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Actually this first in this series started here. The ship is SS California, launched in April 1923. If you look at the top photo in the link in the previous sentence, you’ll see this SS California started with three funnels, although it’s likely that two of the three were dummies. Extra “dummy” funnels were “style enhancements,” added for appearance. Notice the Lipton Tea building along the water in Hoboken? The photo was cropped as shown. Anyone help identify the tugboat company?
As I mentioned in the September post linked above, I bought an album of prints at an antique shop in Oswego NY on one of my stops there this summer. We were spending extra time there to replace a prop dinged on an immovable uncharted underwater obstruction. Thanks to William Lafferty, I’ve learned that Mr. Gmelin “was a Cranford, New Jersey, based amateur photographer and maritime historian. He was one of the earliest members of the Steamship Historical Society of America and an occasional contributor to its journal, Steamboat Bill [now called Power Ships]. He died in 2001 at the age of eighty-eight.” Click here and scroll for a photo of Mr. Gmelin, whose full name including the first name spelling I used above was stamped on the back of most of the photos.
Click here for SHSA’s online gallery.
I did this once before here. This time I was deleting near duplicates to limit the size of my photo library to accommodate the many photos I brought back from the gallivants, and my mind quickly formed today’s post. Enjoy all these from August through October 2009 and marvel at how much the harbor changes. As I went through the archives, this is where I stopped, given the recent developments in Bella Bella BC.
For background on this tug, check here.
Notice also the Bayonne approach to the bridge.
IMO 8983117 was still orange back then.
King Philip, Thomas Dann, and Patriot Service . . .
Odin . . . now has a fixed profile.
And these two clean looking machines — Coral Queen and
John B. Caddell — were still with us.
This is a digression to March 2010, but since I’m in a temporally warped thought, let me add this photo of the long-gone Kristin Poling.
Back to 2009, Rosemary looked sweet here in fall scenes.
John Reinauer . . . I wonder what that tug looks like today over in Nigeria.
And Newtown Creek, now the deep Lady Luck of the Depths, sure looked good back then.
And while I’m at it, I’ve finally solved a puzzle that’s bugged me for a few years. Remember this post from three and a half years ago about a group of aging Dutch sailors who wanted to hold a reunion on their vessel but couldn’t find the boat, a former Royal Dutch Navy tug named Wamandai A870? Well, here’s the boat today! Well, maybe . . .
Photos and tangents by Will Van Dorp.
I took this photo of a photo in a canal office the other week, taken May 1915.
Here’s a photo of lock E5 being built, seven years earlier than the photo of Schenectady above. This is one of thousands of photos in the Digital Collections of the New York State Archives.
I’ve done so many Grouper posts over the years that I should recap. The photos you see below show a tugboat called Green Bay, which was built in Cleveland OH in 1912 as Gary. Here are the subsequent renamings of Gary: Green Bay 1934, Oneida 1981, Iroquois 1987, Alaska 1990, and finally Grouper 1998. Today, Grouper languishes in the Erie Canal near Lock E-28A, a good 325 miles from the sixth boro. Many folks would love to see it resurrect with the name Grouper or some other one.
I’ve gotten lots of email about Grouper, but I really like messages like this one I got last weekend from Jeff Gylland:
“I rode Grouper as a kid all the time. My Grandfather, Lester Gamble, was the captain of then tug Green Bay out of Manitowoc, WI. Have many memories of strong coffee and even stronger language. The boat was converted from coal to diesel in the 1950s. I have many pictures if you are interested. Would love to come to Lyons with 50 gallons of paint and put the old Green, White and Red in the correct places.”
So I wrote Jeff, told him what I knew, and a bit later got another email, this one from Jeff’s aunt, Deborah Wiegand:
“I see my nephew Jeff contacted you and already sent some of our photos. I have a collection ( maybe 20+) of professionally taken photos of the Green Bay taken during the years 1953-69 when my dad Lester R. Gamble was her captain.
Here Green Bay moves the Great Lakes steamer SS South American, built 1913, which some readers may recall seeing in the Delaware River as late as 1992.
Edward L. Ryerson is a beautiful bulk carrier, launched in 1960, still operating on the Great Lakes.
Note the ice on the harbor here.
Here Green Bay fights a fire in 1952.
Many thanks to Deborah and Jeff for these fabulous photos. It is my hope that Green Bay, Grouper, et al . . is brought out of its stupor in Lyons and finds yet another life.
Chrononauts here now refers to us, looking at photos from the past. This summer, in one of my Great Lakes ports, i bought first two prints, then the whole album of over 50 prints, all taken in the sixth boro between the 1930s and the 1950s. So let’s start with this one, taken in either 1948 or 1949,
I’d love to learn more about either of these photos. They are stamped on the back as Gmelin, probably the photographer.
I have more Saint Lawrence posts, but with a chrononautical weekend behind us, let me digress and report. The mood for the first ship was set by the weather; see what the mist did to my favorite downtown building–70 Pine. Click here and be treated to a slideshow of views through time of boro Manhattan’s tall observation cliffs, past present and future.
Looking eastbound up the East River, I saw her waiting, as
first one of her entourage arrived and
and then another.
The term “haze gray” was certainly demonstrated yesterday,
Even the Higgins T-boat in the distance is a whole decade closer to the present–in inception– than Brown, although yesterday all crowded into 2016.
It was a moving sight,
which I beheld,
only slightly regretting I was not aboard.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Know him? No, he’s not sent me photos. But I just learned his name, and I’ll introduce you to him after a few photos that I’ve taken.
What surprised me about the photo above and below is that two sets of markings exist.
Here’s the more standard quantification system.
The difference between the waves produced by the ship and the tug appear to be explained by structure below the waterline.
The next two photos were taken in freshwater where water clarity is substantially better than in the photos above.
So back to Mr Taylor. He was a naval architect and engineer working for the US Navy and credited as the creator of an experimental model tank used in navy ship design. According to this paper, the David Taylor Model Basin is where the bulbous bow was invented.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes some of you with naval architecture training respond to this.
Tony A sent these first three photos. What are they?
Here’s the answer. I like the statement . . the last one above water! I wonder what else you can say that about. Whalebacks have come and gone, except this one. Click here for a historical essay on whalebacks that makes an unexpected connection to Franklin D. Roosevelt. If your appetite is whetted, here’s another. As the the connection between this style and x-bows, click here.
Frisia Inn, which was in and out of the sixth boro a week or so ago, is not a whaleback,
but the bow shares some design features.
Many thanks to Tony for the actual whaleback photos. For a good closing story on a whaleback whose remnants lie 400 feet below the surface of the GOM, click here. That whaleback, SS City of Everett, would tow barges and its Captain Thomas Fenlon claimed it could have saved RMS Republic from sinking, offers to do so having been refused by the RMS Republic’s captain.
Here was 4. Of course, many more than seven Seas exist and work east, south, and west of the United States.
Let’s start with Irish Sea, which was called something before that . . . .
Siberian Sea, before it was called that.
Barents Sea . . . . anyone have news on her? She too had names before it became Barents, although I suspect Barents Sea will be her last name ever.
Mediterranean Sea, which originally painted green.
McKinley Sea, and I hope you get the point that all these boats had previous names.
Ross Sea, which actually shows its Thoma-Sea heritage. If you don’t know what I mean, look at the string of vessels built by Thoma-Sea just after Ross Sea was launched in February 2003. Thoma-Sea here actually makes eight seas.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Chugging right along from yesterday’s post . . . I’m recalling my visits in recent years to a certain junkyard not far from I-75 in Georgia . . . .
of course I Today’s post will start out right in front of the office of the captain of the port,
here’s the view of the port from across the street,
and there’s a whole lot more to see when I walk down the street.
And we end today with another shot of the 1957 Ford, next to a 1959 Buick convertible.
To put these photos into a context, watch a few minutes of this video, showing Havana streets about three generations ago, just to see that it was all the same cars. For what appears to be fairly well documented history, read this article and this one as well. For a bit more history with vintage air travel posters and maps, click here.
And unless I hear loud boos and hisses about topic, I have one more installment. Boos and hisses about misidentification–or anything else– as well as questions and up-antes are entirely welcome. I was thinking to put some of these together into a 18-month calendar for my brother, who is the REAL car nut in my life, eh?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, except this last one where he plays talent and the driver takes the photo.