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Posting every day and trying to maintain a “brand” entails a measure of risk taking that I’ve accepted. Maybe this will be a new series, one that might even get up to SBS 80, like the Random Tugs series. So, here’s a different version of a foto I used yesterday. Doubleclick enlarges. I think there’s something remarkable about this gunner, and that’s all I’ll say. Agree?
The links in this series relate in no way to the fotos, but check this out . . . $20 million in silver and other metals–7700 bars of it–somewhere along the bottom of the sixth boro since 1903? Is this serious?
A grainy documentary foto from the ever-perspicacious bowsprite: Cornell pushes a barge with a yellow schoolbus around the boro, certainly a remarkable cargo.
Another remarkable story, which I heard some time ago but have not followed up on: 15,000 pieces of munitions fell from USS Bennington into the Narrows in 1954, before the VZ Bridge construction began. Have they now been removed?
And from the clear-sighted John Watson, here’s a foto of Sgt. Matej Kocak arriving last Monday from Diego Garcia, a remarkable place I’ll probably never visit.
Equally remarkable is this reference to the island of Lokoko on a sign outside the Hurricane Club (SW corner of 26th and Park Avenue) in Manhattan. By the coordinates, Lokoko must be out there, near Tahiti. I love imagined histories as well as real fictions and everyday miracles. I haven’t been inside. I just stumbled upon this while waiting for a friend the other day. Read reviews here.
The first two fotos here come compliments of Lou Rosenberg, who probably wondered when I was going to use them. Sorry, Lou. Gelberman, named for a former NYACE District Chief of Ops, has appeared here and elsewhere on this blog previously.
Lou took this foto, as well as the one above, in Jamaica Bay. Sea Horse aka WPB-87361 calls Portsmouth, VA home.
Here USACE Hayward churns its way eastbound on the KVK.
A Coast Guard RBM got close and personal last weekend on a breezy Upper Bay.
Sturgeon Bay seems eager for ice-breaking season to begin.
Kittery, ME-based USCG vessel WMEC-909 Campbell cruises out the harbor a month or so back.
Other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A virgin no more . . . Twins, nearer, (2011, 4720 hp) is now in the notch, although I’m not sure any oil has yet flowed in the tanks of RTC 104. I’m not sure of the ID of the slightly farther Reinauer vessel . . . Nicole Leigh? Doubleclick enlarges most.
Bear, 1958? But I don’t know the horsepower . . . bear power? And is this NOT the vessel formerly known as Little Bear, as seen in the sixth foto here?
Actually this is Kristin 3, counting the mystery vessel post. Let’s start in the wheelhouse, aka ship’s office, looking to port. Notice the gauging equipment, sound-activated telephone, all the manuals.
Here’s a closeup of the starboard
EMD 16-645-E2–if I recall–12-567
Looking down/forward from the fiddley at port engine
the galley. Again, the natural lighting is remarkable. A note about these fotos . . . Kristin has been idle for several months now, and no attempt was made during this foto shoot to “spruce-up” any of the areas.
A near-twin of Kristin—Chester A. Poling–was my introduction to the name Poling, although it was another company. I heard about Chester A. in the 1990s from a diver in Cape Ann, MA. Like Kristin, Chester A. was launched in 1934 from the shipyard in Mariner’s Harbor. Originally 251′, both were lengthened by a 30-foot midsection in 1956. From this foto, it appears the bow bulwarks on Chester were less protected. Click on the image to get to Auke Visser’s fabulous site, from which the foto is taken. Take your pic here from a wealth of video by folks diving on Chester.
Again, many thanks to Ed Poling and Jim Ash for the opportunity to see/foto Kristin in her dotage. Thanks to you all for reading and commenting. Special thanks to Johannah for the info on all-welded construction article and to Sachem1907 on the identification of the locks, which confirms operation by these vessels onto the Great Lakes. I welcome more info and further history on these vessels of past era.
My all-time favorite fotos of Kristin were taken here less than a year ago by Paul Strubeck and “lightened-up” by tugster.
Where might that gull go if it were to tag along on this vessel with exotic names for the rest of the year? Guesses?
I took this foto as it entered the KVK this morning from Savannah bound for Port Elizabeth . . . aka Port of New York/New Jersey. Well, it leaves here tomorrow bound for sea and will be back just before New Year’s 2012. And before returning, it’ll have done the following ports in this order: Halifax . . .
Harold Tartell got it right, again: the mystery vessel yesterday was indeed this now retired Kristin Poling (ex-Poughkeepsie Socony (PS), Mobil New York, Captain Sam). I’ve posted on her here, here, here, and elsewhere. Kristin was built just over a mile away in Mariner’s Harbor at United Dry Dock.
From this, it appears her gestation period was a month shy of three years! Delivery date 15 Dec 1934 . . . I can’t fully imagine the ways that was a different time. If this “history of welding” is accurate (???) … albeit it sporting a wrong date, she was the first all-welded vessel built (See timeline for 1920s stuck between 1919 and 1920.) Here’s the main site. Was there a previous Poughkeepsie Socony built in the 1920s?
Appearance alone always led me to suspect the house on Kristin could be lowered since she operated on the Erie (Barge) and Champlain Canal. Click here for an article about Kristin (PS) tied up in Fulton, NY, over the July 4 holiday in 1956 as a precaution against a fireworks-caused catastrophe. Below, the house is down. Anyone recognize the double locks? I don’t.
From atop the house, looking forward, notice the breakwater aka delta.
Unrelated to Kristin but offered as counterpoint to this series . . . click here for a tour of a small Russian tanker of similar vintage.
Excuse the teaser, but I’ve a lot to process here. I’ll identify this vessel tomorrow, and give proper thanks, but for now, can you guess the vessel bearing this cryptic text?
I’d never imagined a pushbutton version of an engine order telegraph.
And here . . . I apologize for dropping a ball. Remember these panels (scroll all the way down) from almost a month ago? I asked if anyone recognized them? And there was an identification from “a tugster fan who lives on the East River and remembers when Union Station was a crumbling hulk.” Union Station it was, and here’s another panel.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
. . . if that were the case, I’d go shopping for a yacht. I’d look at Emerald . . nah!
as Fred calls it, the previously “rollover lifeboat,” originally a 1929 government boat. I like it, even if it was a very bad year. I’d love to see the interior space.
You saw her here just over two years ago. I took the two fotos below just over a week ago in
drydock at the east end of the Erie Canal. See more fotos, including from inside her hold, house, and engine room here. She launched from McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilders in May 1921 as Interwaterways 101. Two months later, four identical vessels had begun to work the Great Lakes. This is what remains of the last hull in the series, Interwaterways 105, later Michigan, and scrapped here in the Arthur Kill since 1976. Interwaterways 102–104 were scrapped in 1950, 1964, and 1977. Does anyone know of fotos of any of the series operating in the Great Lakes or Erie Canal?I’m concluding that my fascination with some of these now derelict vessels is that they represent our past, have secrets about how we got here, may have given shape and meaning to people who surround us today. If you see something resembling these unique Eriemax vessels in flea markets, old shoeboxes or albums . . . I’d love to hear about it.
Alternate names include these following: Andrew M. Barnes, Robert Barnes Fiertz, Pocahontas, Andros Mariner, Alden Barnes Fiertz, Coastal Carrier, Bay Transport.