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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.
All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro . . . Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.
Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.
Anyone recognize the cargo?
Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.
Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.
Thanks to Fred for the top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Towed by Eileen McAllister, Molinari returned this morning. Note the twin lights near Sandy Hook in the background.
Standing by here, it’s Charles D. McAllister.
I’d heard once that a wooden “dam” was built on the bow of the ferry to keep water from coursing through during these open-sea transits, but that’s not the case here. Notice the missing lifeboat?
Once inside the Narrows, Charles D gets a line on the stern.
I’m told Newhouse will be next to visit Colonna. Does anyone know if there’s a “riding crew” on the ferry for these transits?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Kirby Moran is new in the sixth boro this year; Laura K. was new in 2008; Gramma Lee T arrived here in 2002 and has now shifted south to Miami. And Eric McAllister arrived here last year. They pretty much resemble each other until you look at the numbers. Bear with me as we first compare their lines from similar perspectives.
So let’s compare horsepower, loa x breadth, and propulsion.
Kirby Moran: 6000, 88.7′ x 38′ , 2x medium speed, two cycle, EMD ME12G7C-T3 with Schottel SRP 1515 FP z drives
Laura K Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x Detroit Diesel MTU with Schottel z drives
Gramma Lee T Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x EMD 12-645F7B with Ulstein 1650H z drives
Eric McAllister: 5150, 91.8′ x 36′, 2x Tier III compliant Caterpillar 3516CHD with Schottel SRP1215 z drives
Conclusion of the non-engineer layperson that I am: Check out Kirby’s 38′ breadth. Seabulk has several like this one with less length and even greater breadth.
Much of this info comes from here, but all photos are by Will Van Dorp.
USMMA Foundation vessel Tortuga needed hands for a transit from Kings Point to Newport RI, where it is serving as support for Warrior Sailing program races this weekend. I didn’t wait for a second call. I just needed to get there by 0250. No problem, since this IS my favorite time of “day.”
Many thanks to Chris.
Many thanks to Jonathan Kabak for the invitation. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, and I have many more.
As an example of how large this watershed is, the photo below was taken on June 2; at that point Vikingbank was inbound from Sweden upbound near the intersection of the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario and headed for Duluth. It arrived in Duluth to load grain only June 15!! Click here for a site that demonstrates just how huge this watershed is.
Click here, here, and here for some posts I did between Lake Ontario and Montreal, location of the retired LaChine Canal, where the retired Daniel McAllister is on display. To the right in the photo are the elevators that dominate the old city waterside.
South of the elevators these vessels were docked. I know . . . it’s a poor quality photo, but I’m hoping someone can identify the sailing vessel to the left.
Also, this container assemblage in the park is the jumping off point for some
beefy looking “get wet” boats. “Saute moutons” literally means “jump sheep.”
Farther downriver in Trois-Rivieres, Chaulk Determination appears to be in limbo after a serious incident half a year ago.
And in the interest of time, let’s leave the St. Lawrence here for now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Let me share photos from three Eagle visits in the past decade. Here she arrives off the east end of Wall Street.
Note the teams hauling on the docking line.
Here she lies at anchor in 2011 with
crew in the rigging doing
And here are details I focused on earlier this week.
To reiterate what I wrote yesterday,read Captain Gordon McGowan’s The Skipper and the Eagle.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
For a similar set of closeups of another German-built sail training vessel–Dewaruci–click here.
All these photos come compliments of frequent commenter Jan van der Doe. And all were taken in Hamilton Harbour, the southwest corner of the lake where I learned to swim.
Click here for the specs on Leonard M.
Click here for info on Tony MacKay.
Florence M needs TLC and paint.
Here’s another shot of Tony and Florence.
From left here, more McKeil Marine vessels: Carrol C 1, Bonnie B, and James A. Hannah. This latter (rightmost) tugboat has appeared on tugster before, and in fact is a sibling of Captain Bob (in the Columbia) and Bloxom, the faded red tugboat on the cover of our 30-minute documentary film Graves of Arthur Kill. If you want to read about the dispersion of the entire Hannah fleet by the U. S. Marshal’s auction, click here.
Here’s a side view of the same three boats.
Click here for the specs on Kingfish 1.
Jerry G. is one year younger. Click here for more info.
This looks like two old but active boats, Lac Manitoba and Vigilant I, both of Nadro Marine.
And finally, Jan didn’t pass along info on the black hulled vessel to the left. Pacific Standard . . . ex-Irishman (?) is my guess.
I visited Hamilton twice 50 or more years ago to visit a relative there. I recall not liking the city. But what does a kid know? Jan’s photos in this post and tugboathunter’s here inspire me to consider a return there.
Jan . . . many thanks.
You saw it here back in October as well as here just almost exactly a year ago at the start Summer Sea Term 2014. More info on the itinerary here. The first five photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman and Rand Miller.
Hell Gate does not often see vessels of this size and style. For a vessel past the half century mark, TS Empire State VI has classic lines.
Here she leaves the top end of Roosevelt Island to port.
The rest of these photos I took.
One of the two assist tugs–I’ll include more photos of the assist tugs later–was McAllister Brothers.
The East River is spanned by eight bridges. These two are the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges.
She traverses the Upper Bay,
stopping only briefly as Rosemary Miller comes alongside, before
heading through the Narrows and
out to sea. The plan to to drop the hook off Montauk overnight to do some drills before heading for Delaware Bay, the C & D Canal, the Chesapeake, and then Chareston SC before heading across the Atlantic.
There are calls for a newer training vessel for SUNY here.
Many thanks to NYMedia Boat and Sean Shipco for conveyance. Have a great summer at sea, cadets. And again, thanks to Jonathan and Rand for photos from the “east” end of the East River.
Note: This morning I noticed that wordpress has automatically added a captioning space below each photo, so I’ve decided to use it. What unifies this set of photos is the fact that it shows three of the most powerful NYC-based tugs that primarily assist powered vessels into and out of the port.
I think the last time I used a photo of Amy C McAllister was here, actually not that long ago. Here’s a comparison of the three boats featured here by horsepower.
Eric McAllister–5150, Laura K–5100, and Robert E–4000. I suspect the sixth boro will be seeing a new Moran vessel with 6000 horsepower by mid-summer.
Let me know what you think of the use of captions.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.