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araised and dry. Those props are at least 10′ diameter . . . I don’t know the exact number. Barbara E. first appeared here in 2008.
three years ago but I hadn’t seen since.
And of course with the gray training wheels and hard in pursuit of APL Spinel, it’s
Ellen McAllister (1966 Wisconsin), here neck-n-neck with Amy C. McAllister (1975 Louisiana). Ellen may have appeared on this blog more often than any other tug; here … with some additional lettering on her flanks … I believe is her debut post.
Potomac (2007 and built along the Bayou Lafourche . . . third foto) moves neck-n-neck with . . .
Considering the shipyards mentioned above, I’m wondering why–so far as I know–no active shipyards remain on New York’s Great Lakes shore, and when the last one on that shore closed.
To paraphrase the line about the chanteuse grosse and something “being over,” I couldn’t really feel
It turns out that Topeka and
Tortugas, which I saw just over two weeks ago in Panama, could not be more similar. Both were built in Nagasaki in 2006, registered in Southhampton, and have a car-carrying capacity of 6354 automobiles!
Topeka’s itinerary for March is as follows:
|2012 March 30th, 10:00:09 UTC||New York|
|2012 March 28th, 08:30:29 UTC||Halifax|
|2012 March 18th, 01:00:53 UTC||Southampton|
|2012 March 15th, 22:00:24 UTC||Zeebrugge|
|2012 March 13th, 23:00:50 UTC||Bremerhaven|
|2012 March 11th, 13:00:27 UTC||Zeebrugge|
|2012 March 6th, 05:00:54 UTC||Barcelona|
|2012 March 4th, 22:00:49 UTC||Voltri|
|2012 March 1st, 19:00:17 UTC||Izmir|
Tortugas‘s for the past two months is as follows:
|2012 April 7th, 06:00:56 UTC||Yokohama|
|2012 March 26th, 01:00:23 UTC||Tacoma|
|2012 March 22nd, 07:30:45 UTC||Port Hueneme|
|2012 March 12th, 13:00:30 UTC||Manzanillo|
|2012 February 29th, 02:45:56 UTC||Southampton|
|2012 February 27th, 10:00:16 UTC||Zeebrugge|
|2012 February 24th, 15:00:35 UTC||Bremerhauen|
|2012 February 5th, 05:00:55 UTC||Brunswick|
|2012 February 2nd, 18:00:15 UTC||Newark Berth 17|
|2012 February 2nd, 05:00:23 UTC||New York|
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
The newly named Patrice McAllister, sixth boro bound, experienced a fire near Kingston, Ontario. For the story, see boatnerd here. The Shipwatcher has the story here. Bowditch, ex-Hot Dog and here the rescue tug, was featured on tugster here back in 2010; see second foto from the end.
Foto taken almost 25 years ago from aboard sugar bulker Sugar Island, northbound in the Panama Canal. Being a sugar-dedicated bulk carrier would make this one sweet vessel.
I’ve now also added Ship Watcher to my blogroll.
Also, check out photosbytomandpolly, who shoot from not far away along the western end of the St Lawrence Seaway.
So here’s the question . . . two locks, almost 3000 miles apart, Miraflores Esclusas in the Panama Canal and Poe Lock in the Soo. . . each recently traversed by a large vessel,
And let the record show that I would have gotten it wrong, but although their beams are the same, Mesabi Miner is 39′ longer than CSAV Suape! Mesabi is named for the mountain range it is involved in hauling away.
Panama fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a link to the entire fleet, but for my experience of them, see below. Built in Louisiana or China, they look quite alike.
The hat here is not misplaced. On the job here
A few postscripts:
like . . . fotos from the perspective of a Panama Canal pilot, click here.
and an incomplete tolls caclulator . . . here
One type of post that has evolved here is Whatzit? Know what this juxtaposition of hardware and jungle might be?
One of the many joys watching traffic at the Miraflores lock was getting new perspective on these vessels. Just a few weeks back I caught sister ship Bow Chain in the KVK, but from the platforms allowed me, I could not see above deck much.
If you return to the top foto here, you’ll see the green bow of this vessel–Ever Dynamic–sharing the Miraflores locks with Bow Summer.
To see the construction and innards of a tanker in fast motion in Philadelphia, click here.
Tying the recent Nola visit and this post together, click here for a tugster post from over five years ago. S/R Wilmington was one of the first ships I got upclose fotos of; she was built in Avondale, LA, and has recently been scrapped. A related vessel currently called Oriental Nicety is also bound for the scrappers; Nicety‘s previous names have been as follows: Dong Fang Ocean, Mediterranean, SeaRiver Mediterranean, and last but not least . . . . Exxon Valdez.
At my age . . . I’ve come to some places where –at each–I could spend a lifetime; choices need to be made. And if I can’t spend that much time at each, the alternative might be to just keep moving . . . since it’s too hard to figure out how
to get access. Those do look like parts of the superstructure of USS New York, which makes the Avondale Shipyard over there somewhere. In the sixth boro, tugboat Dorothy Elizabeth and prison barge Vernon C. Bain come out of Avondale, along with this huge international list.
Bayou Lafourche along 308 sports signs like this, birthplace of lots of Vane Brothers tugs, a Gellatly & Criscione, and several Penn Maritimes.
A couple of twists and turns later, there’s this Bollinger yard, home to the Sentinel-class of Coast Guard cutter. Consider this, two major US shipyards in a town of less than 3000!! Here’s more info on those cutters.
Continue south for 12 miles and you’ll see North American Shipbuilding, one of several Edison-Chouest Offshore facilities. Provider was delivered in 1999.
this nameless variation on Lil Rip,
… let me stop here on this post which breaks my record for number of fotos . . . nameless, but I can almost make out the spelling of TUGSTER on the stern. Is it possible I’ve found myself and my place to settle here? She looks to have some pedigree . . . 1940s lines? Can anyone help with a bit of history here?
I intend to return to the Bayou soon, spend more time, and . . . who knows what might transpire.
All fotos here by either Will or Christina, partners in this jaunt-within-a-gallivant.
For a waterman’s view of the general area, click here.
I’ll get to more of the Louisiana and Panama fotos once I “deglitch” something, so thanks to these shots from Isaac Pennock of tugboathunter we can head north.
Do you recognize this shade of blue?
And it’s huge. How huge?
Here’s a video from more than a year ago showing Boothe first in the water. It only gets somewhat more exciting than watching ice melt (like watching paint dry or grass grow) after 3:40 . . .
Many thanks to Isaac for these shots.
From the air you can see the traffic . . . the sinuous lines it scribes into the legendary river.
From the bank, you can see sometimes three tugs abreast (l. to r. Bobby Jones-1966, David G. Sehrt-1965, and Born Again-1974) pushing more than a dozen barges slipping around the turn between Algiers and the 9th Ward. And when I say slipping, I mean even big vessels seem to slide through this crescent. That erosion in the foreground bespeaks higher water.
Uh . . . a variation on seasnake?
Close-up of McLean.
I’m back at work in environs of the sixth boro, and this is the last set about Nola strictly defined. Tomorrow I hope to put up some fotos from a jaunt-within-a-gallivant southwest from the Crescent City, a truly magical place to which I really must return soon because there’s much I’ve yet to understand . . . like why
And is it true there’s a nun driving a tugboat somewhere on the Lower Mississippi? Here’s a ghost story, and if you have a chance to find it, listen to Austin Lounge Lizard’s “Boudreaux was a Nutcase.”
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who also has tons of fotos from Panama to put up.