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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.
In my favorite field guide to birds, there’s a section devoted to “exotics,” species you may observe in the Northeast but which are not indigenous to this region; some of these birds got here as stowaways and others are pets escaped or released into the wild. As I think about “tugster: the project,” I imagine an exotic category as well. There is tjalk Livet here and here (scroll through). Also, there is Golden Re’al here.
And what this has to do with the card below will become evident. First, notice the vessel name Marine Trader, the second word “bumboat” in the subtitle, and name of the president, father to the author.
Click the photo below and scroll through to see info on the man in the 1921 Chevy AND his connection to the vessel below.
Which leads me to this exotic.
The port of registry painted on the stern AND the landmarks in the background will locate these photos.
That bell is from neither New York nor Duluth.
But the helm seems vintage late 1930s.
The repurposed interior is warm and light. Click here to compare the current art studio interior with what it used to be in Duluth.
Here was RRT15.
All the fotos in this post come from my sister, who is currently making her way south along the Jersey shore heading into retirement aka Bahamas for Christmas. In mid-August, they departed Muskegon, near where they took this foto of Samuel de Champlain in June 2011. SDC was built in 1976 and is loa 142.’
She took the next three fotos on August 28, 2013. Mike Donlon is 53′ and christened in Philly in 1999.
J-Krab, 25′ built in 2010.
The next day in the vicinity of Detroit, she ran into this huge unit. ITB Presque Isle, launched 1972, loa 148′ with a 31′ draft . . . uses 14,840 hp to move a 978′ barge by the same name.
That’s the Detroit skyline in the distance.
On September 6, she passed Invincible, 94′ loa and 1979-built in Fort George, FL.
She also passed this unidentified unit. Anyone help?
Last one for now, on September 16, already in the western end of the Erie Canal, she ran into this vessel. Guess her age?
Dahlke was built in Ferrysburg, MI in 1903!! That puts her only two years younger than Urger, built there as well. Here’s quite the Ferrysburg historic vessel page.
Ah . . . the Great Lakes . . . Anyone interested in a summer project to cruise from the sixth boro to Duluth and back and forth to catch more of these eclectic vessels?
And if you’re interested in following my sister, click here.