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First, as a followup to Fleet Week, check what stealthy vessel Mitch  (Newtown Pentacle’s) caught over by the Sound end of the East River here.  It’s the m-ship aka M80 stiletto, a quintmaran . . . by my count.

My first time to see Maurania III.

Built in 2004.  Anyone seen where Rosemary‘s been assigned these days?

Irish Sea (ex-Clipper) 1969.

The two Hornbeck boats are Erie Service (nearer) and Eagle Service.  Tanker is Minerva Anna, and the dredge is 996 with an assemblage of small service boats along the starboard side.

Sassafras bunkers Ambassador Bridge.  In the lower right, the yellow machines are called straddlers aka container-haulers.  With so many parked there, I guess Port Elizabeth was quite slow Thursday afternoon.  Here’s a youtube of a straddler in action;  lots more to the right there.

A slow day …?  From left, Nicole Leigh Reinauer, Kristy Ann Reinauer, (I can’t make out the two smaller Reinauer boats farther in), Gramma Lee T Moran, Laura K Moran, Margaret Moran, Marie J Turecamo, Cape Cod, Pati B Moran, and Miriam Moran.

Norwegian Sea: high, dry, and missing its wheels.

Catherine C Miller and company.

Mia Forte Elsa . . . must be nobility.

Linda Moran

All fotos in the past two weeks by Will Van Dorp.

Two related Youtubes . . . not mine.  Thanks to John van der Doe for pointing the way.

Start with this one and this story about a Rotterdam–Murmansk tow (with 44,000 hp of tug power) gone awry partly because of a difference between the captains and the insurers.

First, Smit-Lloyd 115 tows Takpull 750 in rough water.  The soundtrack reminds me of Dutch pop music of my parents wartime generation.

Second, if you can really indulge me . . . here’s another video that gives the English translation of that same music sung by (trans.) the Harborsingers. Great traditional Dutch costumes too.

Uh . . . outboard up?  Just an illusion.  And official uniform?  uh . . . just a hot-day display.   This one’s small enough to be trucked, yet it

can move a sizeable barge.  No name was visible anywhere as it passed through the KVK Thursday.  In the background is (I think) St. Andrews, leaning on the landing at Snug Harbor.  That’s the salt dock to the left.

This incognito truckable tug herded up a smattering of scows over at Bergen Point, on the western Bayonne side of the Bayonne Bridge.  Remember, most fotos enlarge when you doubleclick on them; I notice raised letters “reliant” on the back of the house just above the two hanging lengths of line.  Reliant?

Any guesses on the size of the red tug headed to the southwest across the Upper Bay?  I’ll give dimensions a little farther.  For now, that’s the Red Hook Container Terminal in the background with Mary Whalen (red house) docked along the pier with the blue warehouse.

It’s Louise, first time for me to spot.  Louise came off the Oyster Bay Jakobson ways in 1959:  34′ loa x 11.’

Compared with Rae (green) built 1952 and 46′ x 15′ x 5,’  the farther half of this tandem, Robert IV is newer and larger:  built in 1975 and 54′ x 22′ x 9.’

With their low bows and push knees, these are  river and harbor tugs.

It’s Glen Cove with a “side tug” or “outrigger tug.”  Don’t quote me on those terms;  I just made them up.  I took this foto the day the fleet arrived; all the folk outside the house had something of a water platform to see and salute the fleet.

On Glen Cove‘s starboard hip, it’s Harbor II, which first appeared here.  For one of Glen Cove‘s previous appearances, click here;  use the search window on upper left to find the others.  Dimensions:  Glen Cove is the largest (actually not small at all) in this post:  71′ x 28′ x 11′ launched in 1975 and having previously starred as Mary Gellatly, Philadelphia and Capt Danny.

Last one for now, it’s Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves built 1971 and 63′ x 22′ x 9′) . . .  I know I’ve told you that before, but I just love that name as I do its former New England registry.

All these smaller tugs has traversed the sixth boro in the past month;  all fotos .  . . Will Van Dorp.

Motivation for small tugs?  Some call them “rule-beaters.”

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