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OK, here’s tomorrow’s post today . . . Wednesday’s news coming on Tuesday.  The snow happened today, so let’s see it today.

Here was 3.  And another snowy post.  The first three fotos here come compliments of Brian DeForest.  Here, hanging on the wall are Hunting Creek and Coastline Bay Star.



Davis Sea–I believe–is practically invisible to the naked eye.  Here was Davis Sea as a K-Sea vessel almost four years ago.


Scotty Sky passing alongside the aptly named Alpine Loyalty.


Brooklyn at the #9 buoy.


And Hoechst Express inbound from sea.


By late morning, the snow was slowing down in the sixth boro, here on the landside of Gage Paul Thornton and Thornton Bros.


Many thanks to Brian DeForest for the top three fotos;  the others by Will Van Dorp.

Snow is snow and not the same is ice, but cold weather makes me want to keep a watch on this site for the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, which always has the news on iceboating in the Hudson Valley.

Let’s follow the evolution of this boat.  Two years ago she went by Coney Island.  I was looking forward to having a tugboat by that name in the sixth boro.   A check of the USCG vessel documentation site showed that previously she had gone by Mister Jordan, a vessel I’d never seen.


The builder’s plate showed that prior to using the Mister Jordan name, she was Beth I.  That sent me to the Blount site, where I also learned she was first built in 1958 for Bethlehem Steel, and that Vulcan III might be a twin.


Next I saw this vessel high and dry and in different colors. Now watch what happens with the stack.  It’s a black “muffler” here, and then when next I saw her,


the black housing was gone and there were two pipes with smallish mufflers sprouted from the back of the house.


Enjoy a few more shots taken in the past few months of Coastline Bay Star.


A handsome vessel working past the half century mark, launched the same year as this powerhouse and  one of these.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

All these fotos–except the ones identified as flashbacks–I took while resting yesterday.  The indomitable Helen Parker, intrepidly westbound among giants.  I believe she was last on this blog a year ago here.


I believe this is Coastline Bay Star.  If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?


Also squeezed between giants, James Turecamo, who has appeared on this blog possibly more than any other tugboat.   James was launched in greater Waterford, NY late in 1969.   Click here to see James tailing Caddell’s new drydock back in May.  More on this flashback later in this post.


Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.


AT IMTT Bayonne Dean Reinauer and RTC 106, which appeared on this blog last week, configured differently.  Dean is so new that if you go back to that link with the foto of James tailing, you’ll see the upper house of a Dean which at that time had never yet floated!


Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .


as Dean spun around to head south.


Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning


and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.


Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked  by the building in the distance.


Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing


Bunker Portland.


And check out the stack on St Andrews.  Maintenance or  . . . something more?


All fotos except for the flashbacks  . . .  Will Van Dorp took yesterday.

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.

I suppose I could call this “random and gorgeous tug fotos I wish I’d taken.”

Thanks to John Skelson for this one of Coastline Bay Star.  I’ve seen this vessel only once in this incarnation of her, but it was in Belt traffic from which a foto was impossible.  John nails it here.  What a beaut!!

The rest come from Birk Thomas.  This series I just find stunning:  Gramma Lee T turns out after escorting her Nth vessel.  I’m wondering if there’s an actual count of assists for her decade of service since her June 2002 delivery.  Happy Decade 1 celebration.

Birk got this foto off New London: Allison Crosby looks like a Vane boat, whose series she post-dates, but for ocean towing, she has a 10,500 hp plant in the engine room.

Buster Bouchard has been around since 1979, but I saw her in the sixth boro for the first time only this spring.

The newest twins in the boro . . . Discovery Coast and Chesapeake Coast.

Also, by Birk, Ocean Delta, Norway-built, moving more parts for the nickel mining operation in Newfoundland.

Ocean Delta (ex-Sistella)  is a 1973 UT 505 design from the Ulstein Group.   Click here for a snowy/icy foto of Ocean Delta.

Thanks to Birk and John for these fotos.

Just for the record, here are the first two posts in this series, “1” and 2.

The foto below and the one of Dublin Sea come from Birk.   Greenland Sea is off Barents Sea port side.

 I last saw Barents move in early December here.   This foto is taken from near the old Singer plant in Elizabethport.

From the same vantage point, it’s Yankee, Greenland, and a third tug I should but can’t identify.

Here’s another shot from Birk, Dublin Sea over at the south end of Arthur Kill.  Dublin Sea was launched in Wisconsin in 2009.

First appearance of this vessel on tugster . . . taken a week ago passing Howland Hook . . . it’s Ireland (ex-Yorktown) built

in 1940!!  Some great Coastline Marine Towing jobs fotos can be found here.

Also moving a crane barge eastbound on the KVK, it’s Stephanie Dann (1978, ex-Mary Defelice); meanwhile

that same morning, it’s Taurus, launched under that name in Houma in 1979, heading

toward the North River, as

Turecamo Girls (launched in Savannah in 1965 as Capt. Jan Porel) headed under the Bayonne Bridge, eastbound and

Margaret Moran (launched in Morgan City in 1979) headed westbound.

Thanks Birk.

Not exactly related:  Some big doings on April 10 in Erie, PA as Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender get christened.  Have you been invited and want to get a few fotos for tugster?  Please get in touch.

Bowsprite tattooed my back about two years ago, and I never felt a thing, didn’t even know about it til a few days later.  See evidence in the eighth foto here.  The tattoo she incised had the best feature: dynamism.  Without  washing or submitting myself to laser-burn or chemical-peel ink removal, that design–beautiful as it was– disappeared; pristine skin prevailed and could morph again.

Being a tabula rasa is the beauty of the sixth boro as it exists today.  Not pristine as 500 years ago, it’s nevertheless mostly cleaner than it was 50 years ago.  And unencumbered.  The land right down to the sea’s threshold submits to the struggles and gainful laborings of planners and builders, but the water resists.  Change is constant here, like light.

May the two above paragraphs exorcise the defensiveness I’m feeling these days.  Repeatedly I feel restored by the surprises borne in and out upon the expanse of water I call the sixth boro.  Like this, yesterday.  I dismissed it at first as a replica.

But it turns out to be the real thing:  A Trumpy built at Mathis Yacht Building Company in 1926, now restored, a near-sister of the yacht that hosted seven US presidents.

One goal I had yesterday was to get a frontal shot of the figurehead on Eos, but not finding a conveyance, this is the best I could get of Anh Duong‘s work.  Today these eyes behold . . .  the cliffs of Hoboken; some months from now they may look upon the skyline of Moorea Bay.

Bold  (ex-Victorious) . . .  I saw her sail past us on Delaware Bay;  eight months ago and thousands of miles later, she glides through the Narrows.

In hazy light, CGC Ridley and Gibraltar-flagged cargo vessel Bremer Johanna seem flat-bottomed shapes floating in ether in front of a geometric continent.

Trawler Fluke . .  here today . . . who knows where next month.

Tug Mary Beth D (ex-Fort Edisto, 1954) pushes a Weeks scow past inbound MOL Endeavor. Last time I saw Mary Beth D,  the creeks on the south side of Raritan Bay were  encrusted.

Ventura lives in North Cove and sails here outside the Narrows.

Anthony L Miller reminds this curvaceous yacht to respect the “slow bell;”  Lazzara doesn’t design exactly my kind of vessel, but the sixth boro is a summer stop in the migrations of Spring Time.

A final shot for now . . . looking into the wheelhouse of that 1926 Trumpy, as helmsman surveys the open spaces ahead.

My vision of the sixth boro . . .  keep it dynamic.

All fotos taken in the past weeks by Will Van Dorp.

Apologies for forgetting to link the half-hour video on Charles Hankins building a Sea Bright skiff until someone asked yesterday, so here I attach it again, really.  It’s REALLY there.  I really enjoyed watching it, really.

So surprises on the creek in Belford . . .  what yellow house protrudes above the second shack from the left?  Dwelling for a moment on this foto, if I climbed a 50′ platform and fotoed in the same direction, I’d get the Narrows and the Verrazano Bridge . . . about a dozen miles away . . . in the center of the foto.

It’s Coastline Girls, bigger sibling to Coastline Kidd, shown doing bridge work in Narragansett Bay in the fifth foto down here.   Forward of Girls (1943, ex-Ruby, Ruby M, Beverly) is the stern section of Mary Beth (1954, ex-Fort Edisto).

If you have time for only one link today, check this one showing Coastline Girls pushing an immortal Egyptian diety around the sixth boro!!  How COULD I have missed this?  Maybe I should gallivant a smidgeon less.

Right around the corner up the creek is contracting equipment like this dredge on the marine railway;  painted in the same color, this

truckable tug (foto by Andy Willner a year or so back).

Continuing around the bend in the Creek, who knew?!  Another pilot boat fleet, Interport Pilots, federal pilots since 1959.  I’d love to see a foto of their first pilot boat named Carp.

Belford Seafood Coop dominates the Creek, though, and crabbing seems to be the seasonal catch.  Notice the rake on the side of Alexa J.

Behind the fingers

of the rake is a net.

Last foto here . . . boys having fun like I used to . . . icebreaking on kayaks with cylindrical baitfish traps strapped onto the after deck.  But despite wearing PFDs, they appeared NOT to be wearing drysuits or even wetsuits.  It made me shiver . . .

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  Many thanks to Andy Willner for the tour.  I’m wondering whether the restaurant at the Seafood Coop is still open.

Three more surprises from the Raritan Bayshore of New Jersey:

Aeromarine.  Great “flappers” on flying boats in sixth foto down here. . . with many fascinating period shots in between.  Is it possible that not a single aeromarine aircraft remains extant?

Matawan Creek, the original “Jaws” events in July 1916.

Sayreville, October 4, 1918 . . . bigger than Black Tom, July 30, 1916.  In Sayreville, “the explosion destroyed enough ammunition to supply the western front for six months”

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