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Here are the previous posts I’ve done on the wind farm southeast of Block Island.  I took the photo below on June 27, as blades to spin the turbines arrived in Narragansett Bay.


Rod Smith took the rest of these photos in late July and early August.


It shows Brave Tern as it prepared to sail out to the farm, deploy its sea legs . .  aka spuds  . .


and put the caps atop the columns onto the bases.




For the specs on Brave Tern, you can check them out here,


or here,








And check out the froth from her stern!


To keep up with construction off Block Island, check out the Deepwater Water site.  Or for even more updates, friend them on FB.

Many thanks to Rod Smith for all these photos except the first one.

I hope to get out that way in October.

Here are the previous posts in this series.  This is the SUNY training ship’s return this past week from a “sea term” that began this way on May 10. This first set of photos comes from Roger Munoz, who took them from high above 74th Street.




That’s Roosevelt Island just to her far side, and the Queens and the Bronx farther beyond.


Later that morning, Thomas Steinruck took these during the assist back into the dock




friends and family welcomed TS Empire State VI home.   Now it’s back to classes, study, and tests in this part of the Bronx.



Many thanks to Roger and Thomas for use of these photos.

Let me clarify the title .  . all these photos were taken in Dutch waters by Aleksandr Mariy.  Jade is actually a German tug built in 2000.


Union Emerald–the tailing portion of this tow–is Belgian, 2005 built.


And in between, the barge is Dutch.


I like the lines of Veritas with a telescoping wheelhouse, but searches turn out empty.  Can anyone help out?


Friendship is 1942 built.


Thamesbank dates from 1992.




Amber II, previously called “camber,” was built in 2007.


Union 7 is a URS boat.  The company has roots going back almost 150 years. 


Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos.

And apropos of nothing, I stumbled upon this boat Uranus while researching this post . . . a tugboat with dimensions of 244′ x 60′ x 8′ draft and with four engines adding up to more than 24,000 horsepower!!  Here she is.

Finally, if you are in the NYC area and have not yet seen Graves of Arthur Kill, join us for the 2 pm showing on Saturday at the St George terminal of the Staten Island ferry.


It’s been a very long time since I last used this title, but here are some photos that make it work.  Where were these photos taken and what’s unusual about the crew you see along the starboard side of the foreground vessel?


Close look.


And later, same location . . . a different tug with the bow of a passenger vessel in the foreground.


And the answer IS:  same place and same photographer as the previous time i used the title . . .  here.

Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for sending along these photos from Thailand.  I wish I knew what the story was with the barefoot crew on that top boat.

And finally, a few more from Rich Taylor.  Stadt Zurich was built in 1909

IMG_3009 061616 Stadt Zurich

and Stadt Rapperswil built 1914 in short term layup when he was there on June 16, 2016.   I believe these are the last two steamers on Lake Zurich.



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Many thanks to Rich Taylor, who has planted the idea of visiting these lakes steamers some sunny day.

Let’s return to Lake Lucerne, with this photo.  Rich Taylor took it in late June 2016.  PS Uri was built in 1901.   Uri is a canton in Switzerland.

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And PS Unterwalden, 1902.  Unterwalden is the name of a former canton.  I profess as much ignorance of Swiss geography, as of their history, but I’m learning.

IMG_5048 Unterwalden 1902

If you travel to the SW from Lucerne, you get to Interlaken, where Rich took the following photos of PS Lötschberg, built 1914.


Looking at these photos, and thinking of other vessels from this era–in both good and deteriorated condition–it’s clear that part of the secret is maintenance.




The next three photos of Blümlisalp–1906–were taken at Thun on Lake Thun, which I also had to look up.



IMG_3724 062116 Blumlisalp 1906


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Again, all these photos of Swiss steamers come thanks to Rich Taylor.  Earlier this year and last, Rich send along these photos.

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

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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.

IMG_4690 Schiller 1906 adj

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.

IMG_4333 062516 DS William Tell Luzerne

Rich took these two photos of PS Stadt Luzern,  built 1928,  near Vitznau.  I had to look up that location.

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Click here and here for more info on Lake Lucerne.

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.


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