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Here was the first post in this series.
Jed took these in the Chesapeake a few years back. I believe that’s TSH dredge Liberty Island on the far side of freight barge Columbia Elizabeth.
Prime mover here is Katie G. McAllister, which appeared here almost two years ago.
Donal G. McAllister is another one of the converted USN YTBs that McAllister operates.
Donal G. last appeared here on tugster. In the distance, I’m guessing that’s Kaleen.
Jed . . . many thanks.
Here’s an index to the 44 prior posts by this name. CMA CGM Parsifal here is heavily laden, looks huge–and for the sixth boro is one of the largest that have called to date–almost 11oo’ loa and around 8500 teu-capacity, but relative to the current largest container ship in the world is smaller by half, ranked by capacity.
I’ve done lots of posts focusing on intriguing names, but Parsifal needs to be added to that list. In the foreign-to-me world of opera, Parsifal was a “pure fool,” the only knight unsullied enough to get the magic sword back from the evil seductress Kundry. Cool.
Here’s JRT Moran–the sixth boro’s newest new tug–coming out to meet Troitsky Bridge.
JRT teams up here with the venerable James Turecamo, a tandem that shows evolution in twin screw design over almost a half century. Troitsky [trinity] Bridge is named for a structure in St. Petersburg; for some reason it’s almost the name of a fun civil engineering competition. Local high schools run such competitions also.
I caught Leopard Sea in Nola here just over a year ago.
Santa Pacific, with hatches cracked open, waits . . for orders?
NS Antarctic gets around.
Robert E. heads out for a job, passing NS Antarctic and . . .
Cielo di Milano, as Sandy Hook Pilots summer station boat New Jersey comes in for a call through the KVK.
Living along the banks of the sixth boro has disadvantages, but I truly enjoy the fact that this too is part of the traffic.
All photos this month by Will Van Dorp.
I admit to feeling a thrill. There were rainbows in the upper bay, here falling past the Liberty statue and raining onto Liberty Island,
drama loomed as Atlantic Star was back in the Ambrose on the return from the Norfolk and Baltimore, Firefighter II was also outside the Narrows,
I could get the closeups,
clouds were dissipating at just the right moment,
Eric McAllister met the Star on the Con Hook Range,
there was even a private sailboat–Ratty’s Wisdom–that possibly carried VIPs . . . . but nothing happened! I had built this up too much for myself, and no sprayed salute occurred.
I’ll keep a watch . . . it has to happen one of these times. Maybe it’s not proper, since Atlantic Star has not yet seen its Liverpudlian christening yet.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’d thought this tanker was part of the Eagle fleet . . . although occasionally I’d wondered if there might be this laker connection, too. Maybe if I’d been more familiar with a certain border region in the US quite far away from the sixth boro, I would have grasped the name immediately . . . Answer follows, if you don’t know. Also, how many McAllister boats can you spot here?
Did you get this one? Can you identify it now that you’ve seen the first two photos?
This one is Robert E., leaving the other as quite likely Ellen.
And another question–this one from long-time reader WS–what connection has Eagle Ford with El Faro?
That’s the Seabulk logo.
EagleFord and El Farro were both built at Sun Shipbuilding, as hull #668 and 670, respectively. Thanks to WS for pointing this out.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
There are new vessels and then there are less new ones. Guess what year Allegro came off the ways? Answer follows. Note all the bridges in the northern end of Newark Bay, and a train is crossing one of them.
Which McAllister YTB is that?
You can read it now. Robert E. is one of over a dozen rebuilt YTBs in the McAllister fleet.
As high out of the water as Allegro seems, there’s still over 20′ draft.
And the age question, Allegro dates from 2012, a Croatian built tanker.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Since it’s THE maiden voyage arrival, let’s follow her all the way to “all fast.” Here were parts 1 and 2, which followed her from several miles out in the Ambrose Channel to the Narrows and then from there to mid-KVK.
Eric works the starboard and Ellen, the port.
The turn at Bergen Point is way more than 90 degrees . . . more like 135, and
takes well-timed thrusting at bow and stern. Notice Atlantic Concert just above Eric‘s stern?
Atlantic Concert is completing its clockwise spin here to line up its stern ramp, a maneuver
that Atlantic Star will replicate.
Here Eric McAllister is beginning the push on the stern to assist with that clockwise spin; Ellen and Atlantic Star‘s own three thrusters are also likely engaged.
Getting a profile of these two CONROs lined up . . . is not easy, since they represent nearly a half mile of ship.
Foreshortening helps a little.
I’ll be watching for the remainder of the G4 vessels–Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, and Atlantic Sun.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media Boat.
Also many thanks to JS, a retired harbor worker who made this connection for me between Atlantic Container Line, their generation 2 vessels, and John A. Noble. The image below comes from pages 210 –11 of Erin Urban’s Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time, a must-read for all students of the sixth boro work boats. Noble called the 1977 print “The Cinderella Passes the Occidental,” and then writes his sense of this new container ship passing the hulk of 1874 full-rigged ship called the Occidental. He also alludes to having drawn the Atlantic Cinderella when she was brand new, but I have yet to locate copies of those drawings. Oh well. Many thanks to JS, whose previous contribution you might have seen here.
Let’s pick up from yesterday and follow Atlantic Star from the Narrows to the part of the KVK called the “salt pile.” To the right off the stern of Atlantic Star, that’s lower Manhattan.
Ellen McAllister swoops in to deliver the docking pilot. The signature “G” on the stack points to Grimaldi Group, of which ACL is an associate. Grimali’s West Africa service is a regular in the sixth boro with such vessels as Grande Morocco.
Seen from head-on, the bow is knife edged, but in profile it’s plumb. Yes, that’s the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
That’s Robbin Reef Light and WTC1 just off its right. Atlantic Star and the other G4 vessels are operated by a crew of 16, compared with 21 for the G3 vessels like Atlantic Concert.
The cranes in the distance are at the MOTBY terminal.
We’re now in the KVK with the salt pile to port and
the Bayonne Bridge ahead, and Atlantic Concert being assisted beneath.
Eric McAllister joins, and we’ll pick it up there tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the NY Media Boat for conveyance.
No, I haven’t left the sixth boro. Just yesterday I crossed paths with Allie B here at Atlantic Salt, purveyor of a safety product and patron of the arts.
It took a gray day for me to notice that the house colors along the KVK are reminiscent of those in coastal Canadian maritimes towns. Allie B has been one of my favorite tugboats since I saw her depart on her epic tow here and here back in 2009.
Then I passed Evelyn Cutler, here with Noelle Cutler at Caddell Drydock. Those are basic Wavertree masts in the background. I first saw Evelyn
Here’s a first good photo of Dylan Cooper, the Reinauer tug that arrived in the sixth boro later last year.
I hope to get another of her here in a few years when that bridge is completed.
I believe Eric is the newest of McAllister tugs in the sixth boro. And yes, here Eric is using her 5000+ hp to assist Atlantic Star, ACL‘s brand spanking new CONRO vessel into port yesterday on her maiden voyage. I hope to have a post dedicated to Atlantic Star completed for tomorrow.
Eric is a product of the same Rhode Island shipyard that produced Dylan Cooper. In the distance that’s one of ACL’s previous generation of CONRO vessels, Atlantic Concert. Here’s an entire post dedicated to Atlantic Concert from 2009.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media boat.
And yes, I still have more of Barrel’s vintage USACE photos to share.
All photos in this series came via “Barrel,” a 30+ year employee of USACE, and they’ve raised a handful of questions, launched a clutch of searches.
Stacy McAllister, previously Houma . . . I don’t know the year this photo was taken, but since YTL-811 came into McAllister hands in 2003, that fact narrows the date. By my count, McAllister has over a dozen–13 by my count–of these similarly remodeled tugs acquired through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service. How many can you name? My answer follows.
This photo of triple-screw Patriot, in a previous Vane Brothers livery, had to have been taken between 2001 and 2009, after which date Vane sold it to Mexico. See the last photo in this link.
Here’s a mystery . . . Which company’s logo is that on the stack of Anne, towing the Loveland 22 barge with the 260 rocket motor. And what type of antenna is that on the after portion of Anne‘s deckhouse?
Nearer is Connor A. Gisclair, now possibly known as Mr. Connor. Anyone identify the smaller farther-away tug with the barge alongside?
USACE tug Deland was built in 1919, and if my info is correct, it has been transformed into a commercial fishing vessel called Pursuit, operated out of Panama City FL. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find a photo of Pursuit. Can anyone help?
This photo looks quite similar. Six of these vessels were built by Johnson Iron Works in 1919, one of which was called Degrey and sank off Atlantic City in 1976 then known as Patrice McAllister. Now forty years later, she’s still there and a popular diving spot in 55 feet of water. Click here for a story on how hurricane Sandy modified the Patrice wreck.
That’s it for today. All photos have been provided by Barrel.
And the 13 McAllister ex-YTBs are as follows: Kaleen ( Pontiac ), Stephen ( Okumulgee ), Jeffrey (Dahlonega), Margaret (Tonkawa), Donal G. (Antigo), Ellen (Piqua), Robert E. (Nanticoke), Beth M. (Ocala), Missy (Anoka), Dorothy (Tontocany), Patrick (Wathena), and Daniel —not the one in Montreal—( Shabonee ). There may in fact be others, given that Timothy McAllister (Wapato) is not listed on this site.