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Who else greeted Wavertree on the rest of the way home? John J. Harvey is always in on celebrations.
Lettie G. Howard was there,
Pioneer accounted for
herself with crew in the crosstrees.
Pioneer and Lettie teamed up at times.
Wire showed up.
newest vessel Virginia Maitland Sachs, about which I’ll post soon.
Melvillian throngs came down to the “extremest limit of land” on Pier 15 and 16, for one reason or another, but who were about to be treated to some excellent ship handling.
Rae took the lead, showing the need for tugboats of all sizes.
The larger tugs pushed and pulled as needed to ease into the slip
until all lines were fast and
and the shoreside work needed doing.
Bravo to all involved. If you want to take part in a toast to Wavertree, you can buy tickets here for the September 29 evening.
If you haven’t read the NYTimes article by James Barron yet, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes I left no one out and who as before is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
Often folks ask how one can learn about the harbor or is there a book about the sixth boro. Volunteering at South Street Seaport Museum is a great way available to all to get access to the water, to learn from like-minded folks, and to start on a journey of reading the harbor and its traffic for yourself. Each volunteer’s journey will be unique, and willing hands make institutions like this museum survive and thrive.
Almost exactly 16 months ago, Wavertree left Pier 16 for a lot of work at Caddell Dry Dock. Here was my set of photos from that day, and here, subsequent ones at several month intervals. Yesterday she made way, back to Pier 16.
Here’s looking back west. Compare the photo below with the third one here to see how much work has been accomplished on the Bayonne Bridge during the same 16 months.
Yesterday, Rae helped, as did
Dorothy J and Robert IV.
The combined age of Rae, Robert IV, and Dorothy J is 139 years, whereas the beautifully restored flagship they escorted in is 131 years old.
And as the tow approached the Statue, John J. Harvey joined in.
These photos all by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to the South Street Seaport Museum and the photographers’ boat provided by US Merchant Marine Academy and crewed by a set of dedicated cadets.
For some interesting history on Wavertree and info on a fundraiser on board on September 29, 2016, click here. For the story of how Wavertree came from Argentina to New York, read Peter & Norma Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships, which I reviewed here some time ago.
More photos of the return tomorrow.
I’ve done posts about the East River, like these, and I’ve done a post at least about canyons, but it’s never struck me as vividly as right now how much this part of the East River is like a canyon. These too are images of the varied sixth boro.
HMS Liberty pushes east past the cliffs before entering the terrifyingly-named Hell Gate. Click here for the youtube video that periodically surfaces about a barge grounding in Hell Gate and then skillfully extricated. Here and here are some discussions of that name . . . originally “beautiful opening.”
Sea Lion pushes a recycling barge up toward the Bronx River, I think, with
Dorothy J alongside, until
she makes the turn in the direction of the Harlem River, where the E. 91st marine transfer station–I think–is being built. It’s been a long time since I’ve walked around up there.
And finally . . . it’s Mister T pushing scows eastbound and under the 59th Street Bridge. And the aerial tramway to . . . the sixth boro’s ski slopes? Here’s the website for the operator . . . Leitner-Poma. But I digress.
At the right times of tide, the waterway between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Island move a lot of cargo.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
If you have a lot of free time, you can trace this back to the first installment.
These photos are all from the past week, starting out with Bouchard Boys, 1975.
Pelham, 1960. Behind her is USNS Red Cloud.
Barney Turecamo (1995) and
Scott Turecamo (1998).
Eric R. Thornton (1960)
Jill Reinauer (1967) and Dace Reinauer (1968) with RTC 61.
Add Stephen-Scott (1967) and Ruth M. Reinauer (2008) pushing RTC 102.
Margaret Moran (1979) starting a backing-down of Heina with
James D. Moran (2015). More on this backing down later this week.
Captain D (1974) with CVA-604.
Meagan Ann (1975)
Frances (1957) and I think I know the crewman forward of the house.
And finally, I put this photo here because of a boat in the background. Is that Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962)? I thought she was scrapped half a year ago already. Hmm.
Other boats here are L. to r.) Realist, Kristy Ann, Hubert Bays, Long Splice, Samantha Miller, Stephen B, and Hunt Girls, which has been in the yard there for (?) two years now?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
It takes the right light to see things you don’t otherwise see, like raised lettering.
Pelham goes back quite a long time.
It’s good to see her at work.
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.
Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.
And then it was lunch time.
Here you see the dry dock “ballasting” . . . or sinking.
Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”
Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.
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.
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?
Marie J Turecamo brought a barge of pyrotechnics too.
Marion Moran–like Brendan Turecamo–brought a barge full to midtown, I believe.
. . . as did Doris Moran. Again, see the water-gazers fill the esplanade.
Other tugboats brought other gazers . . . sky-gazers soon.
like Kimberly Poling and .
Yemitzis, launched as a PRR tug in 1954. Click here and scroll to see her original look.
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.
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.
Speaking of sky-gazers . . . from the back of the crowd on Pier 16, this is what I got.
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.
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.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
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.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
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.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
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.
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.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
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.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
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.