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Thanks to Jan van der Doe 2

If you’ve yet to make your first trip to the Netherlands and you’re interested in tugboats, then Maassluis in one of a handful of must-see places.    Jan van der doe went there recently and sent these.  I was there last year and got some of the same photos, just two months later in the […]

Thanks to Jan van der Doe

“I have worked on two salvage tugs,” writes Jan.  “The first one, Hercules in 1957-1958, was a seagoing salvage-tug/icebreaker built in 1943 for the German Air Force/Navy to salvage plane wrecks in the Baltic Sea.  After the war the tug sailed for Bugsier and came under the Dutch flag in 1950.  In 1984 [ as Temi IV] […]

New Harleys and Older

Wrangell, Alaska is almost 7000 sea miles from New York. Harley does have a number of fleets, but the Olympic fleet seems to have arrived in the sixth boro this month.   Ernest Campbell (1969) is one of several tugs that have retained the last name of the previous owner. C. F. Campbell (1975) is another. The […]

Sixth Boro Self-Unloader

Preliminary question:  Where in the world is Alice Oldendorff?  Answer follows. This profile below–not Alice— might make you imagine yourself in the St Lawrence Seaway or the Great Lakes.  But I took this photo on the Lower New York Bay yesterday.  I had not caught a self-unloader of this style in the Lower Bay since […]

Gallivanting to the Rondout

In the drizzle, BBC Alabama awaits cargo in Port of Albany. Pocomoke transfers cargo, Brooklyn heads south, Hudson Valley sentinels keep vigil no matter how much rain falls, Doris hangs with Adelaide, as does Coral Coast with Cement Transporter 5300, Strider rests from striding, Union Dede docks at a port that 10 years ago was […]

More Mighty Servant

Two and a half decades ago (almost) I was entering New Hampshire from Quebec and was stumped:  the US border agent brought his face to about a foot from mine and asked: “How does someone from Massachusetts (my drivers license) and someone from Maine (her drivers license)  meet?”  I knew he wanted a short, convincing […]

Savannah Watershed 2

I’ll never claim to know all the sixth boro stories although I’ve chosen as a goal to hear more of them.  Savannah has a great waterfront story.  See if you can figure it out from this set of fotos;  I will explain at the end of post.  Call this . . . what’s Flo Mar’s […]

Ladders 2

With the pilot still aboard this ship bound for sea, his egress awaited. I must learn more about the lot of pilots, but the crewman here retracted this pilot’s ladder This one still hangs almost to the waterline. See the crewman under the upper house of Mary Alice?  Well . . . here he is […]

Dutch Tugs 9

On a windy day recently in the Beerkanaal section greater Rotterdam harbor, Jan Oosterboer took these photos, passed along by Jan van der Doe. The small boats here are operated by the KRVE, self-translated as “rowers” but more likely we’d call them linesmen.  The more distant KRVE boat is alongside Smit Cheetah.  The link that follow […]

Dutch Tugs 8

These photos come via Jan van der Doe and were taken by Jan Oosterboer in the Lekhaven area of Rotterdam. Lingestroom, a Damen Shoalbuster 3512 design and launched in 2017, measures 114′ x 39′ and is powered by triple screw driven by three Caterpillar C32-TTA SCAC. Unrelated, notice the stack for the Atlanship SA orange juice tanker […]