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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.
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.
Then there was Markham, seen here just prior to launch, and
here she traverses in icy waters. Can dredge operations proceed with ice?
Here she pumps out. Markham was reefed off North Carolina in 1994.
McFarland went into service in 1967. Her operations are described here by the skipper.
Here she’s at work on the Delaware River. This method of discharging is called side casting.
Here she’s preparing to discharge into the transfer barge.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Grand Tower, also Indiana-built, was commissioned in 2001.
Prairie du Rocher is a 2002 product of the same shipyard as Grand Tower and Bluestone Drifter.
Ditto Sanderford, 2005. I’m starting to want to make a trip along the Ohio visiting shipyards . . . soon.
Barrel calls this Racine, but I can find no info about a newish USACE tug called Racine. Anyone help?
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?
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.
And finally for today, there’s an unidentified USACE tug pushing dredge William L. Goetz. Anyone have an ID or an idea?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Nearer is Connor A. Gisclair, now possibly known as Mr. Connor. Anyone identify the smaller farther-away tug with the barge alongside?
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?
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.
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.
The next two photos are credited to Bonnie Halda, who took them last week.
Baltimore, completed in 1906, was built at the same yard as Pegasus, 1907.
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.
So what’s this orb off the port side of battleship New Jersey, BB-62. BB . . as in basketball?
And what’s that experimental gear on the after deck of Timothy McAllister?
And is that orb headed for a swish . . .
while this crew in unusual garb watch from the Big J?
Many thanks to Dave Boone for sharing these really spring-fever inducing photos! See Dave’s work here.
The difference between “really random” and just “random” is that with the former, I include photos taken in different waterways and ports. Guess the ports/waterways here?
All these photos have been taken during the past 30 days by Will Van Dorp, who needed to do a random __ tugs post to dispel notions that this blog has succumbed to focus creep. Soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll return to my zoning of the canal. I’ll also return to some background vessels in this post.
Oh . . the first four photos were taken near the Delaware River in Philly, the next two were in the KVK, the following was the Hudson river across from the mouth of the Rondout and the now-derelict Delaware & Hudson Canal, and the last one was between locks 7 and 6 in the Erie Canal. I included the KVK pics to show that although I’m mostly gallivanting these days, mu roots still remain emplaned in the sixth boro.
This first foto is by a secret salt . . . showing Dory (1978) and Captain Zeke (1980) tandem towing beach-lounging 125′ deck barge back onto the water.
And . . . attributed by the watermark . . . fotos from last week before Janus chilled the town, Atlantic Conveyor gets an assist from Charles D. McAllister (1967).
Shelby (1978) also worked in the January fog. Thanks, Brian.
And the rest of the fotos are mine: the seldom-seen Specialist (1956?), here close and
Two Coasts . . . Chesapeake (2011) and Emerald (1973).
Resolute (1975) about to pass Düsseldorf Express (1998),
Many thanks to the secret salt and Brian DeForest for their fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.