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Members of the Cutler & Poling tanker fleet have appeared here at various times. Recently I had a good view of a fuel-laden Kristin Poling, shown here from bow to stern, all 281 feet of her.

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This 73-year-old single-hulled tanker had a sibling vessel named Chester Poling that sank in a storm in 1977, becoming a haunt of Cape Ann divers.

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I’d love a tour to see the living area and the linkage between the raised wheelhouse and the machinery.

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Vintage of the pumps?

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I’d love to see a photo of this or any part of the harbor showing Kristin Poling her 1934 habitat. Where could I locate fotos of her leaving the ways at United Drydocks/Staten Island as hull #824 aka Poughkeepsie Socony in August 1934?

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How long until this single skinned matriarch retires? One more view below foreshortened. Why the 35-foot plus mast at the stern?

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A few days back I wrote this and included a foto of Sea Lion leaving the canal. Thanks to Mike, I learned what job Sea Lion had just completed and what I’d have seen if I were there an hour or so earlier. It relates to a serious project to investigate –among other things–why trace amounts of nicotine and cocaine was found in the mummy of Ramses II. Both substances were thought to have existed only in the Americas until at least 1492.

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What Sea Lion is towing is Abora 3, built on Lake Titicaca, shipped to New York aboard . . . a container vessel, and now in final stages of fitting out before sailing off to “the old world,” which would have been the “new world” for as-yet hypothetical sailors from the Andean cultures thousands of years ago. Abora follows on Thor Heyerdahl‘s Ra and Ra 2.

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For out-of-towners, landmarks beyond the tow and tug above include the Woolworth Building and the Staten Island ferry at the Battery terminal.

Again, kudos to Mike for these pictures. Sounds like Abora 3 will stay in Jersey City just north of Morris Canal/Liberty Landing a few more weeks. Sea Lion, I’ll never look at you the same again!

Finally, Abora (new world/old world) reminds me of a novel I just finished: Elle by Douglas Glover, a fictional account of a wild aristocratic French woman marooned on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 1600s.

That’s the locker with miscellaneous lengths of line varying in diameter and material. In the case of this blog, I use this with not-great pictures of (I believe) unusual but interesting “stuff” all from early June 2007. Like this strange craft . . .

It’s Oystercatchercharters. Check them out. I’ve seen them in the sixth boro last year and this year as they offer–I suppose–charters along the intracoastal waterway.

I’m not sure who organized this rowing party Sunday, but the Star-Ledger tells this of rowing and paddling off Hoboken. The rowing gig was between Pier A of the Battery and Ellis Island later Sunday.

Currently moored between some disused warehouses below the BQE, it looks like a barge but really it’s “floatingpool,” another repurposed vessel. An alternative to this sixth boro swimming venue is the swim marathon around Manhattan coming up on June 16. Read about it here. Cheer on the superswimmers Saturday morning.

One breezy midweek morning, I snapped this picture of a new pilot boat approaching the Battery Coast Guard station. Better pic and specs here and here.

So that’s a few days on the water, and what did I miss? Actually . . . a lot: reed boat Abora towed out by Sea Lion, transAtlantic rowboat, Alice in and out, several large cruising schooners and sloops . . . and much much more.

As the subway posters say . . . if you see something (interesting), say something (by email and please send a foto.)

Cape Race was at Liberty Landing in Jersey City last Saturday and maybe still is. It’s a side trawler like the vessel Cape Sable I saw years ago in Lunenburg at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Cape Sable–click here–was Dutch built; here’s background for the type, but I’m still curious about Cape Race. Might it be this one in the ad? Great name. Filling up the diesel tank at current prices would cost about . . . $50k!

Notice Lower Manhattan in the background with the silvery 17 State Street.

Below is a slightly smaller stern trawler hauled out on Staten Island last winter.

And since we’re on fish, here’s an even smaller stern trawler anchored in the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts, my old river.

One if by land, QM as seen from the “subway” thanks to rsguskind. And two if by sea. Well, “by sea” defined as midstream between the Statue and Governor’s Island. In the foreground is Cheyenne pushing some gravel barges, then the empty housing blocks of Governor’s Island, and the skyline across the invisible Buttermilk Channel is QM2.

Below is a much closer waterline shot showing tug Heidi Roerhig and barge attending to the Queen‘s fluids. Recall that less than 24 hours before, Heidi was escorting a derelict out of Brooklyn.

Below again, here’s a closer shot of the banner suspended on the Queen.

By the way, in 2008 three Queens will visit New York simultaneously, as QV makes her maiden visit. Click here for fotos of QM’s first squeeze under the Verrazano.

The non-river called East River conveys and engulfs much. Early in this blog’s life I posted of delights; traffic I’ve seen and not foto’d include a house on a barge and several terrapins. I caught a novelty last week: stern first and escorted by Heidi Roehrig and Bering Sea, this Navy hulk moved westbound on the East River apparently from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Anyone know more of the story? Who’s talking to the crewman on stern/bow watch?

Battleship gray blends too well into warehouse gray on the Brooklyn side.

Judge relative size using the fact that Bering Sea is 100′ LOA.

If you tell the story of this gray derelict, you get offered a relief blogging crew position.

And, watch tomorrow’s post to learn Heidi’s next day assignment.

Morris Canal . . . never heard of it? Wikipedia calls it anthracite-driven, and in pre-oil days, that said it all. Morris Canal connected the Hudson with the Delaware, which served as waterway for Pennsylvania coal. For out-of-towners, a half-mile vestige of the canal runs roughly west from the Hudson just north of Ellis Island. The large Colgate clock marks the north side of the entrance.

For orientation, notice the Empire State Building and the Holland Tunnel ventilator off the port side of Sea Lion leaving the Canal.

So what’s the story with Cape Race moored in Liberty Landing marina? North Sea fishing trawler converted to yacht? For TimZim.

This one’s for Tana: one of three repurposed lightships in greater New York. Previously a fourth lay mostly underwater in Red Hook. Now its location is unknown, as removal for the new Ikea was “necessary.”

In spite of a tendency to refer to vessels using pronouns for female humans, gender equality is alive and well in naming.

high and dry Miller Girls, not named for a so-called beverage . . .


wet and buoyant Miller Girls . . . with the name invisible?

A few minutes later, westbound comes Barker Boys . . .pulling a string of empty gravel barges. Suppose the Barker Boys and Miller Girls ever raft up?

According to this database maintained by the Tugboat Enthusiast Society, Miller Girls launched in Jersey City 32 years ago; Barker Boys launched in Louisiana 33 years ago. They’re age-compatible.

Barges are too much maligned; they may be ugly, but they are more transparent-so to speak-than containers. Well, not fuel barges, but really, who wants to see fuel anyhow, this substance we’re all addicted to. Check out this cargo . . . then I’ll zoom out.

… and moving aft, as if fresh from an urban demolition derby

Might that be a crushed schoolbus and my neighbor’s crashed Ford? Soon they’ll all be amalgamated into part of a 2009 Lexus or Maytag or shipping container?

The pusher is the inimitable June K with her powerful Cats.

K as in Kosnac, I suppose. Here‘s some interesting family business history.

Here’s June K light in the Hudson.

Final shot for today: last winter I posted about Corps of Engineers vessel shown here pushing a barge loaded with scrapped fiberglass boats. Might they be recycled into Hunters or the likes of Moecca?

Let me plug some unique history tours of New York harbor on an authentic restored 1930 tugboat called W. O. Decker, owned by South Street Seaport Museum. Each tour leaves Pier 16 on Saturday at 10am and returns at 2 pm. Board 10 minutes before departure at the stern of Peking. Tour capacity is 12 passengers. An experienced educator and Coast Guard-licensed captain guides each tour. The cost for the four-hour tour is $80 for Museum members and $100 for non-members and includes a box lunch and drink. For reservations, email RESERVATIONS@SOUTHSTSEAPORT.ORG.

Tours focus on either Brooklyn Waterfront, Newark Bay, Upper New York Bay, or the North aka Hudson River as follows:

Brooklyn Waterfront– June 9, June 30, Aug 4, Aug 18, Sept 22, and Oct 13.

Newark Bay –June 23, July 7, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sept 29, and Oct 20.

Upper New York Bay– July 28 and Oct 6.

North River –Sept 1 and Oct 27.


BROOKLYN WATERFRONT points of interest: Fulton Ferry, Barge Music, River Café, Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Domino Sugar plant, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bushwick Creek, Midtown Manhattan skyline, Newtown Creek tank farms, scrapyards, concrete plants, lumber yards, Corlear’s Hook Park, Gouverneur Clinic, Lower East Side, New York Post building, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Piers, Governor’s Island, Atlantic Basin container facility, Rail ferry gantries and ramps, Erie Basin, Gowanus Bay and Canal tank farms, floating generator plants, Bush Terminals

NEWARK BAY points of interest:  Morris Canal, Liberty Island and Statue of Liberty, Military Ocean Terminal, Robbins Reef Light, St. George Staten Island Ferry terminal, Kill Van Kull tank farms, drydocks, oil terminals, tugs and barges, wrecks at Port Johnston, Bayonne Bridge, Shooters Island, Newark Bay bulk and container port, Newark Liberty International Airport

UPPER NEW YORK BAY points of interest: Brooklyn Piers and Brooklyn Heights, Atlantic Basin, Governors Island, Erie Basin/Red Hook, Gowanus Bay and Canal, Bush Terminal, Hess Terminal, grain elevator, floating, generator plants, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Owls Head sewage treatment plant, Federal Correction Facility, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Fort Wadsworth/Battery Weed, “Clear Comfort” (Alice Austen House), Edgewater, Sandy Hook Pilots, USCG Homeport, Bay Street Landing/Lyons Pool/Cromwell Pier, Kill van Kull

NORTH RIVER points of interest: ferry terminals, Mother Seton Shrine, Battery Park, Pier A, Battery Park City, Museum of Jewish Heritage, South Cove, North Cove,Winter Garden, Stuyvesant High School, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Christopher Street Pier, Holland Tunnel Ventilator; Canal Street, Pier 40, Fireboat Station, Chelsea Piers Spirit Cruises, retired fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY, tug PEGASUS, retired lightship FRYING PAN, Javits Convention Center, Passenger Ship Terminal, 79th Street Boat basin, Riverside Park, Riverside Church, Grant’s Tomb, Riverbank State Park/Sanitation Plant, Jeffreys Hook (Little Red) Lighthouse, George Washington Bridge, Fort Tryon Park/Cloisters, Spuyten Duyvil, Palisades/Fort Lee, New waterside developments on Jersey side, Port Imperial, retired ferry Binghamton, Stevens Institute of Technology, Erie Lackawanna Ferry Terminal, Railroad car float slips, Colgate-Palmolive Clock, Morris Canal, Central of NJRR Ferry Terminal

Imagine yourself here. Then imagine yourself and your friends here too. Tell the Cap tugster told you.

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