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I did this once before here. This time I was deleting near duplicates to limit the size of my photo library to accommodate the many photos I brought back from the gallivants, and my mind quickly formed today’s post. Enjoy all these from August through October 2009 and marvel at how much the harbor changes. As I went through the archives, this is where I stopped, given the recent developments in Bella Bella BC.
For background on this tug, check here.
Notice also the Bayonne approach to the bridge.
IMO 8983117 was still orange back then.
King Philip, Thomas Dann, and Patriot Service . . .
Odin . . . now has a fixed profile.
And these two clean looking machines — Coral Queen and
John B. Caddell — were still with us.
This is a digression to March 2010, but since I’m in a temporally warped thought, let me add this photo of the long-gone Kristin Poling.
Back to 2009, Rosemary looked sweet here in fall scenes.
John Reinauer . . . I wonder what that tug looks like today over in Nigeria.
And Newtown Creek, now the deep Lady Luck of the Depths, sure looked good back then.
And while I’m at it, I’ve finally solved a puzzle that’s bugged me for a few years. Remember this post from three and a half years ago about a group of aging Dutch sailors who wanted to hold a reunion on their vessel but couldn’t find the boat, a former Royal Dutch Navy tug named Wamandai A870? Well, here’s the boat today! Well, maybe . . .
Photos and tangents by Will Van Dorp.
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.
Know this New York NY boat?
How about this one?
Know this background?
The one above is Taft Beach in lower Newark Bay and that’s the Union County (NJ) Courthouse prominent in the distance. Below that’s Captain D on garbage detail.
I’ve no idea what’s making that brilliant flash behind Joyce D. Brown . . . unless it’s another one of those supertall buildings springing up in Manhattan. I guess “supertall towers” supersedes “skyscraper.”
It’s Pegasus and
Charles A and
Genesis Vision. Know her former name? It’s here . . . the top of the Great Lakes.
OK, so the “B” in the first photo is a vestige of Banda Sea. See the complete name in raised letters in this post (scroll) from 2009.
And Capt. Jason looks like this. Know it?
Yup, Mister Jim with the paint still drying.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
Legs 2 and 3 are West Point to Kingston, and then Kingston to Troy to lower the boat for clear passage through the Erie Canal.
Starting below, leaving West Point,
passing Buchanan 12,
looking back toward Catskill,
Craig Eric Reinauer,
in awe in Coeymans seeing Eli (which I first misread as ELF) and
passing port of Albany and BBC Vela,
seeing Slater in the morning light, and finally
after tying up at Troy, reconfiguring the boat for the Erie Canal.
Leg 4 starts at noon today as we head for a night in Amsterdam.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
0633 . . . the other morning, a quarter hour after sunrise.
30 seconds later, at a different angle.
It’s really about light.
0832 The good light is gone. Time to move on to something else. But wait . . are those the towers of the new Goethals Bridge along the right edge of the photo?
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
And if you missed the new NY harbor dock book info yesterday, here it is again. The author writes, “I decided to adapt his work into book form. I left the Martin Golden byline so he would get credit for his work. I think the old names on the docks are best feature. Most of those terminals have gone the way of the dodo, but old timers can still be heard giving security calls at Standard Tank, Copper Docks and other places not there anymore.”
Unrelated: Did anyone catch Kirsten Grace leaving the sixth boro this weekend? Was she towing Newtown Creek to its new life? As of this posting, Kirsten Grace is approaching Wilmington NC.
As you know, tugboats do all manner of work on the water. They push train cars, increasingly these years–according to Peter D’Amato— after quite the plummet.
Tugboat here is James E. Brown with barge 278.
Christine M. McAllister is a 6000 hp tug that usually
wired to RTC 502.
Ditto Evelyn Cutler, usually working with Noelle Cutler.
Mister Jim here is pushing sand (or aggregate?), and
Gateway’s Navigator is pushing a newly painted GT Coast Trader dredge scow, in the same time/harbor as
Balisco Marine Service’ Navigator pushes oil.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this bonus below.
Given that “154” number, I had to check when I started this series. Although there’s a search window on this wordpress blog, it’s not always the most efficient. It took a while, but I started the series in October 2007 with this prototype, this post. A couple of things I notice right away include that photos don’t “enlarge” themselves when you click on them, I tended to use fewer photos back then, and IMHO the photo and text standards were just lower than now.
One of the goals of this series is to spotlight any new boats in town, from a very subjective PoV, but here’s one. It’s Pops, which I saw from a distance in the 8th photo in this post from two months ago. It seems Pops was built in 1961 and is registered south of Savannah GA.
Charles A used to be Lucinda Smith, but I can’t tell if she used to be THIS Lucinda Smith. I think so, but they’ve modified her a bit.
Here’s an example of a photo which would have sent me down the road to the west if I’d seen the background. Capt. Willie Landers . . . have seen her before, prominent mast, but in the background beyond HMS Liberty is the sixth boro’s latest triple screw . .. . Andrea. I only noticed that third tug in the background when I was home looking at it on the computer screen.
Can you identify this Reinauer ATB from this angle?
I guessed wrong . . . it’s Haggerty Girls with RTC 107.
Eastern Dawn . . . heads east with a fuel barge, and I forgot the barge she was pushing.
Larry J. Hebert works up here with various dredge projects.
And finally . . it’s another shot of Pops.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
No, I haven’t left the sixth boro. Just yesterday I crossed paths with Allie B here at Atlantic Salt, purveyor of a safety product and patron of the arts.
It took a gray day for me to notice that the house colors along the KVK are reminiscent of those in coastal Canadian maritimes towns. Allie B has been one of my favorite tugboats since I saw her depart on her epic tow here and here back in 2009.
Then I passed Evelyn Cutler, here with Noelle Cutler at Caddell Drydock. Those are basic Wavertree masts in the background. I first saw Evelyn
Here’s a first good photo of Dylan Cooper, the Reinauer tug that arrived in the sixth boro later last year.
I hope to get another of her here in a few years when that bridge is completed.
I believe Eric is the newest of McAllister tugs in the sixth boro. And yes, here Eric is using her 5000+ hp to assist Atlantic Star, ACL‘s brand spanking new CONRO vessel into port yesterday on her maiden voyage. I hope to have a post dedicated to Atlantic Star completed for tomorrow.
Eric is a product of the same Rhode Island shipyard that produced Dylan Cooper. In the distance that’s one of ACL’s previous generation of CONRO vessels, Atlantic Concert. Here’s an entire post dedicated to Atlantic Concert from 2009.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media boat.
And yes, I still have more of Barrel’s vintage USACE photos to share.
One of my (formerly) secret heroes is Guy Noir, secret because I may be revealing too much about myself in admitting that. But life’s too short to care about drivel like that. Noir has an office on the 20th floor of the Acme Building in a “city that knows how to keep its secrets,” yet each week a different mysterious woman seems to find him in quest of a favor. So imagine this as a view from Noir’s Portsmouth VA office around 1600 hrs . . . on the last night of the year. It’s rainy but warm and all the creeks feeding into the estuary course in, with color and warmth of some old coffee . . . I was last here, though on the river then, about six weeks ago here. And notice the hammerhead crane to the right. Here’s
the deal. But I’ll come back to this history stuff later.
For now, this is a record of the last night of the year, what my parents used to call “old years night.”
In the fading light, there’s Michael J. McAllister, another McA (Nancy??) behind it, Camie, and a trio of Robbins Maritime minis called Thunder, Lightning, and Squall. AND if you look carefully beyond the McAllister tugs, you’ll see Dann Ocean’s Neptune and the Colonna Shipyard, where a Staten Island ferry is being overhauled. Click here for previous posts referring to Colonna.
In the driving rain as the last hours of the year ebb away, Vane tug Chatham heads south; the oil must move . . . . even when the postal stream sleeps.
Shadows . . . on a rainy night paint the river. And under the “tent” inside
And so ended 2015 for me . . . not a low-flying aircraft but a high flying window perch.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, private and public eye.