on her own gallivant.

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I’ve never been here, but now  . . .  it’s moved way up on my list.

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It’s Grand Canyon State and some sister vessels,

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Cape Orlando,

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and USCGC Waesche.

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For a different shade of gray than the ones above, here’s Matson’s Mahimahi.

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And here’s Ahbra Franco assisting

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Hanjin Buddha.  I can’t identify the tractor alongside the Hanjin ship.

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I see a trip to the Bay area in my future.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for these photos.

Somewhat related:  To see what gray paint bowsprite has recently spilled, click here.

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