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With 2017 looming, it’s time to imagine some possible goals for the near future, assuming we have time. “Big River” mentions a lot of places I’ve yet to see from the water. Johnny Cash’s 1962 version isn’t my favorite, I link to it here because he looks so young. This style boat named Natchez–for one of those places–has worked on the big river in many many capacities for a long time. Anyone now who is credited for introducing steam to the Mississippi River system? Answer follows.
By the way this Natchez was launched in 1975, but
the steam plant that drives it
has been around since 1925, albeit in a different vessel.
New Orleans is over a hundred miles from the Gulf and the number of sea-going vessels that pass is phenomenal.
And since they have such wanderlust-feeding names, I’ll let them speak for themselves . . . the one directly below is SeaKay Spirit.
And speaking of Roosevelts, that’s who teamed up with Robert Fulton to introduce steam boating to the Mississipi River.
So why are there no contemporary and catchy songs about the Hudson watershed? Oh, I’m no songwriter and play no instruments.
Now if only I can get a job sailing from St. Paul MN to the Gulf. I’m working on it.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Crescent has fleets in at least three southern cities, and I’ve featured some of them previously here.
I’d never thought of this before, but from this angle, it appears that W. O. Decker is painted in Crescent Towing livery.
Margaret F. Cooper, similarly, worked for a time in NYC’s sixth boro.
As did Miriam Walmsley Cooper! But southern living seems to agree with these boats, from what I could see as I passed.
Have another look at Providence. I’m sure some of you have photos of some of these boats back when they worked in the Northeast.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the series.
And there, look at that name. No, not that one. ..
this one. And the paint job–or time elapsed since the most recent one–lends authenticity to the name.
She looks to have been “rode hard and put away wet,” but that expression may just apply to horses and this bulk
carrier may just be happy dashing between the Mississippi and Veracruz. And those streaks of red and yellow . . . they are just like the orange juice and grenadine you mix with the mescal.
I wonder, though, if the rest of the fleet has names like
Tequila Sunset, El Diablo, Margarita . .. or maybe like Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, or Peaceful Easy Feeling. Then there could be Tequila Hangover, or Why the Dude Got Thrown out of the Cab. Of course, if you really want to know the fleet mate names, check here.
All photos and speculation by Will Van Dorp.
Kirby pushboat Niceville, named for a Florida town that used to be Boggy, rounds
the bend at Algiers Point.
Marquette’s St. Peter heads
Classic 1956 George W. Lenzie . ..
Gregory David heads downstream under the spans of the Business 90 Bridge.
The water tower in the background is on Guadalcanal Street in Federal City.
Affirmed is a 2009 boat, here headed downstream.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, but if you want a great database for inland river tugs, check out Dick’s Towboat gallery. Here are the previous posts in this series.
OK, it’s time to reprise this, and admit that once again I’ve learned something . . . by means of my error, my willingness to overgeneralize maybe.
A tolerant reader wrote this in reference to my Flanking, downstream post:
“Not trying to burst your bubble, but those photos indicate the Mike Schmaeng was steering the point, not backing or flanking! Also, the river is very low at this time, and there wouldn’t be any reason to flank Algiers Point.”
From the view head-on, I’d never have guess there was over 180′ of boat behind those push knees.
Here are the particulars on this vessel from 1958.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, and keep the corrections coming.
Unrelated: Does anyone know what Seastreak New York is doing in Florida? I was looking for something else and noticed here . . .
There were “all fast” on Marco Island by 2100 yesterday, but this morning are underway, heading for . . Tampa?
Apologies if you received a premature version of this post; I hit the wrong button.
“Light” here refers not to load but to sunshine and clouds. These photos were taken just below Algiers Point in unsettled December weather. Some buildings of New Orleans are visible on the horizon to the left.
These photos of Capes Kennedy and Knox were taken
about an hour apart. As part of the Ready Reserve fleet, they can be deployed with five days’ notice.
SFL Kent–photos taken about an hour apart–as of this posting, she’s en route
Notice the EO on the stack beyond the starboard side of SFL Kent?
It’s Alice‘s sister Elsa!
UBC Saiki is currently in Veracruz.
These photos were taken within minutes of each other.
Since this photo was taken, Century Royal has sailed to the DR.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I must get back to downstream and upstream tows on the Mississippi soon, but I seriously misread this oncoming vessel. Some of you might figure out my misread before the end of this post.
What attracted my eye to Florida Enterprise was the superstructure, specifically the cranes overtop the holds.
I’d seen structures somewhat like these on a ship in the KVK here … but they were not quite the same.
Because of poor lighting and large distance relative to my position, I missed the really unusual feature of the vessel
–or rather vessels–which I should have
seen here. See it?
Florida Enterprise is a barge, and the prime mover here
is now called Coastal 202. Below is a photo taken by Barry Andersen, which I got permission to use from Fred Miller II, which shows Coastal 202–then called Jamie A. Baxter–light, an ITB out of the notch. The photo below was taken soon after the tug’s launch in mid-1977 from Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay WI. Here’s another taken when the vessel was out of the notch and then known as Barbara Knessel.
Now I’d love to see Coastal 202 out of the notch from all angles and to see ISH’s rail ferry too.
Truth be told, another surprise was that nola hula was nowhere to be seen . .. maybe headed out to sea like that humpback that splashed around the sixth boro last month?
Much more catching up to do, but first, I share some New Orleans photos from last week and then related photos and response from my inbox to the review of Tugboats Illustrated here.
This first series I include because I’m amazed by this maneuver, but it does not effectively depict it because a) I was moving behind and then alongside and forward of it in the series of photos taken over a 30-minute period of time, and b) I would need to get the photos from a fixed aerial position as it made the turn, and c) this is a relatively small tow . . . only 12 barges in relatively calm conditions.
Starting at 4:23 pm last Tuesday, I was following Ingram Barge Co. Mike Schmaeng. Many years ago now I did this post on Ingram. Ingram is a company that operates 150 boats, 5000 barges, over 4500 miles of inland waterway . . . all approximate numbers.
On my next trip to Nola, I’ll set up on a tripod at a fixed point, maybe the upstream end of Crescent Park. I also intend to check out some tighter points, such as Wilkerson Point, shown below.
So now, in response to this photo from my review of Tugboats Illustrated . . .
in my inbox, I got this note from a retired professional brown water mariner who wishes NO fistfights or pissing contest:
“RE: Sketch from the tugboat book.
Thank you, sir. And I hadn’t known about flanking buoys.
Click here for a 5-minute video by Towboat Toby who gives a really clear explanation as he walks a tow downstream around Wilkerson’s Point in high water. Towboat Toby, I’m your fan!
So, what think you, readers . . . and I don’t mean to backpedal on Paul Farrell’s excellent book, could that particular drawing have been modified to improve verisimilitude? I like the looseness of Mr. Farrell’s drawings for the most part, but I think the Mate makes a good point. And just calm talk . .. not punches, please. The writer makes a reasoned and constructive comment.
Chicago in the haze ahead means this is the last of this series; we’ve gotten as far west as this gallivant will go. The link in the previous sentence shows a map of the trajectory, with all of its legs.
That’s Navy Pier.
Squinting, I see this as a man doing a tire repair on a flipped over bicycle, but of course my eyes have their issues.
A surprise was the use of tug-barge excursion trips with the likes of
Not all tug-barge traffic transported passengers, however.
I’ll have to find out more about Kiowa after journey’s end.
Riverview is part of the people-scow fleet and it just squeezes under the bridges.
USACE Racine has a scow beside the Chicago Harbor Lock.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who has now begun other gallivants while on the way home.
Here are the previous five in this series.
Triple engine/screw/stack Andrea’ might be the “newest” tugboat in the sixth boro. All those triples is not something you see every day. Of course, in the inland waters quadruples show up some time.
My question is . . . why
is there that apostrophe after the terminal A in Andrea’ ?
But briefly back to the triples . . . here’s a photo I took near the Ohio/Mississippi confluence just over three years ago of American Pillar. Click here for other Mississippi boats I photographed back then. Any idea where/when American Pillar came into service? Answer follows. And Andrea’ ?
American Pillar is here, Nashville, 1976. Andrea’ is Houma, 1999.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.