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Curtis Bay Fells Point built 1956.  Taken 1987.  Click here for Fells Point with more of the fleet.   Scuttled in 2008 at Redbird Reef near the mouth of Delaware Bay.

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James Turecamo built 1969 . . . in my first 2015 photo of her.  In the dry dock directly between James and the WTC, it’s MSC Harry L. Martin.

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It’s the classic 1965 built Bushey-built Cheyenne. Here she was in Oswego in June 2014 about to head into the Great Lakes, making her a truly anadromous vessel.

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Miriam Moran built 1979.

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Bruce A. McAllister . . . built in 1974.

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Ruby M . . . built in Oyster Bay in 1967.

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Robbins Reef . . . 1953

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with entourage that may have salvaged the white fiberglass boat on the barge.

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And the current Fells Point, Maryland built in 2014.

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Photos of both vessels Fell Point come thanks to Allen Baker.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 23.  In today’s post, there are boats from the just north of South America, at the south edge of the Chesapeake, and in the busiest part of the KVK.   Mero is from 2008,

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Captain Willie Landers from 2001,

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Chesapeake Coast 2012,

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Eric McAllister 2014,

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B. Franklin Reinauer 2012,

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and Marjorie B. McAllister . . . the dean today, from 1974.

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Wait . . . there’s one more, Lincoln Sea, shot in NYC’s sixth boro in September 2012 and built in Tacoma in 2000.  She’s just traversed the Panama and is now back in her home Pacific waters.

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Thanks to the Maraki crew for the first photo and to John Jedrlinic for the second.  All the other by Will Van Dorp.

 

Helen Laraway (1957) might be the only tug based in Coeymans, NY.

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Thomas J. Brown (1962)  . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.

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Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.

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Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.

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Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?)  enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.

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Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.

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Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.

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Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.

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And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.

 

When the dawn colors look this good, why stay out with the camera beyond 0800 hrs?

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It looks that a lot of the signage on Neptune is in Spanish . . .

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All photos on the weekend by Will Van Dorp, who has returned to the Canal.

Candace . . . (Florida, 2004) has quite the unusual design for a US tug.

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Specialist  (Texas) is looking good for a 1956 vessel.

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Dean Reinauer (Rhode Island, 2013) heads into the rising sun.

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Eastern Dawn (Louisiana 1978) passes the hose rack.

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Gramma Lee T Moran and Barney Turecamo in the KVK under an unsettled sky.

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Caitlin Ann (1961, Louisiana) with tons of scrap.

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Patrice McAllister (Alabama, 1999) stands by.  Here was how she looked her first hours in the sixth boro.

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Neptune (1992, Louisiana) tends the dredge along the Con Hook Range.

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All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.

Eastbound and from left, it’s Sunny Williams, Sarah Ann, and Ellen McAllister.

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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.

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After all the ice work Kimberly Poling has done the past few months, Sunday was a welcome sunny day, I’ll assume.

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It wasn’t until this tow turned away from head-one that I understood what I was looking at . . ..

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but closer in  . . . it was clearly Stephen Dann (I think this is her first appearance on this blog) towing

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crane barge Strong Island.

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Off Owl’s Head, it’s Pacific Reliance and Discovery Coast (I think) off to the west.

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Pacific Reliance appeared here about six weeks ago.

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Catherine Turecamo stands by near Gulf Pearl.

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Parting shot . . . following up on the opening shot of this post.

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All photos the past few days by Will Van Dorp.

What caught my attention was the towed side-by-side barge arrangement in the KVK,

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GL 65 and 66,

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with Stephanie Dann hanging off the stern.

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Once between Stapleton and Bay Ridge, the tow was re-made and

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and Sarah Dann took the two out the Narrows.

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Forty-eight hours later, they are still southbound, almost 350 nautical miles out of the sixth boro and off Cape Hatteras, and still southbound.

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So I have this question . . .  so since there are southbound train songs, why do I know  no southbound tow songs.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Robert E. McAllister has quickly become my favorite tugboat in the sixth boro.  I know how fickle that sounds . . .  But here, muscling Victorious Ace around under cover of darkness, Robert E. is incomparable.

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Of course, Margaret Moran nudging in Carnival Glory is no slouch either.

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As many in the sleeping city have eyes closed, not everyone does.  Mary Alice (I think) grabs scows by the pair.

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Sarah Dann and scow have invisible bottoms as WTC1 has no top.   I hope to put up some nekkid hull pics soon.   To see nekkid car carrier hulls like Victorious Ace, click here.

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Behold Discovery Coast, sleepless in the sixth boro.

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Ellen . . .  whom I’ve long admired and still do, I’m happy to meet

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your sister.   According to this 2004 article, McAllister had at that time converted over a dozen of these.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Note:  Early Tuesday morning, the forecast for the rest of the week told me to go out before dawn to record and store what a cold but quiet and sunny morning would look like.  Given the excessive wind of an overcast Wednesday and Thursday, I’m glad I went out.

If harbinger of dawn looks like this over southern Queens,

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morning’s first light could look like this an hour later on the KVK.    By the way, the foto above comes thanks to Barbara B, and shows Tuesday morning the same scene she captured here before, during , and after Sandy and after Nemo here.   Tanker Cape Tampa–in orange–was passed in this light by

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MSC Mykonos.  

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Containers on their way to Boston never looked so good.

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And yet . . . as she moves in the direction of the dawn, what I see goes all-gray, all shadows.

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But this monochromatic accentuates the curves in her steel, here meeting Capt. Dann and then

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Explorer of the Seas. 

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Many thanks to Barbara Barnard for the lead foto;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 15.

Cargoes of all sorts move through the harbor.  One that has always surprised me is this ore from the Congo in the first half of the 20th century.

Here’s a vessel–certainly empty as it was towed to drydock in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this week.  I missed it but John Watson caught it.  Any ideas?  I believe I saw it in Wilmington back in mid-October.

It’s Falconia of the Corral Line, adapted to carry things that go “moo” in the night.  Stephanie Dann and Ruby M act like drovers to get Falconia into its own private East River corral.  Having grown up on an upstate NY dairy farm, I’d love to see a Corral Line vessel loaded and at sea;  even better, anchored on a calm night in a comfortable harbor.

Here’s an additional shot of the cargo barged in last week from Canada, powered by the inimitable Atlantic Salvor.  The cargo, if you missed last week’s post, is antenna sections for the World Trade Center.

Look closely at that patch of blue on Stolt Emerald‘s port side.

Although not cargo, it is truly unique application of paint . . . surfing penguins.

And finally, look at the frontmost cargo on Zim Virginia.

Here’s sideview of two Ford tow trucks, ones to be operated by wrecker drivers rather than towing officers.  And that’s Barbara McAllister running alongside.

Many thanks to John Watson for the Falconia fotos.

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