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Raised Ace 3

Here are the previous posts in this series, showing the removal and disposal of the wreck of the RORO Baltic Ace, which sank after a collision in December 2012. After more than two years underwater, this is how things appear.           Many thanks for these photos to Jan Oosterboer via Fred […]

Raised Ace 2

Here was part 1 of this story about the ill-fated Baltic Ace. Jan Oosterboer took these photos in the Waalhaven portion of Rotterdam harbor. Tugboat Viking barged these parts to Waalhaven  on July 2. Can you recognize the make of car? Click here to see this model out of the water but in workable condition.  The […]

Raised Ace

You might remember the story of the tragic sinking . . . December 2012 and the immediate aftermath.  Baltic Ace was only five years in service and part of a huge fleet. The MOL Ace’s often serve the sixth boro as well, as seen in the top photo from a tugster post here from three years ago. […]

Raised Metal

Delta Mule was Grand Eagle before that.  Today it’s better known around the sixth boro as Eastern Dawn. Sea Ox was the second name of this vessel, after Lief S.  Since Inland Sea it moved on to Brooklyn and now is known as Charlotte V.  If raised letters were changed each time, all that heat […]

Road Fotos 2021 F 1

For some context, Road Fotos 2021 E left off in September here, and I’ve not caught up with road fotos for November.  But let’s jump ahead to December, and a trip we could start in New Iberia, about 150 miles west of New Orleans.  It was a reconnoitre, a gallivant to investigate what to spend […]

November 17, 2015

On this date six years ago I had the good fortune of spending the whole day on Oneida Lake on Ward’s Island, a repurposed Electric Boat-built 1929 ferry but then idled by a bridge between Manhattan and Ward’s Island.  The self-propelled ship, once a double ended ferry,  was acquired by NYS for the Barge Canal […]

Road Fotos 2021 A

Road Fotos never tell the whole story, but enjoy these fleeting sights from the Mississippi Valley . . . like an excursion boat called Tom Sawyer,  or one called Mark Twain . . .. Some towns have statues of obscure favored and maybe local folks . . . but no such unknowns are raised onto […]

100 Years to the Day

At some point, maybe days before April 23, 1921, at McDougall Duluth Shipyard, this vessel, Interwaterways Line Incorporated 101, or ILI 101, had taken shape on the ways. After it slid down the ways at launch, it was followed by four sisters, all before summer began in 1921.  The 101 traveled via the Soo, three […]

For the Birds 13

The water and its edges are good places to see birds;  that’s the origin of this series. The next six photos were taken in August 1997, almost 25 years ago.  I post them now because I recently learned some new info, which pertains to the gentleman in brown (driving the boat and bearded and sunglasses) […]

Inside an Elevating Tug and More

My most recent Professional Mariner published article can be read here. Today’s post presents some outtakes and more from the article process.  When you look at the tug below, or its earlier iteration, you might not expect it has this elevating ability.  You’ve seen it here in a winter solstice post from nine years ago. […]