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I did two posts on Badger —here and here–back in 2012. But until these photos this week, which I’m using with permission from FB’s SS Badger: Lake Michigan Car Ferry, I’d never seen her underwater ship lines.
Above, that’s a ice-reinforced hull. Read about her dry dock visit here.
As I write, she’s in dry dock for a few more days at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Here are some photos I took back in 2012 as she was departing Ludington MI for Manitowoc WI.
Yes, she burns coal to this day, (one of) the last vessel (s) fueled by coal in the US. For a good summary of her old and current technology, click here. To see what goes on in her engine room, click here.
When she entered service in the 1950s, she was designed primarily to transport railcars across the Lake. Click here to read a story on the vessel published in Professional Mariner about two years ago.
The next two photos are NOT of Badger but rather her twin, Spartan. By the way, the badger is the mascot of University of Wisconsin and the spartan . . . of Michigan State University. There was a double christening in September 1952, but since 1979, Spartan has been laid up at the dock in Ludington.
I hope to ride the Badger, 60 water miles of an almost 600-mile US Route 10, again this coming summer.
Many thanks to SS Badger for use of the first four photos, taken this past month; all others by Will Van Dorp.
And to close this with a digression, here’s a one-of-a-kind I saw displayed at the dock in Manitowoc when I was there.
Any guesses? It’s a view I’d never seen until a last-minute arrival on the ferry set me up to be the very last car to debark. The afternoon light wafting into the cargo space was a treat.
Here she is in profile departing New London.
In the right light, she’s a beauty. Notice the low profile of the North Fork of Long Island along the horizon to the right below.
Just to the left of the stack, that’s Cape Henlopen, ex-LST 510.
Finally, another shot of the empty cargo deck.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
This follows the post where I got to spend four times as long on Long Island Sound, a truly remarkable place. The trip last week brought sights and surprises enough to warrant a repeat trip soon. Here, a bait boat (?) passes a renowned Plum Island facility. Back to this later in the post.
We’re headed to New London, the name of this RORO/WOWO.
Here Marjorie McAllister tows RTC 60 past Little Gull Light.
Here Mary Ellen departs New London for Orient Point, passing New London Light.
Amistad awaits, for sale at the dock.
Sea Jet . . . takes on passengers for Block Island, a place I need to visit soon.
At the dock just south of the I-95 bridge, it’s 100′ scalloper Chief, also for sale.
Electric Boat 2 does patrols around the pens,
which enclose a submarine. Now look closely at the tail vertical stabilizer. Now look at the one in this “news” story about a submarine getting stuck in Shinnecock Canal. If not the same sub, then it’s at least the same type.
But if you start thinking about it, Dan’s is having way too much fun. This story and this one are clearly boaxes, spoofs about boats. When I heard the story about Shinecock, I thought maybe the Hamptons PD had gotten ahold of this one, which I spotted on the North fork just a few summer months ago.
On a leg between Newport and Oyster Bay, it’s Knickerbocker, Wisconsin-built by a shipyard that started out doing fish tugs! If you’re not familiar with fish tugs–of which Urger was one–go to Harvey Hadland‘s site.
Now here, back near Plum Island, is a surprise. I figured it was a fishing party boat, but Justin suggested otherwise, and indeed he was right. M. S. Shahan II IS a government boat, owned by Department of Homeland Security!!
And a final shot of Plum Island just before we return to the Orient Point dock, of course, it’s Cape Henlopen, former USS LST 510.
By the way, I am still looking for folks with connection to this vessel as LST-510.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Towed by Eileen McAllister, Molinari returned this morning. Note the twin lights near Sandy Hook in the background.
Standing by here, it’s Charles D. McAllister.
I’d heard once that a wooden “dam” was built on the bow of the ferry to keep water from coursing through during these open-sea transits, but that’s not the case here. Notice the missing lifeboat?
Once inside the Narrows, Charles D gets a line on the stern.
I’m told Newhouse will be next to visit Colonna. Does anyone know if there’s a “riding crew” on the ferry for these transits?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Yesterday, I had permission to board the 1905 ferry Binghamton for the first time in almost four years. I had studied my 2011 photos a little, but the boat is so changed inside that I really should have printed out some 2011 shots to try to replicate them. That said, it’s so modified that that might not have worked in some cases. Enjoy.
Shoreside entrance in October 2011
and the same mirror but more context in August 2015. Preserved or cashed in?
The south end in October 2011
and in August 2015.
The whole vessel in 2011, noting the detail left on the wheelhouses
. . . and in August 2015.
East side as seen from NYWaterways in 2011,
with a (blurry, sorry) close-up;
and yesterday, August 2015,
with a close-up,showing that someone clearly detached the name board and stowed it on the river side of the wheelhouse.
The top level east side of the bar in 2011, and
2015, showing a more sinuous row of clerestory windows mostly broken.
This is looking southward along the river side lower level and . . .
same shot from 2011 but cropped closer to the landing and
the same landing in august 2015, with the surveyor showing scale.
This is looking northward toward the GW Bridge in 2011, and
and the current less enclosed view.
These are the remains of built-in benches, not add-ons.
This is looking northward toward the GW Bridge along the west side and
a close-up of decking on that quarter.
On the same side this is the passageway once leading to the four-cylinder double-compound reciprocating power plant rated 1,400 horsepower, and from
from farther southward showing silt left by higher tides.
This is the opposite passageway to the engine on the sunny riverside,
and the same from farther southward.
This is the grand staircase looking southward shoreside
with mirrored ceilings creating a dusty but otherwise Escher-like possibility as go up to the bar.
This is the south end of the bar deck looking across the river, and the same
direction as seen from farther northward.
A patron at this bar might be very tired and very merry, but the mixologist prepares no more drinks and this
ferry is definitely out of service.
And we need someone to update Edna.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Spirit of America . . . operates as an icon among icons.
I need to force myself to look hard to see the obvious differences between Spirit and S. I. Newhouse, and others.
Recently, though, Spirit has intruded into my photos more than any other one of the ferries.
Molinari . . .
John F. Kennedy and Spirit . . .
Either Newhouse or Barberi . . .
Positively identified as Newhouse.
And this is the old terminal, actually called Battery Maritime Building and unofficially the Governors Island ferry terminal today. And how’s the progress on its roof? What’s going on there? Read all about it here and here. Glass boxes seem currently in vogue in NYC.
Click on the image below to see Battery Maritime Building and more of the sixth boro almost a century ago.
For info on all the classes of Staten Island ferries, present and past, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, except the nighttime photo by Seth Tane.
And finally . . . here’s a bowsprite image used in a marinelink.com article without credit! And by bowsprite’s report, she’s received no response from marine link.com when she’s contacted them about . . . crediting her art. Hmmmm… See her original published image from four years earlier here.
Eight years ago today I published a post I called Meet Alice. More on that fact later. Today we meet . . . Alakai.
It seems fitting that today we should meet Alakai to the right and her sister Huakai,
now known as USNS Puerto Rico and
No bulbous bow here . . . and that’s a bulker docked off Alakai‘s stern. The catamarans were a very costly mistake for Hawaii Superferry. Here are the ship specifications from an existing Hawaii Superferry site.
Today both vessels await their fate at the Philadelphia Navy yard,
where I took this photo below, which has nothing to do with the HSFs, but I couldn’t pass it up.
Soon I’ll post more from NISMF Philadelphia, a place that should be on everyone’s gallivant list.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who posted “Meet Alice” exactly eight years ago as the inaugural post on this blog. Since then, 2,602 other posts have been sent up from my rabbit’s hole. It’s been a fun gallivant that has shown me fascinating stuff and introduced me to literally thousands of fun and otherwise interesting folks. If I have the stamina and time, there ARE many more places to go and ways to go there, and I hope to do another 2600+ posts over the next days and months and years . . . Thanks for reading and writing back.
Can you guess the origins of this freshwater vessel?
I’d think the underwater structure here is something of a clue.
I’ve no idea how many years ago this house was added.
Here’s another clue, although it might be quite the distractor.
I like the off center crane.
Check 1929 on that above clue.
This is a plan of the ferry WARD’S ISLAND, designed by Eads Johnson, and built for the New York State Department of Mental Health in 1929 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT (slow year for submarines?). Steel, diesel, 101 ft. x 32 ft. Retired in 1937 by construction of bridges.
Many thanks to Norman Brouwer for the above drawing and identification. Photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to find out what propulsion engine (s) the derrick vessel has today. I’ve also not found a photo of Ward’s Island prior to her conversion. Photos were taken along the Oswego Canal.
I will continue to post when I have wifi. And when I’m back home, like this morning, I even have time to comment on the photos I post. These photos were taken between Waterford and Fulton this past week. Notice the family coloration resemblance?
I could comment if I knew more about what I’m seeing, but Tappan Zee V is one I’ve heard about but can find no further info on the internet to corroborate. Notice it presents a different interpretation of NY state colors.
Reliable . . . again, I know she has a twin and has been on the hard for an unspecified period of time . . .
Syracuse is the twin of Reliable, and what I learned about her–other than that she still works–is
here. She’s in her 81st year and was built in the Canal shops in Syracuse. Maybe Reliable was built there too?
And the final photo for now is self-propelled derrick barge Ward’s Island, which–I’m told–began life as a sixth boro harbor ferry serving–you guessed it–Ward’s Island.
I really hope some of you help out with more info about these boats.