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I had a chance to see Orange Blossom depart the sixth boro this morning, but since our current January light is so monochromatic, I thought to take on the tugboat/towboat question. Having said that, I’ve always considered Buchanan 12 (last one here) and Glen Cove (seventh foto here) as river tugboats or pushboats. Odin, depicted at the end of this post and possibly still in the Kirby yard in Houston, also has some towboat characteristics.
Olga G. Stone, big pushknees and little if any sheer . . . .
without a winch or H-bit . . . definitely a towboat.
Barbara E. Bouchard and in the lift Edwin N. Bisso . . . as definitely tugboats
Admiral Jackson . . . tugboat.
J. W. Herron . . . towboat, and I’d love to see her high and dry hull lines.
This unidentified Florida Marine vessel with tow is a towboat . . . . Note how the length of the tow
seems quite lengthened when you get a profile. Also notice the dance as the ferry Louis B. Porterie sashays between the two tows.
John Williams . . . towboat.
Ditto Alley Cat, Stone Power,
and Jerry Aragon.
This one I don’t see enough of to identify.
For nostalgia’s sake . . . a foto of Odin in the KVK . . . circa 2007.
All fotos above by Will Van Dorp. For some great towboat fotos check Boat Photo Museum and Ohio River Blog, recently added to my blogroll. Also, an excellent site is Dick’s Towboat Gallery. For more on the difference between tugs and towboats from TES, click here.
Quick and succinct: the way to enter Nola from the east and north is Rte 90. About 30 miles east of Nola I passed this mystery vessel Poseidon, which looked like a house-forward bulk carrier with a quonset hut over the hold now blown away by a storm. Anyone know the history?
As sun rose somewhere in a cloudy drizzly day, the first vessel to pass–upbound–was BBC Brazil.
Then a steady stream of traffic moved on the great river . . . some of them included Amalienborg,
B. John Yeager (?) with at least 13 barges, which round Algiers Point in the most
curious way, which involved backing down, sliding over to the Nola side, and what must have been lots of nail-biting.
Big Sam and a small tow.
From the Algiers side, I checked out Barbara E. Bouchard‘s new pins.
Also on the drydocks at Bollinger’s was Mully and Admiral Jackson.
Alice‘s sister Caroline Oldendorff passed . . . upriver.
And Alley Cat headed downstream herding more barges than would seem possible.
Nola is so much more than all that, and Checkpoint Charlie is a start of that other so-long list, but do check in at Charlie’s when next you’re here.
More soon. All foto by Will Van Dorp.
Take 2 . . . some the same, some different. Lynx southbound at 16:08.
Evening Star anchored at 16:09.
Christine McAllister anchored at 16:10.
Julia and Twin Tube attending Maersk Katarina at 16:13 at the 28 buoy.
Crystal Cutler heading for the Kills at 16:30.
Overseas Atalmar and bow of American Spirit at anchor . . . 16:37.
Another shot of Christine McAllister at 16:44.
Discovery Coast at 16:46.
Liberty V at 16:53 bound for Liberty Island . . . a crewboat.
Twisted #2 sign at the Battery looking toward Jersey City at 17:07.
Barbara McAllister preparing to remake the tow at 17:26.
Maserati VOR70 at the dock, heeled over for repairs, at 17:40
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 21. 22 . . . let’s call it shifting perspectives.
The name alone arrested me . . . Sedna. I used to refer to Sedna as my retirement plan. Don’t know Sedna? Sea goddess. Back then, I imagined that when I was too old to work or enjoy life, I’d get into my kayak and paddle seaward until I met Sedna. I’m not being morbid; it’s just the reaction I imagined I’d take to a diminished quality of life.
Funny thing, though, I googled the vessel below and learned she’d had her own near-encounter with the bottom recently. Sedna Degagnes . . . we’re glad you’re spritely again.
Bow Sirius, here being provisioned by ABC-1 , is a Polish-built Odfjell tanker.
Another great name . . . with a recent itinerary running mostly between the Gulf of Mexico and Scandanavia. Moonlight Venture . . . seems to hint at subterfuge. Brendan J. Bouchard is a vessel I can’t recall seeing much around the sixth boro.
And Baltic Merchant, another great name, though one that accurately reflects its itinerary.
All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who info above notwithstanding, is not morbid.
There are many blues in the sixth boro . . . besides my own. Saturday I caught an unexpected glimpse of King’s Point Liberator.
DonJon has their unmistakeable blue.
But then there’s this one, which mesmerized me for the first time almost six years ago and when the vessel was just off the ways.
Palva is a midsized vessel of the NesteOil fleet.
And these blues are just part of their corporate colors scheme.
No matter . . . I’m still captured by these colors,
arrested and drawn in.
Five years ago I wrote: “It’s the color of sky, water, twilight ice, and distant land.” When Palva left for sea yesterday, it’s destination was Murmansk, possibly 11 days away.
Murmansk . . . exotic though not balmy. Fair winds and frazil ice . . . if any.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s frustrated by wordpress interface changes which prevent the fotos from enlarging when you click on them . . . the way they used to. If anyone has a solution, let me know, svp.
I’m surprised it’s been almost five whole years since I did the previous installment by this name. The sixth boro is a huge fuel transfer port, and currently Sandy has moved oil back onto everyone’s brain . . . mostly because of how difficult it is to procure. Fuel is gold. The other day when I was standing in line to get to vote, the joke I heard several times was that at the end of the line we’d either get a ballot or a five-gallon container of fuel.
New York harbor is filled with expensive vessels either waiting to move fuel . . . like Dace Reinauer,
Pati R. Moran, or
they’re actually moving it . . . like from Eagle Matsuyama to this Bouchard barge probably usually pushed by
Or fuel is actually being moved from one to another node in the distribution chain . . . like here Diane B,
Pocomoke and Comet (in foreground),
B. Franklin Reinauer,
and Evening Mist . . ..
All this movement notwithstanding, gas rationing is still in effect.
Anyone read whether consumption has decreased because of the rationing?
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 2.
What kind of fotos does one get on a dark and drizzly morning? Well, through a fence I snapped this one of the virginal Evening Star . . . in the boro less than 24 hours! And less than a year and a half after keel-laying down in Louisiana.
Alice Oldendorff came in this morning . . . the first moving vessel I spotted today AND the subject of my first ever post nearly six short and long years ago. Alice shuttles aggregates between Port of Bayside, NB and Brooklyn Navy Yard.
And even more virginal than Evening Star, here’s DDG-112, to be commissioned in the sixth boro next Saturday.
Here’s Alliance St. Louis, a US-flagged RORO with
a smudge on her bow that resembles smudges I’ve seen on other ROROs. Anyone explain the origin of what appears to be primer paint over damaged coating?
Here’s the Kirby barge Pacific, which
has this unusual feature midships.
Moving her eastbound was Amy C McAllister. The tanker in the distance off Amy‘s stern is Lia.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Soon-to-be commissioned USS Michael Murphy will be open for tours tomorrow.
The same day, Capt. Jason (1982) breezed through the harbor, a first glimpse for me. I have not much more info.
Gulf Dawn appeared here.
And regulars include Catherine Miller,
Laura K. Moran,
Evening Mist sailing here through golden evening sheen,
and Sassafras paralleling a container ship.
Except for the foto by Birk, all fotos by Will Van Dorp.
First foto comes thanks to William Hyman, who took it eight days ago. Resolute waits along the dock in MOTBY for its next assist. In the background is a lesser-known 9/11 monument, a Tsereteli statue given to the US as an official gift of the Russian government only six years ago. Putin himself came here for the dedication. Resolute is six times older than the monument, and when it was launched, no doubt no one would have imagined a Russian-donated statue would stand anywhere in NYC.
Ireland dates from 1940; she first appeared on this blog only five months ago here.
No vessel makes more noise as it passes as OSG Vision. And if you don’t know her power in “equines,” check here. I guess that partially explains the throbbing, only partly since President Polk is rated at 57,000!
Amy Moran (1973, 3000 hp) assists OSG Vision and OSG 350 through the Kills.
Amy C McAllister (1975) follows McAllister Sisters (1977) to the next assist.
Bruce A. McAllister (1974) here assists Baltic Sea I (2003) rotate and then head outbound.
A few seconds earlier, McAllister Sisters used noticeable force to push Baltic‘s stern around.
There was once a Baltic Sea that belonged to the same fleet as Beaufort Sea (1971), but that other Baltic now works out of Lagos, Nigeria. I’ve written the new owners to ask for fotos, but . . . so far, in vain.
Bering Sea (1975) and Jane A. Bouchard (2003) spend some time at the fuel dock.
No tug appears on this foto, but some of you just know which tug is mated to RTC 135. Cruise ship, I believe, is Explorer of the Seas. Answer about the tug follows.
Gelberman (1980) may look like a tug, but USACE call it a “debris collecting vessel.” More info on her can be found in this post from three and a half years ago.
Thanks to William Hyman for that first foto; all others by Will Van Dorp. And the tug mated to RTC 135 is Nicole Leigh Reinauer.
Mr. Pena . . . below is a foto of your life saver aka CABO ROJO taken in the East River NYC in November 2010. Note that on this day she was pushing three scows just south (west) of Hell Gate. The connection to your story was made by Gus Pervolarakis. Thanks much, Gus. Since I added Mr Pena’s note to yesterday’s post late (I do go back and add “stuff” sometimes), let me reproduce part of it here:
|“we owe our life to the captn and crew of tug boat CABO ROJO; they saved us from capsizing on 13 of may 1966 on rough weather crossing from cuba to florida; our boat was a 17 footer; l was 18 yrs old at the time. now at 66 l would like to have a photo of the ship or crew. … note at the time of our rescue, tugboat CABO ROJO was pulling 3 barges behind it with molasses on a trip from puerto rico to new orleans. who was to tell that [our] faint far away light was seen in the distance. it was going to be our salvation. thanks a million captn god bless. tugboat CABO ROJO and his crew. … our boat the ANITA was abandoned to the mercy of the sea; every time l remember seeing it fade away under the lights of the reflectors of tugboat CABO ROJO l can’t stop tears . thanks again for saving our life. gratefully yours r.a pena”|
I’m not sure where CABO ROJO aka Solomon Sea (ex-Brandon Roehrig) is at this moment, maybe tied up in the yard. Any commercial vessel coming upon a distressed boat in nasty weather would do the same.
Here’s a scene I caught the other day when Hellespont Pride had just entered port. Shot was taken from Fort Wadsworth. Note where the lifeboat is, astern of the barge and Jane A. Bouchard.
A closer-up a little later and
still later. As with any safety drill, it’s important to do these under calm, practice conditions.
Here the lifeboat’s locked back in.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
For some great old freshwater tug fotos, check out Isaac’s tugboathunter here.