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As was true yesterday, all photos today were taken in the first 12 hours of 2016. For Chatham, the last tug I saw in 2015, the year end/start distinction was likely irrelevant. No doubt the same holiday treats were out in the galley in the wee hours of 2016 as were a few hours before in 2015.
From a different angle as last night, here are Michael J,
and the “weather tugs.” I’m happy the precipitation of December 31 has ceased.
Although some people movers waited in reserve,
The quick side ramp system impressed me. It was in fact similar to a system on “water bus” I saw near Rotterdam a while back.
Surrie heads back to base, passing BB-64 USS Wisconsin.
Recognize this vessel, which spent a little time in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago?
It’s HMS Justice, slinging Bryant Sea now in the curvaceous Elizabeth River and
passing Mahan, Stout, and
Oscar Austin, far right.
Closing out today . . what can you do with $12 million and a 1962 North Sea trawler? Check here for this story on explorer yacht Discovery. Here’s another story with much better photos. Docked astern of Discovery is Shearwater, which was doing a project in the sixth boro back in sumer 2013.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are some more Harley tugs, thanks to Kyle, who sent along all the photos AND text for this post also.
“MILLENNIUM FALCON built by the Marine Construction & Design Co (MARCO) at Seattle, at used for long-haul fuel barge tows on the Pacific coast. OLYMPIC SCOUT was built in 1976 in-house for Pacific Towboat & Salvage Co of Long Beach, CA as AVENGER. In 2004 she was purchased by American Navigation Co and renamed PACIFIC MARINER, then sold to Harley in 2007.
KESTREL was built in 2012 by Halimar Shipyard and is based off of the design of Vane Brothers Sassafras-class tugs. She is currently used for operation in Southeast Alaska.
JAMES T QUIGG was built in 1971 by Houma Welders as BRETT CANDIES for the Otto Candies company. Later owned by White Horse Marine of Norfolk as PEGASUS, Portland Tugboat & Shipdocking of Portland, ME as FOURNIER BOYS and American Workboats of Honolulu as AMERICAN CHALLENGER. Purchased by Harley in 2001.
MICHELLE SLOAN is Harley’s newest delivery, built by Diversified Marine of Portland, OR. Based on a design by Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, BC, she is used for shiphandling around LA.
Another shot of MILLENNIUM STAR
ALYSSA ANN, built in-house in 1966 as J.V. ALARIO for Nolty J. Theriot Offshore and participated in the North Sea oil boom in the late 70’s/early 80’s, pictured with ERNEST CAMPBELL, built in 1969 by Southern Shipbuilding as GATCO FLORIDA for Gulf Atlantic Transport Co of Miami. Later owned by Mobile Bay Towing as MOBILE PRIDE. In the background, the brick clocktower belongs to the headquarters building of Starbucks. You might have heard of them… The building was built in 1912 as the West Coast catalog center for Sears Roebuck.
EMERY ZIDELL is a newly-delivered ATB unit, built by Conrad Shipyard and partnered with the barge DR ROBERT J BEALL.
Another shot of LISSY TOO, this one compliments of Seth Tane.
TIM QUIGG, pictured in the Port of LA, is a predecessor to MICHELLE SLOAN, built by Diversified Marine in 2004 and also used in the Port of LA/Long Beach.”
And who is this Harley? Click here.
As to the small sixth boro contingent of Harley, I miss the bow puddings I first associated them with more than half a decade ago.
Kyle, again . . . many thanks.
Unrelated: my mission today is to see if the mermaid parade brings any tugboats; of course, I’m likely to get distracted. See you there, maybe?
Here’s a photo taken from Pegasus in July 2012, showing the entire Harley fleet in New York that night. HMS Justice has been around since also, although I’ve not seen her in a while.
Kyle Stubbs recently sent along a set of Harley photos, which are divided into two groups here. Take it away, Kyle. All photos were taken in Seattle unless stated otherwise.
“EAGLE was built in 1979 by Modern Marine Power as DALLAS J ADAMS for Doucet & Adams on the Gulf Coast. In 2000 she was purchased by Harley and brought west.
Z-FIVE, pictured underway on LA Harbor, was built in 1999 by MARCO for Tugz International of Ft. Lauderdale, and eventually sold to Harley where she is used on the California coast along with her sisters Z-THREE and Z-FOUR.
The photo of BOB FRANCO and ROBERT FRANCO shows both soon after delivery in 2013, the former from Diversified Marine of Portland, OR and the latter from Nichols Brothers of Freeland, WA.
LISSY TOO, pictured passing Longview, WA on the Columbia, was built in 1974 by Sneed Shipbuilding of Orange, TX as MISS SAN. She later wore the names CREOLE SAN and RENE before being purchased by Harley.
LELA JOY was built in 1970 by Halter Marine Services as MODOC. She was acquired by Harley in 1972 and renamed WILLAMETTE CHAMPION before being sold and renamed JANET R. In 1993 she was reacquired by Harley and gained her current name.
GRIZZLY, pictured at the Port of Tacoma, was built in 1943 by Equitable Equipment as the US Army freighter F 18. She was later converted to a pusher tug by Smith Tug & Barge for use on the Columbia. After changing hands several times, she was purchased by Harley in 2007.
BRIAN S, built by Main Iron Works in 1963 is a long-time Northwest tug. After being operated on the Gulf coast from 63 to 74 by Gulf Mississippi Marina and then Guidry Brothers, she was brought to the west coast by Foss Maritime and renamed MARGARET FOSS. In 1989 she was purchased by Oregon-based Sause Brothers and renamed GO-GETTER. She spends most of her time now based in Port Angles.
HUNTER D was built in 1970 by Albina Engine & Machina Works of Portland, OR as MALANAE for Hawaiian Tug & Barge, and acquired by Harley in 2002.” In the background is ALYSSA ANN, which we get a better photo of soon.
Again, all photos here come compliments of Kyle Stubbs. Part b . . soon.
For an index of all previous “thanks to” posts, click here.
Here’s an index of the series.
Can you place the scene below . . . on the other side of the tracks? Photos come thanks to Elizabeth Wood who’s on her own gallivant.
I’ve never been here, but now . . . it’s moved way up on my list.
It’s Grand Canyon State and some sister vessels,
and USCGC Waesche.
For a different shade of gray than the ones above, here’s Matson’s Mahimahi.
And here’s Ahbra Franco assisting
Hanjin Buddha. I can’t identify the tractor alongside the Hanjin ship.
I see a trip to the Bay area in my future.
Many thanks to Elizabeth for these photos.
Somewhat related: To see what gray paint bowsprite has recently spilled, click here.
To pick up where yesterday I ended . . . Chemical Transporter is not a ship. Rather it’s the barge married to–or at least in a relationship with–ATB Freeport.
This Workboat article makes clear the circuitous and costly ($91 million !@#@!) route this 150′ tug followed from keel lay to launch.
I’d love to see the interior of this 2007 vessel.
R. L. Enterkin is a tug I’ve seen on AIS for a long time, but the other day,
I finally got a close-up as she went out to pick up a “tail job” at sunrise.
At the head of the tow was Layla Renee.
Click here for many posts I’ve done on Resolute.
Thomas D. Witte–here passing off Wall Street– has carried many names since 1961.
Zachery Reinauer was launched nearly a half century ago at Matton Shipyard . . . up above the Federal Lock in Troy and right across the river from the boyhood home of Herman Melville.
Ellen . . . focus of countless tugster posts… as
has Brendan Turecamo.
And to close out this post . . . from M. McMorrow . . . the most intriguingly named tug of all . . . Tug of War.
The last photo from Mike and Michelle McMorrow, who’ve contributed photos here before. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Huron Service (1981) sailed into the springy morning it was.
Chesapeake Coast (2012) lit up the dawn this morning.
McAllister Responder (1967) and Gage Paul Thornton (1944) met in the KVK last Saturday. Click here for Gage Paul‘s long history, during one part of which she carried the name Elizabeth McAllister.
Joyce D. Brown (2002) passes Stolt Jade.
Houma (1970) like many of the vessels in this post, has operated under a long list of companies.
Gulf Coast (1982) enters the KVK from the east this morning before 9 a.m.
A parting shot of the vessel that started today’s post . . . Huron Service, headed to refuel.
All photos taken the last few days by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 13 . . . from what seems ages ago.
And the next few? A freak snowfall in the sixth boro?
And might these be protest signs?
. . . out of the mouths [and from the brushes and paintpots] of babes . . . and young’uns come some impressive sentiments.
Fotos 4 through 7 were taken by Brian DeForest, Terminal Manager, who also took the first six fotos here. The others . . Will Van Dorp.
All these fotos–except the ones identified as flashbacks–I took while resting yesterday. The indomitable Helen Parker, intrepidly westbound among giants. I believe she was last on this blog a year ago here.
I believe this is Coastline Bay Star. If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?
Also squeezed between giants, James Turecamo, who has appeared on this blog possibly more than any other tugboat. James was launched in greater Waterford, NY late in 1969. Click here to see James tailing Caddell’s new drydock back in May. More on this flashback later in this post.
Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.
AT IMTT Bayonne Dean Reinauer and RTC 106, which appeared on this blog last week, configured differently. Dean is so new that if you go back to that link with the foto of James tailing, you’ll see the upper house of a Dean which at that time had never yet floated!
Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .
as Dean spun around to head south.
Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning
and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.
Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked by the building in the distance.
Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing
And check out the stack on St Andrews. Maintenance or . . . something more?
All fotos except for the flashbacks . . . Will Van Dorp took yesterday.
Captain Charles . . 1953. Know the location? The bridge in the background is a clue. Answer can be found at the end of this post.
James Turecamo, like me class of 1969, foto taken just before yesterday’s planned building implosion. By that early hour, James had already earned a fair amount of “keep.” To see James in Turecamo livery, click here.
Hunter is something different! She’s just towed in a dead fishing boat. How much would a RIB like this cost new?
Catherine and Kimberly, both Turecamo, escorted Tonna up the Arthur Kill, past the scrapyard where Gary Kane and I filmed the documentary.
Jennie B, 1955, in the mighty Columbia.
Captain Bob, August 1945 Marietta Manufacturing Point Pleasant WV hull #538, is a one year younger sibling LT of Bloxom (June 1944 and hull # 519)! Also, in this run was Mary E. Hannah and James A. Hannah, posted here on tugster in 2012. To get a sense what Captain Bob (ex-Sea Commander) looks like high and dry–and by extension what Bloxom of Graves of Arthur Kill once did–click here. On the vessel below, I love the green “door.”
Linda L. Miller, eastbound of the East River. Linda L. and Gabby Miller assisted in loading Mighty Servant a year and a half ago.
Coastline Bay Star, once known as Coney Island, dates from 1958.
Longsplice (originally Shrike, 1959) recently high and dry near the Arthur Kill.
And this vessel, on the left bank of the Willamette, I’ve no idea. Anyone help?
All fotos taken in the past month by Will Van Dorp.
Very related: I’m looking for someone (or some group of people) to take over guest editor position of this blog for about a month this summer. Compensation is a fortune of sixth boro shellbacks as well as fame; you could become a paladin of the port. You really can be geographically any watery place. And you have to adhere to a disciplined foto-driven/sparse verbiage mix of workboats, history, eccentricity, and apolitical wit. Of course, you can add to that a smattering of your own favorite sprinklings.
Hmmm . . . does that describe tugster? Feel free to add to a characterization of the blog. But seriously, I need to step away for a while this summer . . . to gallivant, of course. Get in touch for details. Learning the blogging template is not difficult.