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I’ve never been to the Swiss Lakes, but I’m grateful to Rich Taylor, who spent some time there this summer, for these photos of paddle steamers. PS Gallia dates from 1913 and
PS Schiller, below, from 1906. Rich writes, “We sailed aboard at every opportunity, on occasion having a prepared meal from the on board galley. They are a integral part of the Swiss transit system and as such covered by the Swiss Travel Pass making connections with other boats, trains, hotels, lakeside villages; all very pleasant.”
Note the puff of steam? Rich writes, “When one steamboat passes another, advance announcement is made by the captain; then there is a whistle salute from each.” I wonder if part of that advance announcement is to cover your ears if you are close to the whistle.
“PS William Tell built 1908, a near sister to Schiller, has been moored as a floating restaurant since 1970.” Click here for some interior photos, which give me an appetite to travel there some summer.
Rich took these two photos of PS Stadt Luzern, built 1928, near Vitznau. I had to look up that location.
Two things come to mind as I look at these. First, of course there were bowsprite’s too-short-liaison with steamships here, and then there were a few surviving US steam yachts I saw at Mystic Seaport here.
Many thanks to Rich for these photos.
Below is a photo of State of Maine taken off Antwerp, Belgium, on 12 July 2016 and used with permission.
Another recent visit to the sixth boro by an ocean academy training ship happened on July 19.
The photo above and below were taken by Lew. Golden Bear is currently steaming SW 100 nm off SW Puerto Rico, headed home.
These photos prompted me to look up the location of Empire State, which should be headed home for the fall semester as well. It was west of the Azores and headed west as of this writing. Kings Pointer is home, but I think I caught a smudge of it on the Sound a little over a week ago. Currently State of Michigan is headed south into the Soo, and earlier this month (5July), I saw her headed south past Wyandot MI toward Lake Erie . . .
so they’ve been around. General Rudder— formerly known as Kings Pointer and other names–is headed SE in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve not seen her in Texas A & M livery. And finally, TS Kennedy is in homeport, Buzzards Bay.
For the top photo, thanks to Ron Van Maanen via Aleksandr Mariy. Golden Bear photos come from Lew. And only the last one is mine.
Type the word training into the search window to the left on this page and you’ll get a variety of posts, as here. And truth be told, many other options exist for summer training and sea time for ocean academy students; I met cadets from at least three on my “go west” trip. Yesterday David Silver got me advance notice of when this training ship would leave port; thanks to him, I got these photos.
Kimberly Turecamo assisted, as did Julia Miller and Amy C McAllister.
By 1230 Friday, she was west of the Brooklyn Bridge and headed for sea,
for Maine, and by
this posting, she’s already east of Cape Cod.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here to watch David Silver’s 20-minute video of her departure from pier side.
Let’s pick it up in Toledo, OH and the century-old GL tug Mississippi.
“Dieselized” 41 years after its launch, it still steers with a brass tiller in the wheelhouse, as demonstrated here by Captain Stabler.
Keep good paint and in repair, and a 1929 tug like Nebraska still has lots of life left. Compare that boat to its terrestrial counterpart, a 1929 Mack truck.
Mighty John III is a 1962 tugboat. The bands in the water distinguish sunlight from shadow in the Maumee silt water.
Sea Eagle II is Louisiana built but now flagged Edmonton, AB.
Pioneerland dates from 1943.
Titan, here in the River Rouge, dates from 1940.
Sheila Kaye is 65′ loa built in 1943. Was it originally a government boat?
Here in the St. Clair River is a small unit about which I know nothing. That’s Canada on the far bank.
Karen Andrie dates from 1965.
And finally, from my sister in Frankfort MI, it’s the 1956 Kurt R. Luedtke.
The last photo comes from my sister; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Many thanks to Wade P. Streeter for his help in getting these first photos of M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar from public locations along the River Rouge.
Here she squeezes ever so slowly through the open Dix Street Bridge, showing her multiple builders plates and
flower boxes abaft her house.
Then she headed into the turning basin to offload her ore in the late afternoon.
Before mid-morning the following day, she was light and ready to race back to Superior for her next cargo.
She followed us for a bit before
overtaking us and showing her stern on her way into Lake St. Clair and places north.
More on the other vessels here later.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are more photos from Aleksandr, taken on a canal between Middelburg and Vlissingen. Ruurtje tows while
F-50 takes the stern as they move
the aluminum superstructure of a future Damen-built patrol craft on barge Risico 11.
This series handles my miscellaneous needs with updates, follow-ups, and oddments.
If the image below looks like a boat, it is, or it was before San Francisco grew (or tumbled?) over top of it. For more info on the buried vessels of SF, click on the image. Here’s more.
Below, well that was me about 10 years ago. After I had built a skin-on-frame kayak, I need to paint the porous “skin” with urethane, hence the respirator. If anyone’s interested in buying me a token of appreciation to update this vessel–which I still have–click on the image to see my one-item wish list. And thanks in advance.
More old business . . . the photo below I took from the Manhattan side of the East River about 10 years ago, and
By now, that old steel may have seen the hold of a scrapper like Atlantic Pearl . . . and been transformed in the heat
And finally, in response to a recent comment asking about Gateway tugs . . . the rest of the photos/text here I took/wrote in April 2014 and never posted because I was waiting for some additional info.
“What’s under the ‘white house’ here?
Click here to find out. And the tug C. Angelo is resplendent in the brightening daylight.
So this is future defense works passing obsolete defense works.”
C. Angelo in drydock?
All photos except the top three and the one by Robert Silva . . . by Will Van Dorp.
The first six photo here comes from Jonathan Steinman, taken on June 13. The Donjon tugs has delivered Chesapeake 1000 to a point just off Rockefeller University’s campus to prepare for lifting prefabricated modules for Rockefeller’s River Campus.
Step one for Donjon is to secure the gargantuan crane.
Then Atlantic Salvor moves into place to
receive the massive anchors, a job that Salvor
may be IS uniquely qualified to perform.
The yellow lighted buoys mark the anchors’ positions.
By the time I got there on June 17, sans camera other than phone, several of the modules had already been lifted from the waterborne transport into the locations where they’ll stay for a very long time. See time lapse of the installation of modules 1 and 2 on youtube here.
A dozen more modules will still be lifted when
water, tidal, and atmospheric conditions allow.
And many thanks to Jonathan for use of his photos and information about the project. Next time, I’ll bring my good camera.
Previous sights to behold there can be found here.
I started a series called transitioning, but here’s something new. Actually I did a transit post a few years back when a Boston ex-fireboat transited the sixth boro on its way to Lake Huron to reinvent as a dive boat.
This post started with Glenn Raymo catching a shot of NOAA 5503 northbound in Poughkeepsie.
Then, unprompted, Mike Pelletier, engineer of Urger noticed it between locks 2 and 3 in Waterford, westbound. When I noticed it on AIS, southbound on the Welland, I knew she was doing a long haul. So here’s what I’ve since learned: this vessel “was transferred to NOAA from the CG in Fort Macon NC. Its final destination is Muskegon MI, where it will undergo a full overhaul and be refit for service as a research vessel on the Great Lakes.” Many thanks to Glenn, Mike, and my other sources.
But if NOAA is transiting far, Sand Master is going much much farther. Any ideas what HN RTB is?
Here’s a photo of Sand Master I got just over a month ago at the Great Lake just west of the Bayonne Bridge.
Try Roatán, Honduras.
Thanks all for the photos and the information. And please help keep eyes open for unique transiting vessels and those who work mostly here.
Barrel comes up with unusual photos . . . and this one below, Merritt, shows a side-cast dredge with a draft of less than 5′.
It appears she’s still in use.
Here’s the info.
I wish that tree was not obscuring the tug, but the real star here is the ship, an oddity that began life in the last years of the nineteenth century as a battleship, BB-5. The first in her class was USS Indiana, BB-1.
After 20 years as a battleship, she was idled for 20 years, at which point she was converted into arcane ship, Crane Ship No. 1, with lifting capacity of 250 tons, a weight more impressive then than now. It does qualify this as a “second lives” post, though. Finally, in 1955, she was sold as scrap.
Click here for navsource’s great photo documentation–including the dramatic graving dock view below– of her entire half century career.
Here’s a 1936 derrick boat, with a sign over the stern house that would get my attention.
I’m not sure when she went out of service.
Many thanks to barrel for these glimpses into the archives.