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Here were the previous in this series.
The first three photos here come from John “Jed” Jedrlinic, whose previous contributions can be found here.
Coral Coast is a venerable 3000 hp 45-year-old, like some others I know, although they might not see all that horsepower as complimentary.
Katherine, same horsepower, is nine years newer.
This Michael S is based in Port Canaveral, where Jed took this photo.
Harry Thompson, whose previous contributions include this one, sent this along of Russell 11 (I believe that’s eleven, not two) compliments of his brother. Does anyone know Russell 11‘s years of service?
And the rest of these come from Barrel, who has sent along many others I will share this month.
Tug Bay Hawk dates from 1942. Thanks to Birk’s site, here’s some info on her.
Teresa McAllister, 1961, was most recently on tugster here.
And to close out today’s post, it’s Tenacious, now a 55-year-old freshwater tug.
Many thank to Jed, Harry, and Barrel for these photos.
As was true yesterday, all photos today were taken in the first 12 hours of 2016. For Chatham, the last tug I saw in 2015, the year end/start distinction was likely irrelevant. No doubt the same holiday treats were out in the galley in the wee hours of 2016 as were a few hours before in 2015.
From a different angle as last night, here are Michael J,
and the “weather tugs.” I’m happy the precipitation of December 31 has ceased.
Although some people movers waited in reserve,
The quick side ramp system impressed me. It was in fact similar to a system on “water bus” I saw near Rotterdam a while back.
Surrie heads back to base, passing BB-64 USS Wisconsin.
Recognize this vessel, which spent a little time in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago?
It’s HMS Justice, slinging Bryant Sea now in the curvaceous Elizabeth River and
passing Mahan, Stout, and
Oscar Austin, far right.
Closing out today . . what can you do with $12 million and a 1962 North Sea trawler? Check here for this story on explorer yacht Discovery. Here’s another story with much better photos. Docked astern of Discovery is Shearwater, which was doing a project in the sixth boro back in sumer 2013.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
in March headed back to South Street Seaport Museum.
I took the remaining photos, the one below as the lightship was bathed in fireworks light on July 4 this year.
The next two photos I took last week, trying to highlight Christmas red.
By the way, next week I plan a post of any work vessel–or replica thereof–decorated for Christmas in some way. I have a few already, but if you have such a photo to share, send it along soon. Click here for some Christmas-related workboat photos from two years ago.
Two older sister ships of Ambrose are Barnegat, LV 79, ex-Cape Lookout Shoal, and delivered on 1 December 1904, now languishing in Pyne Point NJ; and
Swiftsure, LV-83, ex-Relief, and delivered on 22 December 1904. I’m wondering if there’s a photo showing both vessels in Camden at the shipyard in –say–October 1904, just prior to delivery. I took both photos in summer 2010.
Going back to this record of New York Shipbuilding history, does anyone know what became of LV 88 Columbia River, supposedly sold to Japan in 1988?
The top two photos credit to Birk Thomas; all the others to Will Van Dorp.
Two tugboats built that year are still around: Daniel McAllister (108.9′ x 23′) was built in Collingwood on Lake Huron, and Pegasus (96′ x 23′) on the Chesapeake in Baltimore. Pegasus was launched as S. O. Co. No. 16 and Daniel . . . as Helena. Daniel worked until the 1980s; Pegasus worked until 1997, retiring after nine full decades of service. Pegasus still runs, making its most recent trip here.
Off Pegasus‘ stern, that’s the lightship/luxury yacht Nantucket.
Daniel is in the old port of Montreal, certainly a place to wander around for awhile.
Here Pegasus was about to depart Caddell Dry Dock back in March 2010.
And here Pegasus was returning to the sixth boro from Mystic back in October 2010.
I’m wondering about the claim that Daniel is the second largest preserved tugboat in the world. I believe Hercules–also 1907!!!–is the largest at 151′ x 26.’ Where does Pegasus rank in this comparison: third, fourth, ??
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
I don’t make much fuss about Christmas for reasons I explained here 10 years ago; when I really want something and I can afford it, I just get it. Of course, I have no problems with anyone going all out with gifts. Books and experiences make the best gifts. Experiences . . . teach you and you can remember them forever.
Books . . . you read them once and then read them again or give them to someone you think will enjoy them as much as or more than you did. See the book cover below . . . great cover and fabulous book. Inside you find crisp photos, reproductions of painting of McAllister vessels, family stories, . . . even an owners’ family tree that clarifies some of the boat names. The story starts in 1864 as James McAllister (generation 1) stood on the northeast coast of Ireland about to emigrate across the Atlantic.
One of my favorite stories involves the boat below, launched from Newport News Shipbuilding Co. in May 1909 as John Twohy, Jr, for Lambert’s Point Tow Boat Company. Renamed J. P. McAllister, this boat served as a platform for the one-and-only Harry Houdini‘s escape from handcuffs and leg irons inside a nailed-shut, weighted packing case. Here’s a reference to this event in a recent NYTimes, but in this book, you get two photos of the event and facsimiles of the contemporary news story and the J. P. McAllister logbook entry, all attesting to the tremendous research involved in this beautifully produced volume.
One more great story . . . typical of struggles to divide up ownership in any family business. When disagreement came to a head in on a cold Easter Sunday morning in 1904, “the partners decided to work out the percentages once and for all by meeting on a tugboat, taking it offshore, and not returning until they had an agreement.” Now Capt. Jim (generation 2) told his 6 year-old son A. J. to wait at the pier until they all returned. Which happened to be as night fell. Here’s how it’s told: “Capt. Jim … his face covered in blood . . . jumped off [the boat onto the pier where A. J. had waited all day], grabbed A. J. by the hand, and said, ‘That’s it. It’s settled. The issue is settled.'”
Below is one of my many favorite full-page photos in the book. Another photo a few pages later adds detail not unlike Birk Thomas and collaborators do here.
A book like this focuses not only on a family business but also New York City, with all six of its boros, and the country. The photo below shows the McAllister yard behind Ellis Island, real estate taken over in the 1970s for the creation of Liberty State Park. Today’s margins of the harbor are that way only because of thousands of decisions.
The author, Stephanie Hollyman has a website that highlights an impressive breadth of work.
Click here for ordering info.
Since we’re looking at books, here’s one that might be ripe for updating. Another one I’ve reread and enjoyed recently is Buckets and Belt: Evolution of the Great Lakes Self-Unloader by William M. Lafferty, Valerie van Heest, and Kenneth Pott.
specifically Wyoming, built in Cleveland. All these photos come thanks to Isaac Pennock, who writes, “If I’ve got your guidelines for December correct, the tug Wyoming should fit. She was built in Cleveland in 1929 as a steam tug. Converted to diesel in 1953. Repowered with her current engine (EMD 12-645-E6) in 1980. She was chartered to McAllister in Charleston for one year in 1993. [Does anyone have photos of her working in Charleston?] Now GLT’s lead tug in the port of Detroit. 84 feet long, 2,000 horsepower. She has held the same name & same owner for her entire career.
Whether you like to be reminded of winter or not, let’s start with some cold water photos.
Why G-tugs? Check the stack. Franz von Riedel devotes a whole chapter to this long run of boats in his heavily illustrated Tugs of the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes ports have hot seasons also.
Click here for a few pages on the G-tugs from TES. I recall my surprise upon learning that Great Lakes Towing was created at the turn of the 19th/20th century by a group of industrialists including John D. Rockefeller.
Click here, here, and here for previous tugster posts with G-tugs. SS Columbia crossed Lake Erie this summer on G-tug wire. Earlier this fall, Great Lakes Shipyard christened a new tug for the NY Power Authority/Niagara project.
Many thanks to Isaac for sharing these photos.
The bridge still looks familiar to someone from the 1930s, although I’d love to see photos of Shooters from then, and
of course the bridge is getting unfamiliar.
Ellen McAllister and Specialist way in the distance are familiar, as
is Port Elizabeth, so
no doubt about it, this is Mariner’s Harbor . . . stern to Richmond Terrace, the mark in the foreground with Capt. Willie Landers in the middle and Maersk Denver over in Port Elizabeth.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Related: Is this the story of Capt. Willie Landers’ namesake?
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.