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If you’re wondering why December has brought a run on dates, i.e., years and numbers as part of titles, it’s classic and/or antique boat month.

Sarah Elizabeth Banks, below, began life in the UK as SS Fire King.  In fact, it had a mate, SS Fire Queen, now long scrapped.  Today, it’s a yacht owned by the grandson of the manufacturer and based in Seattle.  Many thanks to Kyle Stubbs for this photo, which he sent me months ago and I never figured out how to use.

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And since we’re talking old fireboats, let me add this never-posted photo of Edward M. Cotter, the Elizabeth NJ-built fireboat still in use in Buffalo NY.  As the Buffalo Fire Department says on their website here, Cotter was working Lake Erie’s margins three years before the Wright Brothers made their Kitty Hawk flight!!!   Click here for another photo of Sarah Elizabeth Banks.  Click here for photos/text about another old fireboat named Alki.

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Many thanks to Kyle for sending along the top photo.  For other posts with photos from Kyle, click here.

For my previous Seattle area posts, click here.

 

Despite the distance and the fog covering the escutcheon,  I could immediately identify this tug–once a regular on the Hudson and in the sixth boro– on the Mississippi.

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Let me end out this series with tugboats and other vessels:  Sydney Ann

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and Brandi,

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Mary Parker and

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Port Ship Service Little Ray

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David J. Cooper and

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Bulk Guatemala with selfie-shooting watch stander,

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Sonny Ivey and

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Connie Z,

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Moose, 

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Jena Marie C, 

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Capt CJ, and

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fireboat Gen. Roy S. Kelley,

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Jo Provel with the 9th steamboat named Natchez.

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Now all of this has nothing to do with the photo below, which nevertheless deserves recognition . . . interactive art which really seems to have caught on.  Thanks, Candy Chang.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s even now in the cold NYC air plotting a return to

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Check out an ancient active duty fireboat in Buffalo . .  Edward M. Cotter, built in Elizabeth, NJ, in 1900.  After I got a few, the rain started and I had to retreat to Swannies for the best-ever buffalo wings, of course.

 

Lots of photos today . . . about just that, DeWitt being a former 1810 NYC mayor (after becoming disgruntled as US Senator from NY state . . . and before going on to other offices)  greatly responsible for up-commercializing the waters around the city so that the other five boros would come into being.

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Denizens today, include all manner of critters, plus folks like these McQuaid rowers who come to help others.

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Or like Ra to prove something.

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Notice the salad growing on the outriggers and elsewhere.

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Or to heal, while kayaking 6000 miles.

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Folks come to the canal to tootle around on interesting boats like this 1973 Albin 25.  Here’s a similar boat.

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Or this antique.  Sorry I don’t know the manufacturer of Lazy Bones.

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Or this Island Packet with an unusual tender.

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A Lagoon 43 power cat.

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A Mark V design.

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Boats from distant ends of the US . . .

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and beyond.

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In case you don’t recognize the flag there from World Cup play, Zwerver is Dutch.

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All manner of denizens travel along the banks whether for shelter or

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an interest in technological history like this and

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lots like this.

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Cheap living space with unique roommates can be had too.

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The canal is a place of work too. …

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and commerce past . . . like 127′ Alanson Sumner, built by the Goble yard in 1872; and

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present . . . like the half century young Margot.

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Come on up, stick your neck out like Chelydra s. here,  and enjoy  . . .

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All photos taken in June by Will Van Dorp.

Happy Independence Day . . .

Click here to see why John J. Harvey made this trip to Caddells.  These photos were taken around midday today, as the .org retired fireboat made its way to its home dock.  With new metal covered with absolutely brightest red, nothing but the most brilliant April sunlight would do.  Enjoy these photos!

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The trim is not yet finished but there’s some time before her first trip upriver to kick off the season.   Note the sternway wake.

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I thought I could jump in my land conveyance and beat them to one of my “offices” along the Kill, but I had to race . . .

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to catch them here.

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Yup . . . pass the plate.

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Here’s a photo I took September 1, 2013 as Harvey knifed its way between fast-moving boats in last year’s tugboat race.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s putting this Monday morning post up early.

 

OK . . . I’ll admit that I’m foolish enough to think every day is Christmas, every day in New Years,  . . . and I could go on.

So happy 18th day of Christmas 2013.   And my heart-felt thanks go out to Tim and Bill Hughes of Hughes Marine for these images.  Thanks also to John Skelson who helped reformat them for this blog.

Let’s go back to November 1997.  Tugboat Spuyten Duyvil delivered a barge carrying a Torsilieri truck carrying a Norway spruce bound for Rockefeller Center.

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The tree was felled in Stony Point.  Click here for the article by James Barron detailing the tree transaction.

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If that tree is 74 feet, that’s a long trailer.

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You gotta love those red balls.  By the way, Hughes logo on the barge was painted out for this transit.

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Here were some fotos taken in the Upper Bay.  I highly recommend getting the children’s book version of the story in part to see the artistic liberties taken in rendering both tug and truck.

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Fireboat John D. McKean  does the honors.

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Although I’m still working on locating more pics of this event, including Joyce Dopkeen’s shots of the offloading process, I am thrilled to share these with you here.

Again, many heartfelt thanks to Bill Hughes for sending these photos and to John Skelson for reformatting them.

I hope to have more belated “christmas” fotos soon.

Here were 24 and 25 in this series.  Follow up to 25 is that ex-fireboat Howard W. Fitzpatrick is now reportedly in transition to diveboat on Lake Huron operating out of Southampton, Ontario.

This week in NYC is referred to as UN Week, and I’m guessing this unusual USCG vessel has something to do with that.  Anyone identify what it is?

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Another USCG vessel.

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Liberty IV

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80′ RV Seawolf

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48′ R/V Arabella in New Gretna, NJ this past Saturday.  Previous Rutgers-mentioning posts are here and here.

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And last but not least . . . Albany’s brand spankin’ new fireboat.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

. . . well, only one day of it, and she’s been around for over 30,000 days.  These fotos, shared by Al Trojanowicz, were likely taken on July 4, 2000.  This date should be easy enough to verify, given the sailing vessel along the left side of the foto . . . Wavertree with sail bent on.  Anyone know the tug escorting her?

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Bertha . . . tied alongside Harvey!   I’d first thought this was  near Chelsea Piers, but I’ve been corrected . . . it’s at the old fireboat house, Marine Co. 6, at the foot of Grand Street in Manhattan just south of the Williamsburg Bridge.  Thanks for the correction, Al.   Here’s a link to the fireboat locations in the 1960s.  And here are some great vintage fireboat fotos and info.

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Bertha underway . . . with a hint of Wavertree on the far side of the NY Waterways vessel.

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Might the tug in the distance be Pegasus?

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And given the date, the Domino plant just beyond the Williamsburg Bridge might still have been in operation.

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I hope to share more of Bertha‘s past, but the indiegogo fund raiser is critical for getting Bertha back into the water and sailing into the future.  Click on the “save Bertha” link upper left.

Many thanks to Al Trojanowicz for sharing these fotos.

The race may last for less than 10 minutes for (most) boats, but each participant spends hours before and after.  Here, using the power of thousands of conceptual horses and one very real donkey, all four vessels in Miller contingent make their way upriver.

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At Pier 66, crew on deck and crew below start them up.

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Lady B (read her interesting history here and here, the latter explaining that the “B” stands for either “Benazir” or Bhutto.”

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For boats that arrive on the scene early, Red Hook may have come straight from a job delivering bunker to Norwegian Breakaway, there’s time for what might look like lollygagging, and

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(in these next two shots from William Hyman) saluting the spectators or just

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being seen.  Does Seagus have another name?

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But it’s also getting acquainted time.

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Some regulars didn’t show, and other vessels arrived that I’d never seen before.

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I had to look up South River Rescue Squad attending the Great North River race . . .

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Somewhere in the attractively dressed race day crew on Jake-boat Resolute are two of the principals of tugboatinformation.com . . .  hi Birk and Craig, as well as the force majeure aka Rod behind Narragansett Bay Shipping.

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This kayaker stays well out of the stream.

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The white bowstriped vessel–Lt. Michael P. Murphy– in the distance won the prize for persistence, finishing the course in a historic half an hour . . . spending most of that time doing a mid-race-course onboard repair.

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Despite forecasts of storms–and rain north of the GW Bridge–the only lightning I saw was here and

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thunder from the crowds on the piers.  That’s the intrepid bowsprite showing us her drawing/painting arm.

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Spectators took advantage of any platform.

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More soon.   Thanks to William Hyman for his fotos, especially the one of an exuberant W. O. Decker, which I featured hard at work using Seth Tane fotos from over 30 years ago here.  Click here for John Huntington’s superb fotos from a wet place in the race . . ..

Again, my hat’s off to all who must work on Labor Day, including my son, who always works holidays for the higher hourly rate.  And if you’re inclined, read what Paul Krugman has to say about Labor Day.

Uh . . . what’s this?

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It’s Buddy, living breathing braying hoof-beglittered mascot of Debora Miller.  If you’ve never been to the New York’s race, there’s a best mascot category.  In the past there’ve been  . . . dogs, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but Buddy redefines the contest.

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With the threat of rain, someone made a wise decision and advanced the start of the race.  Here Resolute, Catherine Miller, Tasman Sea, and Red Hook move toward the starting line . . . feted by now-retired 1931 fireboat John J. Harvey.

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Foto thanks to William Hyman . . . the line up.

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And at 10:29:30 . . . they’re off . . . with 1930 wooden tug W. O. Decker taking an early and easy lead!!

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45 seconds later . . . W. O. Decker has dropped back.

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Here’s they are 15 seconds later.

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John J. Harvey is not a tug, but to see the speed out of this octogenarian . . . was humbling.   An engineer toiling away in the engine room later told me all four engines were driving propulsion.

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The red tug–Resolute–went on to win, although I don’t yet have the official times.  I could have written them down, but I was far too busy applauding and taking fotos.

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And here’s the crowd at the finish line.

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Part B tomorrow.  Thanks to William Hyman for foto 4.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

Many thanks to Glen Miller of Miller’s Launch for my ride this year.

Unrelated and almost forgot:  Here’s a query from Jeff S, a frequent commenter on this blog:  he saw a “very weather beaten wooden sailing vessel (hull) at the Jersey end of the Goethels Bridge, about 65-70 foot long , two deck cabins and a bowsprit.”  It was parked in the oversize lot waiting to cross the Bridge when traffic gets light.  Anyone have an idea what this may be?

 

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