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Frances . . . built on Long Island in 1957 looked quite happy yesterday. She languished a few years a decade ago, but she’s now shiny and back at work. Click here and scroll through to see Frances as I first saw her in faux-wood paint. Here are the basics on her.
Cheyenne, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug from 1965, is a veteran of the canal, as seen here and here. In the second link, she’s house down ducking underneath the bridge in Sylvan Beach with scows bound for the sixth boro. Here she was this past summer in Oswego after traversing the canal east to west and Lake Erie bound.
Also, some photos I took yesterday of Thomas D. Witte, built in Louisiana in 1961. Her air draft now precludes her operating on the canal.
For more canallers, click here.
Thank the verizon gods for internet service after a few more days’ drought. Click here for previous snowy posts.
I think today was the snowiest day yet in the sixth boro. So I hope you enjoy watching Orange Ocean emerge from the “particle fog.”
I missed Donjon’s Yankee leave town this morning, but I did catch Marie J Turecamo pivot Stolt Capability. Click here to see tug fax photo of Yankee in Halifax a few day back. Please get in touch if you got any Yankee photos .. . I’m that kind of a Yankee fan.
MOL Expeditor remianed in the Lower Bay anchorage for some time after losing power on the outbound run last night. Losing power in the narrow Ambrose Channel must be a terrifying experience.
Like I said earlier, I missed Yankee, but I caught Frances coming in the Narrows, and passing a vessel with the unlikely name . . .
Neverland Dream. I include a link here just in case you don’t believe me.
All photos today by Will Van Dorp, who is not certain of internet service from one day to the next.
I know vessels are just machines, but I prefer to anthropomorphize them, and thus miss them when they go. On this transition day, I want to acknowledge some vessels that I’d come to enjoy seeing but will now transition away .
Scotty Sky is a Blount design, launched as L. G. Laduca in 1960. I took the photo in January 2011. Click here for a photo of this vessel operating on Lake Erie.
Patrick Sky is also a Blount design, launched as L. G. LaDuca II in 1966. Click here for info on her other names and identities. Both were built for West Shore Fuel of Buffalo, NY, and named for the family of company president, Charles G. Laduca. Click here to see a 150′ version of these Blount boats. Click here to see an interesting but totally unrelated and now scrapped vessel called West Shore . . . fueling a steamer with coal.
Capt. Log is the smallest and newest of the now timed-out single-hulled tankers in the sixth boro. Click here for the recent Professional Mariner article on this vessel.
The three above vessels are still fully functional tonight, phased out notwithstanding. Crow, seen here in a photo from September 2011, was scrapped this year in the same location where
Kristin Poling, another single-hulled tanker seen here in a photo I took in March 2010, was scrapped two years ago. Click here for a number of the posts I did on Kristin.
Out with the old . . . in with the new, mostly because we have no choice, as time sprints on.
All photos here by Will Van dorp.
Specialist (Texas) is looking good for a 1956 vessel.
Dean Reinauer (Rhode Island, 2013) heads into the rising sun.
Eastern Dawn (Louisiana 1978) passes the hose rack.
Gramma Lee T Moran and Barney Turecamo in the KVK under an unsettled sky.
Caitlin Ann (1961, Louisiana) with tons of scrap.
Patrice McAllister (Alabama, 1999) stands by. Here was how she looked her first hours in the sixth boro.
Neptune (1992, Louisiana) tends the dredge along the Con Hook Range.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
But first . . . it’s a race, and there are trophies for such categories as best-looking, best mascot, best tattooed crew person . . . . And there is pushing and jostling, for which there are no trophies. But what would you call this?
From l to r, lining up are Meagan Ann, Houma, Bering Sea, a little of Robert E. McAllister, Buchanan 1, Mister T, and Emily Ann.
Here’s a view of Robert E.’s business end under way.
Mako III seemed to carry a different name last year. It began life as an Army ST, although I don’t know what number she carried. 66, perhaps?
And they were off. Fells Point, the nearest vessel, is likely the newest boat in the race.
More photos later.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to NYMedia Boat and Bjoern Kils for getting the best positions for photography during the sixth boro’s premiere Labor Day event, the 22nd annual Great North River Race organized by the Working Harbor Committee, who also deserve a big round of applause.
Two questions you might have are . . why does the Army have boats, and who was MGen Anthony Wayne? Here are links A and B to answer the first part–please add detail if you know it–and here’s the info on General Wayne, sometimes called “mad General Wayne.”
The top photo comes thanks to firegirl; all other are by Will Van Dorp, who wishes he could say at least half of the boats on the Canal ARE like Cheyenne . . . commercial.
Dorothy J was once known as Angela M
and first appeared here about four years ago.
Mediterranean Sea working and
being worked upon. There’s no significance to the blue bicycle in foreground lower left, but I like that it’s there.
Mrs W has some sort of shaft on board.
It’s a Hebert boat . . . Larry J?, and Bering Dawn dredging in the Arthur Kill.
Now known as Caitlin Ann, this 1961 tug first appeared here (scroll) in 2008 as Vivian L Roehrig.
And if that’s Oleander, it must be Thursday.
Most photos taken fairly recently by Will Van Dorp, who is amazed by changes in ownership in the sixth boro.
And unrelated, check out George Conk’s post here about a vessel with an unusual name and even more unusual purpose.
The photo below I took on June 22. Cheyenne was headed for Erie PA and Margot was St. Lawrence bound.
June 23 . . . Margot pushes her load out into Lake Ontario past Kathy Lynn and the dredge working the mouth of Oswego harbor,
This photo I took on June 30, as Margot and light barge eastbound arrive at top of Lock 19. . .
and eases into the chamber.
June 28 Margot, house lowered heads towards the top of Lock 11 in Amsterdam.
Many thanks to Paul Strubeck, the photographer of the photo above. All others are by Will Van Dorp.
Just a note . . . some of my posts are “text light” this summer because those are assembled as I travel with an aging laptop that is increasing out of touch with the WordPress software. I’m investigating an iPad upgrade and welcome input on dealing with what I understand as an inability to download camera photos of iPad.
Also, if anyone along the Oswego or Erie Canals reads this and got photos this week of Cheyenne with two scows, please share them with me?
In reverse commentary on the photos above, photo #9 just above was the heron that checked me back into Waterford after seven days on the Canal. Photo #1 way above is the heron that stood guard in Oswego. In between . . . Margot and Cheyenne headed west and then east. Enjoy these photos sent along on this inflexible old laptop. As of this writing, I’m guessing Margot is approaching the sixth boro for the dazzled Slater move tomorrow. I hope my sixth boro friends get good pics of the move from KVK to albany.
More photos soon.
Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.