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Socrates left the harbor under a golden sunset pulling an empty
Sugar Express; they headed south from the Yonkers plant (to where?) for a refill. Who can live the sweet life
Stolt Perseverence, a parcel tanker built in Croatia in 2001, delivers assorted chemicals, escorted by James Turecamo and Marie J Turecamo (?).
I’ve no clue what these vital assorted chemicals might be, or what their journey is.
West Virginia coal
gets Escorted into the sixth boro by this vessel.
Jill Jacob . . . moves global industrial life blood.
There’s so much that does NOT meet the eye and is NOT easily discovered about in/outflow of commodities in the boro. Of course, petroleum products and containers dominate, along with an occasional elixir of orange. Some months back I posted my fantasy about sailing goods into the boro from the agricultural north. Bowsprite reflects on overlapping ideas here.
All fotos above were taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
First, to get back to the mystery tug . . . It was taken in Dordrecht, a city of about 120,000 whose history goes back 1000 years. In this area about 20 miles southeast of Rotterdam, the rivers Noord, Oude Maas, Dordtse Kil and Beneden Merwede meet. That foto–as well as all the others in this post– comes via Jan van der Doe, frequent commenter on this blog. According to Jan, Dordrecht is the busiest shipping intersection in Europe. It has been and still is very important for the inland shipping.
Tug below is Rotterdam, 22,000 hp, formerly owned by Smit, then Smitwijs, and now Switzer. A foto of a Smit tug (or related subsequent) company towing bark Peking into the sixth boro appeared here. Rotterdam towed SS France on its long journey to Alang here (scroll about halfway through).
Study this foto Jan took on the waterfront in Rotterdam; look for odd features.
Dockyard IX is a 500 hp steam tug, currently owned by The Maritime Museum. It was built in 1940 for dockyard work and owned by the Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij (literally, “Rotterdam Drydock Company”). The stack location allows the skipper unobstructed view while towing and assisting during docking and un-docking.
Variable height houses are used in the Netherlands, like on Maasstroom 9 (1957), here near Vlaardingen (my father’s birthplace!!), and
Matricaria. (Note: in this link, check out all the wind turbines in the background; the Dutch seem to have traded old model windmills for new.)
Left to right, MTS Vengeance (1988) and Koral (1976).
I love the colors. Vengeance is UK-registered and Koral Maltese.
These last two foto make me wonder when last a foreign-flagged tug traversed the sixth boro.
All fotos by Jan van der Doe. Jan, hartelijk dank.
Unrelated: I’ve NOT seen Rosemary McAllister for some time now. Anyone know where she is?