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You may remember the Sojourn story here, about a Belgian freight barge that the original owner and builder sold, lost track of, and then rediscovered in upstate New York?  Here was how she arrived in upstate NY.

Well, after two years of work, she’s under way–just ahead of winter storm Argos.  These photos were taken yesterday (Thursday) by Bob Stopper up in Lyons, NY.  Below, Sojourn is easing not Lock 28A,

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heading for Lock 27, and

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and out of the canal before it closes, draw-down takes place, and ice invades.

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Calling all eastern Erie Canal watchers and Hudson River photographers, here’s Bob’s short background to the vessel:

“First arrived in Lyons on November 12, 2013 . The boat was built in 1963 and originally used as a coal and materials barge. It was used for over 40 years by the same family, but eventually because of family illness, the barge was sold. The barge was purchased by Paula Meehan, founder of Redken Cosmetics, renamed the Sojourn, and converted in 2006  to a Hotel Barge and used for high style cruises in France. Ms Redken shipped the barge via freighter to America with the intention of cruising American waters, especially the Erie Canal. Unfortunately, Ms Redkin died in 2014, and the barge returned to the Lyons Dydock on October 15, 2014. It sat  in the Lyons Drydock and began to deteriorate  until purchased by a young hi-tech  internet entrepreneur from the state of Washington. The newly renovated barge, 126′ x 18′,  left Lyons on November 17 headed for its new home in the NYC Harbor.”

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All photos by Bob Stopper.

You may recall that my connection with Lyons is that it’s the county seat of the county where I grew up.  It’s also the county where Grouper languishes, about to freeze into another canal winter.

 

Let me clarify the title .  . all these photos were taken in Dutch waters by Aleksandr Mariy.  Jade is actually a German tug built in 2000.

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Union Emerald–the tailing portion of this tow–is Belgian, 2005 built.

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And in between, the barge is Dutch.

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I like the lines of Veritas with a telescoping wheelhouse, but searches turn out empty.  Can anyone help out?

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Friendship is 1942 built.

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Thamesbank dates from 1992.

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Amber II, previously called “camber,” was built in 2007.

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Union 7 is a URS boat.  The company has roots going back almost 150 years. 

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Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos.

And apropos of nothing, I stumbled upon this boat Uranus while researching this post . . . a tugboat with dimensions of 244′ x 60′ x 8′ draft and with four engines adding up to more than 24,000 horsepower!!  Here she is.

Finally, if you are in the NYC area and have not yet seen Graves of Arthur Kill, join us for the 2 pm showing on Saturday at the St George terminal of the Staten Island ferry.

 

And finally, a few more from Rich Taylor.  Stadt Zurich was built in 1909

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and Stadt Rapperswil built 1914 in short term layup when he was there on June 16, 2016.   I believe these are the last two steamers on Lake Zurich.

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Many thanks to Rich Taylor, who has planted the idea of visiting these lakes steamers some sunny day.

Let’s return to Lake Lucerne, with this photo.  Rich Taylor took it in late June 2016.  PS Uri was built in 1901.   Uri is a canton in Switzerland.

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And PS Unterwalden, 1902.  Unterwalden is the name of a former canton.  I profess as much ignorance of Swiss geography, as of their history, but I’m learning.

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If you travel to the SW from Lucerne, you get to Interlaken, where Rich took the following photos of PS Lötschberg, built 1914.

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Looking at these photos, and thinking of other vessels from this era–in both good and deteriorated condition–it’s clear that part of the secret is maintenance.

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The next three photos of Blümlisalp–1906–were taken at Thun on Lake Thun, which I also had to look up.

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Again, all these photos of Swiss steamers come thanks to Rich Taylor.  Earlier this year and last, Rich send along these photos.

I’ve never been to the Swiss Lakes, but I’m grateful to Rich Taylor, who spent some time there this summer, for these photos of paddle steamers.  PS Gallia dates from 1913 and

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PS Schiller, below, from 1906.  Rich writes, “We sailed aboard at every opportunity, on occasion having a prepared meal from the on board galley. They are a integral part of the Swiss transit system and as such covered by the Swiss Travel Pass making connections with other boats, trains, hotels, lakeside villages; all very pleasant.”

Note the puff of steam?  Rich writes, “When one steamboat passes another,  advance announcement is made by the captain; then there is a whistle salute from each.”  I wonder if part of that advance announcement is to cover your ears if you are close to the whistle.

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PS William Tell built 1908, a near sister to Schiller, has been moored as a floating restaurant since 1970.”  Click here for some interior photos, which give me an appetite to travel there some summer.

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Rich took these two photos of PS Stadt Luzern,  built 1928,  near Vitznau.  I had to look up that location.

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Click here and here for more info on Lake Lucerne.

Two things come to mind as I look at these.  First, of course there were bowsprite’s  too-short-liaison with steamships here, and then there were a few surviving US  steam yachts I saw at Mystic Seaport here.

Many thanks to Rich for these photos.

I choose to interrupt the “go west” series here.  It will continue soon.  And why?  Late yesterday, emerging from the fires over in Sarnia it came . . .

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to enter the Black River.

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Draken‘s a beauty with carved European oakwood

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like above on the bow cap rail and below on one of many oarlock covers.

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Below it’s the captain to the right and the district 3 Lakes Pilot to the left as

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international crew prepares to slips the dock lines and

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head northward into a stormy Huron night.

Aleksandr sent me these photos about a month ago.  He took them on April 20 passing Vlissingen and headed generally northward.   And I’m somewhat stumped.  What does Flintercoral look like to you?

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To me it looks like a new build, going elsewhere for completion.

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Multratug 27 takes the bow and

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Multrasalvor 3 at the stern.

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So I guess here’s the story:  it was completed as a container vessel, and although it has a Flinter- name, Flinter- never took ownership because the yard had gone bankrupt beforehand.  It seems then that some time later, the ship was purchased by Necon, and  converted into a semi-submersible.  Necon, it seems, has only this vessel.  But why it was under tow a month ago is a mystery.

My experience with Flinter is from 2009, when Flinterduin brought the Dutch sailing barges to the sixth boro, and then Flinterborg picked them up in Albany and returned them to Dutch waters.

The same day, Aleksandr caught Smit Sentosa on its arrival from a one-month passage in from Capetown.

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Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos.  Previously his photos and drawings have appeared here.  Vlissingen (origin of the name of the NYC area called Flushing, settled in 1645) is a quite old port in Zeeland.

If you’re not sure where to place Cuxhaven, the image below may help.  Another clue is that in Cuxhaven inbound, you could choose either to make for Hamburg or for the Kiel Canal. All these photos come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, whose drawing we featured here recently.

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Wal was launched in 1992.  Dimensions:  101′ x 32.8′ x 17 and Gross Tonnage is 368.

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Luchs, 1991, 95′ x 29.5 x 15.1 and GT 229.

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Wolf, 1993, 105′ x 26.2′ x 17′ and GT 368.

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Bugsier 15, 1991, 92′ x 29.6 x 15.1 and GT 239.

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Bugsier 10, 2009, 108′ x 42.7 x 19.3 and GT 485.

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Steinbock, 1977, 92′ x 26.2′ x 14.1′ and GT 213.

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And Steinbock here is underway through the Kiel Canal.

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Here’s more info on Cuxhaven.

All photos here come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, to whom I am grateful.

 

More photos by taken by Jan Oosterboer showing traffic quite different from what you’d see on our parts of the watery globe.

Let’s start with Matador 3.  With the North Sea as the densest area of the globe for offshore wind turbines, floating cranes like this–with lift capacity of 1800 tons– keep busy.

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And Wei Li . . . self-propelled and with lift capacity of 3000 tons.  Before we move to a different type of vessel, do you remember Pelicano from Guanabara Bay?

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Seven Rio is a recent launch . . . deep sea pipe layer.

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Kolga, the larger tugboat here, is 236′ x 59,’ yet

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it’s dwarfed by its tow, crane vessel Hermod, with two cranes whose lift capacity surpasses 8000 tons.

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K. R. V. E. 61 is a highly visible crew tender.

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Here’s another view of Hermod.

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SD Sting Ray (104′ x 39′) is like a mouse at a foot of an elephant here,

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the elephant being Stena Don, a Stena drill rig.

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Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos which came via Fred Trooster.

Here’s another set of recent photos, all taken by Jan Oosterboer, and all showing traffic quite different from what you’d see on our side of the A-Ocean.

Start with these four tugs, three by Fairmount.  In the lead, it’s Fairmount Expedition, rated at 16320 bhp, and 205 ton bollard pull.   She’s Japan-built 2007.

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Second in that line, FairPlay 33, 8160 bhp,  is Romania-built 2011, likely constructed in the yard where Allie B towed the old Quincy Goliath crane.

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Check the Fairmount link above for the particulars on Alpine and

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Sherpa.

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Union Sovereign, 2003 and China built and rated at 16500 bhp.

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Going from chartreuse to primer red . . . .this is a multicat shallow draft vessel built in Gdansk to be completed in greater Rotterdam.  Click here and here to see how this vessel gets launched.

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The unfinished multicat is towed here by Egesund, a tug that could most easily fit in in the sixth boro.   The offset house allows more deck equipment to be fitted.

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And finally . . . above and below, it’s Norman Flipper, 2003 and Norway built.

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These photos by Jan Oosterboer come via Fred Trooster, to whom both I am grateful.

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