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Genesis Energy likely has more boats on inland waters than offshore. I saw the first two boats in today’s post first when they had Hornbeck livery.
Genesis Victory used to be Huron Service (and further regression is found at that link) and
Genesis Liberty used to be
Liberty Service, and here’s more regressions on both.
A lot of boats in the harbor have worn other names previously. It’s true of Mary Alice.
Here’s her history, thanks to Birk’s gold mine site.
Jonathan C, however, is brand spanking new, having been christened less than a year ago. But starting from week one, maintenance needs doing.
Ditto Janet D, she’s less than two years old.
And here is Labrador Sea as I saw her last week, but when I first photographed her she looked
I hope you enjoyed this look backwards.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for some of the many posts I’ve done on this boat since 2008, including one where she’s still Scorpius.
Sunday morning Meagan Ann was headed to points North
towing crane barge Columbia with a massive component that needs lifting at the Mystic Power Station in Massachusetts.
Here from September 2009 are my favorite Meagan Ann crew shots.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to Jonathan Steinman, who once a week has a moment to look out his window at work, here’s an angle on Kimberly Poling showing a weight bench just behind the wheelhouse. In pleasant weather, that must make a great gym.
Chandra B meets Morton Bouchard Jr with the Goethals Bridge–old and new–as backdrop.
Ditto Ellen S. and Erin McAllister, with added details of the Linden refinery.
A closeup of Erin, as she plows eastward.
Ellen S. and Evening Light meet near the salt pile.
And to close out today’s post, it’s the too long absent Vulcan III passing Gracie M.
How about a flashback to June 2009. Cheyenne looks different today, but so does the shoreline of Manhattan, now that Pier 15 has institutionalized itself over on the far side of where Wavertree rests.
The first photo by Jonathan Steinman; all others by Will Van Dorp.
In today’s post, all of the vessels at one point belonged to the same fleet, except one. All have continued in service, except one.
Volans, photographed here in 2009, is now being reborn as Hannah.
For a short time, Volans became David McAllister, photo below from 2013.
Leslie Foss, photo from 2011, is now Simone, and I caught her in the sixth boro here in 2015. Simone trades internationally.
Leo, taken here in 2007, now works as Bridget McAllister.
Scorpius, photo from 2008, has worked mostly in the sixth boro as Meagan Ann, who first appeared here in this blog in . . . 2008.
Orion, which I visited back in 2008, became Matthew McAllister.
And finally, the last one, the one facing left, the only one that is no more. She was scrapped after sinking in Narragansett Bay in 2008. The photo below is from 2006.
All these tugboats except the last one once made up Constellation Maritime, which is no more.
Many thanks to JG for use of these photos.
Since I’ve tons to do today, comment will be minimal. The photo below I took near the KVK salt pile on January 14, 2016. Eagle Ford, to the right, has since been scrapped in Pakistan.
The history of Alnair, photo taken in Havana harbor on February 4, 2016, is still untraced. It looks like an ex-USN tug. Click here for more Cuban photos.
This photo of JRT Moran and Orange Sun I took on March 12.
June 1, I took this, with Robert E. McAllister and an invisible Ellen escorting Maersk Idaho out the door.
July 14, I saw GL tug Nebraska yank bulkier Isolda with 56,000 tons of corn through a narrow opening and out the Maumee.
August 23 I caught Atlantic Sail outbound past a nearly completed Wavertree. And come to think of it, this is a perfect Janus photo.
September 9 at the old port in Montreal I caught Svitzer Montreal tied up and waiting for the next job.
October 18, I caught Atlanticborg and Algoma Enterprise down bound between Cape Vincent and Clayton NY.
November 4, while waiting for another tow, I caught Sarah Ann switching out scrap scows in the Gowanus.
And I’ll end this retrospective Janus post with a mystery shot, which I hope to tell you more about in 2017. All I’ll say is that I took it yesterday and can identify only some of what is depicted. Anyone add something about this photo?
I feel blessed with another year of life, energy, gallivants, and challenges. Thank you for reading and writing me. Special thanks to you all who sent USPS cards ! I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017. Here’s what Spock would say and where he got it.
Here was my “last hours” post from 2015. And here from the year before with some vessels sailing away forever. And here showing what I painted in the last hours of 2013. And one more with origins “oud jaardag” stuff from the finale of 2011.
The photo below is from July 2015, and it’s how and where I expect to see James E. Brown.
So you can imagine how surprised I was to see James E. yesterday where I did, so join me in the experience. I had to squint to understand this, squint and wait. At first I thought it was a carfloating job that took a wrong turn. Then I wondered why the railcars were so small. Still later, I realized
that what my eyes identified as boxcars were
actually large I-beams.
But when the tow got to the south end of Newark Bay,
they went north into the Hackensack. I’m not sure what work is happening up there.
That’s a handsome boat, that James E. Brown.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
Here’s a short but motley set of photos. Can you identify the tug below sporting the Canadian flag? Answer follows.
Below it’s Barry Silverton, pushing Fight ALS eastbound on the East River. Big Allis identifies the location, where Don Jon folks/equipment have recently placed the platforms to the lower right side of the photo.
So the top photo, it’s Cheyenne, quite possibly the last vessel to traverse the Erie Canal this season. I’m not sure if they have already reached the Hudson River. She’s flying the Canadian courtesy flag because she had just exited the Welland Canal at Port Weller at that time. Here’s a photo taken by fire girl two seasons ago, Cheyenne doing the part of the Canal at the east end of Sylvan Beach.
Thanks much to George Haynes, Jonathan Steinman, and Jan van der Doe for these photos.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanks much for continuing to read tugster. If there’s interest in the proposal below, I’ll try to fashion a post from your contributions soon if not tomorrow.
Proposal: If you are working [today] Thursday and therefore having lunch and/or dinner at work–whether on a vessel or in any other work setting–and you choose to take a photo of the dinner–any aspect of the meal–and send it to me, please do and I’ll try to devise a post with it on Friday this week. Thanks for the consideration.
See the two big shoes on the Nadro Marine barge pushed by Margot? You might also call them “pedestals” for the New York Wheel. Those are size 110-ton shoes. A little over a month ago, NY Media Boat caught the legs arriving, the legs which will wear these shoes.
Here’s a close up with two crew getting prepared to offload these shoes.
Chesapeake 1000–which you’ve seen working here and here–did the lift. In the photo below taken just prior to the shoes’ arrival, Chesapeake 1000 is offloading the “multi-axle” furnished likely by Supor. Sarah Ann assists with the swiveling of the large crane.
Here’s a closeup of the multi-axle (there’s likely another name for that, but I don’t know it)
and the drone that someone is using to document the transfer of cargoes.
Here Margot finesses the Nadro/McKeil SV/M 86 with the shoes to the lift point.
Here’s another view of the same, looking east.
At this point, the barge is 110 tons lighter as the shoe is lifted and moved carefully onto the dock.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. More shoes to come, although my Canadian cousins call them “boots.”
Click here for some details from SIlive.com. And since it’s always good to see more Margot, click here.
Sometimes I know what these are or it is. In this case, I don’t. Photo is not the sharpest, but this cargo does intrigue.
Likely, the top photo and the two below are unrelated. Ashley Hutto took the top on Sunday, and I took the bottom two Saturday.
The cargo on the barge pushed by Sarah Ann is uncovered and looks more like an art project, whereas the cargo pushed by Susan Miller looks more utilitarian, but I’ve erred before.
Do you remember this cargo from November 2012? I knew what it was, but I would not otherwise have guessed that it would become
part of this.
Many thanks to Ashley for the top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.