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Amsterdam has appeared here a lot, but all the photos in this post come from Jan van der Doe. This tug looks a little like Odin, the telescoping house well-suited for the low bridges of A’dam. I like the container-inspired deckhouse as well.
Here, at the National Maritime Museum, is an exact replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam, which wrecked on its maiden voyage before it had even left Europe.
PA4 is a Damen built tug.
The Zulu-class Soviet sub–well-graffittied over in the maritime area of North Amsterdam was “beyond belief,” not a surprise because a sign at the entrance to this dock calls it a “place beyond belief.”
Let me digress and put up some photos I never got around to in 2014.
You have to admit that a vandalized Soviet sub is quite strange.
Here’s the entrance to this area; notice the Botel–a repurposed North Sea oil field accommodations barge–in the background.
For vessels big and
small, Amsterdam is one of those cities everyone should visit at some point.
Click here for some of the many port posts I’ve done.
All photos here by Jan van der Doe, except for #5–7, which were by me, Will Van Dorp.
The photo below comes via Russell Skeris, who seems to have gotten it from Fred Miller II . . . to keep credits where they belong. Click here for two previous posts Russell contributed to. I’m curious where this photo was taken, given the US/Canadian flags on the mast. And when? It would have to be 1998 or prior, given the stack. Anyhow, Russell writes, “It was a nice little surprise to log onto tugster this am and see the pics of the Frances. It put a smile on my wife’s face ( little Fran [the namesake. She misses her mom who passed in 2014. I thought you might like this pic probably from the 70’s that appears to have been taken on Kodachrome film.It was also before the sun visor had gotten all banged up like in many of the pictures that I’ve found . I’m going to send some older black and whites of Frances being launched in 1957 at Jakobsons in Oyster Bay.”
Also, he writes, “The weathervane we had made some years ago for the couple on Fran’s house. She really was surprised when we gave it to her and connected her to her past.
The life ring is a real relic and has hung in the wall in the kitchen for as long as I can remember.”
Thanks, Russell. Sorry it took so long to post this. I guess it’s good that I go away now and then so that old unused posts finally see the light of day.
Here was the first post in this series.
Jed took these in the Chesapeake a few years back. I believe that’s TSH dredge Liberty Island on the far side of freight barge Columbia Elizabeth.
Prime mover here is Katie G. McAllister, which appeared here almost two years ago.
Donal G. McAllister is another one of the converted USN YTBs that McAllister operates.
Donal G. last appeared here on tugster. In the distance, I’m guessing that’s Kaleen.
Jed . . . many thanks.
I first saw this type of derrick boat and heard it referred to as a derrick boat on the Erie Canal, and did a post about it here.
I haven’t been able to find much out about these boats, but enjoy. Here’s USACE Derrick boat No. 13,
two views of USACE Derrick boat Erie,
USACE derrick boat McCauley,
a newer looking USACE Derrick boat 8,
And finally, the 500+ ton capacity floating crane Henry M. Shreve.
Many thanks to Barrel for these photos.
I’m putting these photos up although I know little about these boats, starting with Pennsgrove. Her lines would make a great cruiser.
A similar vessel in the sixth boro is Hudson. Again, all I’ve learned is that she was built in 1963 and
loa is 50.’
This last photo I took on January 14, 2016. She too would make a good cruiser, I think.
Thanks to Barrel for the first two photos; the others are by Will Van Dorp, who is still out off most grids.
Thanks to the robots for posting.
Here’s GLDD’s cutter suction dredge Florida as seen from above the cutter head and
from alongside. I took the first three photos in this post.
Here’s Weeks cutter suction dredge C. R. McCaskill, with Sea Wolf serving as a tender.
USACE E. A. Woodruff was built in 1873 and worked the Ohio. Technically, I think Woodruff was a snag boat.
USACE Florida was the most technologically advanced dredge built when it was launched in 1904. Unfortunately, she sank with loss of life 14 years later and is currently a dive site.
USACE Barnard was built in 1904 as well in Camden and sold to Mexico in 1942.
Here’s another view of Barnard with
a tender alongside. It looks a lot like the buoy boats on the Erie Canal.
Dredge Welatka was built in 1925.
Dredge Congaree was built in 1914 in Charleston SC.
Here’s USACE Potter originally built in 1932 and still in use.
For many more vintage USACE photos, click here.
Many thanks to Barrel for this trip through USACE technological history.
I remember the day I first saw McFarland, coming up the Delaware, the largest dredge I’d ever seen. Barrel has recently sent along earlier generations–as I see it–of the big Mac.
Let’s start with Goethals, built in 1937.
Then there was Markham, seen here just prior to launch, and
here she traverses in icy waters. Can dredge operations proceed with ice?
Here she pumps out. Markham was reefed off North Carolina in 1994.
McFarland went into service in 1967. Her operations are described here by the skipper.
Here she’s at work on the Delaware River. This method of discharging is called side casting.
Here she’s preparing to discharge into the transfer barge.
All these photos come via Barrel.
For more background on these federal dredges, click here.
This photo by John Curdy shows Dace Reinauer as she looked some time before 2008.
I took the rest of these photos, including the one below showing the same boat in October 2009. The next one was
early November in Narragansett Bay post-modification and during sea trails and
taken by Rod Smith, and
here was later November 2015 in the sixth boro. The changes are more subtle, but if you compare the stacks, you’ll see the pairs has grown.
Go Dace!! Thanks, John and Rod.
Again, this post and the next dozen and a half or so have been “scheduled.” I’m out of touch for a while.
Before I left, I’d modified the “About the photos” section. If you feel so inclined, have a look at the first paragraph and comment.