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Enter right . . .
… it’s L. W. Caddell, which I believe was built at the yard a quarter century ago.
A shipyard needs a small tug (loa 46′ x 16′) for lots of projects . . .
with every job.
And L. W. . . .
has an even smaller fleet mate, Jay Bee V, 1969
and loa 38′ x 12.’
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I got there JUST in time. A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream. What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.
Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.
And then it was lunch time.
Here you see the dry dock “ballasting” . . . or sinking.
Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”
Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.
The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.
Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation. Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction. See here and here.
Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.
First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left? Click on it for the schedule; I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal” Saturday and Sunday.
Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea. Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world. Here’s more on that project; a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.
Here’s a list of previous Wavertree posts. This post could be called Wavertree down rig, a slow and careful process that is best seen chronologically.
August 2. The rigging remained this way through the morning of the 14th.
August 14. Birk Thomas took the next two.
August 20. I got here while the osprey was still on watch . . .
and looking in control of his realm, but
a bit later, the riggers’ watch began and
the osprey left his station to them, who undid his perch
and on August 23, when I got there, el gran velero aka dirty dog aka Wavertree was stripped down and
a lot closer to being hoisted in dry dock.
I’m guessing triage of spars will happen and what goes back up will be refurbished before going back aloft.
Thanks to Nelson Chin for the photo below, showing a sampling of spars, now all labeled, waiting to go back up next summer.
Thanks to Birk for the August 14 photos and Nelson for the photo directly above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here are posts about Wavertree’s trip to the dry dock and before. And below are two photos I hadn’t used in those posts.
In the past 10 weeks, prep for the actual dry docking has resulted in loss of at least a foot and a half of draft. Mussels once submerged have lost their habitat.
Let’s descend into through the forward cargo hatch to see where a cavernous hold is getting even more cavernous.
Note the ladder beyond the foremast, as seen from standing to starboard of the keelson.
Looking to the stern from the ‘tween decks. As Mike Weiss said, “a cathedral of cargo.”
Looking astern from atop a makeshift block of ballast on the port side of vessel. That’s the main cargo hatch prominent in the center of the photo. My response to Mike’s quote is “an ark of angled wrought iron.”
This is how the skeleton of a 130-year-old vessel looks.
Looking toward the rudder post from the ‘tween decks.
Returned to the main deck looking forward at the cargo hatches.
Removal of extraneous and/or non-original weight has included belgian block and large concrete block ballast. This water tank may be original
And here are the credits.
Many thanks to Mike Weiss and South Street Seaport Museum for the tour; click on that link for membership info. August promises to be more prep work for dry docking.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for CSM article about the 1983 initial and partial restoration of Wavertree.
This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
Bravo to South Street Seaport Museum and all its supporters. From their press release: “A celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15, with Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction; Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director; and other City Officials.”
“This $10.6 million stabilization and restoration project is funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council Office, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. The project will be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island and will address critical long-term preservation of the ship.”
This will be a long visit to the yard.
If you want to see her at the East River dock, you’ve got only about 48 more hours.
For photos of Wavertree arriving in NYC in 1970 and in Argentina before that, click here and scroll.
Wavertree, steady as she goes.
Tangentially related: given that Wavertree–like Peking–is a “wind ship” without auxiliary power, here’s some exciting news from New England Waterman blog
Since the first in this series was in 2009, let me go through my archives starting from the present. I seem to have taken no photos of James so far in 2015, but here are two from 2014.
Here are a few from 2013, the day the new Caddell Dry Dock came to town.
I don’t know where 2012 went, but here was 2011, passing Stena Stealth.
I especially like this one with James‘ house down to fit under the flare of Silver Express.
For a few weeks when the NYC DEP Red Hook came to town, James followed . . . like a fly on . . .
well, a DEP boat.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp. For some shots of the vessel in Turecamo woodgrain, click here.
Dorothy J was once known as Angela M
and first appeared here about four years ago.
Mediterranean Sea working and
being worked upon. There’s no significance to the blue bicycle in foreground lower left, but I like that it’s there.
Mrs W has some sort of shaft on board.
It’s a Hebert boat . . . Larry J?, and Bering Dawn dredging in the Arthur Kill.
Now known as Caitlin Ann, this 1961 tug first appeared here (scroll) in 2008 as Vivian L Roehrig.
And if that’s Oleander, it must be Thursday.
Most photos taken fairly recently by Will Van Dorp, who is amazed by changes in ownership in the sixth boro.
And unrelated, check out George Conk’s post here about a vessel with an unusual name and even more unusual purpose.
Many thanks to John Skelson for sharing these photos . . . and I’ll leave you guessing for a day or so.
Notice the vessel westbound in the background. In the foreground, that’s Caddell’s with an Erie Lackawanna tug and a dilapidated ferry. The mystery vessel is what’s in the background.
The bridge needs no identification although the Bayonne shore in the background looks opener than it currently is.
The number of tugs is just fabulous.
And to return some color to the blog, here are Gary (right) and I sharing a beer after the show last night. Thanks to all who attended and to the crews of five interesting documentaries. I hope to see more of the festival Saturday and Sunday.
Again, thanks much to John Skelson for sharing the mystery photos. Now . . please weigh in.