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This photos and text come from JS, a frequent commenter on this blog. He took the photos on a voyage that left NYC in July 1966 and returned to LA in December.
JS: “President Pierce (C-3) is being dragged stern first from the dock by an Indonesian tug to mid channel in a shifting procedure. I took the snaps standing on the dock of a rubber port in Java. We loaded latex rubber. The port was Belawan Deli. No one went ‘ashore’ but we did trade newly purchased Seiko watches for Bali heads to smuggle home and sell in antique stores.That place was a short day or two sail from our loading general cargo in Singapore.”
Tugster: I’ve no idea what has become of this steam tug. Here’s some info on Djatisari.
Here’s some info on Florian Ceynowa.
JS continues: “It’s me on the right (2nd electrician, promoted from wiper), my uncle Al (John Noble‘s neighbor) and Steve Duhamel, the bull wiper. He was great at moving 55-gallon drums anywhere in the engine room. Also, note the longshoremens outhouse overhanging the stern rail of the Pierce.”
JS: “Fish loading was from an anchorage in either Port Swettanam, or Penang, Malaysia. Local longshoremen winched them from boats alongside, stacked them in our t’ween deck reefers, and we discharged half the load into uncovered trucks on a cold Yokohama dock weeks later and the rest stayed on for U.S.”
“Whole frozen tuna gathered by the tails, being winched from fishing boats holds.”
“After a 6-month ‘jungle run’, conditions on board had become lax. The ship was in disarray, so perhaps the patrolmans report was a bit severe. We were paid with cash and we happily descend the gangway in a “suitcase parade”.
Many thanks, JS. I’d love to see more pics and hear other stories like these.
The world was truly a different place a half century ago.
FedEx in the sky, container barge at the ASI yard on this side, Donjon Marine yard on the other side, and off the end of the channel, highways and railways. By the way, Fred Smith has long been one of my heros.
EWR is one of three very busy airports in greater New York.
Note the control tower at the airport. Check that link for a view of the whole complex from the air.
And the ship . . . since 1 September, here’s a list of ports it has called in: Balikpapan, Yeosu, Huanghua, Aviles (maybe) , Red Dog Mine, and who knows where else. And some of the crew . . . are dreaming of visiting Times Square and Rockefeller tonight.
And if this is Port Newark, then next it’s Norfolk.
I thought all the vessels had left under cover of night. Unceremoniously. It turned out that the Japanese and Colombians had, but lots remained. So the best place to go was near the exit . . . everyone would depart through the Narrows. The forecast was 50 percent chance of rain all day, but I’d shoot from under an umbrella if necessary. At 10, tugs were ready for USS Gonzalez to cast off. Doubleclick enlarges fotos.
10:14 . . . she was under weigh.
10:23 . . . Responder returns for the next departee and Miller Girls (?) shuttles yokohamas back to Miller’s home base.
10:38, posing for Black Hawk photogs with a better perch than mine.
11:15 . . . USS Donald Cook moves away.
11:25 . . . San Jac next?
leaving Brooklyn’s “gold coast” (as on lots of these fotos) to port.
11:56 . . . it’s “local-build” USCGC Seneca.
12:26 . . . Elcano departs under 11 sails . . . and screw turned by ” motor diesel sobrealimentado de 2.000 caballos de potencia.”
Scotty Sky passes. . . WW2 vet and still at work, as is
like this Sea Stallion.
. . .oh wait . . . for today, the end of the parade is provided by Guayas.
Some of these vessels will reconvenrge in Norfolk. By 1400 yesterday, I know the French schooners, the Brazilians,
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is looking to score two XL OpSail shirts. Barters . .. anyone?
If you live near NYC , a great way to mark Memorial Day aka Decoration Day, visit any of the open piers. Check out the “early history” in this wikipedia link. I seized the morning out here, on DDG 57 USS Mitscher.
and starboard aft toward DDG-66 USS Gonzalez. On the tour I saw a wide range of specialists.
walruses!! And it turns out they do! Although, seriously, masks of different sorts are worn in traditional dances–reorgs–and the walrus represents strength.
Although Dewaruci was built at Stulken Sohn in Hamburg, begun in 1932 (pre-WW2 and therefore commssioned by the Dutch??) , it was completed in 1953, year four of Indonesian independence from the Dutch. The design, then, dates from a time that commercial sail still existed. But the detail on this vessel, currently on its last voyage, is phenomenal. I haven’t seen so much wood carving on a vessel since I visited the schooner Anne.
with Garuda and
Irian Jayan, actually the western end of the island of New Guinea.
and the engine order telegraph.
An intriguing poster on deck also shows all the commanding officers from 1953 to present, from Majoor A. F. H. Rosenow to Haris Bima B. Letkol Laut.
All fotos and story by Will Van Dorp.