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One of the joys about living in the sixth boro is its size and dynamism. There are three bridges in this photo below that will not be the same if I take this shot again in three or four years; this is my first notice of the stays already in place at the new Goethals. Will the new bridge still honor an engineer who worked on the Panama and then the PANYNJ? I was interested in the ship because a friend had assisted docking when she arrived . . .
Overseas Long Beach last had a strange paint job, too. AIS showed that Erin McAllister was on the bow, which I took possibly being a misspelling of Eric, pictured a bit farther below.
To my astonishment, when the escort emerged around the stern, it was
Erin, not Eric. After the pilot was retrieved,
to port and
returned to base, allowing me to get a closeup and
compare the two boats, Erin from 1996, although I believe her bow has been modified since then, and
Eric from 2014. And the differences are clear.
Erin actually originates from the same time, design, and shipyard as this tug, Z-One.
For more comparisons, click on this “Tale of the Tape” post from a year and a half ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here are some snows days in the sixth boro from previous seasons. Yesterday’s saw crews on duty doing what they always do. Cielo di Milano was outbound, as was Peney, a practically new ship, emptied of her Mejillones safety product.
09:50 My thermometer registered 23 degrees F, and a squall was passing over Manhattan but not here.
10:15 In less than a half hour, the snow squall has intensified on the KVK.
10:15 Portside watch reports on distance already away from the salt dock, where product was trucking out the gate.
10:18 That’s Jonathan C at starboard and Margaret on the bow.
10:20 JRT heads westbound after an assist in the harbor.
11:42 See the juice carrier, Orange Blossom 2, Jonathan C, IMTT, and WTC1?
11:42 Here’s what the unaltered version of the photo above looks like. I enhanced color in the version above.
11:46 All were cautious but moving.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. More tomorrow from the same Saturday morning snow squall.
In today’s post, all of the vessels at one point belonged to the same fleet, except one. All have continued in service, except one.
Volans, photographed here in 2009, is now being reborn as Hannah.
For a short time, Volans became David McAllister, photo below from 2013.
Leslie Foss, photo from 2011, is now Simone, and I caught her in the sixth boro here in 2015. Simone trades internationally.
Leo, taken here in 2007, now works as Bridget McAllister.
Scorpius, photo from 2008, has worked mostly in the sixth boro as Meagan Ann, who first appeared here in this blog in . . . 2008.
Orion, which I visited back in 2008, became Matthew McAllister.
And finally, the last one, the one facing left, the only one that is no more. She was scrapped after sinking in Narragansett Bay in 2008. The photo below is from 2006.
All these tugboats except the last one once made up Constellation Maritime, which is no more.
Many thanks to JG for use of these photos.
Since I’ve tons to do today, comment will be minimal. The photo below I took near the KVK salt pile on January 14, 2016. Eagle Ford, to the right, has since been scrapped in Pakistan.
The history of Alnair, photo taken in Havana harbor on February 4, 2016, is still untraced. It looks like an ex-USN tug. Click here for more Cuban photos.
This photo of JRT Moran and Orange Sun I took on March 12.
June 1, I took this, with Robert E. McAllister and an invisible Ellen escorting Maersk Idaho out the door.
July 14, I saw GL tug Nebraska yank bulkier Isolda with 56,000 tons of corn through a narrow opening and out the Maumee.
August 23 I caught Atlantic Sail outbound past a nearly completed Wavertree. And come to think of it, this is a perfect Janus photo.
September 9 at the old port in Montreal I caught Svitzer Montreal tied up and waiting for the next job.
October 18, I caught Atlanticborg and Algoma Enterprise down bound between Cape Vincent and Clayton NY.
November 4, while waiting for another tow, I caught Sarah Ann switching out scrap scows in the Gowanus.
And I’ll end this retrospective Janus post with a mystery shot, which I hope to tell you more about in 2017. All I’ll say is that I took it yesterday and can identify only some of what is depicted. Anyone add something about this photo?
I feel blessed with another year of life, energy, gallivants, and challenges. Thank you for reading and writing me. Special thanks to you all who sent USPS cards ! I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017. Here’s what Spock would say and where he got it.
Here was my “last hours” post from 2015. And here from the year before with some vessels sailing away forever. And here showing what I painted in the last hours of 2013. And one more with origins “oud jaardag” stuff from the finale of 2011.
A few days after they departed NYC, Nelson Brace caught this photo of the two traversing the Cape Cod Canal.
On December 19, Michel Gosselin caught these photos of the two unbound from Lock 2 of the Welland Canal, many cold blustery, and icy days later.
Many thanks to Nelson and Michel for use of these photos. Hats off to the crew . . . better yet, given that ice, keep your hats on.
Below is the screenshot of the tow arriving in Muskegon late Christmas Eve.
It would be nice to see some of the photos crew might have taken as they crossed the stormy Gulf of Saint Lawrence and fought their way across Lake Ontario with strong winds out of the NW. And I’m looking forward to seeing them in Port City Tug colors.
or “marifly.” These two tankers have called here for some years now, but I always wondered whether they were one and the same, given that their names refer to the same critter. Maybe other vessels in the fleet have names like Paruparo and Borboleta. Anchored over in Bay Ridge was Mariposa, while doing short-time in Bayonne
After finishing up business in Bayonne, Butterfly flitted off
with Robert E. McAllister lined up port side
while Charles D. McAllister took care of her port.
Think they have caterpillars on board?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve seen other Grimaldi Grande vessels, but never Grande Senegal.
So not matter that it was a gray day, I was happy to see this vessel calling in NYC’s sixth bork for the first time.
Unrelated here, but I wonder if vessels passing under this bridge will appear smaller once the soon-to-be-obsolete lower roadbed is removed.
I’d love to see what tugboats assist the Grande— ROROs at port calls along the West African coast. Anyone out there can help?
Ellen McAllister and
Resolute and all the other escort boats and crews keep shipping in the groove around Bergen Point.
All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp.
Before returning to bends around points on other rivers, I want to share some photos I took yesterday, first in a while at Bergen Point. Here’s the set-up out of Newark Bay.
I’d love to know the tension of the line up from Marjorie.
Ellen pushes on the port stern quarter, and
Robert counters on the opposite bow.
But someone calling the shots up there knows how
just right. A year from now, it’s possible there will be gaps in that lower roadbed, if any of it left at all.
I’ve no idea what the clearance was yesterday, and I’m eager for that walkway to be re-opened.
Another job is almost complete here as of late morning Friday, but the work never ceases, as traffic into the port can be said to
be ever lining up. There are 30 (I believe) of these Ever L ships, liberal, lasting, lovely, loading, lifting, lucid, laden, lucky, loyal, linking, and more.
Lambent left Shanghai in early November and will be back in Panama Asia-bound late next week.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
So Katie G and Colleen McAllister danced their way east to get north and way west past the dancing (or leaning) towers of the East River this morning.
Notice you can still see the original Libby Black name in the raised metal of Katie G McAllister, soon to be named something else?
Here’s a previous post I did featuring Katie G. remaking a tow at the Battery.
I’m guessing this voyage will take about three weeks?
Godspeed, and beat the ice!
All photos by Will Van Dorp.