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The most unambiguous sign of spring is a recreational boat in the sixth boro.

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Margot always ranges widely . . . . but when the Erie Canal is still closed for the season, she’s more frequently in the sixth boro.

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Buchanan 12 is back doing stonework . . .

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big scale.  In winter I’ve not seen this.  Ice preventing it maybe?

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Black-hulled USCG vessels are more common in winter.  I’m not sure what Sanibel (WPB 1312) was doing in town.

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Another indisputable sign of spring .  .  . is that big sliver .  . . in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis the gull.

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All kidding aside, it’s an impressive boat for a guy who immigrated to the US at age 16 and got a job washing dishes . . . if that’s true.    I wonder who’s taking that selfie there?  Is that a selfie with a circle of friends, a huge boat, and a bridge in the background?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years.  I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.

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Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?

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Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling

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looks a lot better.

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Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .

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and here’s a closer up a month later . . .

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Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here

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is the same

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vessel now known as Foxy 3.  I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.

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Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and

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just plain Dory now.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro.  Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts.  Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10.  I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.

 

World’s End is not some lamentation about the single digit temperatures we’ve seen in these parts;  it’s one of the great place names in the Hudson Highlands from 40 to 55 miles north of the the Statue.  Enjoy these summer/winter pics of this curve in the vicinity of World’s End.  West Point is just to the left, and we’re headed north.

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Birk Thomas–of tugboat information.com– took this photo in just about the same place less than a week ago.

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I took this two summers ago, and that’s Pollepel Island in the distance.

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Same place . . . Birk’s photo from last week.  Visibility is so restricted that the Island cannot be seen.

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And here are two more shots of the same view in summer, from off Cornell and

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Patty Nolan. That’s Buchanan 12 heading north in the photo below.

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Photos 2 and 4 used with thanks to Birk Thomas.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Storm Juno was all hyperbole in the five boros . . . not as  harsh as  in eastern Long Island and southern New England, but it was cold the day after.  Nevertheless, Mary Alice and Cheyenne were hard at work,

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as was Mister Jim.

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The same is true for Barbara McAllister and 

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Charles D.

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Buchanan 1 was at work.

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The government boats were out like Liberty V and

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Driftmaster.

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Of course, cold means demand for fuel . .  and Matthew Tibbetts was moving it , as

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was Crystal Cutler.

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Joyce D. Brown was moving the railroad and

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Treasure Coast had a barge astern headed south. Anyone know what cargo was/will be in the barge?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who went out to see the sights after the storm.

Sorry for the hiatus in posting.  I was out at sunrise New Years Day . . . but more on that in a moment.

Part of my silence was attributable to verizon.  The rest . . . was because I decided to ACT on new year’s resolutions, not just make them.

The first photos after sunrise January 1 . . . Buchanan 1, who must have been towing a loaded dredge spois scow out as the new years whistles were blowing and fireworks blasting.  Bravo, Buchanan 1.

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The linemen/boom managers were out working, as

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were the crews of Lucy Reinauer and pilot boat Yankee.

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Jay Michael headed out with a scow load of dredge spoils, evidence that dredgers worked their way from 2014 to 2015.

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And Bering Sea . . . heads west into the Kills, having passed Gotland Marieann.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . .  .  And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies.  But what would you call this?

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Step back a hundred and some feet . . . and clearly it’s USAV MGen Anthony Wayne LT-803, 5100 hp, and delivered from what is now  VT Halter Marine in June 1993.  Off her port side is Eric R. Thornton.

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From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.  

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Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.

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Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year.   It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried.  66, perhaps?

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And they were off.  Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.

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More photos later.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.

Two questions you might have are . .  why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne?  Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”

From midday . .  til dusk.  Here between Morris Canal and Battery Park City, Gabby heads south.

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Mister T mightily pulls six scows here between

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the Williamsburg and the Manhattan Bridges.

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Near midtown on the East River, there’s an eastbound unit and a westbound one.

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Westbound, it’s Cheyenne moving crushed cars, and

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and–eastbound– Captain Zeke with petro product.  By the way, Captain Zeke was moving faster than the uncrushed cars on the highway in the distance, probably because of some unintentional crushing that had happened.

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From near Hell Gate now, looking back at Captain Zeke, what a moody city!!

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

It’s snowing in the sixth boro now, but Sunday–between threatening clods–it looked like this.

Let’s start with Discovery Coast and GCS 236.

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Shelby passing Grace D of

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D & G Launch Service . . .

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Buchanan 12, again light . . .

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And a close up of Discovery Coast . . .

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and another ending with Robbins Reef Light, which looked like this in 1951.

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All fotos taken on Sunday by Will Van Dorp, who hopes you can come to the auction at Noble Maritime this Friday evening.

Barney Turecamo with barge Georgia  and

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Buchanan 12 light, under the same wintry sky.  The last time I saw the 12 was back when tugster last took a swimming day.  I’d love to see the high and dry hulls of Barney and Mary.

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Franklin Reinauer and Taft Beach leaving Erie Basin and

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Franklin here refueling with Ruth M.

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Robert E. McAllister, passing where warehouses are being transformed into park equipment and

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Passing the cranes at the former Military Ocean terminal it’s Mary Gellatly and headed the other way

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Marjorie B. McAllister.

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Joyce D. Brown westbound past IMTT and here a few minutes later Joyce with

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Meredith C. Reinauer right behind.

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Shelby slings some barges and

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magnificent Maryland –as seen from a low angle–made to the dock.

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A Vane unit . . . I don’t recall and can’t identify . . . a few minutes after sunrise.

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All fotos taken the past month by Will Van Dorp.

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 . . . .

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without a winch or H-bit . . . definitely a towboat.

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Barbara E. Bouchard and in the lift Edwin N. Bisso . . .  as definitely tugboats

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Admiral Jackson . . . tugboat.

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J. W. Herron . . . towboat, and I’d love to see her high and dry hull lines.

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Ned Ferry . . . tug.   Here’s Ned Ferry with Sanko Venture, recently somewhat curiously rendered by bowsprite.

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This unidentified Florida Marine vessel with tow is a towboat . . . .  Note how the length of the tow

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seems quite lengthened when you get a profile.  Also notice the dance as the ferry Louis B. Porterie sashays between the two tows.

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John Williams . . .  towboat.

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Ditto Alley Cat,  Stone Power, 

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and Jerry Aragon.

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This one I don’t see enough of to identify.

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For nostalgia’s sake . . . a foto of Odin in the KVK . . . circa 2007.

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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.

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