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First . . . click on the photo below to see its context on Auke Visser’s T-tanker page.

What do you suppose its cargo was as Angelo Petri?    It bore that name from 1957 until 1970, and I believe it entered the Narrows bound for Port Newark many times during that period.

As you ponder this, let me explain the JS reference.  I’m blessed that this blog has readers.  My favorite readers sometimes comment on this blog or on Facebook or send me emails directly to gmail.   I just love the most cryptic notes JS sends.  Years ago he worked on ships that called at NY/NJ ports.  In response to the recent posts on an orange juice tanker and small oil tankers . . . he wrote “Any wine tankers around? I remember passing that baby in the Canal 50 yrs. ago”  The “Canal” was in Panama and “that baby” was Angelo Petri.


So if you clicked on Auke Visser’s photo, you may have learned that it was a T-2 launched from Swan Island in 1943 as SS Sackett’s Harbor.  While hauling fuel in March 1946, it broke in two 800 miles south of Adak, Alaska.  The bow sank with the loss of two cats.  The bow powered itself, stern first, to Adak.  Later it was towed to Anchorage, where it became a power plant, providing more than half of that city’s power for the next nine years.  Later it was renamed Angelo Petri, fitted with a new bow and stainless steel tanks to transport . . . .

wine, 2.5 million gallons of it per voyage from 1957 until 1972, going through some additional name changes.  Click here for a postcard of it loading in Stockton, CA for the east coast.   Here’s a short bio of the man behind the name.

Click here to see a short video of the vessel after it lost power off San Francisco loaded with wine.  Later the tanker went by SS Californian and Sea Chemist  before it was scrapped in Spain in 1978 in a place called . . . Vinaroz.

Click here for photos of some contemporary wine tankers.

JS . .  thanks for the email that sent me looking for Angelo Petri.   Anyone else have recollections of having seen this baby?

I know some folks refuse to spend time with Facebook.  I entered there in 2008 after figuring out it was the only way to communicate and exchange photos with some people.  Now I’ve joined 14 groups there . .  and checking in has become similar to dropping by the breakroom at a job.

Saturday night I saw this photo.  Actually it’s only a detail of a bigger photo.   Any ideas what it is?


Here’s the entire shot, an assemblage of mostly tugboats attached to a circular base where a crane is mounted.  Two landing craft travel from left to right and what looks like a few miles distant there’s a beach with mountains not far behind.


The photo was put up on Saturday afternoon.   Notice the initial comment by Kees (pronounced “case” ) van der Ende.  Of course, I needed to respond as I did.  What amazed me was the thread that followed in less than an hour!


Less than 24 hours later, the tugs as well as the project had been identified through a textbook case of “group sourcing.” I love it.  Click here for more on Aegean Pelagos.  Click here for some Zouros tugs.   Click here for Arctic Kalvik, although I wonder why such an icebreaker would be in the Med.


Once Kees had expressed interest in being the CEO, another 20+ posts followed on the topic of logos and such.

Click here for a photo of the completed bridge as well as points along the way to completion.

By the way . .  .  pay a moment or two tribute to Mardi Gras today, even if NYC and the sixth boro is as cold as  . . .  .   You decide how to finish it in some original way . . . not borrowed from J. D. Salinger.    Here was my first mardi gras post from five years ago!

Here was 17.

All the photos in this post come from south of latitude 26 N.  You might recall the Foss tugs Lauren and Iver  delivering the crane to the sixth boro at the end of last month?  Then Lauren Foss traveled to Philly to pick up back haul?  Well about two days ago, Lauren delivered that payload–Forrestal–to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX.  The ship in the distance to the left is SS Mount Washington, also a recent arrival here, and subject of a several recent pictures on tugster.   The photo below shows the stern of Lauren Foss with assist tug Signet Ranger on port bow of the old carrier.   The next three photos all come from Justin Earl, on paper . ..  chief mate of Lauren.


Another shot of Signet Ranger and at stern, Signet Magic.  For specs of Signet tugs, click here.


On starboard bow here is Signet Courageous.


The next photos, again south of latitude 26 come from my gallivanting sister.  Guess the port?  Butterfly has been spotted in the sixth boro here and here.


I’ve no identification of the two vessels in the foreground.


Anyone help?


Oh . ..  the port is Clifton Point in the Bahamas.


The blue and white tug to the left is Tiki, but again I have no further info.


And finally . . . Sea Trader.  Click here for a closer up photo.


Many thanks to Justin and Maraki for use of these photos.

Signet tugs previously appeared here and here.

Guess the locations here and . . .


here?  Answers follow.


This one should be obvious.  What’s the Philly-bound tug?


It’s Lucky D.


Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.


B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.


And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,


Joan Turecamo,




Megan McAllister, 


. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.


The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound.   Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago.  Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.

This is the series for photos from all over.

First, from Bob Stopper, who makes it his business to –among other things–document Erie Canal life up in the  county where I grew up, it’s  . . . can you guess what’s under all that snow?


It’s a hibernating Grouper.  I’ve done more than two dozen posts on this boat, which I keep hoping comes back to life.   Here’s a post that shows her working on the big lakes, the northern coast of the USA.


And from the Maraki crew currently getting their passports stamped in the Conch Republic . . .  some Stock Island residents . . . like Robert W. Tomlinson (ex-YT-399 Numa) and


Dutch tug turned yacht Itinerante (ex-Havendienst 1, Vulcanus).


Here’s one of my photos:  that’s Iver Foss tailing the big ZPMC Shanghai-built crane as RORO Hoegh Shanghai follows them in through the Narrows last week.


Some photos from Brian DeForest . . . Joyce D. Brown delivering a crane barge as


RORO Don Juan rolls some vehicles off and some others on over in Port Newark.


Here’s are two photos lacking a photographer both showing Tradewind Towing Rachel powering USS SS Mount Washington AOT-5076 on its final voyage.  The photo below I screen-grabbed from the Crystal Serenity, which is now off Japan.   Mount Washington is at the scrapyard and Rachel is preparing for the next job.


This photo comes from the Gatun Locks webcam.


Bowsprite caught these three last week:  apparent L to R, Arabian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Patricia in Red Hook.


Thanks to Bob, Lucy my sister, Franco for standing in the cold with me at the Narrows, Brian, bowsprite, and the remote cameras for these photos.

You may recall previous posts here and here about these machines called “alligators” or warping tugs, flat bellied vessels used in timbering a century ago that could pull themselves across short stretches of land between bodies of water.    These photos were sent to me by Steven Smith who owns a camp near where the photos of wreckage in the second link above were taken.  The images that follow likely show that same tug in its prime.  Steve writes that in the early 1920s, the tug was “shipped on a flatbed railroad car to the RR station at Bemis, Maine, next to Mooselucmeguntic lake – it steamed over to Upper Dam, over the carry to Richardson Lake then to Middle Dam and then down the Carry road to its home on Pond in the River all under its own power .”  Notice the name Roebling on the spool of cable.  Alligator worked on the lakes from 1923 until about 1953.




In this close-up, notice the levers and U-joints employed to raise the props and shafts during land transits.


The next two photos below show while the Alligator was in transit from the Bemis RR station to Pond in the River:  two lakes and two transits on dry land to get to Pond in the River



Thanks much to Steve Smith for sending along these photos.  Credit for the top four photos goes to Brown Company Collection, Michael Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections, Herber H. Lamson library and Learning Commons, Plymouth State University, and that’s in Plymouth, NH.

And the timing . . . check out this story about the annual celebration of alligators  below NYC . .  maybe connecting the various parts of the sixth boro.

Field test for a new digital camouflage pattern?


Actually it’s this, CVA-59 . . . decommissioned for over 20 years and now moving


south and then west.  Justin Earl gave permission to use the photo below.  For more pics of the move out of Philly, click here.


Dave Boone took the rest of these.  Here, the tow approaches the Chester waterfront.


Assisting here–as they approach Fox Point–a great place to see river traffic–are (I believe) Alex McAllister, Timothy, and Bridget.


Check out this 12-minute video on her construction.  It makes an appropriate start to an epitaph for this vessel.


Fair weather, Lauren.


Many thanks to Justin Earl and Dave Boone for use of these photos.  Justin’s chief mate on Lauren and has been on board since Panama. I took the top two photos back in June 2010.  It’s hard to believe that Lauren, Iver and the crane coming through the Narrows was less than a week ago!

Slight digressions:  here are my latest photos of Timothy from more than six months ago.  And here’s a post I did over a year ago with shots from Fox Point.

Here was the first in this series.  The good news is that this past Saturday Sea Lion was raised.  The first two images are credited to Tug Life at Henry Marine and Orlando Martinez.



Jon Harrison caught the next two over on the west side of Bergen Point . . . .  It’s the crane barge Columbia and the raised tug gets moved over to Port Newark.



She’s up and now there’s a lot of rebuild work to do, but I suspect before summer, she’ll be working again.

Thanks much Tug Life Henry Marine, Orlando, and Jon.

Click here and scroll for a previous Columbia job.  

Rumor has it that there’s an event in town this weekend . . . and this is temporary housing that’s been made available . . . .  Pete Genovese of the Star-Ledger got an invite to a racy party, but somehow tugster’s invite got lost in the mail?  Bravo, Pete.


Oh well . . .  these fotos of the two 146,000 ton identical ships in the same place at the same time are special enough.  Many thanks to Phil Little for these.  And as of this writing, Breakaway


has already left nearly 24 hours ago.


Getaway leaves after the weekend.  Click here for some views behind the scenes of this nearly-4000 passenger vessel.

Again . .  thanks much Phil for these views.  Maybe next time there’s a big water-borne bash in town we’ll get invites too.

Many thanks to Bjoern Kils of for use of this foto.  Check out Bjoern’s website here.


And many thanks to Phil Little for the rest of these shots.  I’m certain Phil won’t object to sharing the text that accompanied these fotos, as it too captures the moment:

“I went to the viewing site today at 8:30 am, and saw the tow pass under the VN Bridge at about 9:00. I checked in with the Thruway person, and had no trouble with acceptance of my Tugster credentials (my honest face!)  The Lauren Foss stopped out in the middle of the bay to drop the wire, and two other tugs took it “on the hip”, arranged along its (boom facing aft) port side, the Weeks Elizabeth at the front and an iced-up unknown tug (Iver Foss?)at the after end position. Lauren Foss stood by like an anxious parent.  It was awesome to see these tugs then guide the Lifter in toward the Cruise Ship dock, and turn it with precision into the near-shore channel, proceeding northwest toward the Weeks yard. It glided along in front of in front of us, not 100 feet away, aboard the royal barge, the mighty King of Cranes!  They swung into the final turn toward Weeks, against the backdrop of the new Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. In the yard, waiting, it looked for all the world like a huge flock of red and white-necked herons were about to welcome this strange new powerful creature who would lead them in plucking prizes out of the Hudson!  What a show!”





As of this writing, I believe the two Foss tugs are refueling, resupplying, and possibly re-crewing . . . in preparation to return to sea for the next job.

Bjoern and Phil . . . thanks much.

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