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Something Different 61

Here’s the source for this photo and info below.  My question is . . . where might it be now.  I have no answer. This is only a portion of the history you’ll find if you click(ed) on the link in the paragraph above. A friend just sent this.  Guess the location?  Full Steam‘s the […]

Something Different 60

Let’s try this:  which boat and where.  Some of you will quickly identify the tugboat and a bit later say the location.  Some of you might guess the company by the color of the tug.  Others of you will have no association at all. I took these photos Tuesday of this week.   The boat […]

Something Different 59

See the draft numbers? Here‘s a good definition of and discussion of their usages.  I pay attention to these just because I’m a curious layperson. These appear in multiple locations around the hull because draft varies longitudinally. The markings here I’ve read near the stern, as below, or the bow. This bulk carrier had discharged […]

Something Different 58

This photo was taken from the parking lot on the Belt Parkway, a half mile east of the VZ Bridge looking toward the Coney Island Light.  See the ship?   It’s the speck on the horizon almost dead center of the photo.  How far away would you guess it to be? A few seconds later, […]

Something Different 57

Here’s a mystery, a 1919 UK-built tug named G. W. Rogers that sank in Rensselaer in December 1987.  Click on the photo itself to get more info. The mystery is this:  which floating crane raised it and what became of it later? Next mystery:  what became of the wooden floating drydock that used to be […]

Something Different 56

Thanks to Isaac Pennock, who took this photo on the hard in Muskegon MI.  The name Joel B and the port of registry New York is recognizable in the metal. Does anyone remember Joel B in NY?   She’s not large, 30- to 40′ and a beam of less than 15′, wide load sign notwithstanding. […]

Something Different 55

There’s something unusual about the vessel coming in with the assistance of Miriam Moran. See what it is? Maybe I should say this vessel is a veritable unicorn.  Thai script is unusual. I read the Thai writing system is based on Old Khmer. She draws a little over 20′ if I read this right. The […]

Something Different 54 b

Since we’re at models, recall this post from two years ago with photos of a diorama in France depicting the sixth boro with a model of a Moran tugboat, the Statue, and a liner. These photos come from Steve Munoz, who tells this story: “model schooner Evelyn, about 3 feet long, built in early 1900s […]

Something Different 54 a

Sailing ships in bottles . .  . here are a few by Alex Bellinger. I’ve heard them called “patience bottles” and “impossible bottles.” But how many of these have you seen, tugs in bottles? Alex, whom I’ve know for 30 years, writes:  “the tugs are for my  older brother, who worked on tugs out of […]

Something Different 53 b

This happens to be the 1953 Hobo, but any boat single, twin, triple, or quadruple looks like this when first hauled out. And here . . . after a shave and haircut,and some good pomade.  She’s 38′ 12′. The unicorn here is W. O. Decker, 1930, wooden-hulled. She’d been power washed but was waiting for […]