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More teeth . . .  price per?  And here’s a puzzle to savor . . . what connection is there between this machine and the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair aka Columbia Exposition?   What connection is there between this machine and the mid-1950s arrival of German sub U-505 at its current location?  Answers follow.

Guess the diameter of this pump housing?

Here’s a side view of the dredge Florida taken a few weeks ago from shore and

another taken while docking there yesterday.  Imagine the innards?   This vessel launched in 1954 from National Steel and Shipbuilding of San Diego.

In this view from the port side of the wheelhouse, the cutter head mission control is the area surrounded by monitors.

Color coding tracks progress.

In the current operation, bedrock dislodged by the 30ish rpm cutter head gets scooped out by an excavator (see a future post).  But in other projects, this pump can draw out loosened materials and blow them onto land.  The diameter of this pump is . . . . pretty big.

Also below deck is power control.

Now those questions at the beginning, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock began as Lydon & Drews, and they provided the “shoreline” for the Columbian Exposition.  Also, GLDD, as it was called in 1954, assisted in moving the U-505 into its current location at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industy.  Cost of teeth . . .sooon.

William A. Lydon (see above) was this owner of steam yacht Lydonia, like Cangarda, built at Pusey and Jones of Wilmington, DE.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Behold, full frontal of the cutter head dredge Florida.

Many thanks to the crew for inviting us to see Florida up close, complete with great BBQ and thorough safety talks.  Here is one of three spare cutter heads, with a total of 52 teeth in each of the helical jaws.  Check out the tooth manufacturer’s site, ESCO.  Here’s another.

On the rig, including the head that’s busy chewing on serpentinite, over 200 teeth are mounted.

200 teeth are mounted.

The used tooth at left weighs 35 pounds.

On the hot seat, the driver studies a battery of split screen monitors and  more controls and indicators than on a space shuttle allow finessing

of this grind process safely anchored in the busy channel of the KVK, business as modeled by Zim Shanghai.

More next time.  Any more guesses on the price of these teeth?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and the crew of Florida and Brazos River.

Don’t forget to send in your estimate of the cost of ONE of these cutter head teeth.  Answer SOON!

J. P. Morgan’s Hoboken-built Corsair II sometimes flashes by from either an image or reference, but I never saw it:  it turned into scrap about 10 years before I was born.  I never expected to see anything like it.  I did know of Vajoliroja, Johnny Depp’s yacht.  And did post this foto (see 3rd foto from bottom)  of Atlantide, with some lines like  steam-yacht headed up the Hudson last fall.   So the following vessels quite astounded me in Mystic.  First, Cangarda.

My fotos do not do justice to

this ocean-spanning gem that currently

boasts seven steam engines!

If you can, get thee to Mystic soon to see this gem, “managed” by Steven Cobb, a former master of Wavertree and other vessels.

Currently, Mystic has TWO steam yachts aka screw schooner.  Amazon was dieselized

in 1937.

If I ever see either of these gems at sea, my first reaction will be to rub my eyes in disbelief, imagining them mirages . . . until I recall my most recent visit to Mystic.

Here are a few dozen fotos of Cangarda taken between 1901 and 1999.  Here’s a link to an article on the owner of Cangarda (scroll about halfway though).   Stuff can go awry at a ship launch, and that ALMOST what happened with Cangarda.   Cangarda joins a list of prestigious yachts saved through the efforts of folks at IYRS.

Here’s an article on Amazon, launched 1885!

Finally, just a potpourri of steam yacht images, of which one to see must be Gondola.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

First a guessing game:  suppose I need a new tooth, a big cutter head tooth.  How much would one sharp, shiny fang cost me?  Or two . . .?   I might want to dress up like a cutter head vampire for Halloween.  Send you guesses.  Price info soon!

More Mystick fotos coming soon, but I can’t sit on this post any longer.  In fact as I think about my fangs, imagine using them to bite into …wegian Jewel‘s long white neck.  Sorry . . . I can’t go there.

Anyhow, Jewel docked and

assist vessel Maurania III seemed ready to depart as the long-necked

Jewel was secured.   (Note the Little Red Lighthouse at base of the GW Bridge. )  But

enter the fuel load  delivered by Doubleskin 303 and

Severn, which involved more assistance from

Maurania III.

Captain and

crew moved the bunker

into position so that

whenever loads debarked via gangplanks to make way for those who would embark, those

2376 embarkers would arrive at their destination.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Please send in your guesses on the teeth.

Mystic, to quote Soundbounder, is “Disneyland for [proud] water rats” and  thrills even the dogs, at least water dogs.  Can you figure out what’s happening here?

Kingston II was launched in 1937 after being assembled by apprentice welders at Electric Boat.

 Amazon (an 1885 screw schooner) graces Mystic with her beauty until her lightning-charred electronics are repaired.  Just beyond her with the wildly raked masts is Amistad, also in for repairs.Amazon (83′ waterline x 15′ beam) embodies  long and lean.

Breck Marshall, a Crosby catboat, sails like a dream. 

Mina is a sweet “launchetta” from exactly a century ago.

Growler leaves early on Columbus Day. 

Be-puddinged garvey with dory and high-and-dry whaleship  Morgan.

And the dog question . . . John Paul (launched 1967, ex-Katrina, Nickie B, and U. T. 1) , moored for part of weekend, had a blueclaw on a piece of fendering designed to allow assisting of submarine.  Dog saw crab and became so curious it nearly tried walking on water. 

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  More on some of these vessels soon.

Mystic Seaport . .  a magical place for me for over 20 years!  I’ve done research there and  watched Amistad being built.  Some fotos of Amistad tomorrow.

From this weekend, Mystic has even more magic:  more  fotos of Pegasus there, surrounded by fantastic vessels and people.  Below, from left to right:  Araminta, Cangarda (WOW!!! and more later), Pegasus, and Joseph Conrad.

Peg with lots of happy visitors next to  L. A. Dunton, built in Essex, MA in 1921 and now hasn’t sailed since 1963 . . . if my memory serves me well.

More of Peg, happy visitors, and Dunton.

Foreground left to right:  motor launch Resolute, Araminta, Sabino, Peg, and Dunton’s headrig.  Sabino is a 1908 . ..  Maine-built steamer that once ran my recent waters . . .  the Merrimack.

Some of same vessels as seen from Cangarda‘s bow.

Catboat Breck Marshall comes nosing past Peg.  More pics of Breck Marshall soon.

As a “flying horse whisperer,” I  know Pegasus feels honored to have spent the weekend at Mystic.    If you haven’t been to the Tugs exhibit at Mystic yet, go . . . soon, so that you can go again and again after that.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Pegasus, westbound across the Sound, is back in

the sixth boro as I write, having traversed the American Mediterranean.  She basked in attention

of thousands of

folks as well as dozens of  vessels who loved her visit.  Where?

Mystic!  More fotos tomorrow.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who–along with the entire  crew– needs some sleep.

Right in time for Columbus Day . . .a gallivant has beckoned.  Back soon …

and . . . Zhen He (1994 launched in China) came into the boro escorted by Gramma Lee T (unpictured ). . . but you’ve seen the venerable Gramma Lee T at least a hundred times here.   Click here to see the explorer Zhen(g) He’s mothership juxtaposed with Santa Maria.  Also, in the background off Zhen He‘s bow, that’s Sea Raven, who’s been docked at GMD for quite a while.  Zheng He discovered America, along with whole other bunches of mariners?

James Turecamo assists Pati R Moran and barge Charleston into the KVK.  James launched from Matton in Cohoes, NY  in 1969.  See the end of this post.

Comet pushes  Eva Leigh Cutler toward the Buttermilk, meeting Houma.  Comet launched in 1977 as Clarion, then became Gil Hebert, then Gulf Comet.

Marjorie B. McAllister, (ex-Exxon Ocean State, 1974) holds house and neck above it all.

Curtis Reinauer , launched in 1979 as Delaware, can be yours today for a mere $2.2 m . . ..  She’s the second vessel to work as Curtis Reinauer.

Specialist II was high and dry here a year back.

Ellen S. Bouchard … one of three Bouchards vessels launched at Halter Marine in Louisiana in 1982.

John Reinauer … also launched in Louisiana but in 1969 and has previously worked as Esso Crystal River and Exxon Crystal River.

McAllister Girls (ex-Challenger and Betty Jean Turecamo, 1969)  pushes a scow of harbor bottom.

Sea Wolf (1982, ex-Danny Paul)  moves an unusual load.

L W Caddell, locally built and 20 years old works out of its place of construction.

Referring back to the James Turecamo foto above, this is a view of Matton Shipyard in Cohoes as seen less than a month ago.  Beyond the barbed wire and buildings is the Hudson.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  It’s catching me, slowly but powerfully, the tumblr graphicblog called “Adventures of the Blackgang” produced by Monkeyfist, who also does exquisite work with Maritime  Monday.  And now it’s on my blogroll.  Check it out, often.

Toot ‘n Blink, a sound event, tooted and blinked in a small portion of dusk on a big harbor that never sleeps, but you may have missed it last weekend.  The audio archive from WFMU is here:  click on upperleft MP3 (or pop-up player) and then (if all works) advance the slider bar to 59 minutes into the show.  If it doesn’t work, click here for a description of  an event celebrating the “harbor and boat as a musical instrument.”  Below, voice captains Joan LaBarbara and Ed Herrmann call out commands to an assembly of small boats divided into the quayside fleet and night squadron.

Sample commands are “two short toots, please” or “all craft sweep your lights.”

The best place to experience Toot ‘n Blink was from a central location (mission control aka the conductor’s station) on the east end of the Battery.  From my vantage, I could hear the commands from the voice captains, hear the fleet respond both over the dockside PA and across the night water, and see the blinkings directed toward us.

Fleet included a small ferry, a museum tug, some schooners,

a small fireboat,  Lady D, Big G, and a few other non-profit vessels.  I hope I’ve not omitted anyone.

Charlie Morrow’s inspiration for this was a sound ‘n light extravaganza orchestrated in the Caspian Sea port of  Baku on November 5, 1922, the fifth anniversary of the Soviet Republic.    It was toots and blinks magnified a million-fold:  “A spectacular, called the Symphony of the Factory Sirens, [combined] a huge cast of choirs (joined by spectators), the foghorns of the entire Soviet Caspian flotilla, two batteries of artillery guns, a number of full infantry regiments (including a machine-gun division) hydroplanes, and all the factory sirens of Baku. Conductors posted on specially-built towers signaled various sound units with colored flags and pistol shots. A central ‘steam-whistle machine’ pounded out The Internationale and La Marseillaise as noisy half-tracks raced across Baku for a gigantic sound finale in the festival square.”

Wow!!  Foto below shows the “sound captain” for that event, composer Arseny Avraamov.

Bravo to Charles Morrow and crew.  Seriously, I enjoyed the half hour, which reminded me of an acoustic guitar solo with some call and response from the audience.

I’d really like to out-Avraamov Avraamov.  Imagine a Super Blink ‘n Toot for some upcoming harbor celebration:  call it FLASH ‘N BLAST.  Orchestrate bells into squadrons.  Wire entire buildings to blink, and the blimp fleet to wink back.  Synch all horns from buses, taxis cars, trucks, ships . . . or let them blow at will.   Throw in a few million kazoos and any vuvuzelas left over from World Cup celebrations.  Mix in serendipitous car alarms, howling dogs,  and all the wild parrots of Brooklyn . . .   Call in jackhammers, fireworks, foghorns to synchopate …  And to really pulsate, bring in all then late-night booze cruise boats with their deafening thumpa-rumba-drumba-boom rythyms. 

OK, I hear you . . . it’ll never work . . . .   Hmmmm…   b-  b-  b-  but … if a smart phone can relate the Moby Dick epic . . .  and if Boardwalk Empire’s Atlantic City can be built on a Brooklyn waterfront parking lot,    then maybe movie magic can make the harbor and all its vessels into a huge 3D musical instrument/video.

All color fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Keeping with tradition:  here’s #57.  Remember, doubleclick enlarges.

Unidentified kayaks foreground, and middleground from left to right: Layla Rene, Sea Bear, dredge Florida; and background, King Dorian (misspell of durian?).

Unidentified crew boat heading away and Barbara C approaching.

Kimberly Turecamo westbound.

Elk River westbound.

Pati R Moran headed to an anchorage.

W. O. Decker passes W O tanker called Sharon Sea.

Sarah Ann and unnamed blue sailboat painted almost DonJon blue.

McAllister Girls pushing dirt.

More of the kayakers taking Lucy Reinauer‘s stern, making helmsman a smidgeon nervous, I reckon.

Falcon and Houma tandem effort.

Unnamed Moran tug leading Caribbean Princess.

Carnival Glory foreground and some unidentified tugs in the distance.

Sorry about all the unidentified vessels today.  Maybe someone can help.

Meanwhile, some stories from the NYTimes this morning:  disputed waters between China and Japan AND Seamen’s Institute leaves Manhattan for Newark.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.


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