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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.
As I searched for something else in the 2007-08 foto galleries, I found shots of vessels long gone . . . . I know where specifically some are and see them regularly bearing a new name, a couple here in general I know where they are although I’m unable to picture them, yet others . . . I have nary a clue. One or two here I spotted maybe only once. Today seems an opportune time to bring these to light. If anyone has recent pics, please send them. Unless otherwise stated, all fotos were taken in the sixth boro, which itself has changed in . . . 3 or 4 years . . . or more accurately–land, people, water–is always in flux.
Like Baltic Sea.
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Except for the basil barge, all fotos taken a few years back by Will Van Dorp.
In the elusive but deadly department, “ghost bombs” near the VZ bridge???
But first, see this fabulous set of Flickr fotos of Cangarda, which by now must have passed through the sixth boro . . .
and . . from Old Salt Rick, let’s remember today is International Day of the Seafarer.
The waters aka the sixth boro provide the best vantage perpective on many aspects of New York: the bridges, the architecture, the skyline, even shoreline traffic congestion. In this shot, Margaret Moran (1979) steams southbound beyond the GW and its red lighthouse as it approaches the Upper West Side. Dominating the scene for many seafarers, the Empire State Building (ESB), the city’s premiere landmark, señal numero uno, for the better part of a century. Anyone know what a premiere Moran vessel assist tug was in 1931 when the ESB was built? Did you realize the ESB drawings were generated in just two weeks because it had a prototype . . . the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, NC? (Doubleclick enlarges.) Some part of the ESB appears in every foto here except the last one, which I didn’t take.
ESB immediately to the right of the house. If you’re wondering why this rear view of Patty, well, she has not yet received her new bikini and–in the interest of tugster’s temporary prudishness, I couldn’t possibly reveal her nudity. For bikini donations, please email me.
A. J. Meerwald‘s schedule shows them in Bivalve, NJ, two days ago, but I’d identify them as northeast bound entering Long Island Sound, leaving a gray smudge of ESB way behind.
Leaving Chelsea Piers southbound, it’s replica vessel Manhattan.
Another foto of Dominican cocoa being unloading from Black Seal. For an excellent set of fotos of the entire project, click here for an inimitable Flickr set.
This “foto” is a capture from Carlito’s Way, the 1993 De Palma film. This Kosnac tug passes in the background as the Sean Penn character leaves the prison barge Vernon C. Bain. Can anyone identify the tugboat?
Maria J (ex-Jesus Saves) . . .63′ loa (length overall), you’ve seen her here at least once before; since that link mentions vhf chatter, you must see bowsprite’s latest creations and transcriptions. Maria J was quickly overtaken by the three Brants. Remember, for most fotos, doubleclick enlarges.
Crystal Cutler . . . 67′ loa, all new and shiny . . . has been in the harbor now at most . . . three months.
Recently I saw OSG Independence . . . 131′ loa pushing barge OSG 243 .. 557′ loa, in the sixth boro for the first time.
Swarming here from left to right: McCormack Boys … 73′ loa, Austin Reinauer … 110′ loa, and Bohemia … 95′ loa with barge GCS 235 … 285′ loa.
The venerable Crow, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug …. 86′ loa. I believe Crow first appeared on the blog here, almost three years ago, back when she was “crow red.” To hear Crow‘s horn and see its ability to raise/lower the wheelhouse, click here and see the embedded youtube at the end of that post.
Here’s a light Norwegian Sea .. 131′ loa and here she is
deep in the notch of DBL 103 … at least 381′ loa. Any guesses on the build date of DBL 103?
Finally, here’s a mystery tug moving a deck barge through KVK last weekend. Snow covered up the name, and it’s a tug I
can’t recall seeing before. Help?
Unrelated: If you didn’t read Megan Fraser’s comment in Non-Random Tugs 5, she embedded a link to all the photos in the exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly. Here’s a shortcut to the link to these fabulous images. Thanks, Megan.
I chased the moon this morning, and lost. By the time I got away from my high-horizoned, building-intensive lair, the solstice moon only recently eclipsed, had slipped beneath the New Jersey highlands, but in spite of the cold . . . . I was not disappointed.
First I caught the sixth-boro newby Crystal Cutler pushing
Then MSC Mandraki headed past with
Mermaids emerge on the summer solstice and draw the crazy out in me and some of my best friends. I MUCH prefer THAT solstice, now only a half year away again.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: check out these fotos of the Crowley barge on towmasters.
it’s 2010, not 2008, and it seems the answer is Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck might say more than yes or no, and “Yes a leopard can change its spots.” And it’s year of the tiger and the tiger might
just strip off its stripes.
A blue June K! And that’s in transition to Sarah Ann. I know it’s frivolous, but I liked the orange on this product of Amelia, Louisiana.
in the same location–although imprisoned in ice–in January 2010.
Change is good. viva transformation . . . although I’m still going to have a hard time feeling the same about a blue June K.
Blue June K fotos … many thanks to Jed. All others by Will Van Dorp.
The amazing diversity of traffic on the boro all year round thrills me, like feather-light kayaks gliding past dredgers sucking alluvial ooze from the floor,
more kayaks posing with Lucky D and different sullage scooping equipment before
heading north into the habitat of furious ferries, who might change their whole image by slowing down a notch and getting themselves renamed as Tinker Bell and Puck.
On another day, overlaid with haze, more traffic flows: left to right are Petalouda, Lucky D, Patapsco, dredge barge GL51, and Sarah Dann. As to Petalouda, check out the name of the rest of the fleet in the link in the previous sentence.
And on a still hazier day, Vera K waits as Cosco Boston rounds Bergen Point on its final mile into Port Newark. That’s the Bayonne Bridge off in the east.
Fotos 2, 3, and 4 many thanks to Vladimir Brezina. See his comments on “Mixed Use.” Other fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but you will be thrilled to check out these videos of paddlecam and icecam . . . via peconic jeff, 2010 comes to documenting surfing and ice-skating!!
Along came Vera K, as pretty as a painted tug on a painted ocean, to take Coleridge‘s line–“idle as a painted ship . . .” totally out of context. Idle Vera K . . .
is NOT! Rather she’s quite busy assisting Ralph E. Bouchard move B. No. 230 into
a berth over at IMTT, assisting herself right out of the picture, at least from my point of view.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
But no . . . not unlikely at all. Without boring you about the meaningful pairs I enjoy in my life, the caldron we call the universe runs over (excuse my poetic tangent there . . . like a sneeze) with them: the moon has a sun, every satisfied shark interacts with a remora (or two), a green parrot once dominated a pirate, a nautical pussy ran off with a seafaring owl, Senor Quixote consorted with both Senor Panza & Rocinante, Ishmael and Queeqeq shared a mattress in a place called New Bedford, rum mixes well with coke, my belly harbors friendly acidophilus, . . . and Lucia (121′ loa x 38′ @ 7000+ hp) needs June K (78′ x 26′ @ 2700 hp).
I’d like to see barge Caribbean light some time because heavy leaden as here, the bow resembles a ship.
Side by side they pass, and
on this afternoon, June K looks more fulfilled than ever.
If I judged from my life, I’d say unlikely pairings are usually the strongest.
Unrelated: lest we get thinking ourselves too high-minded and clean-handed, check out Jim Dwyer’s Times article with an interesting history lesson this morning on New York’s choosing at times of dubious leadership to use piracy as a “development” tool.
Away from the busier route, a fleet of construction vessels heads away from the likes of Don Pasquale car carrier and up the North River
led by Melvin E. Lemmerhirt and scow,
John P. Brown with one crane,
Vera K (ex-Goose Creek) with another,
and Charles D. McAllister (ex-Exxon Bayou State) with Dredge 51
that rides quite low in the water
Now what’s the project?