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Bronze 2 featured Reinauer only fotos.  With new boats around, I feel compelled to update. Welcome to the sixth boro . . .  Ruth M. Reinauer, 4000 hp.

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I could have composed the shot so that Ruth appeared to carry all of Manhattan on its afterdeck, but

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From a distance, I saw this as Dace, but waited for its approach anyhow.  Then things started to look a bit different from Dace.

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Like the hull.  Imagine my surprise . . .  it’s JoAnne Reinauer III.

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If I’ve seen her before, the bow was in the notch and

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would have been memorable.

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I wonder how JoAnne looked when launched in 1970.

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Let’s round it out with Zachery, 3000 hp.

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I’m thinking Ruth might be the first of a new class.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp, who leaves to go upriver early in the morning to take a few days off blogging.

Bowsprite and I have neologized . . . coined another new term:  “tanlogging” from collapsing “tandem blogging.”  By the way, if any has a more elegant conflation of the two words, please suggest it.

Anyhow, she recently did “Ships in the Night 2,”  and since we strive to be, among other things, the yin and yang of sixth boro waterbloggers, I couldn’t resist a reply.  Yin and yang you wonder?  Well … some  personal disclosure :  when I telecommed with her recently at dawn while drinking my go-to-work coffee, she was about to call it a night!!  We occupy opposite watches.

Anyhow, all fotos below were taken between dawn and work yesterday:  the cheery orange Michelle Jeanne was returning at dawn + one hour  from surveys.

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Wanderer, the pilot built seven years ago in Mamaroneck, was –of course–wending along its 24-7-365  routes throughout the sixth boro.

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NS IV, stealing seaward while the undifferentiated urban mush starts to awaken–or call it a night in some cases–I know you’re a crew boat I see all the time, but I don’t know your people.

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Now here’s a day boat I’d love to learn about:  over in the transition of Arthur Kill and Newark Bay . . . what were they doing?

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Enough for now . . .  ships in the night lead to boats in the day.  One set gets observed by the watchkeeper of the darkness and the other by he of the daylight, and yet between us we miss an immense amount.  And the sixth boro, non-stop, never ceases to amaze and delight.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.  More tanlogging soon.  Please someone coin a better word for “tandem blogging.”

Back last September, I wrote about a NYC christening, using bowsprite’s inimitable fotos.  Since I feel another christening approach, here’s a way to do it.  These fotos come compliments of uglyships’ usually irreverent ZeeBart and feature the ceremony for his command.  Smit Kamara, although it currently works the North Sea, was built in Singapore.  As you might expect, the christening blended the traditions of the North Sea and the Southeast Asian waters.

Take one glass champagne vessel and suspend it with Dutch-colored ribbon,

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move bladed hand near said-ribbon,

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cue up local drummers and a dragon ready to be roused,

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snip ribbon,

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release these bulbous-headed skinny-tailed vessels into the ether,

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and gush!  New vessel begins life halfway round the world from its work.

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Sister vessel Komodo followed the same path until the point depicted above, then traveled halfway the other direction toward its territory in northeast Siberia.

So I wonder how this next impending christening will unroll….

Unrelated:  A new logbook page has beamed in from obsessed Henry and the Half Moon headed for Cathay 1609.  Check it out here.

In the vein of the five sightless people describing an elephant while each touching a different part of its body:  leg, tail, trunk, flank, and tusk  and each coming up with radically divergent views of the beast, here’s my attempt to see tugboats from one of many possible unusual angles . . . bow and stern.    Below,  Norwegian Sea, dawn in the north end of Arthur Kill,

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Dace Reinauer, same location, different day and weather,

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Evening Tide leaving east end of KVK,

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Penn No. 6 westbound in KVK,

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Greenland Sea looking to refuel at IMTT Bayonne,

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Mary Turecamo fishtailing in KVK,

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and back to Norwegian Sea in top end of AK.

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Now as for more “new” angles . . . I’m working on it.  If you’re privy to angles off-limits to me, I thank you to take some fotos and send them along.

Unrelated:  A new logbook page has beamed in from obsessed Henry and the Half Moon headed for Cathay 1609.  Check it out here.

Photos, WVD.

Sometimes passing is just passing, like when Wye River heads out as

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its sibling arrives, but which . . . given those siblings are as numerous as the sources of the Chesapeake.

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“And not alone are they, not strangers in the day . . .”   Oh, that’s inspiration coming from one of my favorite Phil Ochs’ songs.

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“In the stream cold and blue, barge double skin, named  number five oh two.    But the tug, I ask her for her name. . . .”

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“Stern answers with no shame and . . . wheels away do spin . . .”   Oops . . . thanks Phil, but inspiration lost for now.  And what rhymes with Magothy?

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See this link for Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders, who delivered Magothy to Vane in September 2008, and Wye River in June 2008.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Second call for help on Onrust:

Volunteers needed!!

We are planning on launching the Onrust ship on May 20th and are looking to schedule more volunteer help to assist in the construction of the ship especially in the next three weeks and were wondering if you and anyone you know would be able to participate? We need help to finish mechanical and electrical installations (engine room), carpentry work on and below deck, with moving of the wood piles around in the yard (with and without tractor), cutting small trees, with finishing touches on the outside of hull (caulking, painting).

We work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 9 am to 5 pm.
The ship is located near the Mohawk River at:

Mabee Farm Historic Site
1080 Main Street (Route 5S)
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

(From Schenectady Exit 1A on I-890 puts you on Route 5S, go 2,7 miles,
sign for farm is on right hand side)

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Greta

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052
ghwagle@nycap.rr.com

www.theonrust.com

Gliding in a few minutes earlier than Cyprine in the drizzly morning was Hyundai Voyager

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Rosemary maintained tension to slow Voyager‘s forward momentum

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while Responder –well–“responded likewise”  up forward.

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As Voyager approaches the bulkhead, docking lines with heaving lines attached are at the ready, there to grab and toss .

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Rosemary and Responder maneuver it in, inch by inch, easing it delicately, all tens of thousands of tons.

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All fotos by will Van Dorp.

PS:  Good thing copious Cyprine was present.  (French wikipedia can’t be missed here.)

Unrelated:  Tugster has reported on the Onrust project in the past year.  They now urgently need volunteers to meet a launch deadline of MAY 20!!

Volunteers needed!!

We are planning on launching the Onrust ship on May 20th and are looking to schedule more volunteer help to assist in the construction of the ship especially in the next three weeks and were wondering if you and anyone you know would be able to participate? We need help to finish mechanical and electrical installations (engine room), carpentry work on and below deck, with moving of the wood piles around in the yard (with and without tractor), cutting small trees, with finishing touches on the outside of hull (caulking, painting).

We work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 9 am to 5 pm.
The ship is located near the Mohawk River at:

Mabee Farm Historic Site
1080 Main Street (Route 5S)
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

(From Schenectady Exit 1A on I-890 puts you on Route 5S, go 2,7 miles,
sign for farm is on right hand side)

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Greta

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052
ghwagle@nycap.rr.com

www.theonrust.com

Before seven a.m. yesterday I’d already overstimulated my excitement circuits:  two large container vessels dock almost simultaneously at Howland Hook.  Four McAllister tugs and the two behemoths (APL Cyprine and Hyundai Voyager) make me feel better than any loafer on the docks of 17th century Amsterdam watching a VOC East Indiaman return treasure laden from the Indies . . . or  . . . any roustabout wharf-gallivanting as a fleet of Spanish galleons deep with New World gold floated into 16th century Cadiz.  What riches albeit mundane wait sealed within all those containers?  By the way . . . tugs from near to far are Ellen, Amy C., Rosemary, and Responder.

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First some fotos of  Cyprine, eeriily silent, Amy C‘s running lights

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reflect on Cyprine‘s hull

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the greatest noise coming from the torrents rushing through the bow thruster.  Wonder what the thruster diameter might be?

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As Cyprine (what a fabulous AND curious name . . . wonder how it got attached to this frequent visitor to the sixth boro??) approaches its berth, Amy C throws itself into countering Cyprine‘s momentum

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with all its power, torquing itself over as the larger vessel begins lateral movement

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thrust toward the bulkhead by both tugs now, Ellen seeming almost to crawl

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to creep bowfirst,

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up Cyprine‘s wall-like starboard.

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Tis amazing to watch!  Tomorrow more of my May Day morning.

How would this vessel get the name Cyprine?  If you haven’t noticed yet, check here for Cyprine . . . bet it’s not meaning #3.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Along came Vera K, as pretty as a painted tug on a painted ocean, to take Coleridge‘s line–“idle as a painted ship . . .”  totally out of context.  Idle Vera K . . .

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is NOT!  Rather she’s quite busy assisting Ralph E. Bouchard move B. No. 230 into

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a berth over at IMTT, assisting herself right out of the picture, at least from my point of view.

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