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Bananas. An accident? One waiting to happen?
Actually, besides being tasty and nutritious, they are a non-polluting lubricant to the rails. All but the last photo here come from Jeff Anzevino, who captured Thursday’s launch of the latest barge up at Feeney Shipyard on the Rondout up in Kingston. Click here for some of Jeff’s photos used previously in this blog.
I’m not sure who took this photo, which I took from Jeff’s FB stream, but it shows Jeff in the small green and white boat to the left taking the photo above. The dramatic shot was taken from the Walkway over the Hudson.
Here’s Fred Johannsen light.
The photo below–taken from the Walkway– shows Ocean Tower delivering framework for the new TZ Bridge.
And the same tugboat and cargo, here taken by Mark Woody Woods.
Many thanks to Jeff and to Mark for use of their photos, which iId seen on FB, which I know some of you don’t do.
Here’s the index if you want to see the previous installments.
A secret salt along the Saint Lawrence snapped this photo of Algoma Montrealais towed by Diavlos Pride and largely unseen) Ecosse on the stern. To see photos of Algoma Montrealais’ last season, click here.
For purposes of the transit to the scrapyard, she’s been renamed (by subtraction) as Mont.
And from endings to beginnings, here from Jonathan Steinman is the arrival of Kirby Moran into the sixth boro via the East River and
escorted in by the venerable James Turecamo.
Also from Jonathan, Shelby towing Weeks 297 carrying a . . . wind turbine vane.
Anyone know where bound?
Many thanks to the secret salt and freshwater salt of the Saint Lawrence and to Jonathan Steinman for these photos.
Here’s an index to previous posts with this theme. But truth be told, technology has no nationality. Click here and scroll through for the last vessel, a Dutch
tug vessel that for a time worked in the Chesapeake. Here she was last week, all decked out and doing a tour in connection with a Maassluis’ tugboat festival.
Enjoy these details, as well.
Engine room console and
Radio room (Thanks for the info, Jan)
Tugboat (Oops! As was Elbe/Maryland. Thx to Peter for catching this.) pilot boat Rigel dates from 1949;
Dock Yard V . . . from 1942.
And just to keep a hint of truckster alive from one April 1st to another, check out these two American beauties . . . living a well-kept expatriate existence.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.
Here’s an index of the previous “locker” posts.
Let’s start with a photo from a secret salt seeking an identification. All I know is that this photo of an “old army tug” was taken in 1982 and that the building in the background is the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a frequent background in sixth boro photos even today. Anyone supply an identification of the vessel?
Here’s a photo I took about two weeks ago . . . sand that looks almost like sawdust. The nearer scow is marked Lexa Gellatly. My question is . . . is that the same hull but transformed as this one, once used to transport oil? Do oil barges sometimes get transformed into scows? And where is this sand coming from/going to?
The next photo comes from Justin Zizes and an event I missed last week because I got triple-booked; what’s happening is the unveiling ceremony for the USS Monitor Trail Marker to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the US Civil War. FDNY’s 343 adds solemnity to the event. The water here, Bushwick Inlet, once received new builds from the slipways of Continental Iron Works.
Next . . . a number of you have written this week about the fabulous new photo archives assembled by the New York Public Library. I’ve already spent lots of hours meandering there. What makes the archive so remarkable is the interface: you click on dots on a street map of NYC, and each dot reveals archival photos of that site. Let me share a few here: as seen from South Beach Staten Island, Hoffman Island in the distance as it existed in 1925. I’d love to see post-WW2 but pre demolition of the island buildings.
Hoffman Island closer up with SS Perugia in quarantine. I won’t guarantee the veracity of the captions on all the photos. After all, GIGO.
1923 ferry approaching the Hell Gate Bridge,
1935 “stick lighter” approaching the Goethals Bridge.
There are literally thousands of photos in the archive. Have fun. I’d love to hear from you with any news.
I’m currently gallivanting and will be back–I hope–by the end of the week.
First, two photos from Jason LaDue, up in Lyons on the Erie Canal. Click here to see some of the many photos Jason has sent along over the past years from Lyons and the Great Lakes. The vessel Lyons, below, has been painted NY blue and gold since it last appeared here two plus months ago.
Docked astern of Lyons is Salem, which has also gotten some new paint recently.
From the Canal to the sixth boro, here’s the sight I caught last week from the MediaBoat, as we entered North Cove. The vessel is the New York Naval Militia’s 440 Moose boat. Click here to see some of NYNM’s previous vessels.
I’m not sure where the group was headed. The schooner is Clipper City, which I really need to get out on one of these days soon.
Top two photos . . . thanks to Jason LaDue; last three by Will Van Dorp.
“Really random” posts tend to be far-flung, so let’s start out with this photo by Jed, who has contributed many photos recently. Then there’s JED, who has contributed photos starting from 2008. The boat dates from 1975.
From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, here’s the 1955 tug Argus along with
Orion (1961), and
Sirius (1966). It appears that Sirius–like Orion and Brendan Turecamo–also has a wheelhouse that can be raised.
For the scale of the “tow” here, scroll down and
behold–Thialf, with a combined lifting capacity of over 14,000 tons!! Click here to see the view down from Thialf’s deck AND be sure to read the comments that follow. Here are a few other heavy-lifters including Saipem 7000.
Heading back to NYC but as the South Street Seaport Museum area of the sixth boro of NYC looked in 1985, from a secret salt, it’s the 1939 USCGC WYT-93, Raritan! The two vessels around her are, of course 1885 schooner Pioneer and 1908 lightship Ambrose. Click here for a list of specifics and missions on Raritan, but one of her operations was against M/V Sarah of Radio NewYork International. M/V Sarah was eventually blown up for a movie stunt.
And rounding this post out . . . from Elizabeth, in Alameda, it’s the 1943 YT-181 Mazapeta.
In the distance is T-AKR-1001 GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan, an MSC RORO named for a significant USN officer.
Credit for each of these photos is as attributed. Thanks to you all.
All these photos come compliments of frequent commenter Jan van der Doe. And all were taken in Hamilton Harbour, the southwest corner of the lake where I learned to swim.
Click here for the specs on Leonard M.
Click here for info on Tony MacKay.
Florence M needs TLC and paint.
Here’s another shot of Tony and Florence.
From left here, more McKeil Marine vessels: Carrol C 1, Bonnie B, and James A. Hannah. This latter (rightmost) tugboat has appeared on tugster before, and in fact is a sibling of Captain Bob (in the Columbia) and Bloxom, the faded red tugboat on the cover of our 30-minute documentary film Graves of Arthur Kill. If you want to read about the dispersion of the entire Hannah fleet by the U. S. Marshal’s auction, click here.
Here’s a side view of the same three boats.
Click here for the specs on Kingfish 1.
Jerry G. is one year younger. Click here for more info.
This looks like two old but active boats, Lac Manitoba and Vigilant I, both of Nadro Marine.
And finally, Jan didn’t pass along info on the black hulled vessel to the left. Pacific Standard . . . ex-Irishman (?) is my guess.
I visited Hamilton twice 50 or more years ago to visit a relative there. I recall not liking the city. But what does a kid know? Jan’s photos in this post and tugboathunter’s here inspire me to consider a return there.
Jan . . . many thanks.
This was the tip-off photo: in the right light, the raised-metal lettering is clear. I received this photo from I.Y. last September, but never got more of the hull going abaft the US.
This one doesn’t show the lettering.
Nor does this.
So this past weekend, when I was in Greenport, I headed straight down to the water–aboard Glory, which I’ll talk more about tomorrow–and
although the light didn’t bring out more detail, the captain did. It turns out that YGs were garbage lighters, and this one had a memorable engine, although I don’t know if it’s rusty remains are still submerged. This YG was turned into a fish
processing vessel that sank at the dock and became the focus of a lawsuit.
Thanks to Ingrid Young for putting me on this search and sending the top three photos. The last three photos I took from launch Glory.
This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen. I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts. These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown. This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part. I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still Miss Bonnie. Click here and scroll.
In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . . Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.