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This is the series with tugs from all over. So let’s start in Miami last month with photos by John “Jed” Jedrlinic. Miss Niz was in the sixth boro some time back.
Also from Jed . . .it’s Akashi Maru in Yokohama, 2008. He has more photos of Japanese tugboats.
Darrin Rice sent along this photo of the classic Hercules, built at the John H. Dialogue yard in Camden NJ but having worked its entire career on the West Coast, which it arrived at by circumnavigating the southern tip of South America. The Camden yard of John H. Dialogue also built these classics.
Previously, Darrin sent along some photos of decaying classics here.
From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster . . . what appears to be a just delivered (March 2015 just!) German-flagged tug FairPlay IX operating in the Netherlands.
Brake is also an almost new boat.
And . . yes, I do get out and take photos myself . . . here is Robert E. McAllister passing RORO Grey Shark . . . which it towed in from sea half a month ago after the RORO experienced mechanical difficulties. Beyond the dry dock buildings is Quantum of the Seas.
Here Freddie K. Miller passes Robbins Light. This vessel first appeared on this blog going on nine years ago here!
And last for today but certainly not least, from Rich Taylor, it’s Chale, a classic tug at the half-century mark.
Thanks to Rich, Jan, Fred, Darrin, and Jed for this look at a diverse set of vessels all referred to as tugboats.
Today’s photos come from Xtian Herrou. See the tug over there, the one the sailor in red must be looking at? By the way, I’ve posted Xtian’s photos here and here before. The rigging that dominates the photo below propels a vessel that will be making a stop in the sixth boro this coming summer. Any guesses? Her name–or rather the translation thereof–is a matter of some difference of opinion.
There’s the tug, Abeille Bourbon.
The sailing vessel is L’Hermione. Here’s the name matter as described by Xtian: “There is a fault in her name because of the English speakers who removed L’ as it means the but with the French navy for some ships the Le– La or L’ is really part of the name. The apostrophe does not really exist in English, and on AIS her name is Lhermione to be correctly alphabetically placed at L. Furthermore, the Association name is wrong as Hermione, and the mistake was discovered too late . A similar difference exists between the French La Fayette and the English Lafayette, which, given my last name (Van Dorp or Vandorp or van Dorp), I understand clearly . . .
Rick “old salt” did a post here about this some months back. I especially enjoyed the discussion in “comments” section.
Here’s the index to all the preceding posts in this series, and I’m grateful to all for sharing.
If you suffer from perfect photographic memory, then the ferry in the middle distance under the bridge will serve as a clue to the location of this shot; it’s a water bus, an efficient conveyance of passengers along the waterways that make up the Rhine delta in greater Rotterdam. You saw it here . . . scroll through to the sixth photo. The tug in the foreground is Broedertrouw 4.
Here’s Lekstroom V, Broedertrouw 4 and a bow.
Tailing is Broedertrouw XIV. And if you click here, you’ll see the same vessel towing what HAD BEEN the largest yacht to date built in the Netherlands, Symphony. But in this series, you’ll see an unfinished project that promises to be 8.5 meters longer than Symphony . . . a full 360′ loa for this new project!
the unnamed, project number 714 for now. Oceanco is the manufacturer, and here are many smaller yachts.
The yacht does not move me, although I’d love to tour the project as the different specialized craftsman complete the job.
I’d love, however to work on these inland tugs for a while.
Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.
Here’s an index of previous posts with this title.
And a lot of photos of small craft. Given recent temperatures, it’s notable that all these vessels would NOT be able these days to navigate waters much north of the sixth boro or on the Great Lakes, because of ice conditions. Given the significant clues, can you identify the vessel and location below? Answers follow.
Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.
Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–
retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.
Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.
See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern. I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not
to be confused with Grace D.
ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.
These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.
And if I’m reading that right, Pannaway is registered in a New Hampshire, my home state as you can read on the “about tugster” page.
Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.
Now, let’s mix things up a bit. Seth Tane took this photo in the sixth boro back in the late 70s or early 80s. Can anyone identify this boat, Karen L? I ran a lot of photos from that era by Seth in a series here almost two years ago. In this case, Karen L seems to have just returned four jolly tars back to their ship in the anchorage as another crewman watches from the rail.
Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.
This photo comes via Fred Trooster in Rotterdam showing line handlers there. Here’s a post I did over three years ago of line handlers in the Kills.
And this somehow returns us to the mystery vessel at the top of the post: Knight Rider following the FDR just north of the United Nations, the blue flag in the top photo being the clue.
Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 33.
My friend Tony A shared these photos with me. He said they’re in the public domain, but they show up nowhere in google searches.
So here are my questions: Were these only experimental? What is the approximate vintage of these photos? What has become of the boats? A hydrographic survey company used to have at least one such vessel in their Staten Island yard . . . are they the same boats?
I’m just full of questions this morning. Many thanks to Tony for sharing. Enjoy the beautiful sunny spring morning. Here is an index of previous tugster posts with NYPD vessels.
Sal Martello posted this comment –“I posted some pics of half moon on marine traffic.com if you want to use those pic for your blog.” So I went and looked and here they are.
Sal took these photos–all sizes–off the Connecticut coast around the first day of summer in 2011.
Thanks much, Sal. If anyone approaches the vessel on the Sound today, you’d think it was the middle day of winter given the snow in the air.
I’m not sure I’d ever noticed this building before, Hell’s Kitchen . . 49th street about 1000 feet from the North River. Obviously, it’s associated with the Red Cross, where I spent a day earlier this month for First Aid/CRP/AED certification.
Excuse the informality of these photos, but inside the Red Cross building were these great collages I thought to share. Mary Weiss boarded
this vessel–click here for a better version–to do Red Cross work in Europe.
A few generations later, Magaly Polo boarded a Red Cross vessel named Comfort to assist with Red Cross relief work in the her native Haiti. Comfort also appeared here . . . scroll.
A few weeks ago, Comfort‘s sister vessel Mercy appeared here.
Many thanks to William Lafferty for sharing that photo.
Tangentially related: Note the two asterisks (**)after the shipyard for Rose City. Also produced there were these TOTE vessels, trailerships. I’d love to hear how these have worked out.
Quick . . . name the fourth largest port in Florida? The answer is here. And I’ve long wanted to visit it, and my our good fortune is that recently friends–Allan and Sally–who are excellent photographers did, and here are some they share. Click here for a photo of Cangarda they took and here for some of disintegrating ferry Binghamton.
About the same size but Danish-built in 1974, La Flecha. She was originally Patricia S, changed in 1985 to Patricia Star, 1992 to Patricia S, 1993 to Sea Chariot, 1994 to Patricia Star, and 1998 to Sara Express, when it became La Flecha! I wonder what the real stories are.
Ditto the much changed but inadequately painted Borocho, although I had to look
to the bow to decipher that. Borocho is even smaller than two previous, built in Japan by Honda Heavy Industries in 1977. She was originally Yamato Maru No. 12 until 1993, then Pai Chang until 1996, then Quininde until 1998, Floreana until 2000, Genovesa until 2008, Niaski until 2012, and for now . . . Borocho.
A similar vessel is the better-painted, old design Wave Trader, here at the stern of La Flecha. I haven’t been able to locate much more info about Wave Trader.
Lady Philomena, Norway-built in 1956, has born 10 previous names, which you can read for yourself here. As I write this post, she is underway from the Miami River for points southeast.
Directly forward of Lady Philomena when Allan and Sally took these photos was Eva. Built in Norway in 1968, she has been Marina Dania, Erik Boye, Katla, and Miss Eva Ii before her current designation.
A giant and a youngster, Miami Super dates from 1992 and measures just over 275′ loa. As of this writing, she is in the approaches southwest of Santo Domingo.
OK . . . I need help with this one. Maybe it’s deliberate obfuscation?
Family Island . . . sounds like an amusement park, but it’s a LaPaz-registered 1978 Danish-built small freighter, previously known as Ardua, Atlantic, and Queen Sea, in that order.
One more and this photo taken by Rich Taylor off Barbados, it’s the vessel currently known–so far as my info serves–as Rudisa Global. Built in Spain in 1970, she’s since been called Manchester Merit, Manchester Merito, Fortuna, Kathleen, Kudu, Cement Two, Fortune R, and Libera. Rudisa Global has recently been embroiled in some drug issues.
Many thanks to Allan and Sally as well as Rich for these photos. The Miami River intrigues me more than ever now that my appetite has been whetted. I’m happy to see commerce persisting until some of these may end up as memorials on a beach somewhere like this one. Or this. Maybe then covered over like this. Or never to be seen again . . very deep-sixed.
And if these pics create a hunger for stories, some of this might be satisfied by Alvaro Mutis’ Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.
The first two and last two photos here come thanks to John Jedrlinic . .. aka Jed. He took these of Marlin in Baltimore in late July 2009.
Has anyone heard of/seen it since it was sold foreign?
The next batch were taken in the Beerkanaal area seaward of Rotterdam in early March (I think) by Jan Oosterboer and sent via Rene Keuvelaar and Fred Trooster. I’ll just list the names and embed more info: Iskes Brent,
SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,
and SD Rebel.
Look at the palm trees. Jed took this one of Fort Bragg last month in a place where northerners probably wished they were. . . .
. . and this one of Susan Moran in Norfolk in early June 2012.
Thanks to Jed, Jan, Rene, and Fred for these photos.
Thanks to the many folks contributed to this post.
First, Russell Skeris sent this along of a James Turecamo in Turecamo livery. Given all the flags, might this have been taken by an unknown photographer quite near her launch in 1969?
Next, hats off to Rand Miller who caught this photo of a brilliant red and gold Delta Fox, lighting up this grey day on the East River. Hats off especially because Rand had to hastily throw on some clothes and take these photos while holding an umbrella and cell camera. Some of those words are his, and I am grateful, as I hope are you.
New Bedford bound perhaps?
And gracias to my gallivanting sister who is still along the Colombian coast, watching remolcadores like Sirocco racing out to
escort in a freighter.
And appreciation to Allan and Sally Seymour, who recently made a trip up a watershed that’s long been on my list of “gotta do’s.” Joseph A and P & L fleet mates gather here among the colorful buildings the mysterious Miami River, where
this vessel in TowboatUS colors perhaps stands watch in a manatee area.
Judging by the coloration of the buildings in the background, this unmade vessel with classic tugboat lines lies in the same area. Anyone know the name? the history?
Many thanks to Russell, Rand, Maraki, and Allan & Sally for these photos.