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A random gallivant around the sixth boro the other day showed these boats, starting with Iron Mike (1977) under the Williamsburg Bridge.
a trio of Navigator (1981), Susan Miller (1981) , and Quantico Creek (2010) over by Con Hook,
Robert IV (1975) a little farther north and east,
Scott Turecamo (1998) headed for the Kills,
HMS Liberty (1978) in the anchorage,
Amberjack (1981) facing Yonkers,
Barry Silverton (2015) swinging toward the Palisades, and
Rhea I. Bouchard (1982) making way for a point up north.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
If you depart at 0400, there’s not much to photograph. Light beckoned as we approached Newburgh/Beacon.
I saw Mt. Beacon as I never had before;
ditto Storm King in sunrise that even dappled
the wave tops.
Once around Gee Point, we saw the statue (to the left on the ridge)
of Kościuszko’s, fortifier of West Point.
Once south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, passengers traveled upstream
for seasonal seesighting.
Scrap was sought.
Sloops sailed and
work boats waited their time.
More statues sighted, and
vessels waited their time.
And we had arrived at a place where at least two boros approached each other.
Will Van Dorp, who took these photos, is back in the boros for a while.
The first two photos–showing the newest and fastest (??) ATB to arrive in the sixth boro– were taken by Randall Fahry.
Zachery Reinauer is a Hudson River-built tug from 1971 one of the last 10 built at Matton, and she looks as good today as new!
This was taken a few seconds later, and this
as she stands by, while Haggerty Girls finesses RTC 107 into position.
An occasional sixth boro visitor, it’s Rhea I. Bouchard with B. No. 284.
As I began this post with another photographer’s photo, so I’ll end. Thanks to Gerard Thornton for this rare catch of Ticonderoga assisting Pleon (?) into the Kills, possibly the last float for Pleon. That’s also Barry Silverton in the distance.
Thanks to Randall and Gerard for use their photo. All others by Will Van Dorp.
We’ve seen James D., Kirby, and JRT. And now . . welcome Jonathan C Moran. Another photo of the 6000 hp newest in the port later in the post.
For now, also resplendent in the June dawn . . . Jane A. Bouchard,
the unique B. Franklin Reinauer,
and so let’s add another of this facet tug,
Evening Light (the former Frederick E. ),
the lean, green James E. Brown,
the age-defying Durham,
the indefatigable James Turecamo,
and finally another shot of Jonathan C Moran.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get back to work.
Barges “1” was years ago. And here are previous posts that in some way focus on some sort of barge. But the two photos below, which I took in May, prompt this post. I can’t identify this Bouchard barge, but look at the size of the yard worker in comparison.
It’s quite likely this is not one of their largest barges, but it is indeed sizable.
The B. No. 260 is 350′ loa and slightly different design although a similar deep notch.
The B. No. 220 is 404′ –here along with Normandy and Bouchard Boys–and
B. No. 280 is 399′. I’m not sure which tug is driving it.
Frederick Bouchard here is powering B. No. 264–350′–
Evening Tide with B. No. 262--350′– and
the 317′ loa B. No. 250, pushed by Evening Star. My point was how large and capacious these barges are . . . ,
and that is measured in barrels of capacity, not feet. For these barges then, here’s that info:
B. No. 250 = 59,000 brls
B. No. 260, 262, 264 = 60,000
B. No. 280 = 80,000
B. No. 220 = 110,000 brl
In many situations, fuel is measured in metric tons, as covered here.
And this tangent started out with photos taken by Will Van Dorp.
0633 . . . the other morning, a quarter hour after sunrise.
30 seconds later, at a different angle.
It’s really about light.
0832 The good light is gone. Time to move on to something else. But wait . . are those the towers of the new Goethals Bridge along the right edge of the photo?
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
And if you missed the new NY harbor dock book info yesterday, here it is again. The author writes, “I decided to adapt his work into book form. I left the Martin Golden byline so he would get credit for his work. I think the old names on the docks are best feature. Most of those terminals have gone the way of the dodo, but old timers can still be heard giving security calls at Standard Tank, Copper Docks and other places not there anymore.”
Unrelated: Did anyone catch Kirsten Grace leaving the sixth boro this weekend? Was she towing Newtown Creek to its new life? As of this posting, Kirsten Grace is approaching Wilmington NC.
If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment.
These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975.
Pelham, 1960. Behind her is USNS Red Cloud.
Barney Turecamo (1995) and
Scott Turecamo (1998).
Eric R. Thornton (1960)
Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace Reinauer (1968) with RTC 61.
Add Stephen-Scott (1967) and Ruth M. Reinauer (2008) pushing RTC 102.
Margaret Moran (1979) starting a backing-down of Heina with
James D. Moran (2015). More on this backing down later this week.
Captain D (1974) with CVA-604.
Meagan Ann (1975)
Frances (1957) and I think I know the crewman forward of the house.
And finally, I put this photo here because of a boat in the background. Is that Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962)? I thought she was scrapped half a year ago already. Hmm.
Other boats here are L. to r.) Realist, Kristy Ann, Hubert Bays, Long Splice, Samantha Miller, Stephen B, and Hunt Girls, which has been in the yard there for (?) two years now?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click on the image below for an interactive map of this portion of the sixth boro. Right now at about the 9 o’clock position you see two small white specks. They
are the huge spherical tanks seen off Barbara McAllister‘s stern.
Consider the size of the wraparound stairs and you’ll understand why locally they’re called “gorilla’s balls.”.
So here’s what the tugboat fueling station looks like from the north bank of the KVK, and
here looking west.
Here’s looking NE across the tank farm, and
from the landslide looking eastward across Robbins Reef Light to Brooklyn.
Off the bow of Oleander–the incoming small container ship, would be the Staten Island ferry racks,
and here’s looking south across tanker Navig8 Spirit toward the salt pile. But here’s the surprise, inside the fence and between the tanks,
there’s a very old cemetery, which pre-dates the use of this land for oil.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Jack Kennedy for arranging for this tour.
Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
Well, L’Hermione (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos. Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker. Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014. I wonder where she’s headed. Anyone help out?
Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
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