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Cargoes past featured–besides plain colored containers–trucks, and boats like this. Anyone know the cargo of a rowboat called Liv?  Unrelated to the sixth boro, but the answer follows at end of post.   Some of these

traveled to sea yesterday on

President Polk.  Military colors?  Some engines or generators traveled a little farther back.

No . .  cargo here is not cobalt.  But can anyone tell me the types of oils or chemicals she carries?  For pics of her launch, see here;  scroll down a bit.

As to cargoes or potential ones here, use your imagi . . .

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ion. I still have no confirmation what this fishing boat catches.  MOL Express, 964′ loa.  Bering Sea (ex-Stacy Moran and ex-Cougar) stands by barge in the distance.

E-Bos undergoes lightering.

Cargo on Padre Island . . . rich Hudson Valley silt, soon “dissipant” on the  seabottom.

And more on this later:  a group a thirsty folk in matching red uniforms evoking a certain cargo-delivery outfit from up north . . .  .  Could they have liberated themselves from the hold of Ambrose?  Would they be carrying TWICs?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Liv . . . . info here.  Cargo/powerplant is a young woman named Katie Spotz.

As I drank coffee this morning and read Kennebeckcaptain’s article on ATBs, sunrise colors warmed the color of the drab brick building across the way;  stoking the color did nothing for the 18-degree temperatures.  Time for a walk, I thought, wondering what I’d see.  Bright color, fresh

paint?  New steel and welds?  After all the pleasure I’d had watching the final days of construction as documented by the fine folks at Narrangansett Bay Shipping, my first glimpse happened here of Laurie Ann Reinauer!  As Don S calls it, it’s facet tug!

And she was not alone among ATBs:  tailing her was Patriot Service,

a very different-looking tug than –say–Meagan Ann.   By the way, see Meagan Ann in “push contest” video here v. Nathan E. Stewart.  (starts at 40 seconds in).

And then Huron Service.  That’s Irving Oil’s Great Eastern with yellow stack in background.

Laurie Ann made a U-turn somewhere off St, George and headed back west, allowing

a twice over and

a third and

–I was practically leering by now.

But it seemed like a parade, so I felt excused.  That’s Houma approaching on the left and a noisy Captain D with the parade to Laurie Ann‘s port.

All fotos taken this morning by Will Van Dorp.  Blizzard  (yeah, right) here tomorrow.

Not an ITB in sight.    On site here.

And for a little perspective, Kennebeck (and gCaptain)’s  post on Sea Reliance and its barge deals with a tug of more than twice Laurie Ann‘s bhp of 4000,  and a barge with 155,000 barrel capacity v. Laurie Ann‘s barge (which I haven’t seen yet) of 80,000.

The last time I used this title , which starts with this foto of the elegant New York Central No. 13, was a half year ago.  How can this be?  And No. 13, how will these elegant  nineteenth century curves glide as she cleaves the Kills?

Amber Waves . . . evocative name, but wouldn’t frothy ones be more descriptive for winter fishing?  Notice the storage space of a trawler hull compared with the tug hulls in this post.   Seeing those spanking new “zinc fish” affixed to the hull recalls Bowsprite’s recent –shall we say . . . “biological” . ..  studies.

Shelby . . . all engine room and fluids tank …  is quite unlike this

offshore clam dredge (?) that needs to store the catch until it’s offloaded at the dock.

Is there a special name for the vertical stempost sported by Specialist II?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’ve previously compared hull types here.

I’m not talking about the identification number that all mass-produced boats since 1972 carry.  Nah . . .  and I’m only tangentially referring to the dimensions of this aframax lighter called Eagle Beaumont or her sisters.   Nor do I mean hull speed number.  For Eagle Beaumont, whom I’ll call EB  [I like Les' suggestion to re-dub her E-Beau to distinguish her from similarly named sisters.],  some

of those numbers are as follows:  830′ x 144′ beam and 42′ draft, with big throbbing B&W power . . . whose measures I do not know.  Built in 1996, EB carries a max of 99,448 tons of crude, usually transferred into her holds from a larger tanker off-shore . .  if I understand this right.  For this reason, EB brings in a fresh load of crude more regularly than would be the case if she were loaded near the point of origin, i.e., a wellhead.  In the foto above and directly below, EB looks long and lean, svelte even.

Turning the angle, however, and the same vessel seems rather . . . more . . . uh .  . zaftig, like the last painting below.

And the same is true if we get a full frontal peek.  She is full.  But, female or male, we all have certain angles

that serve our needs although from which we’d rather not be seen.   Pfffft!  EB, your beauty just glows and warms me and all the waters in the Kills, and I love that.  You’ve told me a whole lot more already than AO ever did.

EB, you are the best EB you can be, and count me as a fan as you safely float into the harbor what stuff we need.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Escort tug is definitely Marjorie B to port and to starboard, was it Sisters?

As I walked along the esplanade near Battery Park City the other night, I talked with some fisherman dangling hooks over the sea wall.  “Ling,” one replied when I asked about the catch.  But it looked so small.  Is there a legal minimum size for ling?   Here Eastern Welder drags just north of the Narrows;  dredger Padre Island and container ship  HanJin Colombo approach from sea.   Anyone help with a fish identification?

Here’s a closer up of Eastern Welder.  Use the search box upper left to find fotos of Eastern Welder from previous years.

Dragger (?) Gale fishes over in a  . . .  fertile area of the harbor, where

another set are not far behind.

No no no . .. this was NOT taken anywhere near New York or the sixth boro.  This is Plan B, a Gloucester herring seiner.  Get Joey’s guided tour here.

The skiff, loaded astern, is deployed to help set the purse seine.

For a variety of fishing boat fotos, click here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related: I’d love to hear about conflicts arising between draggers in the harbor and other limited maneuverability vessels.  And some day, I’d love to learn what these draggers catch here in winter.  For winter fishing farther north . . . downeast, check out George’s post.

Be sure to check out the info Norman Brouwer left here in reference to the Moshulu/New York City connection.   More Moshulu fotos soon.

OK, this Liberty ship Tugster teaser foto you’ve seen already, and this one

you haven’t.  And if I zoom in a little closer, you might

make out the name.  To me it looks like:

“bride of god,” I think.  Wow!  Theonymphos Tinou.  And if the date really is 1964, then she was NOT scrapped here.

From a rich source called Mariners, I find the following specifics on Theonympos Tinou.  Maybe you can help me better contextualize the facts.

According to these records, she was delivered from the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore  on 14 September 1942 for the WSA as Liberty  ship William Grayson, sailing for the Black Diamond Steamship line out of New York, in convoys, I presume.  Her engine was built by General Machinery Corp, of Hamilton, OH.  By the way, William Grayson was delivered a mere FIVE DAYS before the existing Liberty ship  John W. Brown.  Scroll a bit and see Bowsprite’s watercolor of John W. Brown here.

In 1945 she was sold to the Greek government and renamed Kerkyra.

Here’s the rest of her history:

1946 Condylis Bros (Orion SS Co, New York)- Greek flag
1947 Anna L. Condylis, same owners
1953 (Orion Shpg & Tdg.Co, NY)
1955 D.L.Condylis – Greek flag (Sea Traffic & Tdg. Corp, NY)
1957 Alexandros, Lamyra Shpg.Co.- Greek flag (same managers)
1962 Theonymphos Tinou, Preveza Shpg. Co.- Lebanese flag                                                (Tsakalotos Nav.Corp, NY)

1968 Scrapped Taiwan

Which begs the question, what was she doing in Tottenville in 1964?

Thanks much to Allen Baker for supplying these Bob McClaren fotos, and puzzlers.

As Fuji is a source of  unity for all  and inspiration for artists, so is our Lady.  Today I’ll purloin the words of

Emma Lazarus, who wrote,  “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,  with conquering limbs astride from land to land;  here at our sea-washed

sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.

From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged

harbor that twin cities frame.  “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. . .  .”    And you probably know the rest.

A bulked-up Helen Parker plays here, and

as does this Bouchard barge No. 85.

Different photographers help her give illusions of cavorting atop dredger New York or

or wave at a random passing container ship, this one Hanjin Colombo, and so many more.

Other vessels pictured include Liberty IV, schooner Pioneer, and ferry Spirit of America.  Also, in the second foto, notice the club/barge William Wall between the sailboats and Ellis Island.

Fotos #1–8 credit to Dan B.  #9 is Jed’s, and the last one is Will Van Dorp.  Dan B contributed the shots of Flinterduin, and Jed contributes regularly, recently with this rare puzzler shot.

As I look at these two days of shots, in response to the survey about whether NYC’s sixth boro needs a seasonal light display, it occurs to me that some shots are missing, like Liberté as seen from outside the Narrows, atop the gantries at Bayonne and Port Elizabeth, from an aircraft above 1000′, and from the peak of a tall building in Newark.  Anyone help?

Parting shot:  one of my own favorites.

And for an artistic influence on Bartholdi, see a painting called La Vérité by Jules J. Lefebvre completed before Liberté, click here.

The lightbulb in question refers to an idea that emerged in my head  . .  about some brilliant decoration in New York harbor (aka the sixth boro) during this season, holidays for most people.  I put up a survey just before Thanksgiving, and I’ll say a word about results at the end of this post.  Close-mindedness (or hypersensitivity) makes some sponsors nervous about calling it even a “container tree,” like Gloucester and Rockport have their lobster pot trees.  So last week I did a post called “Views of Outerbridge,” and then it clicked.     [end of preamble]

So this could be called “Views of la Liberté.” She’s French after all, and before Bartholdi offered her to the United States, he tried to get her set up in Egypt, along the newly-opened Suez.  She came to New York, and we’ve

surely adopted her.  And from a million points

of view, people see her.  They look for her.  She’s on every foto here.  My mother and father, when

they first arrived in this country as immigrants,  were excited as their ship passed in front of her on the way to the docks in Hoboken.  See her here between the mast and jib of Groenling.  My mother still

talks of her first view of the Lady.

Ellen McAllister seems headed in the Statue’s direction now to report her victory in the 2009 tug race.

I can imagine a mariner entering NYC for the first time–no matter which country appears in his or her passport–feels excitement about getting a view of the Statue.

Spartan Service orients with her.  The lady is secular, and in spite of errors and mistakes and blemishes, people from all over the globe

feel attraction to her, to this place . . . the whole continent, I mean.

Eureka:  the sixth boro does NOT need a seasonal light display.  There’s already one here, year round, lit up for night enjoyment by our tax dollars.  She’s in the harbor, for the harbor.  You can experience her from land BUT not as well as you can from the water.

Happy holidays!  Enjoy the light beams of la Liberté.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp except the last one, which I credit to Bernie Ente.  Bernie . ..  I love that foto!

About the survey, as of today, here are the results:  22 total votes, of which 19 thought the container tree idea was great.  One person said it was unfeasible (which it might be), and 2 others liked the idea but thought the “light display” should be something other than a container tree.

Here’s an invite:  if you have a stunning view of “Liberté enlightening the world” (her full name), send it along.  I might post it.  What I prefer are shots that put the Statue in the background, subtle, not dominating the view.

Atlantic Coast (blue & white with yellow trim and mostly hidden) and Captain D line up around a dredge scow a little over a month ago.   Rank this set by  the year built and horsepower?  Answers at end.

John Reinauer passes under the Bayonne Bridge last Sunday.

Davis Sea bunkers OOCL Malaysia in late October.

Jennifer Turecamo and

Paul Andrew both head west in the KVK.

Buchanan 12, push knees feeling no load except resistance of the water, heads east.

And the rankings:  Paul Andrew–1968, John Reinauer–1969, Buchanan 12–1972, Captain D and Jennifer Turecamo–1974, Davis Sea–1982, Atlantic Coast–2007.

As for horsepower: Jennifer Turecamo–4300,  Buchanan 12 and Atlantic Coast–both 3000, John Reinauer–2800, Davis Sea and Captain D–2000, and Paul Andrew–1200.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  OOCL Malaysia–built 2000 and with its 73,500 horsepower, can cruise more at more than 26 knots carrying 5672 teus.

The dark season and the end of 2009 trigger an impulse to look back.  Wood . . . there’s been a fair amount of it this year especially from Mystic, the Dutch barges, and of course Onrust.  The following are mostly built on Cape Ann, a place once synonymous with shipbuilding from wood.  The tradition continues at  Burnham’s , who’ve added the magic of blogging to their craft.

Here’s a short set of wooden vessels for your pleasure.  And a contest to heighten your fun:  Arrange these woodies from youngest . .  oldest.  I’ll try not to give it away, but if I do, I make no apology.  A warning, though, this is so link-heavy that I won’t post tomorrow.

First, for Jolea, it’s Appledore III.  It seems there’s a whole fleet of vessels by the name Appledore.     As an aside, I love the color/name SS Melon.  Honeydew, I’d guess.

For Paul, whose father used to work on her decks, it’s Phyllis A.

It’s Essex-built schooner Adventure, paired here with steel trawler Sea Farmer II.

For Bowsprite, here are some shanteys;  it’s the best I can offer after an unsuccessful search for Daisy Nell’s version of a shantey about Adventure.  By the way, ‘sprite, you’ve never told us the port where said slipped shantey singing transpired.

I’d love to position myself in a dory full-frontally to Adventure so as to best foto those hussy-red hawses, which sounds like a project for my next trip to Gloucester, eh amigoes?

Evelina M. Goulart.  Will she or won’t?

Little Sandra (ex-Anthony & Josephine) with eastern rig side trawling gear.  Little Sandra’s age info here, as well as lots of interesting tuna and whale info about Stellwagen.  A great schooner link is this one featuring a foto of  Little Sandra but you have to scroll through.

So here are the ages:  Appledore III–1984.   Little Sandra–1946.   Evelina  M. Goulart–1927.   Adventure–1926.   Phyllis A. –1923.  Even older–by a generation–is Lettie G. Howard, languishing in the sixth boro (although there’s a hearty maintenance crew)  and featured here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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