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This first foto is by a secret salt . . . showing Dory (1978) and Captain Zeke (1980) tandem towing beach-lounging 125′ deck barge back onto the water.
And . . . attributed by the watermark . . . fotos from last week before Janus chilled the town, Atlantic Conveyor gets an assist from Charles D. McAllister (1967).
Shelby (1978) also worked in the January fog. Thanks, Brian.
And the rest of the fotos are mine: the seldom-seen Specialist (1956?), here close and
Two Coasts . . . Chesapeake (2011) and Emerald (1973).
Resolute (1975) about to pass Düsseldorf Express (1998),
Many thanks to the secret salt and Brian DeForest for their fotos. All others by Will Van Dorp.
I hope these fotos illustrate why I spend time watching sixth
bork boro traffic. These were all taken Monday morning . . . of the spectacular warning for a weather event called Janus.
0644 . . . it’s Maersk Atlanta and
. . . 0644 . . . Mattea.
0725 . . . that’s Elizabeth McAllister on the starboard side of the tanker.
and finally . .. Maersk Atlanta in a crowded KVK at 0925 h. In the foreground it’s Marjorie B. McAllister and on the starboard bow of the ship, Ellen McAllister. Also, in the distance l to r, it’s James Turecamo, Blue Fin, and the current Mary Gellatly.
Could I imagine missing a morning like that? All
foots fotos by Will Van Dorp.
About the typos . . . I’ve noticed new spellchecking dynamic in wordpress seems NOT to like my deliberate orthographic “simplifications.”
Here was 30 minutes from another vantage point. Yesterday I left for work early and had a half hour or so to kill from Fort Wadsworth. Seeing Ital Laguna and CMA CGM Matisse leaving together convinced me to stop there. Meanwhile a larger and
smaller fishing boat arrive. I recognize this boat, although I don’t know its name. See it the last foot here.
First Coast moves in from somewhere beyond Norton’s Point.
Rays now rake across the top of the manifold on Freja Nordica as it enters the Narrows and
passes an outbound Franklin Reinauer.
Recognize the profile?
It’s Ellen. I’ve no horse that shakes harness bells to suggest I move along, but I know I have –if no promises to keep–then . . work to do, appointments to meet.
All fotos by Will Van Drop.
First . . . this foto by Bob Dahringer of Katherine (1979 in Louisiana). As of this writing, Bob is back upriver playing with Hudson River ice cubes.
Next . . . this foto from Key West, thanks to my sister, who’s gotten a camera upgrade. Yay! A few years ago, I was snorkeling–sans camera–off a Key West beach and came up to notice two tugboats that looked a lot like these. My first thought then was–wow! K-Sea tugs in the Conch Republic. My second thought was . . . I have no camera and therefore no one will ever believe me. I’m now pretty sure I saw Titan (1974 in Long Beach, CA) and Ocean Atlas (1964 in San Diego, California).
Brian DeForest took this foto of Marjorie B. McAllister (1974 in Louisiana) last week of a very icy sixth boro.
And recently . . . in a springy waterboro of NYC, Brendan Turecamo (1975 in Louisiana) assisted a tanker on its way out to sea,
Doris Moran (1982 in Louisiana) assisted a chemical tanker into port, and
Miss Niz (2003 from Alabama) moved some dredging equipment around. Note the survey boat–Michele Jeanne–reading the bottom contours over on the Bayonne side.
Thanks much to Bob, Maraki, and Brian for use of their fotos.
Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . . a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January. WTF?!@#@!! Anyone know the story?
Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson? Coyote? Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.
Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which
is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer. Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.
And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on
fuel. Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.
Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.
Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.
Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.
Here was 2. Floating ice has started to arrive in the Upper Bay, where I might get to tomorrow, but in the Kills . . . it’s clinging ice. The vessel beyond the #9 is Asphalt Eagle.
A Vane unit travels eastbound on the KVK.
Tankers of sizes from BW Amazon to Capt. Log go about their business.
Note the ice clinging to the Brooklyn shore and to Ellen’s flanks.
Beyond Ellen, Topeka, and Ron G, I think I can spy some floating ice just west of the Battery.
Robert E. McAllister looks to have even more icy cling than Ellen did.
And . . . with mention of ice floating in its direction, BW Amazon seems to have decided to head out to sea.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers are now thawed out.
Cold weather keeps me inside, where my fingers keep the keyboard warm. I’ll start by revisiting this foto I took a warm morning in 2010. That tugboat was 60 years old at that moment. The easiest name to read is Ocean King, but in raised metal letters on the port bow, you might make out some other letters,
even clearer here on the starboard bow. And in between those two names, she also went by David McAllister.
The following three fotos come thanks to Allen Baker. The foto below shows Resolute in 1974 in Fells Point, when she was part of the Baker-Whitely Towing Company. Click here and here for posts I did in Fells Point and Baltimore back in 2010.
The foto below dates from 1980. Notice Grace McAllister to the left. At this point, McAllister had just purchased the B-W Towing Company.
Many thanks to Allen Baker for sharing these vintage fotos. And thanks to the folks at tugboatinformation.com, without whom I’d have a much harder time tracing back these names.
First three fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 16, and I’m asking again my questions about the last foto in that post . . . .
So here is this installment’s odds and ends. First . . . in the second minute of Woody Allen’s 1979 movie Manhattan . . . there’s this clip. Can anyone identify?
And . . . a foto taken not quite a thousand nautical miles from the sixth boro quite a while ago by a jaunty mariner who can’t be too careful . . . it’s LT-805 General Winfield Scott towing the IX-514 that later turned up in the sixth boro. I’ve no idea if the HLT towed here remains local as of this writing.
And finally . . . another set from Seth Tane taken in New York harbor in the late 1970s/early 80s . . . it’s Harwich-built 1890s Thames sailing barge Ethel, 84′ loa. According to former owner Capt. Neal E. Parker, the vessel, built originally as a linseed carrier and brought across the Atlantic for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, was haunted. “She was fighting to die,” he said, and after an unsuccessful attempt as a charter vessel in downeast Maine, she returned to New London, where around 1992, she sank at the dock and waited happily to be dismembered and removed by a clamshell crane.
I’d love to hear more about Ethel from anyone who saw her back 30 years ago.
Thanks to Seth and the jaunty mariner for use of their fotos.
As you know, I’m on the road in Georgia, but thanks to some good friends here are some fotos for your Boxing Day. Back on the first day of winter, December 21, I got these fotos from Ashley Hutto: Responder towing Ellen through the Kills. Who knows . . . maybe this was a solstice version of Kills do-si-do?
Here from a few years back is a post featuring both Responder and Ellen.
And from Rod Smith, who labors on the site Narragansett Bay Shipping whenever he’s not working for bread-n-butter, here’s a shot by Rod in the wee hours of the same day, Haggerty Girls first trip to the sixth boro. If you click here, you’ll see how Rod documented almost every week in the construction of this newest vessel in the sixth boro, taking almost 500 fotos over parts of three years starting from the time that two plates were laid down and joined. Bravo, Rod, on this ongoing work. That’s Matthew Tibbetts looking on. Here’s more info on Haggerty Girls.
Many thanks to Ashley and Rod.
Finally, a relatively close-up foto of Katherine.
Bruce A. McAllister pushes through the snowflakes, as do
Blue Fin . . . still gray,
Brooklyn and Patapsco,
and finally Pegasus.
And finally . .. escuse the poor quality, but these are cam-captures of Miss Lis at the Gatun Locks last Thursday, six days ago. Although it’s not legible here, the container at the bow of the barge reads “FLUOR.” Let’s keep a watch for this tow at the Narrows in the next few days . . . from the Left Coast and headed here for the Tappan Zee project, I presume.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.