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If there’s a shortage of any kind of stuff these days, there seems to be a dire scarcity of compassion, tolerance,  . . .  So it doesn’t matter what you believe or don’t believe, I’m sure we have common ground in thinking we need

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peace on Earth and goodwill towards everyone, especially this year.  That’s what I see in these decorations and hear in the music.

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From here in NY’s sixth boro on bows and

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sterns.

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From the south,

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the middle,

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and the north . . .

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and from this card someone sent me . . . have a happy day.  And a calm and boring day;  let

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me explain.  Click on the image below to hear a song by Capt. Josh Horton that probably captures the sentiments of crews at sea today.

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Here was 2014, and here was 2013.  Also, two years ago it thrilled me to share photos I received from the good folks at Hughes Marine to get photos from 1997 —here –of the year the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree came downriver by tug and barge.  And more good folks at Cross Sound Ferry sent along photos from 2003, here, when their ferry North Star delivered the tree that year . . . crewed in part by Rockettes!

If you’ve got time today for the background on how NORAD started reporting on Santa movements back at the height (or depth) of the Cold War in 1955, click here.  Here’s another version of the same Cold War story.

Thanks to Brendan Matton for the photo of Paul Andrew, Tali Padilla for the photo of Z-One lit up at the San Juan dock, Lisa Kolibabek of Cape Cod and Bonnie Halda for Jupiter both on the Delaware River, and Mike Magnant for the be-snowmanned Toot Toot.  Barrel sent me the photo of the red clad beard guy on the green 29. I took the photos at South Street Seaport Museum.

Finally, if you want to squelch the “red elf” mythology, check out the name of this 1963-built bulker AND its status.

 

The Cornell (1950) with Clearwater (1969) on Hughes 141 photos come with thanks to Glenn Raymo.  The Hudson Valley is particularly beautiful this time of year, especially if you catch it in the right light, which of course is true everywhere.

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The other tugboats and landscapes in this post are mine.  In the KVK, Sarah Ann (2003) passes RTC 135 just as the morning sun clears a bank of low-lying clouds.

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An upriver-bound Navigator (1981) clears the Kills with HT 100 around the same hour.

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. . . passing lighthouses,

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gantry cranes, storage facilities,

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high ground, 

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and impossible towers.

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Many thanks to Glenn for use of his photos.  I’m sure Paul Strubeck plays a role here also.  And I took the photos of Sarah Ann and Navigator.

Here and here are some previous photos of Clearwater on its winter maintenance barge.

In the seldom-seen category, let’s start with Pegasus and Delta Fox.

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Ditto Vulcan III.

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Amy Moran light.

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How often do you see Bergen Point pushing a crane barge?

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Or Sarah Ann pushing a scow past the Hospital for Special Surgery?

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or a stern-on Larry J. Hebert from the Port of LaRose, town of the crossroads?

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James William southbound at the Statue as Indy photobombs  . . .

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and finally . . . first view for me of Sea Fox, ex-Kathleen, Doyle, Cherokee Eagle, Chris B. Boudreaux, Ledger, and Ann L.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race.  It starts with a muster…

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L to r:  Catherine Miller, Robert E. McAllister, Eric R. Thornton, Mister T, Buchanan 1, and Buchanan 12

which looks  different as you shift perspective.

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Add Red Hook and Sarah Ann, with a jet ski for scale.

 

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Add Thomas Witte.

 

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Take a close up on Mister T with John J. Harvey in the distance.

It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and

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Patricia.

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By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient.

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Muster then turns into a procession,  filing straight toward the starting line and

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showing the colors

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as some newcomers catch up.

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James William used to be a Moran boat.

Next stage . . . it’s the tension on the starting line, feet digging into the starting blocks and muscles tensing, sort of.

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There are 11 boats here, including Margot pushing a set of rock barges and not racing.

They’re off!

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and water starts to cascade away from the bows…

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froth by the ton.

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But when the quick minutes of the race have elapsed, the first boat down the course is the impatient Robert E. McAllister.

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And almost as in a triathlon, the dash down the course changes and the pushing starts.

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All manner of paired struggle ensues.

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And we need to leave.  All photos here by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to Bjoern and crew for my ride.

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With many thanks to a friend up on the Erie Canal, it’s ex-Bear, journeying toward the west as Elizabeth Anna.  I suspect she might head for Lockport, rather than Oswego, so maybe someone will confirm they’ve seen her after turning to starboard or port at Three Rivers.  Here some years ago was part of the rest of her fleet.

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She seems small by current sixth boro standards, but not here.  Anyone know the location?  Answer follows.

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Thanks to Mark “woodywud” Woods, here’s Colonel, not a common sight up river, although that could change.

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And finally, some pics I took . . . James E. Brown last week moving railcars on barge 278 between NJ and  Brooklyn, NYNJR. Here’s a 2012 article.

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So the top two photos were taken at Sylvan Beach NY, east end of Oneida Lake, a popular stopping point along the Erie Canal. Thanks to Jim and Mark for sending these photos.  The Brown photos are by me, Will Van Dorp.

I will be back tomorrow with close-ups of L’Hermione and more, but Bjoern of New York Media Boat sent me the very intriguing photo below.  Recognize it?  Answer follows.  Clue:  Elizabeth Anna.

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Well, L’Hermione  (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos.  Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker.  Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.

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It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.

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And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.

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And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.

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And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new.  I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.

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Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .

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as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.

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And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014.  I wonder where she’s headed.  Anyone help out?

Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.

And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro.  Need waterborne support for a project or  . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.

See the name clearer of the stern here than the bow?  See the distinctive tender?

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Marie J. Turecamo, taken April 2015

This vessel with the unique davits and radar is not the same vessel.  And the woman in black with a bow in her hair at the stern, she is the namesake for both boats.  The gray, black, and white photos, complements of Russell Skeris, were taken in 1952, when this Marie J. was new.  Previously, Russell sent along the lead photo in this post here.

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And here, the gent forward most on the bow is Barney Turecamo.  In the background is Jersey City.

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I’m not sure what “platform” these shots were made from, the the landmass in the background here looks like Staten Island as seen from off Red Hook.

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It turns out that the 1952 Marie J. Turecamo is now DonJon’s William E., and unfortunately I do NOT have a photo of William E.   Anyone help out here?  Here you see some shots from Birk’s site.

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Marie J. Turecamo, built 1968, photo taken 2015. 

Many thanks to Russell for his photo and to Birk and crew for his informative site.   2015 photos by Will Van Dorp.

More gray tomorrow.

Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat.  Can you identify this vessel?

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It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week.  She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.

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Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.

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Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does.  Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?

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Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.

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Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?

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Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.

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And closing today’s post, Evening Star.

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The first two photos by Bjoern Kils.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Kodiak . . . is ex-Vane and Allied.

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Hunting Creek is Maryland-built for Vane.

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Charles A has carried at least four previous names.

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Specialist, I believe the oldest in the set today,  . . . has low sleek lines for an almost 60-year-old vessel.

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When this Pegasus came into the sixth boro, she lacked the upper wheelhouse.

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Atlantic Salvor has for some years–since this one left–been the largest tugboat in the sixth boro.  Rivaling Atlantic Salvor a few years back was the rescue tug turned super yacht called Lone Ranger.

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And finally, for today, it’s Eric McAllister passes Ultra Colonsay, discharging salt over at Atlantic Salt.

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All photos over the last few days by Will Van Dorp.

This is a pair, but it’s a digression at the start.  The left side of the image here is the north side plate glass of the Millennium Hotel on Church Street.

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Here’s the same tower from over five miles farther south.  But the star here is the blue tug, Atlantic Salvor, which two and a half years ago delivered segments of that antenna atop the WTC.  I caught that trip, a return to the sixth boro from greater Montreal here.

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Catching Atlantic Salvor here yesterday was thrilling, because a few months back she did her “sixth boro farewell” and sailed to Jamaica for a job.

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Bowsprite and I were having an all-too-infrequent pique-nique when this unit arrived from that Jamaica job.

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And paired with Atlantic Salvor . . .  there’s the Witte 4001 and I think J. P. Boisseau, as well as

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Caitlin Ann, at least for the passage through the Kills.

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