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Click here for some of the many posts I’ve done on this boat since 2008, including one where she’s still Scorpius.

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Sunday morning Meagan Ann was headed to points North

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towing crane barge Columbia with a massive component that needs lifting at the Mystic Power Station in Massachusetts.

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Here from September 2009 are my favorite Meagan Ann crew shots.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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Here’s the whole series.  The different colors in the pile reflect trace minerals from different global sources.

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Anyhow, the latest salt ship came in yesterday at sunrise.  I’d come to my spot early in hopes there would be enough light when TTM Dragon arrived , but I was wrong.

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James D. Moran worked the bow as the line boat stood by.

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Pilot on the bridge wing calls the shots, and

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when the signal is given, mooring lines are ferried to

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shore and looped over the bollard.

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When it’s all fast, James D. and Margaret Moran  prepare for the next job.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Many thanks to Ken Deeley for sending along these photos of the port of Oswego in 1890.  I’ll take the panorama below and divide it into three parts, left to right.

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Yachts shown gathered below in Oswego for an event of the Lake Yachts Racing Association are (l to r) Oriole, Bison, Lotus, Lolantha, Yama*, Merle, Maud B, (unknown identified launch), Vreda*,

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Nadia*, Cinderella, Loona, Gen. Garfield, Aileen*, Samoa,

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Nancy, Bennett, Erma, Berve II, Kelpie*, and Alert.

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* (from Royal Hamilton Yacht Club)

Ken writes:  “In 1884 Canadian and American yacht clubs on Lake Ontario formed a yacht racing association that consisted of four Canadian and American clubs.

They held what was called cruise circuit regattas and in 1890 Oswego was their destination, where my photo comes from  some unknown photographer who  took the assembled fleet American and Canadian assembled in the outer harbour  of Oswego.  The photo is about 14 inches long 4.5 high from a glass plate. The amazing thing is across the top of the page was glued diagonally the name of every yacht with the exception of the stern of the tug in the lower left.  HA, HA, you tug enthusiasts [are out of ] luck again unless you could name it for me.

The list of yachts has enabled me to name a lot of sailing yachts from other photographic  collections around the Great Lakes.   The American clubs were Oswego, Rochester, Buffalo, Crescent, and Sodus Bay.  Some of these clubs were not members of the LYRA but their yachts  raced anyway. Canadian  clubs were Royal Canadian, Kingston, Royal Hamilton, Queen City, and Toronto Yacht Club.”

The tugboat whose stern is shown above is likely Charley Ferris, built 1884 at the Goble Shipyard in Oswego and (?) abandoned in Duluth in 1932.

For more photos from the same collection, click here.

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And finally, there was once a lighthouse, dismantled in 1932,  in the inner harbor of Oswego.   This photo would have been taken from the high ground over near Fort Oswego looking southwest.

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For previous tugster posts featuring Oswego, click here, here and here.  There are others also if you type Oswego into the search window on the left side of the blog.

For more 1890s history of LYRA clubs, click here.

 

If you squint, you can almost imagine Ellen McAllister is out at sea, with a big blue sky beyond her.  But that blue is

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also Maersk blue;  to know how to create that blue, read through this thread and you’ll get the mix.  And this name . . . I couldn’t get the echo “sheer maerskness” out of my brain.  There’s also this port town by that name.

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It’s fishing season in the sixth boro again, and here Eastern Welder is at work as Kimberly (oops!) JenniferTurecamo tows Portland out toward the Lower Bay.  It looks like Timothy Reinauer farther off.

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Also, in the anchorage at that moment, were Weddell Sea with DBL 83,

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launch Grace D, Mediterranean Sea with DBL 84,

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Dylan Cooper, Joanne III, and Matthews Tibbetts.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

From l to r here, it’s barge OPGEN-01, Ocean Tower, and Stephan Dann.

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Here, against a backdrop of USNS Charlton, it’s a profile of Ocean Tower and

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one of Stephan Dann.

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And towers, there are plenty, bigger and

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smaller.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

More than half a decade ago, I got these photos of Rebel juxtaposed with Ross Sea.  Rebel, with her inordinately wide upper house base,  is one of the largest tugboats in the oil trade through the sixth boro. Might she be under matched here with DBL 102?

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So it made my day to catch her yesterday as she headed into the Kills.

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A couple of weeks ago, I caught her northbound but was no closer than this.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

This 1944 Dodge has been parked along a North Fork highway for some time.  Here’s the story.

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From the load on this truck parked in Battery Park City, you can tell the season.

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All these wheels distribute the weight of a wheelless Cat 854K Wheel Dozer.

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Farther down the highway, might these be the wheels, three of them at least?

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The Mammoet mobile is headed to a location where weight needs distributing as it moves.  Click here for previous Mammoet references in this blog.

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Then there are trucks like this Ford with –I think–some parts from the late 40s and others from the mid-50s and who knows what else.

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Does the 0000 on the placard mean this tank is empty?

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This is what International pickups looked like around the time I was born.  Kudzu seems to have colonized this one.

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These Macks, a far cry from what was produced locally a century ago,  move salt to a mountain

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from a ship  over in Port Newark.  Here’s a National Geographic video partly filmed on Staten Island.

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And finally, driving this late 40s COE Chevy transporting some pungent fertilizer is my father, who would have turned 90 this week.

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I’ve only ideas about who took the last photo, dated four years before I was born.  All others here by Will Van Dorp.

Thanks to Jonathan Steinman, who once a week has a moment to look out his window at work, here’s an angle on Kimberly Poling showing a weight bench just behind the wheelhouse.   In pleasant weather, that must make a great gym.rt.jpg

Chandra B meets Morton Bouchard Jr with the Goethals Bridge–old and new–as backdrop.

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Ditto Ellen S. and Erin McAllister, with added details of the Linden refinery.

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A closeup of Erin, as she plows eastward.

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Ellen S.  and Evening Light meet near the salt pile.

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And to close out today’s post, it’s the too long absent Vulcan III passing Gracie M.

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How about a flashback to June 2009.  Cheyenne looks different today, but so does the shoreline of Manhattan, now that Pier 15 has institutionalized itself over on the far side of where Wavertree rests.

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The first photo by Jonathan Steinman;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

I saw this boat last week on the KVK and wondered.  Was it the same vessel captured here in 2006,  here in 2007, here in 2008, here in 2009 in orange, and many other times since . . .?

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Below is a re-edited view of the boat in August 2009 and

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here’s a shot from a half minute later.

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Below she is in November 2014 and

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here in October 2015.

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So there you have it, photo below taken last week, this hull has changed names again, although the ML on the stack is the same.  On that detail, though, it might NOT stand for the same company name.  Check

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this link for Mother’s Launch.   For other Equitable boats, click here.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here  are the two previous posts by this title, and more.

Juxtaposed boats invite comparison, allow perception of subtle difference, here between Marion and Doris.

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It also gives a sense of the random traffic patterns, here about to pass the impatient Peking are (l to r) Michael Miller, Charles Burton, and way in the distance Robert E. McAllister.

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Here , a few seconds later, Charles Burton‘s barge CVA-601 is about to obscure Chandra B–on a ship assist?– and Miriam Moran.

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Here, from l to r, it’s Sapphire Coast, Charles Burton, Evening Mist, Ellen S. Bouchard, Robert E. McAllister, Scott Turecamo, and Erin McAllister.   cg2

And a quarter hour later and from a different vantage point, it’s Stena Companion, Cielo di Milano, a Miller launch, Maersk Phoenix, and NCS Beijing.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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