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Thanks to all of you who send me photos. M & M McMorrow sent this photo taken at Atlantic Highlands just before Christmas. And yes,
Delta is the best Christmas red. I can’t seem to find a tugboat in the NMFS.NOAA registry called just “Delta.” Someone help out?
Richie Ryden took these photos just before New Year’s, sending them along with the note “I took these pic’s on 12/28/16 on the Hackensack River between Rt 3 east & west Bridges , It looks like they a are rebuilding the marina there !!! I saw Reliable from Coastline Marine Towing out of Belford NJ switching barges empty for a full one with old pilings on it ! look at your blog all the time keep up the good work !!!! Happy New Year !!!!”
Happy New Year, Richie! And I have to admit I can find nothing about previous owners of Reliable also, although the late great John Skelson had a photo of her from a while back sans the upper house here. Richie’s photos also helped solidify my image of what this vessel looks like compared with another Reliable that languishes up on the Oswego Canal.
Jed sent me this photo just after the start of 2017 with the note “Happy New Year from Maryland. Here is your first tug of 2017, the ten-year-old Belgian Union Grizzly that I saw on the Scheldt in 2012.” Thx Jed. And since that time, she’s sent a half dozen more photos of European tugboats, which I’ll post soon.
And Tyler Jones must be losing his patience: he sent me this photo back on November 1, and I still have not put it up. What I love about this photo, Tyler, is the fog giving the impression that Coral Coast pushing a cement barge upriver at Poughkeepsie is weightless, floating lazily on the clouds. Thx much, Tyler.
Jan van der Doe periodically sends me photos from Canadian Lake Ontario ports. He didn’t identify this boat although I’m wondering if it’s Lac Manitoba, which capsized on the Ottawa River back in June 2015.
In Hamilton harbor, here’s (l to r) Florence M, Tony Mackay, and James A. Hannah. Hannah is a sister of Bloxom, the cover model for my documentary about the Arthur Kill graveyard and the most intact tugboat in the graveyard on the Arthur Kill.
And finally, on December 12, here are more McKeil boats tied up in Hamilton.
Thanks much M & M, Richie, Jed, Tyler, and Jan.
OK, here’s tomorrow’s post today . . . Wednesday’s news coming on Tuesday. The snow happened today, so let’s see it today.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The foto below and the one of Dublin Sea come from Birk. Greenland Sea is off Barents Sea port side.
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.
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.
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.
Trawler Fluke . . here today . . . who knows where next month.
Ventura lives in North Cove and sails here outside the Narrows.
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.
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:
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”