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aka Blue Marlin‘s Vigorous cargo, with all photos and most text by Seth Tane, whose painting site has long been linked to this blog AND who took the photos of the sixth boro during the 1970s and ’80s that he and I collaborated on last year in the 10-post series I called “sixth boro fifth dimension.” By the way, the dry dock will be the largest in the US, built by ZPMC. Do you recall hearing of them here and in other posts like here and here?
On the stern is Shaver’s Sommer S. That’s the city of Portland upper left.
Ahead is the BNSF drawspan. They’re going to crane lift a few bits and pieces at the Vigor Swan Island shipyard (Click here for photos I took there last year.) and then transit back under the bridges to a deep hole off terminal 4 to float off the dock where they have the required 50′ draft.
Here’s the side view. Recall that it was Blue Marlin that returned a damaged USS Cole from Yemeni waters.
Many thanks to Seth Tane for these photos. Click here for another look at his painting.
Here was 17.
All the photos in this post come from south of latitude 26 N. You might recall the Foss tugs Lauren and Iver delivering the crane to the sixth boro at the end of last month? Then Lauren Foss traveled to Philly to pick up back haul? Well about two days ago, Lauren delivered that payload–Forrestal–to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX. The ship in the distance to the left is SS Mount Washington, also a recent arrival here, and subject of a several recent pictures on tugster. The photo below shows the stern of Lauren Foss with assist tug Signet Ranger on port bow of the old carrier. The next three photos all come from Justin Earl, on paper . .. chief mate of Lauren.
Another shot of Signet Ranger and at stern, Signet Magic. For specs of Signet tugs, click here.
On starboard bow here is Signet Courageous.
I’ve no identification of the two vessels in the foreground.
Oh . .. the port is Clifton Point in the Bahamas.
The blue and white tug to the left is Tiki, but again I have no further info.
And finally . . . Sea Trader. Click here for a closer up photo.
Many thanks to Justin and Maraki for use of these photos.
Many thanks to Bjoern Kils of nymediaboat.com for use of this foto. Check out Bjoern’s website here.
And many thanks to Phil Little for the rest of these shots. I’m certain Phil won’t object to sharing the text that accompanied these fotos, as it too captures the moment:
As of this writing, I believe the two Foss tugs are refueling, resupplying, and possibly re-crewing . . . in preparation to return to sea for the next job.
Bjoern and Phil . . . thanks much.
It’s referred to now as Left Coast Lifter, I Lift NY, Ichabod Crane, and others. But I call it arrived and on a glorious if frigid morning.
And Lauren Foss is the clear MVP.
Bravo to all the crews and people behind the crews!
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. More soon.
I don’t know how many folks were glued to this webcam yesterday, but I was not the only one. Let me walk us around the foto, different in subtle ways than the other five in this post. First, note the time stamp upper left: it’s 11:16 a.m. This was happening yesterday midmorning at the Miraflores Lock, the first of three set of lifts out of the Pacific on a transit toward the Atlantic/Caribbean. In the distance on the right side, the large white object is Norwegian Star, negotiating the next set of locks . . . Pedro Miguel Locks.
The ship almost fully shown in this foto is Tai Success, bound for Altamira, Mexico. Tai Success is 656′ loa (length overall) by 104′ , the maximum width for the current set of locks. Extending from lower left is the ex-Left Coast Lifter, towed by Lauren Foss. Note the relative size of Tai Success and the crane barge. Lauren Foss at 141′ loa is larger than almost all tugs currently on the Hudson.
11:20 a. m. The entire crane is in the lock chamber. On the stern of the crane barge is Cerro Majagual, a 2013 Panama Canal tug built in Spain. For the transit from the San Francisco Bay area to Panama, this role was played by another Foss tug, Iver Foss. Iver is currently waiting for the tow on the Atlantic side.
11:24. The water in the lock has started to rise.
11:40. The doors on the high side of the Miraflores Locks have opened and the tow heads for Pedro Miguel. By the way, on the horizon beyond the Pedro Miguel you can see the Centennial Bridge, about 10 years old. As of this writing this morning, the tow was docked just north of this bridge. I suspect it will complete the transit and be on the Atlantic side by the end of today.
I see from the Journal News story that Fluor has already changed the crane name from Left Coast Lifter to I Lift New York, presuming they’ve “purged the old from Poseidon’s ledger.” If you look at the fourth foto above, you’ll notice “Left Coast Lifter” is still painted there. I wonder when that will be painted over; maybe the name purging will happen in Gatun Lake today?
Meanwhile, I’d like to propose some alternatives . . . Hudson River Hoister and Tappan Zee Titan are more local and maintain the same LCL pattern.
As to size, currently the largest crane in the Hudson Valley is DonJon’s Chesapeake 1000, the number being its tonnage lifting capacity. Last summer in Rio, I saw a crane called Pelicano 1 with a lifting capacity said to exceed 2000 tons. The ex-LCL is said to hav a capacity around 1900 tons.
Click here for one of the posts I did from the Panama Canal–a place well worth a visit and a second visit– about two years ago.
Keep in mind that once the tow clears the Atlantic side locks, it’s still more than 2000 nautical miles from the Narrows. Assuming an average speed of seven knots and no delays for weather or other causes, that’s still almost two weeks. So, I’ll wager ETA at the Narrows around February 1.
Notice a few cranes near the TZ Bridge, as seen from MetroNorth train. Click here for the project website including cameras.
A passenger in my car took the next two.
The one above and the next three were taken from a southbound boat.
Many thanks to my friend David Hindin for coordinating the SF views. Join me in wishing David a prosperous 2014.
Guess this tug? This and alternate fotos here are taken by Seth Tane. Answer follows.
Joan Turecamo (1980 and one of the last tugs built at Matton in Cohoes)in the foreground. Guess the one in the distance?
Natoma . . 1976.
Vessel in the distance earlier was Susan Miller, 1981. I’m guessing the barge is loaded with riprap for shoreline protection somewhere in Raritan Bay. I wonder about the origin of those rockaceous chunks.
Peering over crane barge Delaware Bay, it’s Caitlin Ann, 1961.
And finally . . a tug with a tent passing a clock with no hands, it’s Miriam Moran (1979).
Top foto is Amnav’s Revolution at the Rainier Foss shipyard in 2006.
The foto below is a repeat, last one of previous post . . . and I stated I was hoping I could find Portland. Well . . .
Port of registry on this Foss tug reiterates that. Not much time for research or commentary on my part, so enjoy the fotos.
Although this one deserves some enhancement. Peacock is a pilot boat with a daughter vessel. Notice the seam around the stern . . . it opens to launch the daughter, which got the pilot to the ship for 30 years.
Germany-built and delivered in 1967, she’s
A model inside the museum–where there’s also a video of her delivering a pilot in very rough water–illustrates the flybridge.
Will Van Dorp took these fotos and will post again when possible.
Here were 11, which clarifies the title . .. I hope.
I’ve had these fotos from Seth Tane for quite some time. I looked at them today while culling fotos from my library. Foto shows Foss tugs moving the Sauvie Island Bridge span into position near Portland, Oregon. Foss tugs visible are (I believe) the larger PJ Brix and Jim Moore.
This foto also shows Daniel Foss. The bridge move happened in late December 2007; see page 6 of this Foss publication. Looking up info on the Sauvie Island Bridge, I stumbled on the clever Flickr assemblage of fotos with the string “island bridge” in the name. Try playing with it to see bridges with those two words juxtaposed from everywhere.
Like I said, I was scrolling through and culling my 2008 fotos. Joan McAllister . . . haven’t seen it in a long time.
Ditto Crow. Has she been scrapped?
Later in summer 2008 I took this, M/T Great Gull . . . now operating near the Panama Canal.
And . . . last one for today, Odin passing the stern of ITB Groton, also sold foreign. ITBs like Groton, obsolete now, were technically catamaran tugs. Just forward of where the stream of water is exiting the hull is the “bow” of the tug; look above it and you’ll see the “seam” where tug and barge conjoin. I posted about ITBs here back in late November 2007, and since
I’ve been enhancing my fotos on this blogs, let me add a few to that post here. Here I’m looking between the “hulls” of the catamaran and toward the stern. Note the portside prop. For scale, note the size of the “lift basket” and yard worker. The aftmost portside portion of the “barge” fits into the groove.
Here’s the aftmost port starboard side of the barge. These two fotos were taken in the Brooklyn Navy Yard GMD November 2007.
Thanks much to Seth for starting this 2007/08 flashback. I feel like a veritable John Titor after this glance back at how much the harbor has changed in five years. All fotos except otherwise attributed, are mine.