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Thanks to Bobby (see comments on left), I’m updating the post on Kristin Poling, aka Matriarch and many other names. Also, please check out Auke Visser’s trove of fotos; he’s on the blogroll at left.



Here’s the “matriarch” at anchor in Gravesend Bay about two weeks ago. Now check out the pictures at this link. Suddenly I understand the shape: canal tanker!! Then the pilothouse, now permanently mounted on stilts, could raise and lower like on canal tugs like Cheyenne. Use the search window above left for the many posts on Cheyenne. Unrelated in any way except shape, fotos below are from the Waterford Tug Roundup of another canaler, this one a freighter.



Here are fantastic fotos of Day Peckinpaugh inside and out from the inimitable Tug44 Fred.



Eriemax or Bargemax! Here’s a parting shot of Kristin Poling. More Poling soon.



Posting any pirate pics, Fred?

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

Soon after sunrise Sunday it seemed everything was inbound although the dredges then turned 180 and  back outbound.



Nicholas Miller had the most bounce,



YM Kaohsiung, many thousandfold larger, came in smooth,



and the pilotboat followed.



All photos, Will Van Dorp.

For the record, I dislike the term “etc” except when talking with clairvoyants and enjoy Halloween parties as long as costumes are mostly body paint, glitter, mud, metal, horn, feathers, and scales, or anything non-celebrity/plastic/Hollywood. Pirates? I have low tolerance for them. And where has my laissez-faire self gone? Check out this Yahoo story. Here’s an October 2007 National Geographic story.  Here’s one from 10/30.



Here’s a Somalia story. And another. And still another. Blood and gore don’t bother me; I can have messy eating habits myself.



The International Chamber of commerce displays info on its “live piracy 2007” map at the link here. Loading may take a few seconds.

I like mermaids of all sorts . . .



But no stinky pirates. Commercial Halloween pirate costumes? Begone! Bah humbug . . . oops that’s a different holiday.

Happy Halloween, but I’ll be working that night.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp 2007.

Dusting and keeping clutter off my desk never end, nor does keeping shipping channels cleared of silt. A few weeks ago I thought this was a dredge, and I was right.



I can’t tell if this one’s Dodge Island or a sister, but it’s a hopper dredge. A long tube vacuums the bottom and collects the silt/aggregate in a hopper midships.



Check this link for a superb drawing of the underwater view of the suction tube.



Check this link for equally superb view onboard showing various components. When the hopper is full, the vessel heads out to deep water, opens the underwater doors, and drops the silt elsewhere. To start the cycle again, I wonder? So come spring and melt and brown/bronze water, where do you suppose that Adirondack/Catskill sediment will drop and who’ll pick it up?

By the way, I’ve added new info to “Green Tugs.”  Check it out.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

I realize that with bio-diesel, “green” carries a new ambiguity. What I’m meaning here though is just exterior paint. Below is King Philip, a Seaboats tug.



This “stealth green” tug called Dragon is based on Long Island’s North Fork.



Below is Thornton Bros northbound approaching the Narrows. Here’s a Flickr link. Thornton Bros is 49 years old, formerly John E. Matton.



All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

. . .2007 vintage, that is, less than a year old, and anchored off a hazy Staten Island a few days ago.  This tanker might be transporting palm (i.e., from the tree) oil?



I wonder why the crew is mustering along the rail.



I’m guessing the name relates to the mountain in Greece. Scroll down here.



Unrelated but interesting… watch these ship launchings here on YouTube.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

Sometimes the fotos just matter as fotos, making this a variation on what I did this once last summer with ships. The first foto below is thanks to Mike Lesser taken in “tugboat alley” aka KVK. I like it when kindred spirits send in fotos.



It looks like Franklin and Nicole Leigh, but I can’t make out the Morans.



Here, sporting a nice brace of ladders, Miriam Moran heads for Newark Bay on the Arthur Kill.



Rounding out this post, a classic but unidentified tug (registered in Verplanck, NY) northbound approaching the GW Bridge. Can anyone identify?

Thx, Mike.  All others, Will Van Dorp/

Kudos to Brian: see his comment to the left on the “lassoing polar bears” and Ernestina connection. See another New York connection with Ernestina here.

The first scheduled trans-Atlantic packet service ran between New York and Liverpool 190 years ago, the Black Ball Line, marked by its flag: a black ball on a red field. I suppose the flag served as marketing at the dock. Here’s a twist on this even more conspicuous than a stack insignia. Can you guess the line for each of these vessels?



MOL Explorer runs for . . . MOL.



Energy Pride?






Minerva Xanthe?

I don’t imagine they did hull painting –black ball on red field–back in 1817.

By the way, all fotos here by Will Van Dorp in October 2007.

Credit and thanks to Peter Mello for this mystery contest; check out his great site.

. . . so this guy walks into a bar and says he’s just back from lassoing polar bears that he sells to the Bronx Zoo. (Oh, and I have to own up that I’m myself lost in a time warp. It’s the late 1920s. Please buy this premise from Tugster.) Here’s a gratuitous sail foto.



Yeah, so he sees I’m not buying his story. So he continues . . . telling how they pulled these lassoed polar bears back to the schooner behind dories, genuine fishing dories like the ones used for Grand Banks fishing. (oh, and he has by this time introduced himself as Carl Dunrud.) Time for another gratuitous blustery sail foto, both taken near the Narrows with Staten Island and Raritan Bay in the distance, respectively.



So, I haven’t signalled the bouncer yet, and he goes on to say he’s building a mountain hideaway for Amelia Earhart–my hero!!, scroll thru–to “crash” in when she gets back from her round-the-world aeroflight . . . Question is below these actual Dunrud fotos.



Some novelist should pick up these fotos as ideas for a 20th-century Moby Richard, or the White Bear. Mr. Pynchon, isn’t this compelling?



Here’s the question: What schooner, still afloat in 2007, was the platform for this bizarre “fishing trip” ? What other “second lives” has this schooner lived? These are not doctored fotos; the clues above, which you might have thought zany, are real . . . well, except the part about my having been in a time warp. I do wonder, given that these bears came to the Bronx Zoo, whether the schooner did the delivery. And what victuals would have nourished it?

First one to answer correctly gets to propose his/her own mystery.

See him standing by the railing taking a break? Call him Ishmael or Mohammad Hassan or Diego . . . Let’s consider some numbers related to his life as crewman aboard CMA CGM Asia, which departed New York yesterday bound for Asia, of course. Check this link for info on the vessel. Here’s a foto from when the vessel was called Portugal Senator.



CGA CGM follows the SAX route. I’ve no idea what SAX stands for. Notice on that link that outbound from New York, it stops in Norfolk, then Ningbo; in between are two oceans, a sea, and a canal. More numbers below, but notice the large white superstructure just to the right of the Robbins Reef light? Any guesses what vessel was in Red Hook yesterday? See a closer-up shot below.



So moving the SAX numbers around a bit, we get less than two years before the mast but lots of sea miles: Day 1 depart New York. Day 2 arrive Norfolk. Day 25 arrive Ningbo. Day 26 arrive Shanghai. Day 28 arrive Chiwan. Day 29 arrive Hongkong. Day 53 arrive Manzanillo, Panama. Day 56 arrive Savannah. Day 59 arrive back in New York. 59 days from now . . . that’s a week before Christmas. Check these links: Chiwan (port in Shenzhen) and Manzanillo.

Another number: how many hours did Ishmael spend in port? Do you suppose he got out to see the sights?



The east end of the KVK really is like an on-ramp here for the global highway: go to Robbins and hang to starboard heading dead center between the bridge supports. See you December 18, Ishmael. Not that you’ll see the sights or even get off the ship in your mere 30 hours in port, during which time you stay on the work roster.


It’s Queen Mary 2.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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