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Quick. Name this unit . . . or at least the current and previous operators?
I haven’t seen many Gateway Towing tugs along my usual haunts, but here’s Connecticut.
Nanticoke, about 10-years-old now, the second of the Patapsco 4200 hp class, pushes a payload enclosed in Doubleskin 305.
Pacific Reliance, at the dock, is made up to the 650-1, whose capacity is 155,000 bbl.
So . . that unit in the top photo is Genesis Vision, formerly Superior Service
pushing GM 6508. Here was a photo of the tug as Superior Service, only four years ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you have not seen it yet, here’s an 18-minute video of the saga of the former Katie G and Colleen McAllister, which I captured the first hours of here as they headed east on the East River on their long journey to western Michigan. Here was my Part 2 of that voyage, with collaboration from colleagues.
Here from eight years ago is Katie G moving petroleum product and remaking a tow right off the Battery.
Random means random, and I challenge you to come up with a more random set . . .
Let’s start with a Gmelin photo from 1930. I’ll give the name of the tug later in this post so that all experts of arcane sixth boro history can play. Since today is the V-Day, let me mention that Herbert Hoover was POTUS, and not very popular at that time, post-crash, in spite of his 1928 campaign slogan “A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage.” Well, that did not work out so well. A few things impress me about Hoover though, like . . . in what language would he and the First Lady–Lou–converse privately when guests were in the White House. By the way, why is the 2nd Tuesday in November Election Day? Answers at the end of this post.
Here’s a photo from my archives, Surrie Moran (2000 built) assisting with a big south-bound Crowley barge El Rey (1979) in June 2013 on the Delaware River. I was shooting against the morning sun. You see a little of Cape Henry (1967) on the stern also. Any guesses which Crowley tug was towing?
And another photo from 2013, January, in the KVK. It’s Rebel, built 1976, with her odd hull. Is she now scrapped?
So now a few from the past week . . . James D. Moran (2015) passes the KV buoy heading for the North River.
Genesis Victory (from 1981) heads into the Kills.
The 2002 Labrador Sea comes in from somewhere out east.
And over on a waterway I don’t get to see that often, I stumbled onto the 1940 Ireland,
1958 Bergen Point, and
the 1947 basic Harbor II.
And since a lot of things are cyclical, we’re back at the mystery tug.
With my magnifying glass, I read enough to make me think this is Richard J. Barrett, which would have been 11 years old in 1930. Here’s Birk’s info. The ship is the 1925-launched MS Gripsholm, significant as the first transAtlantic liner powered by a diesel engine.
And Hoover and his wife spoke Mandarin for their secret asides when guests were in earshot. I’m impressed.
And towing El Rey, here’s Sentry (1977).
And we have our 19th century agrarian roots to thank for the 2nd Tuesday being election day . . . here.
Here were the previous in this series.
The first three photos here come from John “Jed” Jedrlinic, whose previous contributions can be found here.
Coral Coast is a venerable 3000 hp 45-year-old, like some others I know, although they might not see all that horsepower as complimentary.
Katherine, same horsepower, is nine years newer.
This Michael S is based in Port Canaveral, where Jed took this photo.
Harry Thompson, whose previous contributions include this one, sent this along of Russell 11 (I believe that’s eleven, not two) compliments of his brother. Does anyone know Russell 11‘s years of service?
And the rest of these come from Barrel, who has sent along many others I will share this month.
Tug Bay Hawk dates from 1942. Thanks to Birk’s site, here’s some info on her.
Teresa McAllister, 1961, was most recently on tugster here.
And to close out today’s post, it’s Tenacious, now a 55-year-old freshwater tug.
Many thank to Jed, Harry, and Barrel for these photos.
These photos come thanks to Allen Baker, whose most recent photos you saw here.
I’ll just use his description: “Heading east in the Long Island Sound on 27 December, just an incredible sky looking aft as we made our way east….
Tangier Island heading across the upper bay with the lower Manhattan skyline as a back drop,
Bering Sea overtaking … out of the old Port Mobil, Staten Island,
Crowley ATB Coastal Reliance, assisted by the Chas. D. and Bruce McAllister, inbound on the Con Hook Range, and
close up of the Coastal Reliance.”
I can be really happy to escape the winter temperatures, but nothing beats winter light!
Many thanks to Allen Baker for all these photos.
Eastbound and from left, it’s Sunny Williams, Sarah Ann, and Ellen McAllister.
Around the same time, it’s a light Patrice McAllister eastbound. Compare the April 2014 shot below with these April 2012 ones of her first arriving in the sixth boro after the tragic fire on Lake Ontario.
After all the ice work Kimberly Poling has done the past few months, Sunday was a welcome sunny day, I’ll assume.
It wasn’t until this tow turned away from head-one that I understood what I was looking at . . ..
but closer in . . . it was clearly Stephen Dann (I think this is her first appearance on this blog) towing
crane barge Strong Island.
Off Owl’s Head, it’s Pacific Reliance and Discovery Coast (I think) off to the west.
Pacific Reliance appeared here about six weeks ago.
Catherine Turecamo stands by near Gulf Pearl.
Parting shot . . . following up on the opening shot of this post.
All photos the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
Iron Mike . . . 1977 and 53′ loa . . . has lots of character
although I don’t know what engine/horsepower moves her. Anyone?
If we were talking birds, Pacific Reliance (red stacks) would be called an exotic, not common to this habitat. Pacific Reliance . . . built in 2006 and 121′ loa uses 9280 hp to move her payload. Alongside is Quantico Creek, 90′ loa launched in 2010 and rated at 3000 hp.
Brooklyn, 76′ loa, launched in 2000 with 2000 hp has had lots of identities in her 14 years of service.
And finally . . . dwarfed by the Lower Manhattan skyline in February, it’s Pegasus.
Built in 2001, 75′ loa and rated at 1900 hp.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, yesterday, thanks to mobility by New York Media Boat. Check them out here.
Quick post from the Delaware. Can you guess the tow?
Sentry tows El Rey. Next stop . . . San Juan? Note the crewman in the way upperhouse on the barge. Is the barge crewed for the entire trip?
Photos of the Delaware?
Escorts down the river include Surrie Moran and
Recognize the vessel to the right?
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
. . . although bridge shipping might be more accurate. Mostly pics for now, as I’ve no time for research other than eyes. As night falls and with aerial pelican support . . . Norma H II.
. . . and waterborne pelicans.
Dawn with Midnight Wolf.
At the entrance of San Juan harbor . . notice the tiny fishing boat beyond Wolf.
Even earlier at dawn . . Sabre Spirit.
At dusk . . . Midnight Stone. . .
And finally . . . a mother ship, and not-so-short sea shipping . . . it’s Navigator towing San Juan – Jax Bridge . . . as night fell last night.
The tow gets an assist from Beth McAllister. More Beth soon.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
These fotos taken since last Wednesday show part of the range of weather we’ve had since Wednesday. And here’s a surprise: Crowley’s Courage in the Stapleton anchorage . . . as of this writing, she’s off Florida halfway between Jacksonville and Miami.
Lincoln Sea, same day, off BAT, just before that wicked storm erupted . . . derupted/descended . . . Great pics at that link.
Buchanan 10 was making her way across the Upper Bay as
the wind started to kick up some splash. Did I get wet? Yup . . . but I always carry a dry bag for stuff that dislikes water. And I was afraid of getting zapped by the electricity in the sky as I walked home from the subway. Yup . . . tugster on the subway.. Hey . . . parts of the subway lines allow me to travel beneath the sixth boro without a submarine, as depicted by Duke Riley.
Here’s Siberian Sea, also on Wednesday.
Saturday morning light was quite different, after more than two days of rain. D . . . I hope that answers your question about shooting through glass. This was the huge 12,000 hp OSG Vision pushing OSG 350 westbound on the KVK yesterday morning. Given what ATBs work the Great Lakes, I’m wondering about the claim here that Vision, a year even, was the world’s largest ATB unit. On this foto, I’m also shooting into the morning sun.
Here Wicomico passes MSC Federica. Notice the white structure atop the containers (left of the turbine) on Federica.
Here’s a close-up. Anyone else notice it? . . . identify it?
Beaufort Sea passes Zim San Francisco.
By the way, what are those blue “seaco” units on San Fran‘s deck? Also notice the sailboat up there on the load!! Doubleclick enlarges.
Rounding out this post, my till-favorite large tug in the sixth boro . . . Atlantic Salvor, just a bit over half the hp of OSG Vision, not that hp tells the whole story.
Unrelated to this post but related to the major focus of this blog: I’ve adding the comment by R. A. Pena because it may please you and some of you may be prompted to research it. His note follows: with a bit of editing by me”
|we owe our life to the captn and crew of tug boat CABO ROJO; they saved us from capsizing on 13 of may 1966 on rough weather crossing from cuba to florida; will never forget them; our boat was a 17 footer; l was 18 yrs old at the time. now at 66 l would like to have a photo of the ship or his crew. god bless them and god bless america. note at the time of our rescue tugboat CABO ROJO was pulling 3 barges behind it with molasses on a trip from puerto rico to new orleans. who was to tell that [our] faint far away light was seen in the distance. it was going to be our salvation. thanks a million captn god bless. tugboat CABO ROJO and his crew. r .a. pena vero beach fl. 7-22-2012. note our boat the ANITA was abandoned to the mercy of the sea due to certain circumstances; every time l remember seeing it fade away under the lights of the reflectors of tugboat CABO ROJO l can’t stop tears . thanks again for saving our life. gratefully yours r.a pena”|
Mr. Pena . . . thanks for writing the wonderful note. I hope we can find a foto of CABO ROJO operating between PR and Nola in 1966.
First . . . a foto from Cape Town thanks to Colin. Any idea what purpose the wire coils around the bulwarks of Teliri serve? Answer at end of post.
Next, from French mariner Herrou Xtian, a LeHavre-based rotor tug RT Claire, now working in Bremerhaven. For a sense of what she looks like below the waterline, click here.
Also from Xtian, it’s a huge salvage tug Abeille Bourbon. Xtian’s has a model-building question later in this post. And I hope to have fotos of a huge tug myself in the next few days.
And from Dave Chappell, Mobro’s Rio Bravo (ex-Gus Candies, 1973) towing a scow through Jacksonville, FL.
And here’s Xtian’s question, stemming from his work on Crowley’s former vessel Centurion. On his model, the lighter strips represent the keel coolers. How far do the ones marked A and B extend, and what exactly do they look like.
Here are fotos I took of Centurion high and dry on Mighty Servant 1, about to leave NYC’s sixth boro for Nigeria. However, the portion Xtian wants to see is obscured in all my fotos. Anyone help?
Thanks much Colin, Xtian, and Dave.