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Let’s go farther south–i.e., up the Elizabeth. Covered barge . . .
pushed by Gram-Me. Coal?
Capt. Woody and Alexis of w3marine have the best logo. See it better here. Fleetmate Ocean Endeavor was in yesterday’s post.
As you can see by the livery, Ellie J is also a Norfolk tug, but although
similar, Stevens Towing’s Island Express is not.
Vulcan construction has its logo on a number of tugs here, including Arapaho,
Capt. Ron L, and
Alexander Duff is a Vane tug.
Kodiak, here I think leaving the soybean depot– used to be Vane’s Capt. Russi.
Kodiak has been in the sixth boro on a few occasions. Here’s more of her current fleet: Maverick, ?Southern Star?, and Challenger.
Hoss, like the boats immediately above is also an Intracoastal Marine boat. Hoss is a close relative via Wiley Manufacturing of the sixth boro’s Patricia. Sun Merchant, which I saw here in Savannah, is a Vane boat.
Corman Marine’s Captain Mac is yet another tugboat in the Elizabeth owned by a construction company.
Camie and Cajun look alike but may be owned by Robbins Maritime and Bay Transportation, respectively.
Three Sisters seems to be owned by a family-oriented company called Smith Brothers.
Elizabeth Ann, operated by Atlantic Gulf Towing, used to be known as El Hippo Grande, a truly satisfactory name for a workboat.
And finally, we seem to have two Skanska-owned boats, Ranger and
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who imagined there’d be only about 10 photos in this post about a short section of the waterway in the Norfolk/Portsmouth VA area. For the entirely delightful travel through the area, I am very grateful to the USMMA Sailing Foundation.
A request, though. Over by the Norfolk Dredging yard, I saw their small tug Palmyra through the trees and could not get a good shot. Has anyone taken one over the years? If so, could you share it on this blog? Send me an email, please.
Finally, some of you got an earlier version of this last night when I pushed the wrong button. Sorry about that. I could give other reasons for that error, but it was a slip and I had not intended you to think I had started using placeholder gibberish as captions.
It’s still November 2015, so for me, it’s day 22 of this focus.
I guess this would be a small Navy yard tug. Click here (and scroll) to see a variant with roll bars. Here it closes the security gate after a Moran tug has come inside.
More security is provided by WPB-87329 Cochito.
Emily Anne McAllister (2003) waits at the Norfolk International Terminals.
And there’s a long list of commercial tugboats, more than I want to squeeze into this post. So let’s start with Ocean Endeavor (1966),
Night Hawk (1981),
Dauntless II (1953),
Payton Grace Moran (2015),
Goose Creek (1981), and finally for now
Steven McAllister (1963).
All foggy/rainy photos above by Will Van Dorp.
One of these days we’ll meander farther south on the Elizabeth River aka ICW. In the meantime, if you have photos of work vessels from any port huge or tiny, get in touch; there are still a few days of November left.
And since we’re a week or so from December, my idea for next month’s collaboration is “antique/classic” workboats, functioning or wrecked. Of course, a definition for that category is impossible. For example, NewYorkBoater says this: “The definition of an antique boat according to Antique and Classic Boating Society is a boat built between 1919 and 1942. A classic was built between 1943 and 1975 and the term contemporary, are boats built from 1976 and on.” Hmm . . . what do you call an old vessel built before 1919 . . . a restoration project? antediluvian?
If you take another transportation sector–automobiles, you get another definition: 25 years old or more. And for the great race, here were the rules for this year: “Vehicle entries must have been manufactured in 1972 or before.” Next year’s cut-off will likely be 1973.
So my flexible definition is . . . photo should have been taken in 1999 or before, by you or of you or a family member, and in the case of a wreck, probably identifiable. Exception . . . it could be a boat built before . . . say . . . 1965.
Here are previous posts in this series.
Here’s Star Falcon just before sunrise and
a few hours later. Currently it’s Houston-bound.
Currently known as Kalliopi RC,
I photographed this vessel a snowy day nearly two years ago as Hoechst Express.
Here’s Global Laguna, inbound . . . .
On recent trips, it has transported scrap to Turkey.
And finally, a larger-than-typical OOCL Luxembourg inbound the other day . . . 1053′ loa.
Eric McAllister and Ellen McAllister assist.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The first photos here comes from John Jedrlinic, who took the one immediately below in Norfolk in August. So far as I know, Julie Anne has not yet seen the sixth boro.
I’m also not sure A. J. McAllister has seen the sixth boro. Believe it or not, A. J. dates from 2003, built in Panama City, FL. Jed snapped this shot as she passed USS Bulkely. Unknowable from the Oct. 16, 2015 photo, the tight light on A. J. was attached to bulker New Spirit.
Can you guess this one?
It’s a nicely tidied up Quenames, New England bound.
Charles A has been in the harbor since at least this summer.
Coming in out of the rising sun, it’s Marie J. Turecamo and Kirby Moran.
And headed in that direction, it’s Elizabeth McAllister.
Now let’s size down . . . Robbins Reef is 42.4 ‘ loa,
Helen Paker is 39′,
and Ava Jude is 25′ . . .
This last photo I can’t identify, although I count at least four crew. Photo comes thanks to Phil Little.
Thanks to Jed and Phil for the first and last photos here; all the others are by Will Van Dorp.
Following up from yesterday’s post . . . tug Chesapeake is larger, more powerful than the other Patapsco-class tugs. It also has more windows in the wheelhouse. In addition, the photos of Chesapeake and Susquehanna were taken in Baltimore and Savannah, resp.; not in NYC’s sixth boro as were the others.
For today I’ll start with a mystery tug, one I’ve not found any info on.
I’d love to know more.
Also, in Baltimore, it’s Annabelle Dorothy Moran.
Click here to see my first shots of Annabelle almost three years ago as she sailed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
And another boat I know nothing about . . . McL?
Donal G. McAllister is Baltimore’s McAllister ex-YTB.
New England Coast is another boat I’d never seen before . . . docked here at the Dann Marine base in Chesapeake City, MD.
And approaching Chesapeake City from the south, it’s Calusa Coast, a frequent visitor to the sixth boro. I photographed her first here, over eight years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race. It starts with a muster…
which looks different as you shift perspective.
It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and
By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient.
Muster then turns into a procession, filing straight toward the starting line and
showing the colors
as some newcomers catch up.
Next stage . . . it’s the tension on the starting line, feet digging into the starting blocks and muscles tensing, sort of.
and water starts to cascade away from the bows…
froth by the ton.
But when the quick minutes of the race have elapsed, the first boat down the course is the impatient Robert E. McAllister.
And almost as in a triathlon, the dash down the course changes and the pushing starts.
All manner of paired struggle ensues.
Photo from Nate Lopez. Name that tug? Here are some previous photos by Nate.
Technically Ellsea is a freight ship. The location for the next set of photos is the Acushnet River between New Bedford (background) and Fairhaven, where I spent the past week mostly incommunicado. That’s the Palmers Island Light. New Bedford, former whaling port and more and now the US top fish port?
I don’t know the name of this vessel . . . might it be R. Marcel Roy?
Here’s a profile shot. Beyond her you see a portion of Tucker Roy’s tug named by subtraction as Co.
And here, as seen from the Route 6 Bridge, it’s those two along with another mystery tug, which might be Pleon?
Here, with interesting stern fendering, it’s Sea Fuels Marine’s Emma Nicole.
Here’s a close up of the unusual fendering, and
a clue to previous ownership.
Now, in keeping with the colors of the unconfirmed Pleon above, let’s move way down east to Belfast, where I’ve also touched base recently. It’s Capt. Mackintire.
And rounding out this set, here’s the identification of Nate’s photo above, it’s Buckley McAllister fueling in New Bedford.
I’m happy to be home . . . in time for the tugboat race tomorrow. Don’t be late because the race runs at 10 . . . with a parade before that. Be there by 9. I’ll be there.
Here’s an index for the previous in the series.
I got this photo in July 2003 in Oswego, the 1943 Bushey tug WYTM-71 Apalachee. I haven’t seen it since, although it was at one time in Cleveland. Anyone know if it’s still there?
Here’s another Great Lakes tug, for now. This photo of James A. Hannah was taken by Jan van der Doe in Hamilton harbor in late May 2015. I posted it here then in this larger context. And here in February 2012, thanks to Isaac Pennock. Now I knew that James (LT-820, launched July 1945) was a sister to Bloxom (LT-653) and that the Hannah fleet had been sold off in 2009 in a US Marshal’s sale, but I hadn’t known until yesterday that the CEO of the Hannah fleet–Donald C. Hannah–was Daryl C. Hannah’s father!! That Daryl Hannah! But it gets even better, there once was a towboat named Daryl C. Hannah! Anyone know what became of it? Last I could find, it was on the bank of the Calumet River used as an office. Updates?
As you can tell, this photo was taken in the East River. It was July 2009 that Marjorie B. McAllister escorts Atlantic Superior as it heads for sea. Any ideas where Atlantic Superior is today? Actually, I know this one . . . after a long and eventful life, she powered herself over to China this year to be scrapped.
I haven’t seen Bismarck Sea here in quite a while, but last I knew, she was operating in the Pacific Northwest.
King Philip . . . went to Ecuador around 2012; Patriot Service is still working in the Gulf of Mexico, I believe.
Thanks to Jan van der Doe for the Hannah photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
By the way, it was rewatching The Pope of Greenwich Village that got me to wonder about Daryl Hannah.
This follows the post where I got to spend four times as long on Long Island Sound, a truly remarkable place. The trip last week brought sights and surprises enough to warrant a repeat trip soon. Here, a bait boat (?) passes a renowned Plum Island facility. Back to this later in the post.
We’re headed to New London, the name of this RORO/WOWO.
Here Marjorie McAllister tows RTC 60 past Little Gull Light.
Here Mary Ellen departs New London for Orient Point, passing New London Light.
Amistad awaits, for sale at the dock.
Sea Jet . . . takes on passengers for Block Island, a place I need to visit soon.
At the dock just south of the I-95 bridge, it’s 100′ scalloper Chief, also for sale.
Electric Boat 2 does patrols around the pens,
which enclose a submarine. Now look closely at the tail vertical stabilizer. Now look at the one in this “news” story about a submarine getting stuck in Shinnecock Canal. If not the same sub, then it’s at least the same type.
But if you start thinking about it, Dan’s is having way too much fun. This story and this one are clearly boaxes, spoofs about boats. When I heard the story about Shinecock, I thought maybe the Hamptons PD had gotten ahold of this one, which I spotted on the North fork just a few summer months ago.
On a leg between Newport and Oyster Bay, it’s Knickerbocker, Wisconsin-built by a shipyard that started out doing fish tugs! If you’re not familiar with fish tugs–of which Urger was one–go to Harvey Hadland‘s site.
Now here, back near Plum Island, is a surprise. I figured it was a fishing party boat, but Justin suggested otherwise, and indeed he was right. M. S. Shahan II IS a government boat, owned by Department of Homeland Security!!
And a final shot of Plum Island just before we return to the Orient Point dock, of course, it’s Cape Henlopen, former USS LST 510.
By the way, I am still looking for folks with connection to this vessel as LST-510.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.