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Here are previous posts under the category second lives, a designation I use for vessels that are significantly modified from one owner or role to another. The approaching vessel in the next two shots–which I took on the Erie Canal west of Three Rivers in September 2014–show Grand Erie, the newest (built 1951!!) and largest tug in the Erie Canal.
Look at that low Erie Canal design carefully, because
she started life looking like this photo probably taken in 1951 when she was brand new in Pascagoula. That’s probably the open Gulf of Mexico in the background.
Chartiers was considered a dredge tender. Here she’s pushing a scow somewhere in the Pittsburgh area.
And here she’s tied up at the Corps of Engineers repair base at Neville Island, Pittsburgh. Look carefully at the upper superstructure in this photo, pre-1985.
In 1985, the vessel was purchased by the New York canals system, then still called the Barge Canal. The name changed in 1992. Then, Chartiers traveled to New York state from the Ohio River via St. Louis, the Illinois River, Chicago, and the Great Lakes.
Here’s Dan Owen’s description of the photo: “This is how it [looked] when I first saw it going up the [Mississippi] Aug. 13, 1985 at St. Louis. It was on the other side of the river. The top part of the pilothouse roof was actually cut off to the level of the second deck cabin to get under the bridges in the Chicago area. I do not know how long the pilothouse was 100% air conditioned, all the way from Pittsburgh, or at a shipyard in the St. Louis area. Or, if the pilothouse was welded back on after clearing the Chicago bridges.”
Here’s more of Dan’s description: “These two photos show Chartiers departing Chain of Rocks Lock, Granite City, Ill. [Notice the helm,] complete with searchlight, sitting on the deck. Also visible are two spare rudders.”
For more comparison, below are three photos of Grand Erie I took in September 2015. In the photo she’s flanked by Tender #3 starboard and tug Waterford to her port.
Compare this photo of Grand Erie to the second b/w photo above to note all the changes.
And compare this one to the last b/w photo above.
Many thanks to Dan Owen of Boat Photo Museum for use of these photos. All color photos were taken by myself, Will Van Dorp, in 2014 and 2015.
Here’s how you might be able to add to this collection: in July 1986 the newly modified Grand Erie came to NYC waters aka the sixth boro to participate in Liberty Weekend, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. Grand Erie served as Governor Cuomo‘s ride. Does anyone have photos from that time . . . Grand Erie in NYC in 1986? I’d love to see them.
Despite the distance and the fog covering the escutcheon, I could immediately identify this tug–once a regular on the Hudson and in the sixth boro– on the Mississippi.
Let me end out this series with tugboats and other vessels: Sydney Ann
Mary Parker and
David J. Cooper and
Bulk Guatemala with selfie-shooting watch stander,
Sonny Ivey and
Jena Marie C,
Capt CJ, and
fireboat Gen. Roy S. Kelley,
Jo Provel with the 9th steamboat named Natchez.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s even now in the cold NYC air plotting a return to
I wonder . . . if I move here, will I tire of watching the traffic pass? Sometimes there are familiar vessels . . . like Buster Bouchard, but otherwise . . .
commerce rafts in vessels never before seen . . . like Fu Kang (almost a racy name?) foreground and Caribe Pearl protruding from around the bend, with Angus R. Cooper, Bollinger, and Algiers Point in between.
Leopard Sea and Miss Sylvia keep the excitement going, with
handoffs to Karen Koby,
Cindy R and Zante,
C. Mack Zito,
J. K. McLean,
Alice I. Hooker,
Louisiana and Angus R. Cooper meeting Qingdao Tower.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Back to Jesus Saves, is there any truth to the story that somewhere along the Mississippi a nun is master of a tug?
You might conclude that in this city I do nothing except sit on the riverbank, but the better conclusion is that Nola river traffic volume is phenomenal. So here’s a sampling of another–say–two hours total traffic, beginning with a vessel that would look entirely at home in NYC’s sixth boro . . . it’s J. George Betz.
Next something you’ll not see except in the inland big river, O. H. Ingram, 185′ loa x 54′ 9200 hp and triple screw, pushing
at least eight barges heading into a turn with at least two oncoming tows:
Joe B. Wyatt, 170′ loa x 45′ 6120 hp twin screw, pushing 18 barges and Mr. Pete with a single, but they all squeeze around the turn.
The range of vessels is interesting, considering the likes of Lil Susan S
and Josephine Anne of Bisso Offshore, with Wise One in the distance.
Natalie S . . . and
Blessed Trinity . . . and
and Natures Way Commander . . .
Moose . . and
CSS Savannah . . . and less than two hours have elapsed and I haven’t included all the traffic!
and let me conclude with a photo taken the previous afternoon, another that would NOT look out of place in NYC’s waters, Greg Turecamo.
More soon. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ll start with the greatest looking tug of all I saw. It has a name, but I cropped it out and will reveal it as this post goes on. But isn’t this a beaut?!! It also has an evocative previous name. Can you guess her vintage?
I’m in the mood for puzzling today, so what’s this? I know there’s no tug in this photo, but . . .
So here’s a closer up of the tug Bunker King passing the tanker Bow Trajectory, heading for Plaquemine.
See the Algiers “gift boxes” over the stern of Cecilia B. Slatten? See where she fits in her fleet here. Can anyone explain what if any connections there are between Bisso Towing and Bisso Marine, who recently have had a project in NYC’s sixth boro?
Freedom . . . there’s nothing in the sixth boro with these colors and artwork.
M/V Magnolia . . . as night falls.
Night falls on James Dale Robin and Kimberly Hidalgo. Less than an hour earlier, prayers had been offered and champagne spilled over these two vessels and another, Dale Artigue.
And nightfall means I should return to the beaut in the first photo . . . here it is with name restored, formerly called Havana Zephyr. Check out this fabulous line drawing of her by Barry Griffin.
Here’s the whole vessel as I saw it last week. Such lines! I’d really love to see a bowsprite rendering of those curves!
Merlin Banta, which my defective eyes first read as ‘merlin santa,” came out of the St. Louis Boats yard in 1946, not long after the yard delivered a fleet of icebreaking tugs to the US Navy and then to the USSR! If you click on no other links in this post, you have to see these icebreakers . . . last photo in a post I did a year ago here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks much for the encouragement; here’s another set of photos. Actually, if you follow the Bayou nearly to the end, you’ll be here in Port Fourchon at the entrance to one of the southernmost roads in Louisiana. This post will be mostly a photo album.
As you’ll notice in the following photos, certain colors dominate here. Here’s C-Legacy and
beyond Delta Power . . . more orange and yellow in the background including
Finn Falgout and another view of Timbalier Island.
For the many other Edison Chouest vessels I’ve previously posted, click here.
Crosby Enterprise and Kurt J. Crosby. For lots of Crosby tugs including these, click here.
Miss Aimee and John G. McCall
C-Pacer and Fast Track
Harvey Champion and Harvey Supporter and some I can’t identify. Here’s the Harvey fleet including
Harvey Falcon, Harvey Racer, and Harvey Hero.
Mainport Pine and some unidentified vessels
Thanks for asking for more of these. Tomorrow I’ll start unpacking the Nola photos.
My sincere Merry Christmas/Happy 2014 wishes to all of you. Actually, I hit the road Monday morning for the now-annual road trip to see family in greater Atlanta.
Consider this my Christmas card. Any ideas what this is? These three fotos come courtesy of Nancy Donskoj.
It’s the tugboat Gowanus Bay delivering Sinterklaas and his entourage up the rondout to Kingston, NY’s annual Sinterklaas festival. Sinterklaas is the red-clad legend I was first made aware of, and he would supposedly arrive on December 5. Click here for more pics. Kingston was the third oldest settlement in New Netherland.
Believe it or not, Sinterklaas stories are clouded in some controversy because of the guy standing to his left. Actually not this guy per se at all. In the Dutch tradition, this man is Zwarte Piet . . or Black Pete. The Americanization in the foto below is interesting.
As the Dutch say, prettige kerstfest.
The next two pics come thanks to Jen Muma currently of New Orleans, and it’s fuel for the
Here are two East Coast traditions, but I’m thinking the sixth boro really doesn’t have much PUBLIC Christmas tradition spectacle related to the water at all. Four years ago, I floated an idea about a harbor tree inspired by what folks do in New England, but I’ve moved on. For myself, I like the idea below, the nautical clutter tree in my friend Ed Fanuzzi’s backyard.
Have a festive day with your loved ones. I will repost again in a few days.
Thanks again to Nancy and Jen for use of their photos.
The last post in this series–24–was quite obscure. And this one . . . could be called ex-government boats.
The foto below comes thanks to Scott Craven, who caught the vessel upbound on the Hudson near the Bear Mountain Bridge. At first I thought it was a re-purposed 65′ WYTL. With a bit of research, however, I learned it’s the retired Massport Marine 1, Howard W. Fitzpatrick (scroll through to the 8th foto). Note the traces of removed signage along her port side. She’s now replaced by American United. Again, scroll though, and you’ll see the folks on Windermere posted a foto of American United high and dry at the Canadian shipyard here. Click here for more info on Massport. Fitzpatrick launched in 1971 from a now inactive shipyard in southern Illinois, just north of St. Louis. So does anyone know where Fitzpatrick is headed? Great Lakes? the Mississippi system? Maybe a reader upriver can report?
On a rainy day back in mid-April, Gary Kane caught this display on the East River, just south of Roosevelt Island.
All this talk of retired fireboats and mention of Gary Kane give me an opportunity to suggest you buy the documentary produced by Gary Kane and myself called Graves of Arthur Kill. One of the major voices/story tellers in that documentary is a retired FDNY engineer.
Thanks to Scott Craven and Gary Kane for use of these fotos.
Kudos to Joe, Walt, and Starbuck for the answers to the question I posed here a few days ago. Here’s as much as I know from an exhibit at Vicksburg.
I believe a larger number of folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line know a lot more about the Civil War than most of us up here: even though it’s the sesquicentennial, we don’t have markers like this to remind us. Behold the USS Cairo, which only exists today because it had an incomplete journey, lasting only a few years before . . .
boom! and then getting preserved in Yazoo mud.
If ever you’re in the vicinity of Vickburg, it’s a sight to behold.
From midships below the pilot house, looking forward.
From same position looking over the boilers and through the paddlewheel aft.
from behind the stern looking at the rudders,
And an example of the next generation of ironclads, USS Indianola.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Related: A West Point-trained Confederate officer charged with defending Vicksburg was a General John C. Pemberton, uncle to the person credited with the invention of an obscure drink called Coca-Cola.
I’d just consider most of the barge-handlers in the Mississippi watershed to be towboats. Enjoy this smattering beginning with Jerry Deal (1971) .
Ace G (1980) ,
Ronnie Tucker (1976) ,
Shirley Franklin and Connell Smith (both 1978) ,
Stephen L. Colby (1967),
American Pillar (1976),
Nellie (1962) and Katherine Berry (2007),
Katherine Berry again and Issaquena (1966),
Stephen Foster (1948) and Captain Val (1965),
Charlie G. (1962),
Spirit, Piasa, (both 1958) and William K. Powell (??). Also note White Cloud, a government boat of the St Louis Fire Department in the foreground.
Miss Illinois (1998),
and finally Capt. John H. Lozier, which used to be known as
Southland (1951). Just take aoff the faux-sidewheels. Foto below was taken in September 1967 in Louisville, KY.
And I’ll end with a mystery question. What is anything you can determine about these two vessels? The smaller one is circled for a reason.
Thanks to DanOwen of Boat Photo Museum for use of the Southland foto. All others by Will Van Dorp.