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Let’s go farther south–i.e., up the Elizabeth. Covered barge . . .
pushed by Gram-Me. Coal?
Capt. Woody and Alexis of w3marine have the best logo. See it better here. Fleetmate Ocean Endeavor was in yesterday’s post.
As you can see by the livery, Ellie J is also a Norfolk tug, but although
similar, Stevens Towing’s Island Express is not.
Vulcan construction has its logo on a number of tugs here, including Arapaho,
Capt. Ron L, and
Alexander Duff is a Vane tug.
Kodiak, here I think leaving the soybean depot– used to be Vane’s Capt. Russi.
Kodiak has been in the sixth boro on a few occasions. Here’s more of her current fleet: Maverick, ?Southern Star?, and Challenger.
Hoss, like the boats immediately above is also an Intracoastal Marine boat. Hoss is a close relative via Wiley Manufacturing of the sixth boro’s Patricia. Sun Merchant, which I saw here in Savannah, is a Vane boat.
Corman Marine’s Captain Mac is yet another tugboat in the Elizabeth owned by a construction company.
Camie and Cajun look alike but may be owned by Robbins Maritime and Bay Transportation, respectively.
Three Sisters seems to be owned by a family-oriented company called Smith Brothers.
Elizabeth Ann, operated by Atlantic Gulf Towing, used to be known as El Hippo Grande, a truly satisfactory name for a workboat.
And finally, we seem to have two Skanska-owned boats, Ranger and
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who imagined there’d be only about 10 photos in this post about a short section of the waterway in the Norfolk/Portsmouth VA area. For the entirely delightful travel through the area, I am very grateful to the USMMA Sailing Foundation.
A request, though. Over by the Norfolk Dredging yard, I saw their small tug Palmyra through the trees and could not get a good shot. Has anyone taken one over the years? If so, could you share it on this blog? Send me an email, please.
Finally, some of you got an earlier version of this last night when I pushed the wrong button. Sorry about that. I could give other reasons for that error, but it was a slip and I had not intended you to think I had started using placeholder gibberish as captions.
It’s still November 2015, so for me, it’s day 22 of this focus.
I guess this would be a small Navy yard tug. Click here (and scroll) to see a variant with roll bars. Here it closes the security gate after a Moran tug has come inside.
More security is provided by WPB-87329 Cochito.
Emily Anne McAllister (2003) waits at the Norfolk International Terminals.
And there’s a long list of commercial tugboats, more than I want to squeeze into this post. So let’s start with Ocean Endeavor (1966),
Night Hawk (1981),
Dauntless II (1953),
Payton Grace Moran (2015),
Goose Creek (1981), and finally for now
Steven McAllister (1963).
All foggy/rainy photos above by Will Van Dorp.
One of these days we’ll meander farther south on the Elizabeth River aka ICW. In the meantime, if you have photos of work vessels from any port huge or tiny, get in touch; there are still a few days of November left.
And since we’re a week or so from December, my idea for next month’s collaboration is “antique/classic” workboats, functioning or wrecked. Of course, a definition for that category is impossible. For example, NewYorkBoater says this: “The definition of an antique boat according to Antique and Classic Boating Society is a boat built between 1919 and 1942. A classic was built between 1943 and 1975 and the term contemporary, are boats built from 1976 and on.” Hmm . . . what do you call an old vessel built before 1919 . . . a restoration project? antediluvian?
If you take another transportation sector–automobiles, you get another definition: 25 years old or more. And for the great race, here were the rules for this year: “Vehicle entries must have been manufactured in 1972 or before.” Next year’s cut-off will likely be 1973.
So my flexible definition is . . . photo should have been taken in 1999 or before, by you or of you or a family member, and in the case of a wreck, probably identifiable. Exception . . . it could be a boat built before . . . say . . . 1965.
As the lobster might suggest, this St. George is in Maine, and named for the river which is named for the English explorer/captor of Squanto who visited this area in 1607. I was confused the first time I arrived here because I was looking for Port Clyde and all the signs said was “St. George.”
But it turns out that within the town of St. George are villages like Tennants Harbor, Martinsville, and Port Clyde.
I hope to return to Port Clyde next year, in part because this is the mainland wharf for the Monhegan Boat Line. Elizabeth Ann was preparing for the passenger run, but
I didn’t get to see the “world-famous Laura B,” a repurposed 1943 Army T-boat, which after doing WW2 duty in the Pacific, ran lobsters from Maine to Boston and New York. Anyone know of old NYC sixth-boro photos of Laura B delivering Maine fruits of the sea to the city? Laura B was working, delivering freight to Monhegan. And these cargo nets filled with firewood await for the next cargo run.
A glance at a map or chart of the peninsulas of Maine is enough to explain the value of craft like Reliance and her sisters.
The work boats in the harbor represent only part of the “gear” needed to fish; the rest is on paper.
Even on rainy days, I like looking at these boats. Taking photos of paperwork . . . never so much.
From a short conversation of the wharf, I have the sense that the paperwork and regulations keep vessels like these in port many more days than they fish. And global water temperature trends make this an even harder way to earn a living.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who wants to get back up here soon.
We pass the unmistakeable Dann Marine docks and
head into the Chesapeake, water level of the largest watershed in the East, which stretches northward nearly to the Mohawk and the Erie Canal. The area is the southern end of a flyway that extends to the Saint Lawrence.
You’d think that almost obscured light would be called Eagle Point Light, but the turkey gets the name.
The Bay sees a lot of traffic, although Amara Zee, a traveling theatre show, has to be one of the more unique vessels navigating it. I have more photos of Amara Zee, which I saw up close more than 10years ago, but I’ll put them up only if I hear from readers about experience with the group, which traveled from the Hudson to the Saint Lawrence, could not enter their homeport in Canada without being arrested, and are now headed south for winter shows. Note Turkey Point Light in the distance directly off the stern.
The Chesapeake is to crabs as Maine water is to lobster.
Aerostats, though, surprised me. This one is over 200′ loa, in spite of its appearance. The tether is monitored by
As this post began with a bridge, so it ends . . . the Key Bridge marks the entrance to Baltimore.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Following up from yesterday’s post . . . tug Chesapeake is larger, more powerful than the other Patapsco-class tugs. It also has more windows in the wheelhouse. In addition, the photos of Chesapeake and Susquehanna were taken in Baltimore and Savannah, resp.; not in NYC’s sixth boro as were the others.
For today I’ll start with a mystery tug, one I’ve not found any info on.
I’d love to know more.
Also, in Baltimore, it’s Annabelle Dorothy Moran.
Click here to see my first shots of Annabelle almost three years ago as she sailed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
And another boat I know nothing about . . . McL?
Donal G. McAllister is Baltimore’s McAllister ex-YTB.
New England Coast is another boat I’d never seen before . . . docked here at the Dann Marine base in Chesapeake City, MD.
And approaching Chesapeake City from the south, it’s Calusa Coast, a frequent visitor to the sixth boro. I photographed her first here, over eight years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the previous posts in this series.
Of course I need to start with this vessel, named for a mathematician, Gaspard Monge. Never heard of him? Or it? Me neither.
According to this Military Today article, neither the US nor Russia has an equivalent missile tracking vessel. It’s fitting that on a vessel named for the founder of descriptive and differential geometry, which I’ve never studied, there would be radar systems I’ve never heard of.
As for things I’ve never heard of, Maersk Semarang is named for an Indonesian city that would rank fifth in the US by population if it were in this country. Here Kirby Moran escorts her in.
An indication that the Bayonne Bridge has not yet been raised is the folded down mast just to the left of the radome.
In the past six weeks, this ship has departed Shanghai and stopped at Oman and Algeria before calling in the sixth boro.
I’ve been gallivanting a lot these days–with more to come. This cargo ship was in the port of New Bedford two weeks ago. Now it’s headed for Haiti.
My money says she hauls fish.
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.
I went quite close to the source of the Hudson four years ago . . . here. But earlier this summer I stopped in Glens Falls, just because I wanted to see the falls.
Here’s more . . .
Back to the Route 9 bridge, here’s the old central office, and click here for an interesting Finch Paper history.
But here’s the real nugget . . . the really interesting piece of history, and it’s UNDER the bridge. Charles Reed Bishop, local boy orphaned by age 4, who tagged along with a friend with connections–William Little Lee. At age 24, the two of them headed for San Francisco, and since this was 1846, that meant sailing around Cape Horn and stopping in Hawaii along the way. Bishop stayed, became a citizen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and the rest of the story is here.
How’s that for an unlikely trajectory for a Hudson river boy AND information found under a bridge? And about 50 miles south of here, in Troy, along the river’s edge is another plaque celebrating another Hudson river boy with an unlikely trajectory into the Pacific.
Photos by Will Van Dorp.
Summertime . . . and today I’m lazy after finishing two projects that’ve been transfixing me all month.
So how about some sail . . . in the evening, like Aquidneck,
a moth . . .
a Fathead (?),
a classic catboat,
Aurora (1949) with tanbark sails,
The Blue Peter . . . unfortunately AFTER she had dropped her parachute spinnaker.
and finally Black Watch . . . built in the Bronx and a veteran of World War Two.
I’ve been to the Narragansett Bay before, but I need to spend more time there in summer.
But first, I hear there’s some big sail coming to the sixth boro. Last but not least, all photos by Will Van Dorp