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She hardly looks her 75 years, but as I walked across a marina in Baltimore earlier this fall, I had to turn my head and


look a little closer.  Other than that she’s Chas. D. Gaither, I can’t say much else.


But I can tell you something about her namesake and one of those responsible for saving her.  Click here for the Gaither story and here for a restorer’s story.

It appears that Gaither‘s builders, Spedden Shipbuilding, also built Driftmaster (1949) and Wilhelm Baum (1923), which sank at the dock nearly two years ago.  Does anyone know what has become of Baum?  All photos here by Will Van Dorp.   I took the Baum photo back in 2008.


Click here and scroll to see the oldest retired NYPD launch I know of, Patrolman Walburger  aka Launch No. 5.

She started out as S. O. Co. No. 14 from a shipyard not far from her current Penn’s Landing berth and worked for almost 80 years.   For more on that story, read this article from the


The next two photos are credited to Bonnie Halda, who took them last week.




Baltimore, completed in 1906, was built at the same yard as Pegasus,  1907.




Except for the two credited to Bonnie Halda, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.   For a post with more photos of these old-timers and others, click here.

For an even older and much modified one, click here for a post I did on Charlotte, built in 1880 as a sandbagger.  Click here for info on Swell, a repurposed 1912 tug operating in British Columbia.

Two tugboats built that year are still around:  Daniel McAllister (108.9′ x 23′) was built in Collingwood on Lake Huron, and Pegasus (96′ x 23′) on the Chesapeake in Baltimore.  Pegasus was launched as S. O. Co. No. 16 and Daniel  . . . as Helena.  Daniel worked until the 1980s;  Pegasus worked until 1997, retiring after nine full decades of service. Pegasus still runs, making its most recent trip here.






Off Pegasus‘ stern, that’s the lightship/luxury yacht Nantucket.


Daniel is in the old port of Montreal, certainly a place to wander around for awhile.


Here Pegasus was about to depart Caddell Dry Dock back in March 2010.




And here Pegasus was returning to the sixth boro from Mystic back in October 2010.


I’m wondering about the claim that Daniel is the second largest preserved tugboat in the world.  I believe Hercules–also 1907!!!–is the largest at 151′ x 26.’  Where does Pegasus rank in this comparison:  third, fourth, ??


All photos here by Will Van Dorp.


In A Perfect Storm,  Sebastian Junger writes “There are houses in Gloucester where grooves have been worn into the floorboards by women pacing past an upstairs window, looking out to sea.”  Today a lot of people are wearing out keyboards searching for news on El Faro.  Others are out in the still stormy aftermath of the hurricane, looking for contact.  Wishes and prayers and hopes swirl through the air as well.


this photo and the next four . . . taken in Baltimore in March 2010









The next four photos show El Morro, sister ship, arriving in San Juan in March 2013.  Note the splash in lower center left in the photo above;  that’s the pilot boat delivering the pilot on this stormy morning two years ago.






Here she arrives in the port of San Juan.



All photos were taken by Will Van Dorp, who prays for strength and safety for all who need it today.

Click here for info on vessel owner, TOTE Maritime, a Saltchuk company.

… John Jedrlinic, that is.  Jed has sent along quite a few photos, some of which you can see here.

I believe all these photos were taken in Baltimore in September 2011.  I’ve been to Baltimore, but I’ve never seen a Krause tug.  More of my photos from Baltimore here, and maybe I should head back.   Below is David M Krause built as LT 2075 in 1953.

photo date 11 SEPT 2011

Theresa S. Krause, formerly James M. Witte, built in 1952.

photo date 10 SEPT 2011

and JoAnn Krause, built 1944.

photo date 10 SEPT 2011

Jed, thanks much.


The first two and last two photos here come thanks to John Jedrlinic . ..  aka Jed.  He took these of Marlin in Baltimore in late July 2009.


Has anyone heard of/seen it since it was sold foreign?


The next batch were taken in the Beerkanaal area seaward of Rotterdam in early March (I think) by Jan Oosterboer and sent via Rene Keuvelaar and Fred Trooster.  I’ll just list the names and embed more info:  Iskes Brent

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Smit Panther with 1200′ CSCL South China Sea,

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Smit Ebro,

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Fairplay 24,

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SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,

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Smit Cheetah,

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Canadian built Svitzer Nabi and Nari,

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Smit Hudson

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and SD Rebel.

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Look at the palm trees.  Jed took this one of Fort Bragg last month in a place where northerners probably wished they were. . . .


. .  and this one of Susan Moran in Norfolk in early June 2012.


Thanks to Jed, Jan, Rene, and Fred for these photos.


Cold weather keeps me inside, where my fingers keep the keyboard warm.    I’ll start by revisiting this foto I took a warm morning in 2010.  That tugboat was 60 years old at that moment.  The easiest name to read is Ocean King, but in raised metal letters on the port bow, you might make out some other letters,


here and


even clearer here on the starboard bow.    And in between those two names, she also went by David McAllister.


The following three fotos come thanks to Allen Baker.  The foto below shows Resolute in 1974 in Fells Point, when she was part of the Baker-Whitely Towing Company.    Click here and here for posts I did in Fells Point and Baltimore back in 2010.


The foto below dates from 1980.  Notice Grace McAllister to the left.  At this point, McAllister had just purchased the B-W Towing Company.


The boat to the right I can’t identify.  Notice Holland and Britannia also.  Britannia was built as Thomas A. Meseck at Marvel in Newburgh NY in 1942.


It turns out that Ocean King aka Resolute was built at RTC Shipbuilding, the same yard in Philadelphia Camden as  John B. Caddell, which I last saw, sold for scrap here.

Many thanks to Allen Baker for sharing these vintage fotos.  And thanks to the folks at, without whom I’d have a much harder time tracing back these names.

First three fotos by Will Van Dorp.

The forward portion of a new cruise ship?  Yes, I smudged the identifying marks a slash here and there.

Nah . . . almost 39 years ago she was launched as New Zealand Bear, one of two C-7 S-88s launched in Baltimore for the Pacific Far East Line.

Today Horizon Producer is one of a few dozen Jones Act containerships.  Here’s a foto of her leaving a drydocking at Brooklyn Navy Yard, a fact I heard about but never saw close up.

Compare bows here and

sterns.  Here‘s a recent itinerary for Kobe Express. More comparison:  Horizon Producer is 721′ loa x 95′, 25644 dwt.  Kobe Express is panamax . . . i.e., 964′ loa x 104′, 66,700 dwt.  See the 11th foto here for a panamax vessel shoehorned into a lock in Panama.   Tugs are Kimberley Turecamo and Laura K. Moran.

If you fancy beam-on profiles, click here.

As an aside, yesterday morning Producer passed this sad derelict launched from the same shipyard 82 years before our vintage containership, Philip T. Feeney . . .

All fotos within the past three days by Will Van Dorp, who’s mulling over a gallivant tomorrow.

Speaking of the Jones Act, here’s a recent NYTimes article about American shipping companies like Liberty Maritime not getting a fair share of US shipping. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never heard of this company.

And shipping containers adding up to condos, check this out.  It’s threesquared.

Today marks the end of the four-day historic ship festival and the official opening of Pier 25.  Friday and Saturday I worked on Pegasus.  Click on that link and you can find details of her history, starting from her inception as Standard Oil No. 16, including a time when she sported the flying horse on her stack.  1907 was a recurring number in the history-oriented tour:  the date of Pegasus launch in Baltimore and the date of the opening of the Kenneth M. Murchison-designed Hoboken terminal of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Drydock tug Hoboken dates from 1963, but

Yankee ferry, the only surviving Ellis Island ferry, entered service in 1907.  Click here for much more about the Philadelphia-built Yankee.

Here’s a view of Union Dry Dock & Repair company . . . from Pegasus.

Also giving tours on the water was the historic John J. Harvey.   Type Harvey into the search window on this blog and you’ll see more fotos I’ve taken over the past five years.

Folks including me took fotos of Harvey from Pegasus, just as folks on Harvey zoomed in on us.  In the cowboy hat, it’s Mitch . . . of Newtown Pentacle.

Over 150 folks enjoyed a FREE!@#@!  Hudson River ride on Pegasus Saturday.  Lucky them!!  I’m just saying . . .  this is a rare treat, and you could make it less rare by joining in this way or that.  FYI . . . the engine burns about 35 gallons per hour, if I recall correctly.

If you’re in or around the sixth boro tomorrow, you may see this scene above.  I took that foto about a month ago.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who yesterday befriended MV Algolake. a bonafide facebooking, literate ore carrier!   Be the first among your FB friends to befriend an ore carrier;  for me it’s therapeutic, helping me forget the bulk carrier Alice that has made distance between us!!

The last milestone was the 1000, but this one, post 1280, goes up exactly four years (well, I’m three days late, actually)  after my first ever post.  Since then, I’ve spent countless hours of free time educating and entertaining myself,   touring other folk through the sixth boro,

interacting with passersby in ports wherever they beckon–ports like the sixth boro,


Baltimore (and many other places …)  and more I hope to come.  Thanks to all for your tours and advice and feedback.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying this blog more than ever, learning to see, fishing

(sometimes in extreme conditions) for

flights of fancy and

all manner of lore and historical info about the sixth boro and all the waters connected to it.

Like yesterday, I was reading about Alice L. Moran, her marvelous feats, and wondering if she’s still called Amsterdam and working in Bahraini waters.    And I was reading about PY-16 USS Zircon (later a pilotboat named New York and previously a Pusey & Jones steam yacht Nakhoda), predecessor of pilotboat New York.

I’ve enjoyed these first 1280 and will be continuing.  Meanwhile, here’s another interesting thing I stumbled upon yesterday on page 12 of the Spring 1966 Tow Line magazine.   I hope no one is irked by my printing a screen shot here.  Enjoy.  Letter 1 with request on left and response on right.

Thanks for reading this blog and commenting for four years.  The ride goes on.

Photo credits here to Les, Allen, Carolina, and bowsprite.  Greets to the guys on SKS Tyne.

Meanwhile, a few words about the MWA Waterfront Conference tomorrow:  ”

New York, NY: On Tuesday, November 30, senior officials and representatives from over 14 government agencies will join over 500 waterfront advocates, educators, and planning experts for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s 2010 Waterfront Conference at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center.

Dozens of agency officials, politicians, and other experts will be on hand to offer their perspectives on the future of the NY-NJ Harbor, including: NYC Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, Bob Martin of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Col. John R. Boulé II of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Capt. Linda Fagan of the US Coast Guard, Peter Davidson of the Empire State Development Corporation, David Bragdon of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, Adrian Benepe of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Amanda Burden of the NYC Planning Commission, Cas Holloway of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and Seth Pinsky of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.”

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