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I could not make the Sunday heats, so here are two more of my photos of the British entry showing how these boats perform . . .
above the surface with most of the hull. Approaching shore requires caution . . . but thanks to Frank Hanavan, here is a set of photos showing what happened along the Jersey shoreside, Morris Canalside . . . on Sunday. The New York race over,
one by one the boats were hooked and
lifted above and beyond the watery confines,
lowered carefully for a landing
in the parking lot at Liberty Landing Marina, and
prepped for the road, and
loaded into the containers that will likely travel beyond the sixth boro along I-80 and I-90 into Chicago for events starting June 10.
For these bright Sunday photos, many thanks to Frank Hanavan, whose website here shows what he spends most of his time engaged in.
More photos from the event soon.
This is a singular image, a 1969 tugboat in a century-and-a-half-old graving dock in Brooklyn. Some of you maybe saw it on FB, but not everybody wades in FB waters. What makes this photo so powerful to me is such a combination of composition, subject matter, and light that different people will look at this and see not all the same things. Some might see beauty, and others defeat . . . or power, or fatigue, expense, challenge . . . . It strikes me as not unlike this Mark Twain passage on conflicting ways of seeing a river. And I’ll stop myself here.
Click here for a favorite I took of the 1969 YTB-803 Nanticoke, now Robert E. McAllister.
Thanks again to Donald Edwards for permission to use this exquisite photo.
And while we’re on a Mark Twain morning, at the end of this post is a clue to my summer/fall employment.
With a tip of the hat to Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward, the title that came to mind as I shot these, and you’ll see why by the end. See the road signs up there intended for drivers on the Triboro Bridge?
Rewarding my wait, it’s Jaguar towing Highlander Sea into the Gate,
past the Ward’s Island Footbridge, and
Westbound the tow came at almost slack water and past
RTC 104 and
the Twins bound for Riverhead.
More on the brick building there with romanesque windows and green roof at the end of this post.
And here, when they were under the Queensboro Bridge, the title occurred to me . . . having the same syllabication and cadence as the Swift and Ward title.
Now we need a story, one that starts as hundreds could in tiny but huge Essex. Click here for my previous posts on Essex.
Maybe one about a fishing schooner design turned pilot boat turned yacht turned school turned . . .
fish market and restaurant/bar in the sixth boro. I hope they sell monkfish. These photos are compliments of my brother taken in Zwolle at a
Thanks bro . . .
All other photos here by Will Van Dorp.
So, thanks to identification by Jonathan Steinman, the brick building there is ConEd’s cogeneration plant at East 74th St. And this is a digression, but 74th Street has long been quite the interesting place.
First and foremost, thanks to Nelson Brace for permission to use this photo. See more of Nelson’s work here.
The tug is 1978 Jaguar. What schooner is this?
And here, at the
south west end of the Canal, the tow passes Independence.
Again, thanks to Nelson for use of this photo.
My guess about the schooner is Roseway.
Stuff changes. You’ve heard that before. And it always will. Jeffrey Lin captures that in his way.
Aleksandr Mariy shows this in another way, which I’ve been trying to do with “second lives” posts. Here’s his set of drawings of what is today the tall ship Avatar, built in 1941, currently gearing up for the 2016 sailing season. Thanks to these drawings, we see its previous lives going back to 1941.
Notice the hull stays the same.
To close out April, here (and at the end of this post) a photo of Grouper in Lyons a few weeks ago before the Canal was brought up to level and opened for traffic. Thanks to Bob Stopper.
From Maraki, it’s Heidi eastbound past cow pastures and
fleetmate Rikki S westbound.
How’s this for an unnamed push boat . . . the one that moves
Martha Lewis when needed, and when no longer needed because the skipjack is under sail, just gets hauled up on davits. I guess technically this prime mover is not a tugboat, she is a push boat. Here’s a youtube of Martha Lewis getting trucked away, sans push boat, for repairs. Anyone have updates on her getting into the water this season? Click here (and scroll) for a photo of Silk, the push boat dedicated to skipjack Stanley Norman.
And from my visit to Chelsea Creek last week, here’s another shot of (for me) the unidentified small tug, and
in gloucester, it’s Mikey D with Horizon looking over the stern.
Closing this post out, it’s looking eastbound across Grouper‘s bow. I’ve said it for years and will say it again, I hope some one takes this project on.
Thanks to Bob, bowsprite, and Maraki for these photos of really random aka sundry set of tugboats.
Barrel is the pseudonym (nom de blog?) of a gentleman who worked with the USACE for many years in the Philadelphia area. Click here for the RTC yard history.
Click here for info on the tugboat Interstate. Can anyone add any info to that?
According to barrel, the YTB here is functioning as a fender between USACE Comber and another vessel. Comber was built in Pascagoula in 1947.
Any guesses on the Moran tug here? It’s standing by after a collision between passenger vessel Santa Rosa and tanker Valchem, whose stack is perched on Santa Rosa‘s bow.
Below is a photo of Valchem sans stack and displaying impact point. Click here for some info on the collision.
Now these next three boats leave me somewhat confused.
Were they sold foreign? Here’s a reference to a hull #504 and 505 built at Marietta Mfc. in Pt. Pleasant, WV.
And the last of the push boats for today, it’s Mateur. Well, it was called that, before it became push boat Effie Afton and then a restaurant called Jumers. Is she still there and serving food and fun? Maybe I need to schedule a gallivant to Rock Island.
So let’s end with a vessel I’m more familiar with . . . Pilot, currently up the Hudson a ways from the sixth boro.
And here’s Pilot, showing her to scale with her workmates.
Many thanks to barrel, who sends me these and other puzzles, stumpers, and conundrums.
Uh . . any guesses which creek that might be?
It’s still the sleek lines of the GUP carrier once so familiar to folks paying attention to sixth boro traffic.
Newtown Creek is now going up a waterway for the last time and what a waterway this is. From here, she’ll be further
dismantled before she’s gently laid to the sea bottom for aquatic growth and diver’s enjoyment. Atlas is likely the one from 1985 shown here (and scroll).
Many thanks to Mike Hatami for sending these photos along.
Unrelated and sent along by barrel, an interesting “second life” conversion here, although I believe the headline was written by someone who does not know a container ship from an OSV, maybe not a creek from a brook.
Click here for previous photos that come here by way of barrel. The September 1944 tug Wilmington
is now Kathy Lynn.
Dredge Hoffman was built in 1942 and
retired in 1983 . . . I guess that means scrapped.
Clatsop was launched in 1908, then called
Sandpilot, and was scrapped in 1950, before I was born.
Delano Deland was 1919 built, but was transferred to
the USAT and I’ve found no further trace. Anyone have any ideas?
Many thanks to barrel, who’s sent me more photos like this, and I’ll get around to posting them.