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USS Slater Hudson River History

As of this morning, USS Slater is back to Albany again, after its latest shipyard visit. Below, thanks to Tim Rizzuto, are some photos from exactly 27 years ago, showing two McAllister tugboats assisting the large Russian, now Ukrainian, tugboat Gepard, which successfully delivered Slater from the Mediterranean to the sixth boro. I know this […]

USS Slater 2020 Shipyard Trip b

The whole trip, dock to dock, lasted almost exactly 24 hours, although given some delays, it could have been a few hours shorter.  Call this post “day and night,” or more accurately, “day, night, and day.” Here was part a. Let’s start some hours later on day 1.  Most river traffic does not draw spectators […]

USS Slater 2020 Shipyard Trip a

Here , here, and here were posts from the 2014 dry-docking. In July 2020, she heads down to Staten Island for another dry-docking, partly to address issues other than in 2014.  The photo below captures an 0600 view.  Today’s post covers the first three hours of the next 24, as it makes its way down […]

Day 11 Slater

Here was Day 1, and here was a time before that. Compared with this photo of Aetos, ex-USS Slater‘s looking good.   Here’s their newsletter, although they do a lot on Facebook. All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Day 1 Slater

Call this  hull up for action.  Slater is back in the sixth boro for the first time in 17 years.  Anyone have photos of her in New York waters from 1994 until 1997? Here’s the platform where a vessel who served two nations will get “hull work” for the next nine weeks or so. Compare […]

Old Years 2020

I don’t celebrate holidays much, but “old year’s day” I take seriously, to look back and assess.  Today’s post features photos you may remember from 2020.  I chose these from the several thousand photos I put into public domain this year.  It’s a personal and subjective exercise;  on a different day I might choose another […]

2020 Calendar July and August

Yes, I missed doing this in July, so today I play catch-up. Three vessels were on the July page.  First, it’s Louis C, a small tanker reborn as a small crane ship.  I was last aboard her on a very cold morning in January 2020.  The enclosed workshop forward of the wheelhouse features a wood […]

Random Tugs 299

Franklin crossed over the KVK to assist Haggerty Girls and RTC 107 out of IMTT. Patrice just finished assisting a box ship, and then turned around to help a government ship out of port. Ernest Campbell with no lion yet on its stack. Kings Points eases Double Skin 307 out of IMTT. Marjorie B. is […]

For the Birds 12

Slater, later, but for now . . . birds! If I could paint a picture of these elegant BB red old English bantams strutting around my brother’s garage, I’d put it on my wall. If ever there was a bird that deserves to inspire a cartoon figure with swagger, the oyster catcher should be right […]

Go West 2 and 3

Legs 2 and 3 are West Point to Kingston, and then Kingston to Troy to lower the boat for clear passage through the Erie Canal. Starting below, leaving West Point, passing Buchanan 12, HR Otter, looking back toward Catskill, meeting Craig Eric Reinauer, in awe in Coeymans seeing Eli (which I first misread as ELF) and […]