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Vane Brothers 9

One of these is not like the others . . .  and I’ll tell you why later. By the way, in case you can’t make out the names, it’s Wicomico, Fells Point, and Kings Point. When I first started this blog, the dominant bunkering company in the sixth boro was K-Sea, and on a given […]

Vane Brothers 8

What follows is photos of eleven Vane Brothers tugboats.  Can you identify the four that are 3000 hp;  the others are all 4200 hp.  The difference lies with the height of theupper wheelhouse. You choices are Susquehanna, Magothy and Fort McHenry,   Cape Fear, Fells Point, Choptank, Fort McHenry again, Pokomoke, Hunting Creek, and again […]

Vane Brothers 7

Quick . . . name those units? Type Vane Brothers into the search window, presuming you know these are Vane Brothers boats, and you’d get all the previous instances of this title, going back to 2009. Now you can see the names . . . Potomac above and Fort McHenry below. Philadelphia is legible here, […]

Random Tugs 345

If you’ve never hung out at any of the public places on the KVK and you’re interested in tugboats or shipping in general, you are missing something. The Upper Bay is a busy place also. M Faber Park is a great place when it’s open. You get views of the Bayonne Bridge and the east […]

Tug New York and Double Skin 509A

I hope you read my latest article, about Vane Brothers expanding to the Great Lakes.  Here tugboat New York pushes Double Skin 509A (A for asphalt) into the Black Rock Canal (or channel) near Buffalo.  Great history and aerial photos of the area can be seen here.  In the photo above, the Vane unit came […]

Vane Brothers 6

Here are posts one through five in this series.           Just a photo essay, Vane tugs and barges in the KVK through all the daylight hours today. All photos by Will Van Dorp.  

Onego Mississippi

When I saw this Onego cargo ship on AIS, I was hoping it still had the paint job it had when Henk Jungerious took the photo below.  click on the photo for more info. But, no, the paint was more sedate as Onego Mississippi entered the sixth boro. The design is unusual for this 2013 […]

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 […]

Talos

Talos.  Know the reference?  I didn’t but will share the response at the end of this post.  It’s entirely appropriate for the very automated  and largest in physical size class of container ships to call in the sixth boro, 1211′ loa.  In fact, another ship of the class is recognized as being (in 2019) as […]

Down and Up the Black Rock Canal

This is the same story as yesterday’s, but the perspective is different, thanks to a Great Lakes mariner.  New York slides the 509A into Black Rock Lock, a USACE facility.  By the way, Black Rock was a town that once rivaled Buffalo. The photo above looks downbound, but the one below looks back toward Buffalo […]