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It takes the right light to see things you don’t otherwise see, like raised lettering.

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Pelham goes back quite a long time.

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It’s good to see her at work.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I got there JUST in time.  A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream.  What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.

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Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.

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And then it was lunch time.

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Here you see the dry dock “ballasting”  . . . or sinking.

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Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”

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Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.

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The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.

Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation.  Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction.  See here and here.

Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.

First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left?  Click on it for the schedule;  I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal”  Saturday and Sunday.

Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea.  Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world.  Here’s more on that project;  a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.

See the decorated Dutch bar?  That’s not something you see every day.

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but July 4 is not an ordinary day.  Just look at all those people at the land’s edge:  “water-gazers” Melville called them, as you can read here with the last sentence of the second paragraph and go through the next two paragraphs.   All wanting to see the decorated Dutch bar?

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Brendan Turecamo, showing the Turecamo flag!

Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.

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Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.

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. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.

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Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.

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like Kimberly Poling and .

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Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954.   Click here and scroll to see her original look.

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My goal at the fireworks on Pier 16 had been to get shots of Ambrose bathed in pyrotechnical light, but alas . . . without the right orientation of camera to boat to flashes . . . this is the best I got.

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This photo from July 2012 was what I had imagined I could get.  Well . . . it’s all about a lot of things, including location.   See the different version of this shot of the left of this page and please let’s continue the discussion on the future of Pegasus.

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Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

And if you didn’t see this article in the NYTimes about digital photography and ethics, check it out, even if you just look at the before and after photos.

 

 

I will be back tomorrow with close-ups of L’Hermione and more, but Bjoern of New York Media Boat sent me the very intriguing photo below.  Recognize it?  Answer follows.  Clue:  Elizabeth Anna.

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Well, L’Hermione  (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos.  Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker.  Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.

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It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.

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And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.

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And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.

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And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new.  I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.

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Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .

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as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.

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And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014.  I wonder where she’s headed.  Anyone help out?

Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.

And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro.  Need waterborne support for a project or  . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.

But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen.   I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts.  These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.

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arriving for the pick up at Pier 25, westside of Manhattan looking towards Jersey City

Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.

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I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown.  This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.

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Thomas J. Brown, 1962 built

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On starboard side was Pelham.

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Pelham, 1960 built.

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This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.

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at the 31

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passing Robbins Reef Light and  . . .

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the Verrazano.

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and into the Kills

Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part.  I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still  Miss Bonnie.  Click here and scroll.

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passing the dented 6

In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.

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Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.

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If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . .  Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.

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Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.

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Rae, 1952 built

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And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.

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to the lower left, that’s Joyce D. Brown about to overtake

All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.

 

If you think the sixth boro has a wide variety of tugboats, you’ll agree it’s also surrounded by a variety of land–boro–scapes.

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l to r:  Thomas J. Brown, 1962 and Joyce D. Brown, 2002

from obscure to iconic.

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Eastern Dawn, 1978.  Previously Delta Mule and Grand Eagle

Here’s the Brooklyn passenger terminal and

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Evening Star, 2012

the anchorage in mid-Upper Bay,

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Nanticoke, 2007

Brooklyn Navy Yard,

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Bridgeport, 1982.  Previously, Dragon Lady and others

Williamsburg,

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Miss Gill, 1970.  Previously Mister Mike, Samson, and other.

Bayonne,

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Eric R. Thornton, 1960.  Previously Roger Williams

east end of Wall Street,

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Pelham, 1960.  Previously Little Joe, Tucana, and other

entrance to the Kills showing the Bayonne Bridge and obvious modifications to the bases,

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Eastern Dawn again

and finally the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

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the Browns again

All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.

 

McAllister Sisters is back there somewhere, on the windy side,

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not the sunny side where crew keep watch on

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Atlantic Trader.  If you’ve forgotten what Sisters looks like, click here on a post from over a year ago.

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Much more conspicuous is Bruce A.

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James Turecamo assists in Vega.

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And finishing this post out, it’s Pelham.

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Of course, the rooted talent in this post is of course Robbins Reef Light.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 4.

So I ‘ve had a problem today:  I tried to do a portrait of Gage Paul Thornton, and that tall building and confederates jumped in the way.

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I took another . ..  and the green lady interrupted.

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I attempt a solo shot of James Turecamo, and the green lady AND the orange ferry need to get involved.

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So I thought I’d try it again . . . a bowshot of the 1930 charter yacht Diplomat . . . same effect.

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Ditto . . . Dorothy J.  Well, maybe background context is important  . . . like to show that the New york York Media Boat is timely as well as punctual

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or

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maybe it’s time to listen what the woodchuck told me yesterday, go home, polish my lens, have some really hot tea . . . and wait for warm sunshine.

All photo by Will Van Dorp.

What’s this?  I’ll get around to identification in a bit. Sistine chapel ceiling?  Sister of Sistine?   For now, everyone knows the genre of “nose art” on aircraft.

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Trucks  . . . most likely the owner operator variety . . . sometimes display.

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Then there’s official marking with numbers and painted emblems to clearly mark purpose as well as to

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bedazzle, make nimtopsical, render too fuddled to head tail or trail . . .

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display trophies.

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Then there’s this . . . by sea and

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by

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land.

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I prefer the Vallejo inspired above to the Disney knock offs below.

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Here she is . . . probably

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Steiner built.

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Since we can’t really call this nose art, let’s call it bow, stern, or house art.  Send me you favorite examples  . . . from commercial vessels only?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

By the way, Mohawk WPG-78 above was reefed about a year after I took that photo.  Here and here are links to that vessel that now dazzles divers.  I’d love to hear from anyone who’s dived on it.

David Hindin alerted me when this voyage started on November 8 . . . departing San Francisco, sixth boro bound.  I’m very happy to share some folks fotos of Tradewinds Miss Lis‘ arrival at the Narrows this morning.   Many thanks to Peter Michael Patrick Codd, who sent the first two.

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Here  . . . as seen from the Brooklyn side.

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John Skelson caught these next ones.  Click here for larger versions on his Flickr photostream.

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Note a new-to-NY assist tug here . . . Pelham.  I hope someone on Pelham got some good pics.

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Many thanks to Peter and John for letting me share their fotos here.

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And David . . . while I was driving my way back to NYC through central NJ, he got this record of the last mile of the voyage . . . image thanks to marinetraffic.com

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This bargeload is support equipment for the herculean  (oops . . . that’s just a storm?) Left Coast Lifter now heading south from San Francisco to the Panama Canal to work on the Tappan Zee bridge project.    Here’s a link to Tappan Zee Constructors.

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