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Jay Bee V’s Epic Winds Down

I caught the beginning of Jay Bee V‘s epic here, a few days after the summer solstice.  A bit later I caught her here at some different locations on the Erie Canal. So we are all fortunate that Jake Van Reenen caught her here at a lock in central NYS that I’m not disclosing.  The voyage […]

Jay Bee V’s Epic 2

The last time we saw Jay Bee V, she was solo and reportedly beginning an epic.  That was nine days ago, and now Jay Bee V (JBV) has taken over this large white barge from larger river tugs and is heading west with a a flotilla that began over a month ago in Brooklyn.  Click […]

Jay Bee V’s Epic Begins

Two days ago, the compact 1969 Jay Bee V (38′ x 12′ x 5′) set out on a journey that’ll be followed on this blog. Hint:  It’s even a bit smaller than, for example,  1930 W. O. Decker (50′ x 15′ x 6′), which has some enclosed living space, compared with Jay Bee V‘s lack […]

Old Year 2018

I’ve mentioned before about my people the Dutch celebrating “old years day” on December 31.   As the child of immigrants, I’m blessed by this one of many ways they see the world differently, a perspective I’m happy to share.  So here is a retrospective of the year, the result of a process of scanning […]

Random Tugs 231

Let’s start out at Little Falls NY, above Lock E-17, where Jay Bee V had just departed and was now delivering the Glass Barge to the wall there.  Notice C. L. Churchill along the left edge of the photo. Here above Lock C-7, it’s Margot. On the Hudson River, tis is my first closeup view […]

Wavertree at Caddell Dry Dock 6

Here were the previous posts, the last one being in April.  On June 11, I took the photo below, and since then had not been back until yesterday. Note how far along the Bayonne Bridge was on that date, as well x Here’s a closer up of the rigging on June 11. Now let’s jump forward […]

Caddell’s Own Tugs

Enter right . . . … it’s L. W. Caddell, which I believe was built at the yard a quarter century ago. A shipyard needs a small tug (loa 46′ x 16′) for lots of projects . . . with every job. And L. W.  . . . has an even smaller fleet mate, Jay […]

18 Lightships

Thanks to Matt for correcting a fact in yesterday’s post, in which I reported hearing that 12 lightships remain.  In fact, the number is 18, of which 2 are “endangered.”  Can you find the lightship in the foto below, which I’m re-posting from 11 months ago?  (Click here for the original context.) Back last February, […]

Winter Miscellany

Call this the March 1 version. Even cold fanatics feel starved for more sunlight, blossoming perfumes, bright colors, and shorts. Iron Wolf below has that lean, post-winter hungry look. And Mostank needs some bright color, or does the 1950-launched tanker seem so forlorn because of the monochromatic background? By the way, that’s the west tower […]

Random Tugs 9

Tugs and pirates… what? Thanks to Tim for this link to a hijacked tug story here. Tim does a blog chronicling his efforts to give second life to a North Sea fishing trawler listed in my blogroll as timzim. Above it’s a Caddell yard tug called Jay Bee V (built 1969) rafted up with an […]