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Since 2011, the Hymans have sent along photos of the race from the starting line. Again this year, I have the pleasure to share them. Here’s an orderly shuffle toward the starting blocks.
Then the boats spin around and await the countdown.
3– 2– 1 Hit the horn and push the throttle!
Happy Labor Day 2015.
Thanks much to William and Marian Hyman for use of these photos.
Click here for the post I did about the 2006 race, the first one I participated in.
Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race. It starts with a muster…
which looks different as you shift perspective.
It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and
By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient.
Muster then turns into a procession, filing straight toward the starting line and
showing the colors
as some newcomers catch up.
Next stage . . . it’s the tension on the starting line, feet digging into the starting blocks and muscles tensing, sort of.
and water starts to cascade away from the bows…
froth by the ton.
But when the quick minutes of the race have elapsed, the first boat down the course is the impatient Robert E. McAllister.
And almost as in a triathlon, the dash down the course changes and the pushing starts.
All manner of paired struggle ensues.
Photo from Nate Lopez. Name that tug? Here are some previous photos by Nate.
Technically Ellsea is a freight ship. The location for the next set of photos is the Acushnet River between New Bedford (background) and Fairhaven, where I spent the past week mostly incommunicado. That’s the Palmers Island Light. New Bedford, former whaling port and more and now the US top fish port?
I don’t know the name of this vessel . . . might it be R. Marcel Roy?
Here’s a profile shot. Beyond her you see a portion of Tucker Roy’s tug named by subtraction as Co.
And here, as seen from the Route 6 Bridge, it’s those two along with another mystery tug, which might be Pleon?
Here, with interesting stern fendering, it’s Sea Fuels Marine’s Emma Nicole.
Here’s a close up of the unusual fendering, and
a clue to previous ownership.
Now, in keeping with the colors of the unconfirmed Pleon above, let’s move way down east to Belfast, where I’ve also touched base recently. It’s Capt. Mackintire.
And rounding out this set, here’s the identification of Nate’s photo above, it’s Buckley McAllister fueling in New Bedford.
I’m happy to be home . . . in time for the tugboat race tomorrow. Don’t be late because the race runs at 10 . . . with a parade before that. Be there by 9. I’ll be there.
Here’s a list of previous Wavertree posts. This post could be called Wavertree down rig, a slow and careful process that is best seen chronologically.
August 2. The rigging remained this way through the morning of the 14th.
August 14. Birk Thomas took the next two.
August 20. I got here while the osprey was still on watch . . .
and looking in control of his realm, but
a bit later, the riggers’ watch began and
the osprey left his station to them, who undid his perch
and on August 23, when I got there, el gran velero aka dirty dog aka Wavertree was stripped down and
a lot closer to being hoisted in dry dock.
I’m guessing triage of spars will happen and what goes back up will be refurbished before going back aloft.
Thanks to Nelson Chin for the photo below, showing a sampling of spars, now all labeled, waiting to go back up next summer.
Thanks to Birk for the August 14 photos and Nelson for the photo directly above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
… John Jedrlinic, that is. Jed has sent along quite a few photos, some of which you can see here.
I believe all these photos were taken in Baltimore in September 2011. I’ve been to Baltimore, but I’ve never seen a Krause tug. More of my photos from Baltimore here, and maybe I should head back. Below is David M Krause built as LT 2075 in 1953.
Theresa S. Krause, formerly James M. Witte, built in 1952.
and JoAnn Krause, built 1944.
Jed, thanks much.
See that tug over there? This photo comes from Asher Peltz, and I’m very grateful . . .
because I was seeing the tow from this angle, quite backlit, but
fascinated nonetheless, given the load
on Marmac 300 . . . parts of the turbine bases for units 3, 4, and 5 of 5. See the base for unit 1 here. At the pace the tow is moving, it’s barely to Montauk as of this posting. By the way, for scale, the tug is 97.7 ‘ loa.
Here’s Stephen B in a logical though unlikely location.
nestled between Manhattan Elite and Celestial.
Dean Reinauer sidled over to my part of the Kills, and I got a good look. Thanks.
This Dean has been at work for just over two years. Click here to see–along with some other departed vessels– the previous Dean Reinauer, currently in Nigeria under different ownership.
Bluefin appears to have just been painted, as the lettered Kirby logo has not been applied.
The last time–I think–Bluefin was on this blog she was still gray.
Here’s Robert Burton in yesterday’s strange pre-rain light and here
at dawn yesterday interestingly backlit though not quite. A couple of years ago, I caught her down in Morehead City.
All photos taken yesterday. Thanks to Asher for the lead photo here.
Big in the middle ground, it’s Kruzenshtern.
retired Dutch research vessel Castor,
pilot boat Polaris,
the nearest one here frigate Shtandart,
Indian training ship Tarangini,
Of course . . . so much more, but I wasn’t there yesterday.
Again, many thanks to Fred and Fons for these photos.
For more shots, see gCaptain here.
Here’s an index for the previous in the series.
I got this photo in July 2003 in Oswego, the 1943 Bushey tug WYTM-71 Apalachee. I haven’t seen it since, although it was at one time in Cleveland. Anyone know if it’s still there?
Here’s another Great Lakes tug, for now. This photo of James A. Hannah was taken by Jan van der Doe in Hamilton harbor in late May 2015. I posted it here then in this larger context. And here in February 2012, thanks to Isaac Pennock. Now I knew that James (LT-820, launched July 1945) was a sister to Bloxom (LT-653) and that the Hannah fleet had been sold off in 2009 in a US Marshal’s sale, but I hadn’t known until yesterday that the CEO of the Hannah fleet–Donald C. Hannah–was Daryl C. Hannah’s father!! That Daryl Hannah! But it gets even better, there once was a towboat named Daryl C. Hannah! Anyone know what became of it? Last I could find, it was on the bank of the Calumet River used as an office. Updates?
As you can tell, this photo was taken in the East River. It was July 2009 that Marjorie B. McAllister escorts Atlantic Superior as it heads for sea. Any ideas where Atlantic Superior is today? Actually, I know this one . . . after a long and eventful life, she powered herself over to China this year to be scrapped.
I haven’t seen Bismarck Sea here in quite a while, but last I knew, she was operating in the Pacific Northwest.
King Philip . . . went to Ecuador around 2012; Patriot Service is still working in the Gulf of Mexico, I believe.
Thanks to Jan van der Doe for the Hannah photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, it was rewatching The Pope of Greenwich Village that got me to wonder about Daryl Hannah.
What is this?
How about a little more of the same shot? Now can you guess? Cashman is a familiar New England company . . . but that tug, Todd Danos, is not exactly a name known in these parts.
Have you figured out the location? Dace Reinauer and Senesco are the best clues here. Of course, this is the Narragansett Bay.
Weeks tugs Robert and
Elizabeth sometimes work in the sixth boro . . . as here in June 2012.
“Invisible gold” is the term used at the event below–subject of tomorrow’s post. The speaker to the right is Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, the project to place wind turbines in +70′ of water southeast of Block Island. It’s happening now, and all the photos in this post–except the one below–were taken in July and early August by Nate Lopez.
And providing supply and crew support to get “steel in the water” are Rosemary Miller and
Again many thanks to Nate for these photos. More on this project in tomorrow’s post.
More photos by taken by Jan Oosterboer showing traffic quite different from what you’d see on our parts of the watery globe.
Let’s start with Matador 3. With the North Sea as the densest area of the globe for offshore wind turbines, floating cranes like this–with lift capacity of 1800 tons– keep busy.
And Wei Li . . . self-propelled and with lift capacity of 3000 tons. Before we move to a different type of vessel, do you remember Pelicano from Guanabara Bay?
Seven Rio is a recent launch . . . deep sea pipe layer.
Kolga, the larger tugboat here, is 236′ x 59,’ yet
it’s dwarfed by its tow, crane vessel Hermod, with two cranes whose lift capacity surpasses 8000 tons.
K. R. V. E. 61 is a highly visible crew tender.
Here’s another view of Hermod.
SD Sting Ray (104′ x 39′) is like a mouse at a foot of an elephant here,
the elephant being Stena Don, a Stena drill rig.
Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos which came via Fred Trooster.