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Almost exactly a decade ago I did this post.  Today I decided to add to it and broaden the geographic scope.  Stick with me to see how broadened this gets.

From the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the entrance of Delaware Bay is about 100 miles.  Near the entrance you see big water and big traffic, like a light Ivory Coast above and a working OSG Vision below.  OSG Vision is mated to OSG 350, a huge barge used to lighter crude oil tankers 342,000 barrels at a time.

Forty miles upstream from the Delaware Memorial, there’s the Ben Franklin Bridge, here with Pilot towing La Princesa and assisted by Grace and Valentine Moran.

Some Delaware River boats are rarely seen in the sixth boro like Jack Holland.

Almost 150  miles upstream from the Philly-Camden area is  Hawk’s Nest Highway, the part of the river once paralleled on the nearer side by the D&H Canal.

Of course I paddled the whole way up there. In fact, this stretch of the Delaware has enough current that a 21st century paddler would not choose to go upstream very far, and a 19th century boat-mule canaler would want to keep navigation separate from the river.

Early summer had its share of young  birds,

deer, and trout visible under the canoe.

Some mysterious paddlers shared the waters.

That New York side of the river . . .

if you look close, you can see in places that these are not natural rock formations. Rather, they support the towpath side of the D & H Canal, way up above the river.

Part of Route 97 is also known as Hawk’s Nest Highway.

To digress, the eastern end of the Canal–about a hundred miles to the NE–is in Kingston NY, and a transshipping point was Island Dock, which

has now overgrown.  I wonder if there’s ever been a project to clear the trees and undergrowth and contemplate a recreation of this important site.  Oil is today’s fuel;  coal was definitely king in this other age.

But let’s back to the Delaware.  North of Barryville, there’s this bridge. At least, it’s now a bridge, but when

John Roebling built it, it was an aqueduct for D & H coal boats bringing anthracite out of the Coal Region to the sixth boro.

 

Here’s a preserved portion of the Canal between Hawley and Honesdale PA, just upstream (water has long long) from Lock 31.   Honesdale was once the transhipping point between railroad cars and canal boats and deserves another visit and maybe a whole post, which maybe I’ll getto when the museum there opens again.

Pennsylvania has place names like Oil City, Cokeburg, and Coal Port.  The coal transported on the D & H came from aptly-named Carbondale, another place that deserves more time.  The commodity legacy is seen in these two businesses

and maybe others.

All photos, WVD, at different points over the past 10 years.  If anyone has ideas about high points along the river you’d suggest I visit, please let me know.  Since my jobs for this summer have fallen through, this might be the year to canoe and hike.

Unrelated, if you haven’t yet read this story about an Argentine in Portugal unable to get home because of cancelled flights and choosing to sail across the Atlantic in a 29′ boat to see his father turn 90, here‘s the link.

 

 

 

Nothing says the Delaware River up around Philadelphia and Camden more distinctly than a group of Hays tugs, here Big Daddy, High Roller, and Purple Hays.  That’s the stern of Grape Ape to the left. No company, I gather, has had more fun naming their boats than the Hays Tug and Launch folks.   I hope Ed Roth got photos of these boats.

And I’ve never had so much fun on the Delaware River area than I did the day my friend John Curdy took me on a tour there.

Timothy McAllister was docked nearby.  She’s almost a twin of the sixth boro’s Ellen McAllister.

Amberjack (1981) was still in gray. She’s now the latest Thomas Dann, but I’ve not seen her yet.

Jack Holland was pushing a scow. Today’s Jack‘s in Norfolk.

I’m not sure where the 1967 Jakobson-built Grace Moran is,

but Helen D is now Sarah D, and is regularly seen on the Hudson.

Active, a 1956 Blount product, has been sold south and is now Chandler B, operating out of Virginia.

Soon after I took this photo, Coral Sea was sold to a Nigerian company and, at last report, was operating off Nigeria as Uganwaafor 2. I suspect she’s currently inactive.

Texan here is mostly out of the notch of Ponciana. She’s currently near Beaumont TX on the Neches River.

And finally, it’s USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) getting prepped for reefing. About a year later that reefing happened about 30 miles offshore, which appears to be out of range for most fishermen.

All photos, June 2010, by WVD, who will be in and on the Delaware River later this week, way in in the wild part of the river in NYS, trying to commune with the wild.   Don’t be concerned if no new posts appear for a spell after Wednesday.

 

Many thanks to Lisa Kolibabek for these photos.  Any guesses what’s happening here, besides a green tug approaching a RORO?

See the mariners?  Lowering something?

Another ship . . . .

Dropping a line . . .

What’s that bag at the end of the line between the vessels?

Aha!   I include these photos out of order.  So we’re back to the mariners  . . . and the rest of the earlier photo.

and they’re RAISING something related to Philadelphia’s SCI Santa Run.  The delivery vessel here is Jupiter, a survivor from 1902.

This gives this photo a whole new interpretation.

Ditto this photo.  Crew dropped a line . . .

to receive a package from the tug that includes the “red guy” with the extravagant beard and unusual flotation jacket.

Indeed . . . a great idea.   Bravo to SCI of Philadelphia and South Jersey.

Thanks for these photos to Lisa, who reports visiting M/V MORNING LAURA, M/T FREJA HAFNIA, M/T LILLESAND.

She also sends along the Santa Run 2017 report from SCI:   “80 ditty bags were delivered to the 80 seafarers at the Packer Avenue, Axeon, and Paulsboro Refining terminals.   See our website at sciphiladelphia.org.  The top sponsors are Urban Engineers and Mary Ruth Talley.   During the month of December we deliver about 2000 ditty bags to all the seafarers of the Pennsylvania and South Jersey side of the Delaware River.   They include hats, scarves, work gloves, socks, and basic daily essentials of shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.   Many of the hats and scarves are knitted throughout the year by volunteers from all over the region.   This year, as part of their rebranding campaign, Philaport sponsored over 700 ski caps.   The ditty bags always put a smile on the seafarers face.  To be thought about when so far from home during the holidays is so appreciated. ”

Here’s the SCI main site with the starting point for their archival photos.  I understand that SCI NY used to do a similar run with W. O. Decker.  I’d love to see photos  . .  from the 1990s or earlier.   PortSide NewYork used to as well.

For some of Lisa’s Christmas cheer photos from two years ago, click here and scroll.  Jupiter is one of the loved vessels of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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?

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And another photo from 2013, January,  in the KVK.  It’s Rebel, built 1976, with her odd hull.  Is she now scrapped?

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So now a few from the past week . . . James D. Moran (2015) passes the KV buoy heading for the North River.

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Genesis Victory (from 1981) heads into the Kills.

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The 2002 Labrador Sea comes in from somewhere out east.

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And over on a waterway I don’t get to see that often, I stumbled onto the 1940 Ireland,

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1958 Bergen Point, and

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the 1947 basic Harbor II.

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And since a lot of things are cyclical, we’re back at the mystery tug.

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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).

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And we have our 19th century agrarian roots to thank for the 2nd Tuesday being election day . .  . here.

 

 

Since he worked for 35 years on the Delaware, Barrel has a lot of photos from there, including Brooklyn McAllister (1986 and McAllister’s first tractor tug),

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Charles Burton (1967 and now painted red, I believe),

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Ensign (1977), and

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of course, Big Daddy (1954).

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All photos from Barrel, whom I thank.

I remember the day I first saw McFarland, coming up the Delaware, the largest dredge I’d ever seen.  Barrel has recently sent along earlier generations–as I see it–of the big Mac.

Let’s start with Goethals, built in 1937.

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Then there was Markham, seen here just prior to launch, and

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here she traverses in icy waters.  Can dredge operations proceed with ice?

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Here she pumps out.  Markham was reefed off North Carolina in 1994.

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McFarland went into service in 1967.  Her operations are described here by the skipper.

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Here she’s at work on the Delaware River.  This method of discharging is called side casting.

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Here she’s preparing to discharge into the transfer barge.

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All these photos come via Barrel.

For more background on these federal dredges, click here.

 

 

Alpha is the caption on the photo, but there’s no 1928 boat by that name on this list.  Might it also have been called Captain Eric Bergland?

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Convoy is one of the four sisters delivered by Leathem Smith in Wisconsin in the spring of 1941. I love the coil on the hawser rack.   I posted photos of wo of the four sisters side by side in this post a few months back . .  scroll.

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You can read here a story of Evanick, christened in 2006 by the widow of its namesake.  Here’s the Professional Mariner story of her, comparing the Texas-built Evanick‘s power (3000 hp) as twice that of Raymond C. Peck, the vessel she replaced. Peck became Martha T and , unfortunately, made casualty news here in March 2013.

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Bluestone Drifter is not much unlike the self-propelled scows (SPS’s) used extensively on the Erie Canal.  This “crane boat,” as the USACE calls it, comes from Utica IN in 2001, making it much newer than the SPS’s on the Canal.

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Grand Tower, also Indiana-built, was commissioned in 2001.

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Prairie du Rocher is a 2002 product of the same shipyard as Grand Tower and Bluestone Drifter.

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Ditto Sanderford, 2005.  I’m starting to want to make a trip along the Ohio visiting shipyards  . . . soon.

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Iroquois, delivered in 2005 from a Louisiana shipyard, operates from the Nashville USACE yard.

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Barrel calls this Racine, but I can find no info about a newish USACE tug called Racine.  Anyone help?

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J. C. Thomas is a 2000 product of Jeffboat, also along the Indiana bank of the Ohio.  Click here for another product of Jeffboat, Cape Henlopen, some folks’ favorite people mover. Is it true that Jeffboat is considered the largest inland ship builder in the US?

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I don’t know the date of this photo of Derrick Boat #7 and tug Pilot, but the style of the derrick is quite similar to what is used in the Erie Canal.

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And finally for today, there’s an unidentified USACE tug pushing dredge William L. Goetz.  Anyone have an ID or an idea?

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Many thanks to Barrel for these photos.  More of them to come . . .

For an article on what is claimed to be the largest diesel towboat operating on the Mississippi–I’m always skeptical about superlatives–click here.  That article actually describes what could be called MV Mississippi V.  The largest one I’ve ever seen is MV Mississippi IV, now pulled up on a bank in Vicksburg, MS, a museum.  Enjoy these photos I took there three years and four days ago.

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All photos in this series came via “Barrel,” a 30+ year employee of USACE, and they’ve raised a handful of questions, launched a clutch of searches.

Stacy McAllister, previously Houma . . .  I don’t know the year this photo was taken, but since YTL-811 came into McAllister hands in 2003, that fact narrows the date.  By my count, McAllister has over a dozen–13 by my count–of these similarly remodeled tugs acquired through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.  How many can you name?  My answer follows.

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This photo of triple-screw Patriot, in a previous Vane Brothers livery, had to have been taken between 2001 and 2009, after which date Vane sold it to Mexico. See the last photo in this link.

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Here’s a mystery . . .  Which company’s logo is that on the stack of Anne, towing the Loveland 22 barge with the 260 rocket motor.  And what type of antenna is that on the after portion of Anne‘s deckhouse?

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Nearer is Connor A. Gisclair, now possibly known as Mr. Connor.  Anyone identify the smaller farther-away tug with the barge alongside?

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USACE tug Deland was built in 1919, and if my info is correct, it has been transformed into a commercial fishing vessel called Pursuit, operated out of Panama City FL.  I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find a photo of Pursuit. Can anyone help?

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This photo looks quite similar.  Six of these vessels were built by Johnson Iron Works in 1919, one of which was called Degrey and sank off Atlantic City in 1976 then known as Patrice McAllister.  Now forty years later, she’s still there and a popular diving spot in 55 feet of water.  Click here for a story on how hurricane Sandy modified the Patrice wreck.

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That’s it for today.  All photos have been provided by Barrel.

And the 13 McAllister ex-YTBs are as follows:  Kaleen ( Pontiac ), Stephen ( Okumulgee ), Jeffrey (Dahlonega), Margaret (Tonkawa), Donal G. (Antigo), Ellen (Piqua), Robert E. (Nanticoke), Beth M. (Ocala), Missy (Anoka), Dorothy (Tontocany), Patrick (Wathena), and Daniel not the one in Montreal( Shabonee ). There may in fact be others, given that Timothy McAllister (Wapato) is not listed on this site.

 

She started out as S. O. Co. No. 14 from a shipyard not far from her current Penn’s Landing berth and worked for almost 80 years.   For more on that story, read this article from the historiccamdencounty.com.

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The next two photos are credited to Bonnie Halda, who took them last week.

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Baltimore, completed in 1906, was built at the same yard as Pegasus,  1907.

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Except for the two credited to Bonnie Halda, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.   For a post with more photos of these old-timers and others, click here.

For an even older and much modified one, click here for a post I did on Charlotte, built in 1880 as a sandbagger.  Click here for info on Swell, a repurposed 1912 tug operating in British Columbia.

Dave Boone has contributed photos here once before, and his painting are the focus of the second half of this post. In the same post with his paintings, Timothy McAllister appears.

So what’s this orb off the port side of battleship New Jersey, BB-62.  BB .  . as in basketball?

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And what’s that experimental gear on the after deck  of Timothy McAllister?

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And is that orb headed for a swish . . .

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while this crew in unusual garb watch from the Big J?

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Here’s the story and more pics.  It’s Globetrotter week in these parts, and winter and its icy grip . . . be gone . . . this looks like fun!

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Many thanks to Dave Boone for sharing these really spring-fever inducing photos!  See Dave’s work here.

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