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The photo below shows a vessel with a quite rare place of registry . . . Washington DC! How often do you see that on a stern? More on that later. These photos were taken about a week ago, and have since scattered to the seven seas.
Florida has an unusual wheelhouse although it has to have great upward views . . .
I was surprised to learn Balsa 87 was built in 2012, given its design and small size.
Bonny Island . . . offloading
salt? Before Christmas it was in Savannah . . . now it’s–like me–is in the sixth boro.
Bright Hero has since moved from Savannah to New Orleans.
This one’s for bowsprite . . . who sometimes is afflicted with the same type of misperception as I am . . . Not surprisingly, this name has been given to many vessels, but this Ocean Pearl is currently departing Delaware Bay.
UASC Shuaiba has since traversed the Panama Canal!
And that DC-registed container ship . . . it entered Savannah escorted by Florida and
and –15 hours later–departed with Savannah as escort.
Washington Express . . . a great name.
Meanwhile, I’m hoping to get from the #4 US port for volume to the #3 port by the end of Sunday. All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Georgia. Peacemaker. What a name . . .! If only we all agreed on what that would have to be . . . . Happy all-the-holidays in all the languages. I like this one I learned from frogma: mele kalikimaka. Or this one I made up: mare. eek! charisma’s.
Type peacemaker into the blog search window for some info on her Brazilian provenance.
To see the four Savannah posts from almost five years ago, type “savannah” into the search window on left side of the blog page. It hardly seems possible that a half decade has passed since the last time I was here.
Anyhow . . . on the road and enjoying seeing these Sun, Moran, and Crescent tugs . . . and all the rest.
From the air you can see the traffic . . . the sinuous lines it scribes into the legendary river.
From the bank, you can see sometimes three tugs abreast (l. to r. Bobby Jones-1966, David G. Sehrt-1965, and Born Again-1974) pushing more than a dozen barges slipping around the turn between Algiers and the 9th Ward. And when I say slipping, I mean even big vessels seem to slide through this crescent. That erosion in the foreground bespeaks higher water.
Uh . . . a variation on seasnake?
Close-up of McLean.
I’m back at work in environs of the sixth boro, and this is the last set about Nola strictly defined. Tomorrow I hope to put up some fotos from a jaunt-within-a-gallivant southwest from the Crescent City, a truly magical place to which I really must return soon because there’s much I’ve yet to understand . . . like why
And is it true there’s a nun driving a tugboat somewhere on the Lower Mississippi? Here’s a ghost story, and if you have a chance to find it, listen to Austin Lounge Lizard’s “Boudreaux was a Nutcase.”
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who also has tons of fotos from Panama to put up.
I’m deep in the “fog of travel,” a phrase I learned from David Hindin. So only the facts, here:
If you didn’t see it yesterday, check out bowsprite’s nola.
Muddy water fast and wide separates St. Louis Cathedral from
Tugboat New Orleans assists Power Steel make
Capt. Jimmy T. Moran, developed for the Panama Canal but never used there, heads downriver for an assist while
It would be easy to stay here longer, but . . .
Many more Louisiana fotos to come though.
If that wheel is working, then it can’t be anything in the sixth boro. These fotos of the steamer Natchez come from Capt. Justin Zizes.
who took them here in the proximity of the Greater New Orleans Bridge. Natchez the hull is a half century newer than her engine and machinery.
Tug in the foreground is Angus R. Cooper. I’m not sure what the pusher tug with barge is.
And a thousand miles to the northeast and fully accessible by water . . . a foto from Detroit, thanks to Ken of MichiganExposures, showing Wisconsin-built, New Jersey-powered Canadian-flagged bulk carrier Saginaw. Meeting Saginaw is mailboat J. W. Westcott.
Navigator? Sea Shuttle? Anyhow, bound from Rhode Island to Virginia.
These fotos compliments of Allen Baker, whose fotos ran previously here and here … and other places. Elsbeth II (featured in a New Yorker story by Burkhard Bilger in April 19, 2010) tows dead ship Horizon Crusader to be scrapped At Southern Recycling. Elsbeth II is a triple-screw boat built by Smith Maritime‘s owner, Latham Smith.
Of the two Crescent vessels, Point Clear minds the stern and another tug escorts on port. Tug alongside on starboard . . . identified with Harold Tartell’s help … is Angus R. Cooper (1965, ex-Paragon, Anthony St. Philip).
Crusader‘s older sib–Challenger–seems to languish in Bayonne. Anyone know what’s happening with Challenger? It did make at least one trip south recently, but now it seems idled again. [[Thanks to Jeff Schurr: Said Bayonne vessel is NOT Challenger but rather Discovery, which explains why I thought she (Challenger) had quickly deteriorated into her former condition. ]] Jeff, thanks for the correction.
Also, down along the big river recently was Paul T. Moran, 1975, ex-Ocean Venture, S/R Golden State, Exxon Golden State, and Eliska. Paul T. appeared here light back more than two years ago.
Also along the big river, from left to right: Bluefin (2009), Susan W (1982, ex-General Lee), Gladys B (1937), and Capt. Albert 1931, ex-Miss Sarah) .
Many thanks to Allen and Harold.