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You might remember the story of the tragic sinking . . . December 2012 and the immediate aftermath. Baltic Ace was only five years in service and part of a huge fleet. The MOL Ace’s often serve the sixth boro as well, as seen in the top photo from a tugster post here from three years ago.
Here’s the story of these photos, taken by Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster. I leave the account in the machine-translated English: “Friday morning June 19, 2015 is about 0600 hours, the tug VIKING with the SMIT BARGE 2 the Waalhaven entered. The SMIT BARGE 2 is loaded with the bow of the wreck of the BALTIC ACE. The BALTIC ACE came on December 5, 2012 in collision with the containership CORVUS J. The BALTIC ACE sank immediately. Of the 24 crew members, survived 13 the accident. The wreck of the autotransportschip BALTIC ACE is about 65 kilometers from the coast of Goeree-Overflakkee.”
This photo is flipped. . .
. . . as is this one.
Thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos, which I find very moving.
Please contact me if you have photos of the recent raising of Sea Bear.
All these photos were taken last weekend in the port of Rotterdam by Jan Oosterboer and used via Fred Trooster. Notice their size:
MSC Regulus . . . 1200′ x 156”
Margrethe Maersk, here tailed by SD Shark, at 1309′ x 196′ . . .
a Maersk Triple E class container vessel, capacity of 18,000 teu’s, and
in service about three months now.
CSCL Atlantic Ocean, 19,100 teu capacity, 1312′ x 190,’ and on her maiden voyage from Asia.
And finally, Berge Stahl, nearly 30 years afloat, 364, 767 tones DWT. Her dimensions are only 1122′ loa and 206′ beam.
And why are ships getting bigger, other than because they can, and the population is growing? Well, we need more stuff. Compare these family photos of household and possessions.
Many thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos.
Santa Marta harbor . . . sees HR Recommendation arriving in port, from Houston, methinks.
Ditto Thor Energy.
Dole Chile is likely there to pick up tropical fruit to ship north, to our ports.
Stern to stern here, Dodo with a stern bridge, and the other with a less common bow bridge.
Industrial Faith . . . quite the winner as a name.
At sea . . . it’s a hull down Houston.
Alessandro DP . . . at sea.
And in Curacao, facing Caracas Bay, it’s Stena Discovery . . . for a spell now under port arrest.
At sea . . . Hafnia Taurus. Maraki also . . . is back at sea.
And finally . . . in the Rotterdam area, the 2014 Vietnam-built Lewek Constellation, deep sea pipe layer.
Many thanks to Maraki and to Fred Trooster for these photos.
This is the series with tugs from all over. So let’s start in Miami last month with photos by John “Jed” Jedrlinic. Miss Niz was in the sixth boro some time back.
Also from Jed . . .it’s Akashi Maru in Yokohama, 2008. He has more photos of Japanese tugboats.
Darrin Rice sent along this photo of the classic Hercules, built at the John H. Dialogue yard in Camden NJ but having worked its entire career on the West Coast, which it arrived at by circumnavigating the southern tip of South America. The Camden yard of John H. Dialogue also built these classics.
Previously, Darrin sent along some photos of decaying classics here.
From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster . . . what appears to be a just delivered (March 2015 just!) German-flagged tug FairPlay IX operating in the Netherlands.
Brake is also an almost new boat.
And . . yes, I do get out and take photos myself . . . here is Robert E. McAllister passing RORO Grey Shark . . . which it towed in from sea half a month ago after the RORO experienced mechanical difficulties. Beyond the dry dock buildings is Quantum of the Seas.
Here Freddie K. Miller passes Robbins Light. This vessel first appeared on this blog going on nine years ago here!
And last for today but certainly not least, from Rich Taylor, it’s Chale, a classic tug at the half-century mark.
Thanks to Rich, Jan, Fred, Darrin, and Jed for this look at a diverse set of vessels all referred to as tugboats.
Here’s part of the text of an email I received today from Maja Faasse: “Leja was the second motor barge my parents have built. It is named after our grandparents, Lena and Jacob. Our father, Marinus … knows every detail. For about 40 years he made his living on Leja, as did our mother for 34 years after they married. My sisters Leona, Jaccoline, and I were born and raised on the Leja, and have very good memories and had a very nice childhood on the water. Every vacation from boarding school and most weekends we spent on board. The summer vacations where the best times, 6 weeks of playing and swimming. Our parents had to sell the barge because our mother needed a pair of new knees and recovery wasn’t possible on board, so they had stopped their business with pain in their heart, and sold it to an owner in France, who renamed it Sojo.”
We were planning a trip to France this spring to go find the barge . . . and go look for it. So we contacted the broker for information where the Sojo could be at that time and wanted to see what is still original and what is new. But . . .
then the broker told us that the owner had renamed it Sojourn and moved it from France to the USA. Later on we also found a picture on the Erie Canal taken in May 2013.
Our father just turned 78 years and his biggest wish is to still visit the Sojourn.”
The photos below were taken in October 2014 by Bob Stopper. They show her being moved by Benjamin Elliot toward her current location in the Lyons.
Stories like Maja’s move me, and I certainly hope Marinus Faasse gets to visit with his half-century-plus-years creation soon in Lyons, where snow likely covers it.
Click here and here for photos of some other Dutch barges in the northeastern parts of the US. There may be more, and if so, I’d love to learn about them. For some motor barges that traveled from west-to-east on the Atlantic, click here for a post I did four years ago.
Many thanks to Maja Faasse for writing. Also, to Bob Stopper who sent the three photos of Sojourn back last fall. Also, a tip of the hat to Lewis Carroll for coining the portmanteau portmanteau.