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I took this photo back in 2008, and it seemed I never got back to it. At the time, I didn’t realize it was built in 1904 and had once done the Buffalo–Duluth passenger run with first-class staterooms. Buffalo–Duluth passenger ferry SS Juniata . . . doesn’t even seem reasonable a century later.
Between 1937 and 1941, she was thoroughly upgraded and “returned to work as the Milwaukee Clipper and carried passengers and their cars between Muskegon and Milwaukee until 1970 when the interstate highways and air travel rendered her obsolete.” I’m told volunteers are working to preserve her. I’d love to hear a progress report.
In contrast, the rest of the photos I took on the Arthur Kill in 2010, and what you see here is no longer there. I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing it’s the Astoria aka William T. Collins, built in 1925 and out of documentation in 1966.
I recall reading that it was removed –as an eyesore–since then, but can’t find any newspaper record of such. Anyone help out? My co-explorer here is none other than frogma . . . .
Click here for a post I did on a re-purposed 1929 NYC ferry still operational as a double-ended construction vessel, click here for a post I did on a NYC-NJ ferry that operated as such between 1905 and 1970 before being repurposed as a restaurant until neglect and a certain Irene came along, and here for a post on what might be the oldest in service ferry in the US.
Below is P/S Majesteit, a 1926 steam ferry still operating in Rotterdam as a floating restaurant steam side paddle wheeler;
here’s their site with photos of the steam machinery.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
specifically Wyoming, built in Cleveland. All these photos come thanks to Isaac Pennock, who writes, “If I’ve got your guidelines for December correct, the tug Wyoming should fit. She was built in Cleveland in 1929 as a steam tug. Converted to diesel in 1953. Repowered with her current engine (EMD 12-645-E6) in 1980. She was chartered to McAllister in Charleston for one year in 1993. [Does anyone have photos of her working in Charleston?] Now GLT’s lead tug in the port of Detroit. 84 feet long, 2,000 horsepower. She has held the same name & same owner for her entire career.
Whether you like to be reminded of winter or not, let’s start with some cold water photos.
Why G-tugs? Check the stack. Franz von Riedel devotes a whole chapter to this long run of boats in his heavily illustrated Tugs of the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes ports have hot seasons also.
Click here for a few pages on the G-tugs from TES. I recall my surprise upon learning that Great Lakes Towing was created at the turn of the 19th/20th century by a group of industrialists including John D. Rockefeller.
Click here, here, and here for previous tugster posts with G-tugs. SS Columbia crossed Lake Erie this summer on G-tug wire. Earlier this fall, Great Lakes Shipyard christened a new tug for the NY Power Authority/Niagara project.
Many thanks to Isaac for sharing these photos.
The bunkering boat Sterling Energy after delivering fuel to the Dutch tanker Stella Polaris. Wow . . . Sterling Energy is Turkish built in 2002.
Pusher-tug Victorious with her asphalt tanker-barge John J. Carrick. Victorious was built in China in 2009.
Again, John, thanks for these photos and a glimpse of Hamilton and the vessels that work there.
or GHP&W 6. Traverse City is home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, training in the freshwater watery North Coast of the US. All photos today come from Isaac Pennock, currently a cadet at GLMA, and principal behind the tugboathunter blog. Click here to see many of Isaac’s photos taken on and around the Great Lakes aka North Coast.
Northwestern, 56′ loa aluminum vessel,
a 41′ utility boat, and their big
Tenders called in the port of Traverse City recently, with intrepid explorers—well, tourists–from
a German cruise ship called Hamburg .
Shorefolk ventured out in kayaks, perhaps to trade with folks aboard the ship?
Another recent visitor in the port was Canim, dating from 1930.
Again, for these photos I’m grateful to Isaac, a GLMA cadet.
SS Columbia and her resurrection . . . back in November 2011, when I took this photo in Detroit, I was not a believer.
But a year ago, she was towed from Detroit to a Toledo graving dock for inspection and most urgent hull repairs. The photo below and some of those that follow are used with permission from the SS Columbia project.
This past summer she was refloated, and
departing the Maumee River by 1030.
The next two photos were taken by Luke Wark . . . late afternoon September on a very placid Lake Erie. Now note what happens to the stack in the next few photos.
David Torke captures the tow arriving off Buffalo and
up the canal to its new but temporary dock . . . .
Many thanks to Ian Danic for permission to use these photos. You can keep informed about the project through this website.
Click here for the article from Professional Mariner.
Here’s an index for the previous in the series.
I got this photo in July 2003 in Oswego, the 1943 Bushey tug WYTM-71 Apalachee. I haven’t seen it since, although it was at one time in Cleveland. Anyone know if it’s still there?
Here’s another Great Lakes tug, for now. This photo of James A. Hannah was taken by Jan van der Doe in Hamilton harbor in late May 2015. I posted it here then in this larger context. And here in February 2012, thanks to Isaac Pennock. Now I knew that James (LT-820, launched July 1945) was a sister to Bloxom (LT-653) and that the Hannah fleet had been sold off in 2009 in a US Marshal’s sale, but I hadn’t known until yesterday that the CEO of the Hannah fleet–Donald C. Hannah–was Daryl C. Hannah’s father!! That Daryl Hannah! But it gets even better, there once was a towboat named Daryl C. Hannah! Anyone know what became of it? Last I could find, it was on the bank of the Calumet River used as an office. Updates?
As you can tell, this photo was taken in the East River. It was July 2009 that Marjorie B. McAllister escorts Atlantic Superior as it heads for sea. Any ideas where Atlantic Superior is today? Actually, I know this one . . . after a long and eventful life, she powered herself over to China this year to be scrapped.
I haven’t seen Bismarck Sea here in quite a while, but last I knew, she was operating in the Pacific Northwest.
King Philip . . . went to Ecuador around 2012; Patriot Service is still working in the Gulf of Mexico, I believe.
Thanks to Jan van der Doe for the Hannah photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, it was rewatching The Pope of Greenwich Village that got me to wonder about Daryl Hannah.
Here’s an index to the previous posts in this series.
This post is short and sweet, and you’ll soon notice the theme.
900 total hp of Yamaha above on the FDNY boat and even more Mercury below . . . divided between two US Customs and Border Protection boats.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Sheila Kaye and Josephine,
J. M. Westcott II,
R & R,
I wonder if there’s ever a chance of getting a higher horsepower class to arrive some year as well . .. like Ken Boothe Sr., Everlast, GL Ostrander, Samuel de Champlain, Jane Ann IV . . . and their size.