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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.
This is GHP&W 9, and since this unexpected trip to new ports has materialized, here we are. Passing through Thimble Shoals Channel looking toward the Delmarva peninsula . . . it’s hard to capture the expanse of this bridge/tunnel. But once inside, vessels to behold through the sudden rain include
a noisy LCAC,
a historically-named fishing boat,
and a landing craft. Is that a pelican-shaped drone flying escort?
Although we passed through Hampton Roads, the rain grayed out any sign of shore, where I’d been ashore four years ago. Gold Coast was pushing a covered barge with
Spring Scenery left a lot to the imagination.
But the fleet lining the Norfolk shore was fabulous starting with USNS Lewis B Puller,
possibly about to get a push from Tracy Moran, and
and Robert E. Perry.
And much more, but for this post, we stop here. All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Really random means just that . . . and here are previous posts in the series.
So–thanks to Harry Thompson– let’s start with this assemblage . . . barge Amy B, Evelyn assist on the far side, but prominent is the 1941 Bushey built Jared S–ex-Cheyenne II, Sally Carroll, and Martin J. Kehoe.
The closest I ever got to Jared S was here . . . about a mile in from the mouth of the Genesee River in October 2014. See the white buoy 20 feet off the bow of the decrepit Spirit of Rochester . . . that marks the hazard created by the sinking of Jared S.
Also thanks to Harry, here’s a repost of Ocean Queen, cropped slightly tighter than I had two weeks ago . . . but check this link for the particulars. In that link you learn that she sank after getting rammed near Hell Gate. Well, thanks to
Robert Silva, here are some photos of Ocean Queen after she was raised.
You can see exactly where a bow struck her. Thanks, Robert.
I took the photo below last week in Boothbay, Maine, where I checked out the Tugboat Inn. Of course, I needed to know the story, since the superstructure here looked authentic. All the info I collected online and from the staff there said the boat was built in 1917–probably in New York–and worked all its life until 1973 in Maine waters as the tugboat Maine. However, nowhere could I corroborate this.
Thanks to Dave Boone, I received the photos below and learned a different narrative that seems plausible if you carefully compare the photo above with the one below. The Boothbay pub was once the Richard J. Moran, built at
Gibbs Gas Engine in Jacksonville in 1920. Actually, it was built in Greenport NY in 1917 as Socony 3. Then it became Maine and still later Richard J. Moran became the name. Thanks again to Dave Boone for the correction.
But was Richard J. scrapped in 1950, as these databases say, or did it get renamed Maine at that point and then get transformed into a pub in the early 1970s? To be continued.
The rest of the photos in this post I took last week.
In Rockland on the hard, it’s the mid-1950s Kennebec, and she’s available.
Here’s the info, but she might be sold by now.
Thanks to Harry, Robert, and Dave for vintage photos. All other photos by Will Van Dorp.
And if you’re interested in collaboration, I invite your help for November posts. All month long I hope to feature different ports–harbors–waterways and their workboats, which means not only towing vessels, but also ferries, fish boats, maintenance vessels, even yachts with professional crews. I’ve been traveling a lot the past few months and have a fairly large backlog of boats from ports–harbors–waterways mostly in New England. But as a social medium, this blog thrives on collaboration, so no matter which waters are near you, I’m inviting you to send along photos of workboats from ports I might not get to. I’d need at least three interesting photos to warrant a focus on a port. Here are examples I’ve already done that illustrate what I’m thinking to do.
Here are some photos from last year’s October breast cancer awareness campaign.
The idea of an annual breast cancer awareness month dates back to 1985. Since at least last year, some US tugboat companies have also joined in the effort to promote mammography and all else for early detection.
I hope you are as impressed as I am.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The first photos here comes from John Jedrlinic, who took the one immediately below in Norfolk in August. So far as I know, Julie Anne has not yet seen the sixth boro.
I’m also not sure A. J. McAllister has seen the sixth boro. Believe it or not, A. J. dates from 2003, built in Panama City, FL. Jed snapped this shot as she passed USS Bulkely. Unknowable from the Oct. 16, 2015 photo, the tight light on A. J. was attached to bulker New Spirit.
Can you guess this one?
It’s a nicely tidied up Quenames, New England bound.
Charles A has been in the harbor since at least this summer.
Coming in out of the rising sun, it’s Marie J. Turecamo and Kirby Moran.
And headed in that direction, it’s Elizabeth McAllister.
Now let’s size down . . . Robbins Reef is 42.4 ‘ loa,
Helen Paker is 39′,
and Ava Jude is 25′ . . .
This last photo I can’t identify, although I count at least four crew. Photo comes thanks to Phil Little.
Thanks to Jed and Phil for the first and last photos here; all the others are by Will Van Dorp.
A few years ago, I did this series of posts on the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Bayonne Bridge, which I needed to shoot under to get this photo of Laura K. Moran assisting Global Laguna–-probably here for scrap– around Bergen Point.
So let’s have a look at the construction project, one of two major infrastructure upgrades in greater NYC. The photo below shows the New Jersey side of the project, mirror image mostly for what’s happening on the New York side. For scale, consider that the yellow horizontal structure–a gantry–is 500′ long.
Note the six or so support piers, 6 of what will be 26.
Below is a closer-up of the second pier from the left in the above photo.
And here’s still closer. See the worker?
Here’s the fifth pier from the left.
Here’s about 100′ feet of the gantry. See the worker in the boom lift, just under the support pier?
Now you see him?
Still see him?
Stay tuned. Here’s a nj.com story on the work from before this summer.
For photos of the other bridge project, follow Kaleidoscope Eyes.
Here’s a link to the series.
Click anywhere on the photo below to see its provenance. My question is . . where and when was this photo taken?
Here’s a closer up of the top portion of the photo. And if you haven’t clicked on the photo above, I’ll tell you the source is a fine book by Captain Bill Eggert called Gentlemen of the Harbor.
The image below comes from an archived issue of Moran’s Towline magazine. You have another chance to guess the date. A difference here is that the photos above show the Class B boats and the one below the first two finishers of the Class A boats in this race.
And here is the answer. Evidence of the location of this race is in this link, where you see vintage photos of the Edgewater Ford plant, which closed in 1955 and was demolished in the late 1980s. Click here for some unusual Ford trucks built in Edgewater and used during WW2.
Back to the International Maritime Races, click here for info on the winner Socony 11, who came back to race 54 years later!! Photo at the end of this post. For career info and photos of Carol Moran, click here.
Excuse the redundancy in the image below, also from the October 1953 issue of Towline.
Here’s a 9/13/1953 Brooklyn Eagle p. 22 version of the race.
Going back to the top photo, YTB-499 is still in USCG documentation, now as Marine Retriever, operating out of Coos Bay, OR. C. Stewart Lee, originally built for the Navy as YT-134, is likely scrapped. New York Central No. 25, disposition unknown,was built in Newburgh in 1908. Maybe someone else can add some info on what looks like Dauntless No. 2 and the boat beyond it. And the two spectator boats? I presume the larger one is a Circle Line vessel.
I hope I’m right about Dorothy Elizabeth being the reincarnation of Socony 11. Unfortunately, in the photo from 2007, she was not far from the scrapper’s jaws. Click here (and scroll) to see how the same boat appeared in the movie Carlito’s Way.
Check out Eggert’s Gentlemen of the Harbor.