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1922 Side Wheel Tugboat

Thanks to Jan van der Doe, enjoy these photos of a radschleppdampfer, translated as “side wheel steamer,” a museum ship in Duisburg, Germany. The side wheel barge tug Oscar Huber was built in Duisburg Ruhrort in 1922. She towed barges until 1966 between Rotterdam and Karlsruhe, about a 300-mile trip on the Rhine. She’s a […]

Sleepboot Thomas

Sleepboot . . .?  it’s Dutch for tugboat.  It’s pronounced more like “slape boat” See the tricolor courtesy flag between the lower and upper wheelhouse?  The photos were taken Monday (July 5)  by Jan Oosterboer, in Het Scheur, aka “the rip”, a section of the Rhine-Maas-Scheldt delta near Rotterdam. And those certainly are not buoys […]

Other Watersheds 12 Redux A

Eight years ago, I had the opportunity to go to the steam festival on the waterways in Dordrecht NL.  Here, here, and here are posts that came from that.  That festival has just completed again, and thanks to Jan van der Doe, here are photos of some fine restored circa century-old Dutch steam tugs. Hercules, […]

Earth-on-Water Day 3

Since I’m not yet out of the bayou, and since Mage–who might need some cheering up– requested it, here are more photos from the currently ongoing flower parade on the waterways of Westland, a section of the province of South Holland in the low country aka Netherlands.  Hey . . . they brought out the […]

Earth-on-Water Day 2

If you hop on a plane today, you might still catch the last two days of this flower parade in the land and specific region of my father;  my mother grew up farther east on the Rhine. Here’s an English version of what’s going on;  Westland is a region connected by waterways, not a town. […]

Other Watersheds 12 Redux B

If I have these dates right, Pieter Boele was built in 1893!  Clearly this hull was built for towing, that  bow  not built for pushing. Of course, the same would be true of the 1913 Jan de Sterke. Dockyard IX dates from 1915.  I know the small tug is called Furie, considered a push boat.  […]

Oceania Tugs 3

Many thanks to Jan van der Doe for sending along these workboat photos from various places in the English-speaking southern hemisphere.  As of the moment, Agros, 85′ x 30′, and built in 2009 in Sibu, in Sarawak state, Malaysia, is at the dock in Cairns, AU. The shipyard in Sibu is called Rajang Maju Shipbuilding. […]

Oceania Tugs 2

These photos by Trevor Powell were forwarded with his permission by Jan van der Doe. ASD Aquilon on 12-2021 departing from port of Adelaide for Whyalla after refit. Riverwijs Grace on New Year’s Day 2022 in port of Adelaide.  She dates from 2000.   This SL Endeavour photo was taken on a summery January morning in […]

Thanks to Jan Van Der Doe 3

Here are some previous posts with photos from Jan. So here’s the tugboat, just out of the shipyard near the Arctic Circle and at work, the last in a series of five identical anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels bringing more than 23000 hp to the job. This job starts in the Princess Arianehaven.  And what’s […]

Oceania Tugs 1

It’s freezing in the sixth boro, so let’s go somewhere warm.   With temperatures comfortable for summer, I’ll bet the engine room of the 1907 steamer Lyttleton would feel great.  Book your tickets here, but first book your air tickets wherever you get the best deal. Slightly newer, the 1960 Pacific Way continues to be […]