or peazey-teasey?    Tamesis– thanks to Brian DeForest for this photo–was built in 2000.  And what is Tamesis?

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Topeka, with a slightly different design, dates from 2006.  In the Topeka series, there are at least 10.

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Here Topeka has the stern ramp down in Bayonne.

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Turandot dates from 1995.

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Tortugas, seen here Pacific bound on the Panama Canal, began service the same year as Topeka.  This series is powered by a 17750 hp Mitsubishi plant that looks like this.

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To see how this design has evolved over the better part of a century, click here.

For previous tugster posts showing PCTCs, click here and here.    And see Tortugas leaving coastal Colombia here.

Thanks to Brian DeForest for the top photo.  All others by Will Van Dorp, who dedicates this post to bowsprite, who offered this version of a Tortugas’ sister here in December.

 

Since the first in this series was in 2009, let me go through my archives starting from the present.   I seem to have taken no photos of James so far in 2015, but here are two from 2014.

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Here are a few from 2013, the day the new Caddell Dry Dock came to town.

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I don’t know where 2012 went, but here was 2011, passing Stena Stealth.

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I especially like this one with James‘ house down to fit under the flare of Silver Express.

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For a few weeks when the NYC DEP Red Hook came to town, James followed . . . like a fly on  . . .

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well, a DEP boat.

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All photos here by Will Van Dorp. For some shots of the vessel in Turecamo woodgrain, click here.

 

Dave Boone has contributed photos here once before, and his painting are the focus of the second half of this post. In the same post with his paintings, Timothy McAllister appears.

So what’s this orb off the port side of battleship New Jersey, BB-62.  BB .  . as in basketball?

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And what’s that experimental gear on the after deck  of Timothy McAllister?

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And is that orb headed for a swish . . .

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while this crew in unusual garb watch from the Big J?

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Here’s the story and more pics.  It’s Globetrotter week in these parts, and winter and its icy grip . . . be gone . . . this looks like fun!

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Many thanks to Dave Boone for sharing these really spring-fever inducing photos!  See Dave’s work here.

Here was 25.

Read those place names:  Shellsea, Rowboaten, Flushwick, Rikers Reef, and Yankee Aquarium.  Then there are landmasses like CUNY Island.  The map called NY Sea is the creation of Jeffrey Linn, an Urban Planner/Designer, focusing primarily on walkable communities and Safe Routes to School issues. He writes, “I do a lot of mapping and GIS in my career. These maps are a bit of a tangent, but I’ve always focused on how sea level rise will impact cities, so it fits in well with my urbanist background.  What got me interested in creating these maps is a fascination with how landscapes can change over time.”  Jeffrey adds that although it can be “depressing for some to look at the maps . . .  the place names help to lighten the mood.”

Click on the map itself for more of Jeffrey’s work.   I wonder what the sixth boro would look like if there map were extended about 40 miles in either direction.  I know Mount Mitchill (scroll) would be the high point of the area.  And as water levels rise, there may be a day like Seth Tane captures here in the subway . . .

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For a similar treatment of San Francisco, click here.

And vessels currently or recently in the sixth boro . . . I wish I’d gotten a photo of Ernest Hemingway.

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And this one . . . Ice Base, which I noticed the first time bowsprit one day when my imagination was working faster than my eyes, and I saw Ice BABE.    At least I though I did.  Well, previously I had seen and my camera still thinks it saw Surfer Rosa!

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Then last week . .  I saw Charles Oxman venture into the Kills for the first time in ages with destination Casablanca.  Seriously, I thought it had been sold foreign!  In fact it was headed to the newly dubbed Rio Blanco, a fitting moniker for the frozen North River, which appears only briefly some years.

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As I write this from just west of Murky City and Bergen Bar . . . I am grateful to Jeffrey Linn for use of his intriguing maps, another of which you can see here.

 

Two years ago, I wrote about Columbian tugs here, and alluded to reading of some new ones in Colombia here.   Here and here –one more here–are some others from the great river in the Northwest.   Thanks to the Maraki crew, here is some activity from along the northwest corner of South America.  Click here to read Maraki‘s account of conditions in this corner of the Caribbean

The big tug Atlas, built in Japan in 1991, seems to have trolling rods deployed, or am I seeing that wrong.

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Tayrona is from 2014 and Peru built.  Click here for more of the fleet.

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GPC Tesoro is China built in 2013.

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Here they escort Baltic Pride out to sea on a run to the  . . . Baltic.

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Pino, China built 2007.

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And Tortugas, RORO heads for the Canal, where I saw her about three years ago.  I have lots more photos of her there I’ve never used.  I wonder how long before Atlas‘ lines go tight with something huge.

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Colombian Coast Guard interceptor boat?

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All photos compliments of my sister.

A few more Colombian tugs can be seen here.

I wonder what the forgiveness factor for ice-against-hull here is.  Bravest surely was pretty in our maybe soon-to-end Puerto Parcialmente Blanco.

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RB 45605 was the fifth in this series, which is numbered consecutively and now up to 45774.

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Must precautions be taken with these hulls during ice season?

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And finally . . . off the stern of Bering Sea yesterday it’s the current Kings Pointer.  This Kings Pointer started life as a solid rocket booster recovery vessel for NASA.

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Click here for another photo of this vessel in NASA colors.

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And here’s a photo I took back in August 2007 of the previous Kings Pointer, now known as General Rudder and based in Texas.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I hope it ends soon.  Of course, ice is just a part of the sixth boro cycle.  See the ice photos here from 2009.  Enjoy these shots from the last day of February 2015.  But for the hot days sure to come later this year, how about this tall tale of Meagan Ann traveling through the icebergs of New York.  In her early years, Meagan Ann operated in Alaskan waters.

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APL Coral  . . .  Oakland, CA-registered, must be named for cold water species.

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The Bravest heads out on cold water patrol. See more about Bravest in this article by Peter Marsh.

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M/V Miss Ellis, built by Blount in 1991, has likely used ice before today to scrape growth from its hull.

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North River . . . has sludge to move around the harbor.

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Zim QingDao appeared previously–with a surprise on the bridge wing–here.

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And these ferries keep running despite the ice.

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Molinari sets up the ultimate sixth boro tall tale image, beautifully created by Scott Lobaido.

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I saw the image below on the ferry, and if you want it, you can order it here.  I’ve never met Scott, but I love this lithograph.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Technically, I’ve never finished my posts on watersheds 12 and 13 . . .  the troves of photos from those places have simply been preserved by photos that followed and those stories remain to be finished . . . like most things in life.

The photos here, all from Maraki . . .  , offer a focus other than how much ice chills the sixth boro, an interesting enough topic but one that I need to get away from periodically.  Come inside, sip some chocolate, and contemplate the equatorial zones.  Like Rio Magdalena.

I’d seen the Magdalena on maps . . .

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but never imagined what floated there. . . until then photo below led to Impala, an entity I’d never heard of before.

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And that summoned info on where the tugs there come from, a question easily answered  . . . thanks to this internet thing.  Behold Impala  Zambrano and Impala Puerto Wilches.

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Traffic like this coexists with the global economy.

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East of the mouth of the Magdalena a dozen and some miles lies Santa Marta, where Atlantico awaits . . .

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as does Chinook and

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and RM Boreas.

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Atlantico and Chinook are built in China.  I’m not sure about RM Boreas.

Two more from these waters from now . . .. Intergod VII.  Any guesses on place of construction?

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I’m not sure where the Bauprespilotos get their boats like Voyager, but Intergod VII

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was built in Collingwood, Ontario in 1967.

Many thanks to Maraki for creating the desire to explore yet another watershed.  For the latest dispatches from Maraki–above and below the water and during Curaçao’s carnival . . . click here.

 

I believe I took this in summer 2005, my first view of Lincoln Sea from W. O. Decker.  Lincoln Sea is now making its way northward probably along Baja California, if not already along alta California.

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A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.

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And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.

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From Seth Tane . . . Alaska Mariner in Portland on the Columbia . . . river, that is.

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And the next few from Fred Trooster and Jan Oosterboer and taken in Amazonehaven section of the port of Rotterdam less than a week ago . . . the giant Thalassa Elpida assisted into the dock by FairPlay 21.  The two smaller boats are the line handlers.

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Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.

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Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.

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Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.

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Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.

With a tip of the hat to Jonathan Steinman for the photo and everyone else for updates, here’s a screen capture I took moments ago.  The destination of the cargo was Charleston Charlestown Navy Yard Drydock 1.  For a photo showing the existing door . . . identical to the one that traversed the East River two days ago, click here.

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Thanks all for your group sourcing efforts.  And greetings to the crew of tug Challenger. What is the life expectancy of a graving dock door?  Click here for a post I did in March 2011on the floating door to the dry dock in Bayonne.  Here’s more about the shipyard.  Also, the dry dock featured in this tugster post from almost two years ago . . . I think it’s no longer used.  ??

And for a closing photo, here’s a phonesnap from Steve Munoz from 48 hours ago, also taken with an intensely urban Manhattan context looking across half the East River toward Roosevelt Island.

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