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All these photos come through Fred Trooster.

Let’s start with the new build Noordstroom which wasn’t splashed until midMarch 2016.  Click here to see the triple-screw vessel at various stages of construction.

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Catharina 7 on the other hand, is from 1958.  Here she passes the Bollard.

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Here’s 1973 built Pacific Hickory.  I’m not sure what’s brought her to greater Rotterdam.

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And we end today’s post with Osprey Fearless, 1997 built.

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All photos by Freek Koning and via Fred Trooster.  Thank you very much.

I’ve taken this photo from Facebook, on a thread started by Aleksandr Mariy.  He wondered what it was.

Look at the stern, the shape of the house, and the bow apart from the upper bulwarks shaped up to and around the bowsprit.

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Speculation in that thread was  and I change the words slightly and add a few of my own   . . . old Moran tug that got turned into a sailboat back in 1983. Work was done at a yard in Port Arthur. Wheelhouse was moved to aft position, bulwarks modified, bowsprit and masts added. Believe it was one of the Thomas Morans, maybe the 1926 one. It was a diesel electric. Owner was a Moran captain who planned to go tuna fishing with it.

Anyone want to weigh in?  Does anyone have photos either before or after?

And while I’m commenting on FB, here’s a photo shared there by Robert Silva, showing self-propelled barge Toledo Sun from days of yore.

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Click here to see it out of the water, showing although not clearly enough the power configuration.  Anyone know the manufacturer of the propulsion?  I believe she’s now operating out of Singapore as Marine Success.   Here’s more of the Sun Oil fleet.   Is this the same vessel?

 

 

 

Frying Pan came back to Pier 66 yesterday after several months at Caddell Dry dock, assisted by Dorothy J.  I use this photo with permission from Renee Lutz Stanley.

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It turns out that I also recently received a photo and spec sheet from barrel, formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers.  When I looked up where Liston, the vessel below, was built, I

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learned that it was being built the same time as the lightship listed as Frying Pan Shoal.  First, it makes me wonder whether a photo exists that shows them both on the ways.  Second, I wondered if there was an error in shipyard site here about the initial name of the lightship, or if there was a time when the word “shoal” got dropped from the name of the vessel.  Third, the shipyard site says that LV115 became a museum in Southport, NC.  Click here and scroll through for a photo I took in Southport five years ago showing where some folks had wanted to build a museum with LV115 as the centerpiece, but it had never happened.

Some years ago, I used to spend a good amount of summer evening time at Frying Pan/Pier66.  If you’ve never been, you should try it once.  Here are some photos I took way back then. I must have many more somewhere.  Pier 66 opens in early May, and I think it’s time to have a large gathering there once again.  Let’s agree on a date and meet there, eh?

Many thanks to Renee and barrel for use of these photos.

But a closing shot, barrel writes:  “USACE TUG LISTON    became ARGUS of Salter Towing in 1970. #561597. At a later date became fishing vessel MR. J.C. now out of documentation.”

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A Jules Verne novel set at the southern tip of South America goes by the fabulous title,  The Light at the End of the World.   Richard Hudson passed through here recently and sent along the photos in today’s post.

It’s USS ATR-20, built in Camden Maine, launched in January 1943 and ending her days in Ushuaia, Argentina.  The shipyard is now Wayfarer Marine, which I should do a post about one of these days.  The sixth boro–as does The Graves of Arthur Kill– has its very own disintegrating ATR here.

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Fishing vessel Don Herman makes its way past the glacier in Seno, Chile.

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Here’s a smaller fishing boat near Isla Riesco. 

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End of the world aka Strait of Magellan, find tankers there?  Of course.  Here’s Sloman Herakles.

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Ditto ROROs like Fuegino.

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Canal Cockburn . . . they fish there too.

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Puerto Eden . . . some folks live their whole lives there and like it.

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Here are two more pics he sent a few months ago;  I’m impressed with this tender made of repurposed styrofoam.

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Note Issuma in the background to the right.   Here are more.

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Many thanks to Richard for this.  Follow his progress along the edge of the world here.

 

I put these photos up because not everyone saw them on FB.

I took these photos of Specialist in October of 2010, before she went to Puerto Rico.

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Meow Man took the next two yesterday on the KVK as she passed by on a barge after she was raised.  RIP.

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The bottom two photos used by permission from Meow Man.

The top two by Will Van Dorp.

It was spring 1987 when I saw this boat first, a decade and a half after her retirement.  She and her sister Venus were a sorry sight on the bank of the Charles near the Science Museum; if you wanted a photo that screamed “forlorn,” they were that shot.  Unfortunately, I took very few photos back then.   Over the years, I knew Venus was scrapped and always wondered about Luna.   Here’s a chronology of steps toward the saving of Luna–and loss of Venus–in the first two/thirds of the 1990s.

All the photos in this post–and there are a lot of them–were taken less than a week ago over in Chelsea.

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Click here for a chronology of Luna’s life from 1997 until end of 2000, which found Luna in Boothbay, Samples Shipyard.

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I don’t think you’ll argue if I say she’s a great looking 86-year-old today.

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Talented and exacting volunteers were attending to details when I visited.

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Of course, she’ll never push again  But who imagines sending an 86-year-old out to work?

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Here’s another link with some duplicate info.  John G. Alden was the designer.

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The “lights” under the tender bring light into the engine room.

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Here’s from the engine room deck looking up . . at the gauge boards, with

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project priorities in full view throughout.

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As a result of Luna’s immersion(s), her Winton engines, exciters, and motor will likely never run again.

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Here’s a finished starboard aft crew cabin.  Note the stencil on the mattress for Boston Tow Boat.

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Those are functioning 1930-era bulbs, and yes, Bag Balm has been around since long before 1930.  My father used it in the stable.

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What!?  No Nescafe?

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Many thanks to Ben Grudinskas of Atlantic Hunter for this tour.   Here’s another shot of Atlantic Hunter arriving at last year’s Roundup.

I took the photo below–near my neighborhood in Queens– March 21, 2015, exactly a year ago.

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I took this photo this past weekend.  Question:  Where on Long Island is this light located?  Answer follows.  Be careful . ..  it’s a trick question.

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Actually, here’s a clue.  And I don’t mean to be ornery . . . but water boat?  Are there land boats?  Air boats actually I’ve seen.  And stone boats I used for farm work as a kid.

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How about this one . . . any guesses on location of this tugboat?  Answer follows.

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March madness?  See the hoop on

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house of Bow Riyad, here last week and currently in the mouth of the Mississippi. And off to the right, it’s HMS Liberty.

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Here’s a question I wish I knew the answer to . . . this pier currently exists just west of the St George ferry racks and 9/11 monument.  My question is . . . will it remain there after the New York Wheel construction ends?  Has anyone seen it already used to move in components of the Wheel complex?

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Here’s a closer-up of what I call Omega Beam, but if you want to add Trinity Prod Ucts . . . it’s fair.

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I’d love to learn more about this also . . . photo said to have been taken in Bayonne but I know not when or what.

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Here’s a photo from Kyle Stubbs.  It’s AJ, a triple stacker recently arrived in the Salish Sea, sister of the sixth boro’s Andrea’?  Thanks, Kyle, a photo of this newcomer to the Harley fleet.

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Here’s a clue to the tug question from earlier . . . answer is

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Thailand.  Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for passing it along.

Now, for that Long Island lighthouse question . . .  it’s Long Island Head Light, located on Long Island in Boston harbor.

Again, thanks to Kyle and Ashley.  All other photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . . Boaty McBoatface, you have got to be kidding, but here it is. Here’s NERC’s site.

 

Recognize the red schooner?  It’s shown here approaching the dock in Cape Town last week in a photo by Colin Syndercombe, whose previous photos you can see here.  Here are previous photos of the red boat on tugster, and here is the blog kept by the crew of the red boat, Issuma.  Since leaving the sixth boro in Fall 2010, Issuma has traveled up the St. Lawrence, northward leaving Canada to port and Greenland to starboard, across the Northwest Passage, southward through the Bering Strait . . . you get the flow.

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It’s Richard Hudson.  So if you didn’t click on his blog link above, after traveling southward west of the entire North and South American continents–with a stopover in Easter Island–he rounded Cape Horn, leaving it to port, and kissed Antarctica.  Some time later this week, Issuma will leave Cape Town and head for New Zealand.

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In October 2010, Issuma tied up briefly along the East River in Queens.  Oh the stories he can tell!

Also, much gratitude to Colin for taking these pics.

Many thanks to Erin Urban, executive director of Noble Maritime for those photos and information.

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The interior view is unique;  the exterior  . . . of course has been seen so often that your eyes might see right past it.  This beacon in the harbor has appeared in countless tugster posts, and will continue to do so.  Here’s just one. What you may not know is that in the lighthouse there is a “construction cam” focused on work at the New York Wheel.  Be sure to try “live stream cam 2” and its time lapse.  

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Below is a view of CMA CGM La Scala from a week ago, the same day the Noble Maritime crew was at the light.

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Here’s the abridged written report:

“Weather:  Cloudy, not windy, mid-60s°      Access:  The Emily Miller out; the Nicholas Miller back.  Left at 9:20; back at 12:30.

Tasks accomplished:  We brought out materials with which to clean up, including contractor’s bags, brooms, cardboard boxes, and another dustpan.  We also brought out a 60 lb. bag of mortar and water.  We added a new light in the cellar and brought out two more Mag lights and a long extension cord so we can light the cellar and any other places that need it.  We also brought out another 5-gallon can of gasoline.

André cemented the area in the cellar below the new cellar door.

Pete and Kevin got the light set up in the basement and then began the clear out.  Then, with Erin, they began removing accumulated trash and unneeded equipment.  We cleaned and cleared all the rooms, especially the second floor supply room and the stairwell, and organized a tool cabinet on the first floor.  We found a box of stuff having to do with the web camera and stored it on the fourth floor in the room where the web camera batteries are set up.

The New York Wheel worker charged up the batteries for the web camera and got it working again; it had been down since last fall.

Next steps: We will go out to do more work on the interior.   We have to shovel out the cellar, for example, and finish painting the small rooms on the fourth level.

We will at the same time do a video explaining all the aspects of the work we have to do at the lighthouse.  Our spring projects will include getting more ventilation and painting the exterior so we can set up the canopy and the solar power to light the interior and exterior of the site.”

Click here for a USCG history of aids to navigation.  Here are some 360 degrees views from Robbins Reef.

Many thanks to Erin and her crew for their work and for permission to use these photos and this report.

At the same moment, I was getting these photos of CMA CGM La Scala, with JRT Moran tailing and

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Kirby Moran made up to the lower set of recessed shell bits.

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Last two photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Condolences to the families, comfort to all the friends, and gratitude to those who so quickly responded.

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I took these photos in March 2008.  The tragedy touched me and a lot of folks I know quite hard.

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Let me share this photo that comes from William Lafferty, who says “Here’s something of historical interest, perhaps.  It’s the Brother Collins in the midst of being transformed into the Curly B. at the dock of the Calumet Marine Towing Corporation under the Skyway Bridge on the Calumet River at South Chicago, in 1979.  The transformation took a long time, and wasn’t completed until 1982, begun, I think, in 1977.  It would, of course, become the ill-fated Specialist.”

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Here’s one of my favorite hymns, which seems to fit entirely here.

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