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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] […]

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 7

Again, these photos come via Jan van der Doe from Vianen at the Merwedekanaal, and taken by  Huug Pieterse from Arkel and Leo Schuitemaker from Klundert.  By the way, Klundert became a city in 1357! Noorderlight dates from 1941.  I’m not sure which small tug she’s towing. Wiepke, 1946. Zuiderzee, 1930. Maartje Anna, 1923. Finally, for […]

Dutch Tugs 6

These photos come via Jan van der Doe from Vianen at the Merwedekanaal, and taken by  Huug Pieterse from Arkel and Leo Schuitemaker from Klundert.  By the way, Klundert became a city in 1357! I’m making an attempt at matching these up with some basic info.  So Storm dates from 1909 and David from 1947. Harmonie […]

Something Different 26

In the photos below you are looking at Time is Money, a famous parlevinker.  A what??! Well, have a close look and you’ll know . . . A parlevinker is basically a floating supermarket, or more like a bodega on the water.  In English it’s a bum boat, but when’s the last time you saw a […]

Other Peoples Photos 59

Here from Lock E-28A, Bob Stopper’s photo of Canal Corp’s efforts to get the Canal open for season 200! The rest of these photos come from Jan van der Doe, starting with Sandra Mary, 1962,  in McNally colors and built by Russel-Hipwell at Owen Sound in 1962. W. N. Twolan, also 1962 built, alongside Menier Consol. […]