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Here was ASB 2.  There might be eight million stories in the naked city, but in its primary boro aka the sixth boro at least half again that number of other stories could be told  . .  by the collective whoever knows them.

Captain Zeke moves with the diverse stone trade past folks waiting below our very own waving girl and

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all those folks waving and taking fotos from the ferry and every other water conveyance.

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The 1950 Nantucket‘s back in town . .  for the winter.

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Yup . . . no one could have predicted these . . .

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back when Shearwater was launched in 1929.

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A cruise ship shuffles passengers as Peter F. Gellatly bunkers.

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Kristy Ann Reinauer stands by a construction barge.

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Mary A. Whalen . . . is a survivor from another time.

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A barge named Progress has returned to South Street Seaport Museum, here between Wavertree and Peking.

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Emerald Coast is eastbound on the East River.

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Two views of Adirondack, one with WTC1 –or is it 1 WTC or something else–and

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another with the Arabian Sea unit.

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And Sea Wolf heads north . . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Two words juxtaposed in this headline from May 1914 NYTimes  are not ones I expect to see . ..  “Roosevelt” and “tug.”  Click on the image and (I hope) you’ll get the rest of the article.

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Below is Aidan, the Booth Line steamer which returned the former President from Belem, near the mouth of the Amazon.

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On October 4, 1913, Roosevelt boarded the vessel belowS. S. Van Dyck-for Brazil.  Departure was from Brooklyn

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Pier 8, to the left below.   Click the foto to see the source.

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What’s driving this post is Candice Millard’s 2005 The River of Doubt:  Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, which I just finished reading.  Learning about the namesake–Candido Rondon— for the vessel in foto 8 here while in Brazil last summer prompted me to finally read this book.  Ever know that the ex-US President was stalked by invisible cannibals as he and Rondon led a joint Brazilian/American group down a 400-mile uncharted tributary of the Amazon, now referred to as Rio Roosevelt  (pronounced Hio Hosevelt).

Well-worth the read!

. . . well, only one day of it, and she’s been around for over 30,000 days.  These fotos, shared by Al Trojanowicz, were likely taken on July 4, 2000.  This date should be easy enough to verify, given the sailing vessel along the left side of the foto . . . Wavertree with sail bent on.  Anyone know the tug escorting her?

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Bertha . . . tied alongside Harvey!   I’d first thought this was  near Chelsea Piers, but I’ve been corrected . . . it’s at the old fireboat house, Marine Co. 6, at the foot of Grand Street in Manhattan just south of the Williamsburg Bridge.  Thanks for the correction, Al.   Here’s a link to the fireboat locations in the 1960s.  And here are some great vintage fireboat fotos and info.

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Bertha underway . . . with a hint of Wavertree on the far side of the NY Waterways vessel.

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Might the tug in the distance be Pegasus?

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And given the date, the Domino plant just beyond the Williamsburg Bridge might still have been in operation.

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I hope to share more of Bertha‘s past, but the indiegogo fund raiser is critical for getting Bertha back into the water and sailing into the future.  Click on the “save Bertha” link upper left.

Many thanks to Al Trojanowicz for sharing these fotos.

Thanks . . . for the social media sourcing of this vessel.  Nick Massa sent along these fotos of the Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey vessel Shearwater, which he took in another part of the sixth boro while I was clinging along the edge of Manhattan.  Nick does a blog called NYCruiseInfo.com, which I think complements tugster well.

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And in case you missed Xtian Herrou’s comment, he pointed out that Shearwater had an earlier life as a USCG surface effect ship.  Here’s more on that hull technology.  That reminded me of the term, which came up a few years back during the visit of a Norwegian minesweeper (third foto there) in the sixth boro.  Here’s more info on that vessel.   Here’s a post from last year of French vessels, thanks to Xtian.

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What does the track of a survey vessel look like?  Here’s the path Shearwater cut across the Lower Bay yesterday.

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So here’s my next group sourcing project.  I took this foto of Angel’s Share  Saturday but had no time to go to North Cove to get close-ups.  I had planned to do that early this morning, bt it appears she’s sailed off during the night.

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Angel’s Share is a 130′ Wally sailyacht.

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Unfinished group sourcing business . . . did anyone catch Iona McAllister  towing Amavisti into the port early on September 7.

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And finally, last but certainly not least . . .  Bob Stopper has some followups to stories I’ve been following on the Erie Canal.  First, details on that sinking on an otherwise quiet stretch of the Erie Canal . . .  here’s more info.  And a story I heard tug44 Fred mention numerous times while I was at the Roundup . . . Julia Holmes rowing the length of the Erie Canal in the 17′ dory she assembled in her Brooklyn apartment!  She’s more than halfway across the Canal already.

Thanks much for reading.  Special thanks to Nick for sending along the closer-ups of Shearwater and illustrating that social media is  . . . social!

 

 

. . . literally hangs in the balance in the next weeks.  This 1925 Tyne River-built flat-bottomed timber tug needs $150,000 pledged, or  . . .        I’ll come back to the  ” . . . or”    To pledge, click on the image of the tug to the left, click on the contribute button, and follow the prompts.

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Bertha was one of four of these tugs used to move booms of timber to the mill in the Bay of Islands area of western Newfoundland starting in the mid-1920s.  Click here for fotos of that timber operation; particularly appropriate are fotos # 189, 259, and 263.

Darren Vigilant (below) bought Bertha in 1999, drove her to New York, and if you were  paying  attention to the harbor from that time, you might recall seeing it.    Click here to see fotos from then as well as an illustrated history of the vessel and lists of what has been done and remains.  Currently, she’s in a yard in Staten Island.

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I took these fotos last weekend and will

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be adding followups in the weeks to come.

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But the clock is ticking.  Here is the  ” . . . or else” part.

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Time is running out, and Bertha could be scrapped and added to the half million dollar pile of metal chunks.

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Shudder the thought.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to see any fotos you might have of Bertha sailing in New York harbor between 1999 and 2003.   Click on the image below to hear Darren make a plea for the boat.

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Meet Amavisti.  I took the foto over in the Buttermilk yesterday.  Here’s why I call this post “doing social.”  It was reported that Iona McAllister towed Amavisti into the sixth boro last Saturday after the ship had experienced loss of power some hundred miles out.  Did anyone get a foto of Amavisti  under tow and be willing to share it, i.e. do what social media allows?    Thanks to all who’ve already done that on this blog.

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When I got closer to Amavisti, I saw another name in raised steel …  Ocean Neptune.   And then when I did some hunting online I saw BBC Tahiti.  And Janne Scan.  And FCC Embolden.  All these names for a vessel that’s six years old!!

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Please send along a foto of the tow if you have one and I’ll post it here.

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So here’s another social media aka group sourcing request.  Yesterday between 1 and 2 pm I caught this vessel leaving Morris Canal and likely headed for sea.  It looks a lot like this foto by Tom Turner of R/V Shearwater, an Alpine Seismic Ocean Survey vessel.  Here’s the parent company.  Did anyone catch a closer foto?

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Here and here are more links to what I think this vessel is.

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Here was my ride yesterday . . . Pegasus, all dazzling in new red paint on the main house.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp yesterday.  Let’s do social.

All these fotos–except the ones identified as flashbacks–I took while resting yesterday.  The indomitable Helen Parker, intrepidly westbound among giants.  I believe she was last on this blog a year ago here.

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I believe this is Coastline Bay Star.  If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?

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Also squeezed between giants, James Turecamo, who has appeared on this blog possibly more than any other tugboat.   James was launched in greater Waterford, NY late in 1969.   Click here to see James tailing Caddell’s new drydock back in May.  More on this flashback later in this post.

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Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.

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AT IMTT Bayonne Dean Reinauer and RTC 106, which appeared on this blog last week, configured differently.  Dean is so new that if you go back to that link with the foto of James tailing, you’ll see the upper house of a Dean which at that time had never yet floated!

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Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .

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as Dean spun around to head south.

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Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning

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and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.

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Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked  by the building in the distance.

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Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing

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Bunker Portland.

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And check out the stack on St Andrews.  Maintenance or  . . . something more?

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All fotos except for the flashbacks  . . .  Will Van Dorp took yesterday.

While the Roundup was happening 200 or so miles to the east in Waterford, a sailboat sank near Lyons, NY.  Yesterday, the boat was raised.  Text and fotos are compliments of Bob Stopper of Lyons, and published exclusively here.

“Saturday morning,  the gentleman [at the wheel] did veer to try not hitting the bridge support.  He skinned the support, but a railroad rail (iron) apparently used years ago for support around the concrete was sticking out about four feet and that is what caused the damage and sudden sinking.

Sunday 1:33 p. m.  “The blue in the above pic is the covered propane grill  and just a bit of flag is showing.”

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“[ Wednesday] salvage crew from Syracuse floated and towed the vessel to our dock this evening. The salvage crew said it is a miracle that over the years no one else ever caught it with a sailboat…. Ironically, this same support was hit two weeks ago by another sailboat.”

9:40 a.m.

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3:57 p. m. Thursday

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6:01 p. m.

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7:06 p. m.

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This is sad.  Thanks much, Bob.

Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:

a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,

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a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,

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(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)

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my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,

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waterdogs go fishing,

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Onrust resplendant,

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a Dutch barge,

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Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along

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with Tappan Zee II,

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Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,

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Stu’s Dragonfly,

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the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,

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and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . .  the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.

Late October 2011, Day Peckinpaugh and Frances Turecamo float above Lock 3, post-Irene, seen here through the eyes of the master of Tug44.

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Here’s Day Peckinpaugh last weekend, nose to nose with Urger, the latter here for shaft work.

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It’s unknown when if ever the DP will operate again.  Here and here are previous posts with the Eriemax bulk carrier.

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Blount’s two decade old Grande Caribe applies the same design to contemporary passenger cruising.  Notice the popped-down house;  in this post from three years ago, the house is up. I’d love to hear from someone who’s sailed on one of these “small ship adventures.”  Shipboard romance?  What are the stopping off places for adventuring off the mother ship?

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And compare the tug Frances Turecamo (1957) in the top foto to her incarnation now.  It’s great to see her back at work.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Thanks to Jonathan Boulware , interim president of South Street Seaport  Museum, for passing along  this article and video of salvage of Astrid.

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