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I’ve done a few dozen “port of” posts in the past few years.
I won’t tell you where Akureyri is yet,
but the geography is a clue.
So is the name of this pilot boat, which was built in this port. Sleipnir was built in 1995, with dimensions 52′ x 16.4′ and is powered by a single 700 hp Cummins. Mjolnir is slightly older and smaller.
Last chance to guess . . .
Did you recognize the name Sleipnir, an appropriate name for a pilot boat . . . ?
Answer is here.
Since I’m off gallivanting in a very cold place, how about some warm five-boros’ tagging, following in the spirit here. Of course, in the sixth boro, meow man rules all tagging, as I paid tribute here three years ago. Photo below I took a few weeks ago in Manhattan. It says what Manhattan can be . . . or NYC for that matter.
Here’s a photo from bowsprite, and no matter how ambitious she is with brushes, she did not paint this. All her photos in this post are from Brooklyn. I apologize I have no Bronx photos, but the Bronx is the unknown boro for me. Anyone help? And Queens . . . is it me or is there no wall art there?
Here’s the other side of dreams . . . heartbreak. Maybe someone more studied in this vernacular can explain the winged disks in her hands. Again, Manhattan and my photo.
Here’s another bowsprite photo of a complex tag, maybe some allusion here to meow man?
This comes from the edge of Little Italy, mine.
Hers, in Brooklyn.
Faded by too much spotlight. Mine.
Staten Island has a different character; I took the next ones just off Bay Street, where NYCArtsCypher.org seems to base itself.
And the images are as diverse as the area is, as polyglot as this city is. Less than 300 yards behind the Tapas place, you’re in the water, in the Bay, in the sixth boro.
I love the lobster there.
Photos by a team.
Really random means photos from widely separated places by different people. So here goes . . . the first two from Jed, who took them in the former Dutch Antilles about a year ago. Triton is home-ported in Ijmuiden, another must-see place in the Netherlands if you’re interested in workboats. Click here for some posts I did about Ijmuiden, the mouth of the waterway out to sea from Amsterdam. Click here for a photo of Triton I took a few years back in Ijmuiden.
Andicuri, named for a beach which itself is named for an Arawak chief, was built just south of Rotterdam in 1983.
Until about a year ago, Sand Master worked out of the sixth boro mining sand; recently it was sold to interests and was spotted–not photographed–in Surinam.
Here’s a strange photo taken in April 2012 by Don Rittner, and part of a post called “Jets Along the Mohawk.” Maybe I should have called it “early Cold War jets up the Flight of Five.”
And finally, here’s a photo I took in Beaufort NC in June 2013, Fort Macon tied up near the phosphate dock.
I hope you enjoyed these bounces within the northern half of the American hemisphere.
If you’ve yet to make your first trip to the Netherlands and you’re interested in tugboats, then Maassluis in one of a handful of must-see places. Jan van der doe went there recently and sent these. I was there last year and got some of the same photos, just two months later in the season. As you can see, the Dutch have wet and misty winters. This is the “binnenhaven” or “inner harbor.” For some great 1945 photos of the same place, click here.
I’m not repeating details on these boats, because most of them I commented on last year.
This boat’s name is tribute to the same person for whom our fair river is named, obviously.
Here we move counterclockwise around the harbor; that white building with the pointy tower is the National Tugboat Museum.
I’d translate Krimpen as “shrink,” but I don’t know if that’s the sense here.
Here we’re back to the location of photo #1 but we look to the right, toward the big river, the Nieuwe Waterweg. “Waterweg” translates as “waterway.”
If I walk in this direction a few blocks and follow this boat looking to my left, I’d be headed past Schiedam and the Mammoet Bollard Building and get to waters edge Rotterdam, about which I’ve done lots of posts.
All photos thanks to Jan van der Doe.
It’s a time for the Oscars we know, like W. Oscar Decker, and
meet some we’ve never heard of. Some have foreign accents like Oskar IMO 7222279. Click on the photo.
Hans Oskar . . click on the photo for the rest of these.
and MSC Oscar.
But my favorite Oscar came from the pen–or voice–of this guy, Oscar Wilde.
Enjoy a few like: “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” “True friends stab you in the front.” and particularly applicable today: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
As for the movie awards by the derivative name, I’d have to go back a few years to the first opportunity I would have had to pay attention here.
I had something different planned for today’s post, but when long-time reader and contributor Michele McMorrow sent along this photo, I was intrigued. It’s cable layer Ile de Sein, which I’d noticed on AIS off Belmar NJ for some time, but . .. as they say, I had other fish to fry, or roast.
It turns out Ile de Sein was involved in an interesting if sad project back in 2011. So a question for the day . . . what’s it doing off New Jersey these days?
Click on the photo below and you’ll see it and lots more on Alain Quevillon’s interesting Flickr page. I put up the next photos because of a response I got to the posting about CCGS Tracy being for sale. Ken Deeley wrote that so is CCGS Alexander Henry, and for a price lower than you’d pay for Tracy. It seems the maritime museum in Kingston, ON included it for a time in their collection but then the museum, in financial distress, thinking to reef it in the deeps of Lake Ontario, learned that it would cost at least $420,000 to do that. As an alternative, the big red boat will be towed to the Lake Superior port of Thunder Bay ON, near where it was built, to be part of a maritime museum there. Current, the boat is docked in Picton ON–near Kingston on Lake Ontario–as its fate becomes clear.
Ken also sends along the photos below, taken from the defunct museum’s website, he says.
This outdoor telegraph looks in fine condition when this photo was taken.
Many thanks to Michele, Alain, and Ken for these photos.
The tale is here . . . transporting fuel to northern Quebec by a very long flexible hose. Go to Leo Ryan’s story on p. 74. I’ve recently added Maritime Magazine to my blogroll.
Here’s the previous post by this title.
Stuff happens. Like cars and trucks, ships too sometimes need a tow. Pretty World needed a tow to the repair facility a few years back. Here’s Horizon Crusader towed to the scrap yard. Here’s CV-60 USS Saratoga getting a tow to the same end.
Thorco Hilde found herself at the end of this tow line in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
I caught the tow just as I went for a walk along the water’s edge.
The zoom told me they were surely attached. As of Monday morning, she was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard getting fixed.
The lead tug here is Marjorie B McAllister, featured in many previous posts indexed here. In this role, she reminds me of some of Farley Mowat’s best, his novels about salvage tugs, a role once played by the tug below, now dissolving in the Arthur Kill, as she looked when I took her photo in August 2011. In April 1945, the salvage tug below assisted in towing the torpedoed Atlantic States back to safety in Boston for repair and reuse.
Many thanks to Thomas Steinruck for use of the top photo. All others by Will Van Dorp.
By June, I’ve heard, Peking will be in Germany, and after watching the barque in the sixth boro for over a decade, I’d have to go abroad to see her next transformations. Glenn Raymo, whose beat generally keeps him up river, happened to be having lunch in Bayonne yesterday and caught her move from her berth of the past has year to the one she occupied late last summer.
Many thanks to Glenn for permitting me to post these here, as not all of you do FB or off you do, are friends with Glenn. Foxy 3 and Robert IV do the honors with
the mighty L. W. Caddell on the far side. Note the salt pile and bulker Sakizaya Wisdom out beyond Peking.
Many thanks to Glenn for his serendipitous and striking photos.
Click here to see previous sets sent along by Jed. This set I’m arranging by year of build. 1972. A little info more, she’s 98′ x 30.’
1977. She’s a bit larger, 115′ x 33.’
1978. Husky has been renamed Maro, and she’s massive, 197′ x 50′ and moved by 12,000 hp.
1998. 115′ x 36′ Here was a post I did about an incident of near capsize with FairPlay 21. FairPlay 22 did capsize with loss of life.
2001 and identical dimensions to FairPlay 23.
2009, and 92′ x 35.’
2009 and 105′ x 43.’
2010 and 95′ x 39.’
2011 and 105′ x 39.’
Many thanks to Jed, aka John Jedrlinic, for these photos, and for being patient while they collected in my inbox. Here are some of the many Dutch tugs appearing here previously.
Here were the previous posts in this series.
The photos in today’s post all come from the Marinetraffic site, and in cases where the photographer’s name is mentioned, I’ve kept that info. I’m sure the photographers appreciate that their work is shared with their name attached. My question is this: what do they have in common?
Danum 93, built 2009, registered in Malaysia, 115′ x 36′
SL Tiger, 2012, registered in Cyprus, 108′ x 43′
Theresa, 1978, registered Mongolia, 131′ x 32′
Jawar Basra, 2015, registered St. Vincent/Grenadines, 105′ x 43′
and finally, Al Muthanna, 2014, Iraq, 121′ x 36.’
And the common thread is that as of last evening, all were located at the “top” or NW end of the Persian Gulf, all west of a line drawn between Ahmadi Kuwait and Al Faw Iraq. I was just curious what tugboats one would see in that area. The photo of Al Muthanna may have been taken in Umm Qasr, a port near which I spent over three months back in late 1990. I tell a story about that here, an account that needs to be refocused and possibly shortened.
This reminds me of a project I did back in 2008, which resulted in my tracking down photos for Osen-Hunter of a hijacked tugboat used as a mothership by pirates off Somalia. More about that story is here.