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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.

Here was post #1 of what could become a series from over five years ago.

Dusk rarely finds me at my places along Richmond Terrace, but last night I was here with elizabeth, and she took a pic much like this one, and when she sent it to FB with the question “Guess who my dinner date is?” one friend wrote back . . .  “the great Gatsby?”  So call this  . . . what the great Gatsby sees as tugster on a short day’s journey into night, apologies to Mr O’neill.

Barney Turecamo passes Gatsby’s place, as do

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Frederick E. Bouchard and B. No. 210,

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Ellen McAllister,

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Fidelio,

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Dorothy J,

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Blue Fin,

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and Weddell Sea.  

Gatsby’s for the night . . . was actually Blue–formerly known as R. H. Tugs.  From Blue, it was a short walk to Sailors Snug Harbor for the 25th annual John A. Noble Art Auction.   And I’m very pleased to say that

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a print of my foto below brought $500 into the museum’s funds for restoration of Robbins Reef Light, and the framed foto went home with a very happy friend.  To see the other 49 items in the auction catalog, click here.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Taken over in Newark Bay . .  a shrink-wrapped airplane on a barge . .  foto compliments of the team over at Henry Marine.  I did this post in April 2013, but you should befriend them on Facebook at Tug Life at Henry Marine for a different take on working in the sixth boro.  Anyone know where this airplane has gone/is going?  Two of several previous posts with airplanes on barges are here and here.

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Over in Tottenville, it’s Bertha and the Outerbridge beyond that.  Thanks to Ashley for this foto.  Previously, Ashley sent along this foto.

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Up near the Thousand Islands and the Canadian border, it’s Bowditch, foto compliments of Bob Stopper.  Bowditch dates from 1954 and used to be called Hot Dog.  More of Bob’s fotos from upstate NY and other places soon.

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Taken on Penobscot Bay, it’s Cangarda, thanks to Allan Seymour.  He and Sally do the Sally W blog.

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The next two–showing fish tugs–were taken by my sister on Lake Huron in August.  Previously I did posts about fish tugs here, here, and here.   Here‘s another series on Nancy K.   See more L & R here.

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And last but not least, taken off New London during its schooner fest, it’s Malabar II, a 91-year-old vessel of John Alden design.  Fotos of this timeless vessel come compliments of Rod Clingman.

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Mant thanks to Rod, Allan, Bob, Maraki, and –last but not least–the crew at Henry Marine for permission to use these fotos.

Now some info on other people’s events:

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Working Harbor Committee Circumnavigation of Staten Island

Bring Harvest dome to Gowanus

and last but certainly not least . . .  that’s a tugster foto below.  Click here for details.

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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.

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I believe this is Coastline Bay Star.  If so, when did she get the reconfigured exhaust route?

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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.

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Hunt Girls, which I haven’t seen in a while.

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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!

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Here are two flashbacks from Port of Albany last week . . .

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as Dean spun around to head south.

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Dorothy J eastbound yesterday morning

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and as seen in mid-May 2013 . . . with her former name–Angela M–visible.

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Arabian Sea‘s angular sides are mimicked  by the building in the distance.

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Quenames heads out of the Kills pushing

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Bunker Portland.

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And check out the stack on St Andrews.  Maintenance or  . . . something more?

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All fotos except for the flashbacks  . . .  Will Van Dorp took yesterday.

What’s this?  Where?  Answer follows.  It’s not really sepia per se, just an approximation.

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I took this foto a week ago, then stripped out the color.  It’s Yemitzis, the former

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PRR Philadelphia, launched 1954.  Major modifications have happened between the two incarnations.

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Here’s another foto I took last week, Resolute.  With its ample pudding, it’s a perfect candidate to be sepia-fied.

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The top foto was taken by Fred Wehner a few days ago;  that’s not Rosie the riveter but Capt. Wendy Marble, working to prep her vessel  Urger, for the 2013 season.  Here, here, and here are some full color fotos previously featuring Urger, who initially looked like this over a century ago.

Thanks to Paul Strubeck for the foto of PRR Philadelphia.

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