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In the drizzle, BBC Alabama awaits cargo in Port of Albany.
Pocomoke transfers cargo,
Brooklyn heads south,
Hudson Valley sentinels keep vigil no matter
how much rain falls,
Doris hangs with Adelaide,
as does Coral Coast with Cement Transporter 5300,
Strider rests from striding,
Union Dede docks at a port that 10 years ago was sleepy,
HR Pike (?) rests on rolling spuds,
Saugerties Light houses B&B guests,
not far from Clermont, home of the father-in-law of the father of steam boating on the Hudson and then the Mississippi,
Comet pushes Eva Leigh Cutler to the north,
Spooky‘s colors look subdued in the fall colors, and
two shipyard relatives meet.
Will Van Dorp took all these photos in a 12-hour period.
I’m not sure what the cargo here is, but this vessel lacks any hint of sheer.
Here’s what I believe is a fleet mate of HR Otter . . . Helen Laraway.
See how much has changed about the operation in Coeymans, if my claim of 18 months ago here was correct then.
Otter and Laraway both operate out of the port of Coeymans, a former brickyard that has become a booming hub for staging shipment of construction materials. Pun intended.
I’m guessing that it won’t be long before Otter gets painted to match Pike, its older sibling by one year.
Just north of the port of Coeymans Coral Coast is standing by at the loading facility for the quarries at Ravenna.
And in this Hudson River shoreline setting that bears resemblance to a jungle, south of Albany, it’s a USACE spud barge and
pushboat Sentinel II. Sorry I don’t know any more about its project.
The banks up north of Catskill are magical, as seen here with morning fog and Olana, the Persian palace of Frederic Church.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back this way again later this summer.
Time to recapitulate the “go west” journey and post the many photos of tugboats I’ve omitted . . . .
Passing Senesco, we saw Buckley McAllister approaching us; I photographed the boat as someone there photographed us. I’m not sure which Reinauer tug that is in the background.
Over by the Circle Line pier, it’s–well–Miss Circle Line, a reinvention of a Matton tug launched in 1955 and previously called Betsy. Thanks to Paul Strubeck for reading the name board lettering here before it’s applied . . . That was a joke, but thanks, Paul.
James William moves stone Mississippi River style down the sixth boro into the gargantuan building site encompassing the other five boros.
Near 79th Street, this unidentified tug was supporting a pier project.
Along the Palisades north of the GW Bridge, Comet pushed Eva Leigh Cutler.
And Miss Yvette moved a scow not far from where
Carolina Coast waited for her sugar barge to be emptied into the maw of the Domino plant in Yonkers.
All photos by will Van Dorp, who hopes to see you at the screening of Graves of Arthur Kill at the the Staten Island ferry terminal on August 13.
Daylight on leg 10 saw us near the Ontario, Ohio, and Michigan border, where we met GL Ostrander pushing Integrity.
We pass the abandoned amusement park at Bois Blanc,
Canadian Coast Guard’s Caribou Isle,
and ferry Ste. Claire moving cars between the Amherstburg, ON and Bob-lo “island marina community.”
Here’s the channel looking south.
Furuholmen heads north to Sarnia,
and our vessel’s twin, Grande Caribe, meets up in Wyandotte.
Meanwhile traffic continues down bound–like Sam Laud and John D. Leitch.
This post closes out with a regular down in the sixth boro . . . Calusa Coast pushing Delaware.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Let’s start with Marie J. Turecamo (1968). And then let’s look at others out around this springtime morning:
Like Joan Turecamo (1980), built near the confluence of the Hudson River and Erie Canal,
heading out here with James D. Moran (2015);
Caitlin Ann (1961) doing a recycling run;
Emerald Coast (1973) leaving the U-Haul;
North Sea (1982) heading for the Kirby yard;
Robert E. McAllister (1969) heading out for a ship;
Quenames (1982) moving a barge alongside;
Crystal Cutler (2010) getting some maintenance; and
that brings us back to Marie J. Turecamo and a photo taken only a minute of so before the lead-off photo in this post.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here were some previous posts with “dawn” in the title. I’d hoped to get photos like these on Easter Sunday, but overcast skies obscured the sun rise color.
Sunrise this particular morning was 0643. The photo below was at 0644.
Quantico Creek pushes a barge eastward while Stephen Reinauer heads west.
Curtis Reinauer westbound; Emerald Coast eastward.
And by 0729, the light was losing some of its richness. This is the joy of springtime light.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has left the building and the sixth boro again and asked the robots to put up the next week or so of posts. division of labor? I take the pics and write some commentary, and the robots do the rest.
I don’t actually go looking for parallel posts; maybe it’s just that my brain thinks and eyes see in similar ways from one year to the next in March, but here and here are posts from exactly four years ago.
Although this blog focuses on work boats, I’ll comment on backgrounds today. What’s on the water is fluid, but all the constant transformations on the landsides here are more permanent and yet constantly evolving. Baseline might have been 500 years ago, but even by then it had evolved. The cruise ship here is docked at what today is called Cape Liberty Cruise Port; thirty years ago it was MOTBY.
Over on the nearest shore, left half of the photo is evidence of work where next year an attraction called New York Wheel will spin. I know we’re way past name discussions now, but I’m still for alternatives like Ferries Wheel or NY Wheeler Dealer . . . . And with the reference to “pods,” I’m thinking of a series of sci-fi movies . . .
The uneven, brown land just off the starboard bow of USNS Red Cloud is part of the Bayonne Golf Club, below the surface of which is a capped landfill.
Off to the left, you see current status of the Bayonne side of the bridge named for the same town.
Looking from behind the construction site for the Wheel, some miles to NE are part of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic 1931 Empire State Building.
Note the double deck traffic on the VZ Bridge.
This is looking from the middle of Upper Bay across Red Hook to downtown Brooklyn.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
So, for today, let’s start with Miss Katie . . . outbound last Thursday.
And finally, we return to Miss Katie because two days later, she caught some unwanted attention. Details here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
This is GHP&W 9, and since this unexpected trip to new ports has materialized, here we are. Passing through Thimble Shoals Channel looking toward the Delmarva peninsula . . . it’s hard to capture the expanse of this bridge/tunnel. But once inside, vessels to behold through the sudden rain include
a noisy LCAC,
a historically-named fishing boat,
and a landing craft. Is that a pelican-shaped drone flying escort?
Although we passed through Hampton Roads, the rain grayed out any sign of shore, where I’d been ashore four years ago. Gold Coast was pushing a covered barge with
Spring Scenery left a lot to the imagination.
But the fleet lining the Norfolk shore was fabulous starting with USNS Lewis B Puller,
possibly about to get a push from Tracy Moran, and
and Robert E. Perry.
And much more, but for this post, we stop here. All photos here by Will Van Dorp.