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The two tugs in question really have nothing to do with each other, although almost all these fotos have been taken in the past month.  Bluefin, launched summer 2009, waits on the hook with Penn No. 80.  Although the colors haven’t caught up, the unit–one of 16 Penn Maritime tugs and 18 heated barges– is now owned by Kirby, in exchange for almost $300 million.

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This foto and the others of this unit you can enjoy thanks to bowsprite.  The red tug–Reliant–is about 20 years older than Bluefin.

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Each designed for its own purpose, Bluefin is 111 feet, whereas

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Reliant . . . 30′.

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Coho, launched November 2008, on paper is an identical twin of the 4000 hp Bluefin.  I took this foto in October 2009.

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Here’s a foto I took of Reliant over on the west side of Bergen Point a few years back.

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Thanks to bowsprite for contributing the fotos of Reliant over at WorldFi ferry terminal.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 20.  And this first foto is in fact mine:  16 m pilot boat America eastbound in the KVK last week.  But the rest of these fotos come thanks to G. Justin Zizes Jr, who earlier this weekend

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had a berth on Norwegian Jewel on a “cruise to nowhere,” aka a large ship gallivant on the high seas.  Justin caught these fotos from a balcony at an hour that I’m guessing most on board were asleep.   Arrival,

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beginning the climb,

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and departure of the pilot boat, soon just a few lights

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in the wee hours of this morning.

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Connect the dots . . . er . . .. lights and what do you get?

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Two more fotos from Justin:  Friday night departure, and

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Sunday morning return.

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Many thanks to Justin for these fotos.

 

As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago.  Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.

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This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge .  . . those numbers mark feet.

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Length and breath of the tug-barge unit

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is 597′ x 79.’

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Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany,  is also 597′ loa but a little beamier:  105′ . . .  panamax wide.

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I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.

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Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown

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here about a week pre-accident.  Dimensions of Stena Primorsk:  597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity.  Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

About a month ago, I posted on Brian Nicholas doing night work, a heavy metal job here.

Yesterday the tug had a different type of metal job.  Notice how the crewman in the red jacket keeps busy enroute.

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It’s a scrap metal tow;  one scow carries the equivalent of ?? a dozen trailers?

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When a tractor trailer is enroute, there’s no way to wash the windows, all the

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windows.   Bravo, Brian Nicholas.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Entering the KVK from the east . . . it’s the tallest tall ship sailing the sixth boro.

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At about the same moment, entering the KVK from its west gate, aka the Bayonne Bridge, it’s Rebel, followed by Nicole Leigh Reinauer.

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Clipper City, launched in Florida in 1984, is a replica of a wooden schooner that operated on the Great Lakes during the second half of the 19th century.

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The schooner is only 20′ longer than Rebel.

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Clipper City is headed for a haul-out.

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Later I catch the stern of Rebel westbound back to the yard.  I believe the near-twin of Rebel in the distance is Yankee.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Kudos to Joe, Walt, and Starbuck for the answers to the question I posed here a few days ago.  Here’s as much as I know from an exhibit at Vicksburg.

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I believe a larger number of folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line know a lot more about the Civil War than most of us up here:  even though it’s the sesquicentennialwe don’t have markers like this to remind us.  Behold the USS Cairo, which only exists today because it had an incomplete journey, lasting only a few years before . . .

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boom!  and then getting preserved in Yazoo mud.

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If ever you’re in the vicinity of Vickburg, it’s a sight to behold.

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From midships below the pilot house, looking forward.

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From same position looking over the boilers and through the paddlewheel aft.

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From starboard,

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from behind the stern looking at the rudders,

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And an example of the next generation of ironclads, USS Indianola.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Related:  A West Point-trained Confederate officer charged with defending Vicksburg was a General John C. Pemberton, uncle to the person credited with the invention of an obscure drink called Coca-Cola.

Over six years ago, here was the last time I used this title.  At 09:23 this morning, E. R. Denver was at Howland Hook as an outbound tanker eased by.   E. R. seems to have been created by erasure from MaERsk.

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. . . nine seconds later, it’s

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Mount Everest.

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This is serious, precision navigating,

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with even less tolerance of errors because of the channel work, and

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surrounding traffic, like Kristy Ann Reinauer and Paul Andrew and dredge units.

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This short stretch of Arthur Kill, where serious dredging is enlarging the channel, were featured here and here (a blast!!) back last October.   I’m not given to playing video games or using simulators, but if such a thing were available, I can imagine spending time playing “games” imitating professionals piloting different types of vessels through ports of the world in every sort of conditions.  Hats off to the professionals.

All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.

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I’d just consider most of the barge-handlers in the Mississippi watershed to be towboats.   Enjoy this smattering beginning with Jerry Deal (1971) .

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Ace G (1980) ,

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Ronnie Tucker (1976) ,

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Shirley Franklin  and Connell Smith  (both 1978) ,

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Stephen L. Colby (1967),

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American Pillar (1976),

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Nellie (1962) and Katherine Berry (2007),

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Katherine Berry again and Issaquena (1966),

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Stephen Foster (1948) and Captain Val (1965),

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Charlie G. (1962),

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Spirit, Piasa, (both 1958) and William K. Powell  (??).  Also note White Cloud, a government boat of the St Louis Fire Department in the foreground.

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Pioneer  (1981??),

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Miss Illinois (1998),

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and finally Capt. John H. Lozier, which used to be known as

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Southland (1951).      Just take aoff the faux-sidewheels.    Foto below was taken in September 1967 in Louisville, KY.

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And I’ll end with a mystery question.  What is anything you can determine about these two vessels?  The smaller one is circled for a reason.

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Thanks to DanOwen of Boat Photo Museum for use of the Southland foto.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Here was a similar foggy day in the sixth boro a few months back.  AIS showed me this vessel with an auspicious name, and I figured it’d just magically turn clear if I went outside to watch.  Frogma found fog more glorious than I did.

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Wrong!!   This is what fog looked like out there this morning.  That’s Charles D. McAllister headed out to meet a huge orange containership.  Somewhere off Charles D.‘s stern is the shiny new Curtis Reinauer . . . but obscured.  What fog sounds like, though, is not captured here . . .  low pitched blasts, penetrating yet not loud.

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Up on the KVK  . . . this vessel that I’d seen in port a month ago  was at the dock, begging to be redubbed Foggy Venture.

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Wolf River headed out as Chesapeake Coast pushed barge Chesapeake in.

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R/V Seawolf passes by Sarasota on her way out as well.

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Ellen McAllister joins Charles D. in assisting Rumanian-built Rio Madeira into a berth.   On a clear day, this would look quite different.

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FDNY M8 cruises out to the Narrows and back.  Off the bow of M8, it’s Marie J. Turecamo assisting

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Linda Moran over to Sarasota, where

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Julia has just made a personnel call.

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Cormorant throws wings up . . .when’s this going to clear?

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Unrelated . . . but while I was studying AIS over coffee this morning, I saw that Ouro do Brasil was heading up Delaware Bay.  Now that’s a vessel with a paint scheme I’d love to see.  Anyone pass along fotos?

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who still has more Mississippi watershed fotos to share.

I had a chance to see Orange Blossom depart the sixth boro this morning, but since our current January light is so monochromatic, I thought to take on the tugboat/towboat question.  Having said that, I’ve always considered Buchanan 12 (last one here) and Glen Cove (seventh foto here) as river tugboats or pushboats.   Odin, depicted at the end of this post and possibly still in the Kirby yard in Houston, also has some towboat characteristics.

Olga  G. Stone, big pushknees and little if any sheer . . . .

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without a winch or H-bit . . . definitely a towboat.

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Barbara E. Bouchard and in the lift Edwin N. Bisso . . .  as definitely tugboats

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Admiral Jackson . . . tugboat.

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J. W. Herron . . . towboat, and I’d love to see her high and dry hull lines.

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Ned Ferry . . . tug.   Here’s Ned Ferry with Sanko Venture, recently somewhat curiously rendered by bowsprite.

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This unidentified Florida Marine vessel with tow is a towboat . . . .  Note how the length of the tow

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seems quite lengthened when you get a profile.  Also notice the dance as the ferry Louis B. Porterie sashays between the two tows.

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John Williams . . .  towboat.

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Ditto Alley Cat,  Stone Power, 

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and Jerry Aragon.

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This one I don’t see enough of to identify.

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For nostalgia’s sake . . . a foto of Odin in the KVK . . . circa 2007.

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All fotos above by Will Van Dorp.  For some great towboat fotos check Boat Photo Museum and Ohio River Blog, recently added to my blogroll.  Also, an excellent site is Dick’s Towboat Gallery.  For more on the difference between tugs and towboats from TES, click here.

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