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Let’s start with a mystery shot.  Whatzit?   Answer below.

Drydock #8 at Caddell  looked like this around 2:45 yesterday.  It had looked this way, in broad brush strokes, for over a week.

Since lunch, the last part of the prop was wirewheeled and

these numbers–a maintenance record–stamped into the wheel were revealed.  Unfortunately, this means of record keeping has been discontinued these past 30 years, although a logbook allows for greater detail.

By 3, with all the talks complete and papers signed and MOST important, Pegasus t-shirts passed along to yard crew who treasured them, twelve or so  men choreographed the sinking of the drydock.  Some on valves, some on lines, all coordinated by a foreman who watched, ordered, and cajoled his men, who spoke a delightful mix of diversely accented English.



And by 3:15, Pegasus was nowhere to be seen.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  So is the  video below.  Notice the captain climbing up at 24 seconds and walking along the portside at 1:40.  Also, recall that this 4-minute video was shot over about a half hour;  for that time, all lot of ships and tugboats pass in the background, roughly mid-point in the KVK.

See previous Pegasus posts starting here.  Also, see Pegasus‘ very own, quite capacious website.

Last but very important:  happy equinox.  I’m headed off to equinoxgallivant in this fabulous weather so unexpected, given what last Saturday looked and felt like.  Hope you too can spring today.

For the definitive beastiary, I’m delighted bowsprite has me bested, but enjoy my beasts.  First, can you guess the creature shown below and its location.  It was taken a few weeks ago by a co-worker, Carol Biederstadt.

And six weeks ago and 60 degrees colder than today, dogs and iceboats . . .

More dogs and iceboats.  These dogs just wanna …  go gliding,  just as other dogs love to stick their heads out of  car and truck windows.

Less common might be dogs on tugboats.  Matt of Soundbounder caught this dog aboard Petersburg on Block Island a while back.  Thanks, Matt.  By the way, scroll through Matt’s February posts on various commercial fishing  industries on Long Island Sound.

Wharves  can produce a bountiful living for felines like Chiclet.

In the iceboaters parking lot near Tivoli Bay, I caught this bumper sticker, and it turns out this points us toward very strange urban animal legend with its own Uncyclopedia article, sort of;

it’s like another beast that prompted a press conference recently in front of City Hall proclaiming the February 9 to be “Alligator in the Sewers” Day;  in 1935, the NYTimes ran a story about the sighting of an eight-foot 120-pound alligator in the city sewer.  The speaker behind the podium is Michael Miscione, Manhattan borough historian.  See Newyorkology coverage here.

Here’s the proclamation.

Off to look for more animals.  Year of the Tiger . . . steaks anyone?  OK, I must have a vessel of some sort in this post.  Thanks to Harold Tartell, a high-n-dry West coast tug, one I’ve never seen:  Woooo-huuuu!

The top foto shows a harp seal on the beach in Spring Lake, New Jersey.  It was alive–in spite of the cut visible on its back–and taken to the Marine Mammal Standing Center in Brigantine, NJ, where Carol works as a volunteer.  Coincidentally, read this story about one was spotted this winter all the way up in Kingston, NY’s Rondout Creek.  I saw a seal in the KVK a few weeks ago, but it was swimming quickly and I couldn’t get a foto.

Many thanks to Carol for her foto of seal, Matt for dog, and Harold for Tiger.   If you’ve any good water beast shots, I’d love to see them.

Meanwhile, for a preview of new movie on this topic, check out SeaFever.

Three days after the stunning but dark color fotos by bowsprite,  it’s St Patrick’s Day, and weather in the sixth boro has returned color, blue skies.  Pegasus is radiant, waiting for shaft, prop, and splash.  Doubleclicking enlarges most fotos.

Jade bluegreen Maersk Tangier gets bisected by the wall of the drydock supporting Pegasus.  Note the props on left side of foto, like three- and five-leafed clovers.  Pegasus has a four-leaf, which you saw here.

Maersk Tangier (1990) seems to have an unusual crane, for moving containers in smaller ports.

This foto of Minerva Marina was taken from Rosebank, the same location as the sixth foto in “Weather 3.”

Still from the same location but zoomed in, note the bow of Minerva Marina and the stern of Halit Bey, and in between, see the pyramidal building called  120 Wall Street, in Manhattan, where the green of St. Patrick’s prevailed yesterday, I assume.  Notice the crew–five of them– on the Minerva tanker relative to the anchor machinery size.

Moyra, (launched in Wuhan, China in 2005) resplendent in dawn light, readies to leave for … the Carolinas?

And a final shot of Moyra on this bright St Patrick’s Day.  I really tried to find a green hull today.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, three days after the most recent deluge.

To get back to St. Patrick’s . . . or San Patricio’s, here’s a twist you might not have heard:  Paddy Moloney, the Chieftains, and Ry Cooder have teamed up with Mexican musicians–including Lila Downs–to commemorate a group of Irish who played an unexpected role in the Mexican-American War in 1846.

Here’s a concept:  Odin transformed into ATB with a Brandywine-sque upper house.

A newcomer:  Eagle Service (ex-Grant Candies).

As you seen here before and from the same year as Eagle Service, it’s Patriot Service (ex-Sean Candies, 1996).   Click here to see the current Candies fleet.

And another frequenter of this blog, Glen Cove (ex-Mary Gellatly, Philadelphia, and Capt. Danny, 1975).

Hubert Bays (2001) and mover of biofuel in the harbor?  See this.

Fred Johannsen (ex-Marco Island, 1971)

Evening Mist (ex-Patricia C. Bouchard, 1976)

If you haven’t seen Bowsprite’s latest prototype color scheme redesign, check it out here. Honestly, I can’t wait to see her redesign some other fleet colors, both commercial and (especially) non-profit/museum-esque;  after all, according to my friend Alice, she possesses a magical camera.    And another new tug video from the guys in Gloucester . . .  Joey, Paul, and Jay.  Also, Mitch of Newtown Pentacle has sauntered through my offices here recently and put together his own KVK impressions; part one can be accessed through part 2.

Of course, it’s the lovely Gramma Lee T Moran that serves as backdrop (along with product tanker Torm Venture) for three of the fotos.

All fotos here taken last week (before the storm) by Will Van Dorp.

Sunday March 14, Red Hook (Brooklyn) and looking to the southwest.  The bulker beyond Houma is Darya Shanthi, Weeks crane 529 offloading  salt.

Sky darkens quickly over Staten Island.  The dark plume apparent beyond  the Bayonne can be seen

zoomed in here, probably from the Bayway refineries although it looks like an ominous cyclone.  For a real waterspout foto, see this old tugster post.  Notice the Upper Bay’s  jade green water, like some tropical lagoon where coconut palms might sway and firefishes play.  In fact, didn’t Rudyard Kipling write a poem about Gowanus Bay, and something like “across the fetch from Gowanus Bay, where the sturgeon fishes play, and the dawn comes up like thunder turning Jersey into day.”  Right?

Clouds swollen and unstable with fluids, which they are, move

northeast.  Time to get back under cover.

Time elapsed in the top five fotos is less than an hour.

Below, Monday March 15, Rosebank (Staten Island) and looking northward toward a Manhattan moisture encased out beyond tanker W-O Ashley Sea.

Monday March 15,  St George (Staten Island) and looking at the aftermath on the bulkhead of the storm of March 12-today.  Gusts recorded at JFK Airport topped out at 66 mph with 4–6 inches of rainfall in the metro area.  Breezy and

(to coin a term) debris-y.  Stuff in the water that should never have been there got spewed onto land and

stuff like this ladder that should have stayed fastened down floated with the tide.  Imagine this debris multiplied one million fold floating in the EGP of the Pacific.

Someone this morning compared the storm with the “great white hurricane of 1888,” that had gusts of 80 mph and 40″ of snow in metro New York.  That link in the previous sentence makes an interesting read.  By the way, assuming a conversion of water to new-fallen snow as 1 to 6, that 6 inches of rain would have been close to 37″ of snow.  Right?

But it wasn’t, and weather for the weekend predicted (for those who don’t mind some goosebumps) t-shirt temperatures.

For Matt Soundbounder’s take on the storm from his perch on City Island, click here.  For bonnie frogma’s record of dead umbrellas and sunken sailboats, click here.  For the NYTimes slideshow of storm damage in the area, click here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

From aboard icebreaker tug Sturgeon Bay, Harold Tartell took these three fotos of Jumbo Vision southbound near Kingston about two months ago.   That ice is now gone.

According to SeaBart, Jumbo’s motto is “We can transport anything that doesn’t fit in a container. . .  power station components,  large oil refinery reactor vessels, container cranes, small ships, large trucks, trains.”  Maybe even large pre-historic trunked mammals with tusks and hair, I wonder.   Jumbo’s link contains examples of news items from the company.

Jumbo’s competition is BigLift (ex-Mammoet . . . here’s the ancient wooly elephantine ancestor).  Click here to see a tugster “biglift” foto capture from 2007.

Click here to see great examples of cargoes in the Biglift news page.

All fotos by Harold Tartell.

Mary Whalen‘s moved several times that I missed, but today was my third, or so.  Click here for one of her previous moves, and here for an orange tug moving her.  In small, quick patches of sunlight between the raindrops, she has a new dance partner–K-Sea Houma– while off to the west, storm clouds churn chaos.  By the way, Houma, despite the name, is Long Island built, 1970, ex-Texaco Houma II.

Once the plan is devised,

the tow gets made up and

Mary Whalen shows she still has what it takes to do a molinete to the tango music emanating from her bilge, stretch and spin before

making fast to the south side of Dock 9.  Meanwhile, from her vantage, it appears a deluge soaks the southwest side of Staten Island.  Houma crew debark from Mary Whalen,

say their partings, and then

Houma heads off to the next job, as the Lady from beyond Governor’s Island waves through the trees.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Red Alert for the SS United States.  See info on the grandest dame of passenger liners here.

I could say a skinny man fell through the hole in the prop and tumbled in Alice-in-Wonderland adventures, leaving only his hard hat as clue to his whereabouts.  But that improbable tale has already been told and retold.

The truth is . . . obviously this is Pegasus prop.

And what a thing of beauty is her hull,

its curves.

The shape and flow seem organic, biological.

Has a model

ever been made of Pegasus?

If not, one should be.  And this just in from Harold Tartell, one has, a model by Bob Mattsson.  See it here.

Click here for Don Sutherland’s great fotos of Pegasus previous time out of the water for a haircut, shave, and lotioning.

In the sixth boro the wind tonight howls!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

It’s no surprise that the last time I used this title happened also in the spring.  Morning sun . . . and Gramma Lee T gets paired with her own shadow.

Later, Laura K passes Gramma Lee T.  Laura K escorts in NYK Nebula whereas Gramma Lee T stands by Torm Venture, which

casts its orange haze onto wavelets, coloring in some of their planes beyond the buffleheads.

Nebula stays in port only enough time to shift some containers and then heads back to sea, and another port.   Savannah?  Click here for a global set of NYK ship fotos assembled by an aptly-named “hive mind.”

Weeks 533 –veteran of posts with locomotive and Airbus A320 liftings, heads out the easat end of KVK, powered by a a motley pair,  brace made

up of Robert IV and Weeks Kathleen.  Here are fotos of 533 righting Stellamare after its 2003 accident in Albany.  Compliments of  Tom Whittemore, here are more fotos of Weeks 533 “uncapsizing” Stellamare.

Before a skyline dominated by GS in Jersey and Empire State in Manhattan, here go Lucy (farther) and Curtis Reinauer.  (Previous names for the pair, respectively, include May McGuirl, Morania No. 7;  and Delaware. )

while in the very close, a pair of mallards floats past, the greener head of the two eying the lens.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, clearly taken this week before the late winter monsoon moved in.

Initially I wrote this as a “mystery tug” post.   After a day or so, I changed the title here to “Pegasus High and Dry” since she’s well-known in the sixth boro.  She’s in Caddell’s drydock for a repair involving the tailshaft.

To remove the tailshaft, a “portal” gets cut from the rudder.  Notice the balanced rudder–leading edge forward of the pivot point.

Pegasus has a stem –to my layperson’s eyes–as sleek as that on a Viking longship.  For some scale, notice the worker on the starboard side.

This tug has been featured on this blog before.

The  tender is a classy addition.

It’s Pegasus!!  The  103-year-old Pegasus (ex-S. O. Co. No. 16, Socony 16, Esso No. 1, John E. McAllister) therefore shares an ownership ancestry with Lincoln Sea and Greenland Sea, albeit several times removed.   And she’s primping, prepping for the season!  Like spring training is about to begin.  You saw her previously here, here, and use the window to search for others.  More Peg very soon.

By the way, Pegasus came out of the Skinner Shipyard in Baltimore on the banks of the Patapsco.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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