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Port of Port Everglades

Beyond Celebrity Apex, look!  It’s a container ship from 1988 escorted into port by 2016 Trident. The 2016 Trident, 99′ x 44′ and 5730 hp, has an unusual configuration below the hull:   she’s a Robert Allan Ltd-designed advanced rotortug (ART), meaning three engines and three Schottel z-drives, creating triangular propulsion to enhance maneuverability. See […]

Port of San Diego

Fast jet boats . . .  like Patriot, doesn’t every major harbor have one?   Oh well, it gets folks out on the water.  There are many other options as well.   Other boats to see as well. Ocean Valor was over on the far side, and I recall (and quote) some info about her […]

Ports of Western Mexico 4B

No sandy beaches here, although I saw a few farther north closer to the US border and the maps point to some farther south. My first thought was that this was a cross, like the Christ near Rosarito I saw, but it turned out to be an aid to navigation. The entrance to Ensenada is […]

Ports of Western Mexico 4

Three and a half years ago I started this series.  I realize now I should just have called the three posts for the ports in question:  Guaymas in Sonora, Manzanillo in Colima, and Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán.  Having started the way I did, the Ensenada post will then just follow the pattern.  With half a […]

77 Days Between

 . . . signing onto the 6200-teu Maersk Detroit and stepping off at the end of a hitch, this post is inspired by a sixth boro mariner on a milk run.  Many thanks to Mike Weiss** for most of the photos.  It took him 77 days to get from Port Elizabeth back to Port Elizabeth.  […]

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 […]

Canal Motor Ship Project B

As William Lafferty pointed out in the previous post in this series here, Robert Barnes Fiertz was not a tanker.  I’ll have several more posts on Fiertz and her sisters including the one we now call Day-Peckinpaugh, but here we focus on a vessel launched two years later (in 1923) that builds on the same […]

Industrial Emma

A small 14-year-old general cargo vessel named Industrial Emma was inbound from Salvador Brasil.   Any guesses on how long that voyage would take? She’s a 5800 hp ship coming in with an assist from Miriam Moran, a 3000 hp tug.  Industrial Emma is the product of a Polish shipyard, Remontowa, whose 1960s history I find […]

Other Watersheds 7: Reredux

Here was the first redux for the Delaware. Handy Three appeared on this blog almost a decade ago in a different livery and in a different port. Of course, she’s been a Moran tugboat for a half dozen years already.  In the background above, that’s the 1968-commissioned, 2007-decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy.   Several hundred yards […]

Ports of Western Mexico 3

Quick . ..  name the oldest (or first) verifiable European settlement in current US territory?  Answer follows. Giovanni da Verrazzano visited the bay that became the sixth boro in 1524 but he didn’t settle. This is the port of Guaymas, visited and claimed for Spain in 1539 by Francisco de Ulloa.  I can’t tell you […]