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I know vessels are just machines, but I prefer to anthropomorphize them, and thus miss them when they go. On this transition day, I want to acknowledge some vessels that I’d come to enjoy seeing but will now transition away .
Scotty Sky is a Blount design, launched as L. G. Laduca in 1960. I took the photo in January 2011. Click here for a photo of this vessel operating on Lake Erie.
Patrick Sky is also a Blount design, launched as L. G. LaDuca II in 1966. Click here for info on her other names and identities. Both were built for West Shore Fuel of Buffalo, NY, and named for the family of company president, Charles G. Laduca. Click here to see a 150′ version of these Blount boats. Click here to see an interesting but totally unrelated and now scrapped vessel called West Shore . . . fueling a steamer with coal.
Capt. Log is the smallest and newest of the now timed-out single-hulled tankers in the sixth boro. Click here for the recent Professional Mariner article on this vessel.
The three above vessels are still fully functional tonight, phased out notwithstanding. Crow, seen here in a photo from September 2011, was scrapped this year in the same location where
Kristin Poling, another single-hulled tanker seen here in a photo I took in March 2010, was scrapped two years ago. Click here for a number of the posts I did on Kristin.
Out with the old . . . in with the new, mostly because we have no choice, as time sprints on.
All photos here by Will Van dorp.
All I know about these photos is that they were in frames in the Baldwinsville Lockmaster’s office. He didn’t know who took them or what year they were taken. Can anyone answer those questions or identify any of the people shown in the photos of Sheila Moran, Cheyenne, and the Great Lakes tugs (I think) called Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Johnston Brothers of Ferrysburg, MI, built Urger in 1901. The boat below–Ronald J. Dahlke, was built two years later as Bonita. A few days ago, the two boats passed each other in Lyons . . . or to be more accurate, we passed the ex-Bonita.
I posted pics of this blue tug last year here . . . scroll through. Unconfirmed report is that the boat is about to enter a new chapter in its life, after being the tool of someone with truth issues, as explained in the story here.
What I find even more remarkable is that an even older Johnston Brothers boat–Sea Bird–is still active. Anyone know others?
Everlast, she’s huge, and once again she outran me out of Oswego harbor. But since she’s headed no doubt to the Sarnia area, maybe my friends near Detroit will get some good pics.
Let’s start with LT-5 at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.
Here’s The Chancellor at the NYS Canals dry dock as it was being flooded. Here’s a recent tugster post focused on this vessel.
Now the marketing name for this “tug” is a “barge pusher.”
Here’s a closer up of the engine unit and hydraulic-driven thruster, operating near Rotterdam Junction.
From Maraki in St. Eustatius . . . it’s Triumph. notice the submerged tug off to her port side.
Here . . . tending the piledriver in Amsterdam is Sarah L_Anne . . . I can’t quite make out the name.
Also from Maraki, it’s Statia Reliant off the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Back to the waters just east of Lock 11, it’s Wm. Donnelly tending a scow.
Thsnks to Ashley Hutto, this photo of Buccaneer, taken Tampa.
And to end where we started . . . it’s Oswego’s LT-5, accented by crepuscular rays.
First, thanks to Andrea of I love upstate New York for use of this photo of the Oswego Harborfest fireworks.
The tug visible though is NOT Syracuse. It’s Nash, which I’ve previously written about here. Syracuse is somewhere in the darkness beyond Nash.
The fireworks barges would not have been in position without Syracuse, here seen at launch over 80 years ago.
Today she’s just a tug, not an antique vessel. She just works; she doesn’t demonstrate working.
New York colors as seen in darkness and
Notie the logo on the t-shirt of the gentleman to the left . . .the same company that does the Macy’s July 4 show!!
And on the lighthouse . . . a local expression of thanks.
Again, thanks to Andrea for use of that top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
In order . . . autism awareness kayak marathon, Schenectady aqueduct remnants, scullers, Waterkeeper vessel, lobsterboat as yacht, self-described “redneck pickup”, amusement park rocket, pirates’ parade, Hackercraft, 1942 Richardson, boat and wooden barge remnants and rowing dory, Corps of Engineers survey vessel, and Capt. Henry Jackman discharging aggregates in Oswego.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.