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I do not try to group tugboats in posts by company, but in the past week I’ve noticed an inordinate number of Weeks boats in the sixth boro. Let’s start with this shot of Trevor, which I caught yesterday. Here are some previous Trevor shots.
A few days ago I caught Thomas and
Shelby over on the KVK. Beyond Shelby here are Jill Reinauer and Brooke Chapman. This was a first to see Brooke Chapman in the sixth boro. Will she become a regular?
All photos in the past week by Will Van Dorp. And speaking of Weeks tugs, I’d be happy to see Candace again.
My favorite Shelby photos have her towing the Starship Enterprise. and tailing here.
I realize that snow days occur here every year, even though not as frequently as they might farther north, but the movement of a squall across the boros rewards with interesting photos in spite of the cold.
At 0925 the other day, Maersk Edgar was in the clear although a squall concealed the lower Manhattan skyline.
Corpus Christi was clear.
At 10:00 Weeks’ tugs Thomas and Shelby moved in to retrieve a crane as soon as they completed the salt pile job. That’s Dreggen in the background. Nearly eight years ago Thomas and a crane were involved in a job that involved fishing out a certain geese-ingesting aircraft from a forgiving North River.
Red Hook moves a barge past a snow-cloaked IMTT.
Emerald Coast heads out at 11:37.
Peking appears from the edge of space.
And here by noon, I was disappointed in my hopes to get a photo of Hyundai Pluto, entirely invisible beyond ACL Atlantic Cartier. The port may have been closed around this time because Hyundai Pluto had arrived inside the Upper Bay, then spun around–not a lightly undertaken feat–and headed out to the Long Beach anchorage. Atlantic Cartier anchored in Gravesend, and Atlantic Conveyer did the same off Stapleton, not a common occurrence for a containership. Or maybe I just misunderstood what what going on, my perception beshrouded from myself.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And then it was a sunny but cold day, the coldest so far in the sixth boro. ut the light was great.
B.Franklin Reinauer headed for the fuel stop,
followed by a group that included
and Doubleskin 40 pushed by a mostly self-effacing Fort McHenry.
Later Tarpon raced past, as
did Mister T and
Chesapeake moved her barge eastward.
Out in Gravesend Bay, Ruth M. Reinauer and Linda Lee Bouchard swung on the hook.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Kirby pushboat Niceville, named for a Florida town that used to be Boggy, rounds
the bend at Algiers Point.
Marquette’s St. Peter heads
Classic 1956 George W. Lenzie . ..
Gregory David heads downstream under the spans of the Business 90 Bridge.
The water tower in the background is on Guadalcanal Street in Federal City.
Affirmed is a 2009 boat, here headed downstream.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, but if you want a great database for inland river tugs, check out Dick’s Towboat gallery. Here are the previous posts in this series.
A random gallivant around the sixth boro the other day showed these boats, starting with Iron Mike (1977) under the Williamsburg Bridge.
a trio of Navigator (1981), Susan Miller (1981) , and Quantico Creek (2010) over by Con Hook,
Robert IV (1975) a little farther north and east,
Scott Turecamo (1998) headed for the Kills,
HMS Liberty (1978) in the anchorage,
Amberjack (1981) facing Yonkers,
Barry Silverton (2015) swinging toward the Palisades, and
Rhea I. Bouchard (1982) making way for a point up north.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Random means random, and I challenge you to come up with a more random set . . .
Let’s start with a Gmelin photo from 1930. I’ll give the name of the tug later in this post so that all experts of arcane sixth boro history can play. Since today is the V-Day, let me mention that Herbert Hoover was POTUS, and not very popular at that time, post-crash, in spite of his 1928 campaign slogan “A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage.” Well, that did not work out so well. A few things impress me about Hoover though, like . . . in what language would he and the First Lady–Lou–converse privately when guests were in the White House. By the way, why is the 2nd Tuesday in November Election Day? Answers at the end of this post.
Here’s a photo from my archives, Surrie Moran (2000 built) assisting with a big south-bound Crowley barge El Rey (1979) in June 2013 on the Delaware River. I was shooting against the morning sun. You see a little of Cape Henry (1967) on the stern also. Any guesses which Crowley tug was towing?
And another photo from 2013, January, in the KVK. It’s Rebel, built 1976, with her odd hull. Is she now scrapped?
So now a few from the past week . . . James D. Moran (2015) passes the KV buoy heading for the North River.
Genesis Victory (from 1981) heads into the Kills.
The 2002 Labrador Sea comes in from somewhere out east.
And over on a waterway I don’t get to see that often, I stumbled onto the 1940 Ireland,
1958 Bergen Point, and
the 1947 basic Harbor II.
And since a lot of things are cyclical, we’re back at the mystery tug.
With my magnifying glass, I read enough to make me think this is Richard J. Barrett, which would have been 11 years old in 1930. Here’s Birk’s info. The ship is the 1925-launched MS Gripsholm, significant as the first transAtlantic liner powered by a diesel engine.
And Hoover and his wife spoke Mandarin for their secret asides when guests were in earshot. I’m impressed.
And towing El Rey, here’s Sentry (1977).
And we have our 19th century agrarian roots to thank for the 2nd Tuesday being election day . . . here.
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.
If you depart at 0400, there’s not much to photograph. Light beckoned as we approached Newburgh/Beacon.
I saw Mt. Beacon as I never had before;
ditto Storm King in sunrise that even dappled
the wave tops.
Once around Gee Point, we saw the statue (to the left on the ridge)
of Kościuszko’s, fortifier of West Point.
Once south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, passengers traveled upstream
for seasonal seesighting.
Scrap was sought.
Sloops sailed and
work boats waited their time.
More statues sighted, and
vessels waited their time.
And we had arrived at a place where at least two boros approached each other.
Will Van Dorp, who took these photos, is back in the boros for a while.
Let’s start with Bjoern’s photos from a month ago just about already. The New York Media Boat runs almost all year round and provides wet and cold weather gear.
Actually I took this photo, intending it as a baseline photo for the process of preparing the barque to travel the Atlantic next spring, on the deck of a heavy lift ship. I took this photo near Caddell Dry Dock almost two weeks ago.
A really gallivanting Larry Seney took the next few photos in Hawaii: Namahoe,
Thanks to Alex Weiss for this photo of Independence.
Ted M sent this papa smurf aka Pleon photo taken in early August in New Bedford. Now it’s over in the Arthur Kill.
And the last photo comes from an East River jogger, Art Feinglass, who took this photo of Navigator passing the old Domino Sugar refinery, an architect’s playground.
Thanks to Bjoern, Larry, Alex, Ted, and Art for these photos.
Given the glorious sunshine, the transition from summer to fall begs another series. Let’s start with Maule,
2/3s of her escort, and
a fraction of her crew.
Following in Maule‘s wake, Helsinki Bridge arrives, here with half its escort.
McKinley Sea traverses the Upper Bay and passes
In the harbor was Cordula Jacob and Seastar, as seen from two angles.
with some ferries and a Miller’s Launch crew boat.
Caitlin Ann and
Miss Lizzy work the AK and in the
KVK, for the last day, there are two glorious ships with bright futures . . .
All photos by Will Van Dorp.