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If you’ve yet to make your first trip to the Netherlands and you’re interested in tugboats, then Maassluis in one of a handful of must-see places. Jan van der doe went there recently and sent these. I was there last year and got some of the same photos, just two months later in the season. As you can see, the Dutch have wet and misty winters. This is the “binnenhaven” or “inner harbor.” For some great 1945 photos of the same place, click here.
I’m not repeating details on these boats, because most of them I commented on last year.
This boat’s name is tribute to the same person for whom our fair river is named, obviously.
Here we move counterclockwise around the harbor; that white building with the pointy tower is the National Tugboat Museum.
I’d translate Krimpen as “shrink,” but I don’t know if that’s the sense here.
Here we’re back to the location of photo #1 but we look to the right, toward the big river, the Nieuwe Waterweg. “Waterweg” translates as “waterway.”
If I walk in this direction a few blocks and follow this boat looking to my left, I’d be headed past Schiedam and the Mammoet Bollard Building and get to waters edge Rotterdam, about which I’ve done lots of posts.
All photos thanks to Jan van der Doe.
Click here to see previous sets sent along by Jed. This set I’m arranging by year of build. 1972. A little info more, she’s 98′ x 30.’
1977. She’s a bit larger, 115′ x 33.’
1978. Husky has been renamed Maro, and she’s massive, 197′ x 50′ and moved by 12,000 hp.
1998. 115′ x 36′ Here was a post I did about an incident of near capsize with FairPlay 21. FairPlay 22 did capsize with loss of life.
2001 and identical dimensions to FairPlay 23.
2009, and 92′ x 35.’
2009 and 105′ x 43.’
2010 and 95′ x 39.’
2011 and 105′ x 39.’
Many thanks to Jed, aka John Jedrlinic, for these photos, and for being patient while they collected in my inbox. Here are some of the many Dutch tugs appearing here previously.
Since I’ve tons to do today, comment will be minimal. The photo below I took near the KVK salt pile on January 14, 2016. Eagle Ford, to the right, has since been scrapped in Pakistan.
The history of Alnair, photo taken in Havana harbor on February 4, 2016, is still untraced. It looks like an ex-USN tug. Click here for more Cuban photos.
This photo of JRT Moran and Orange Sun I took on March 12.
June 1, I took this, with Robert E. McAllister and an invisible Ellen escorting Maersk Idaho out the door.
July 14, I saw GL tug Nebraska yank bulkier Isolda with 56,000 tons of corn through a narrow opening and out the Maumee.
August 23 I caught Atlantic Sail outbound past a nearly completed Wavertree. And come to think of it, this is a perfect Janus photo.
September 9 at the old port in Montreal I caught Svitzer Montreal tied up and waiting for the next job.
October 18, I caught Atlanticborg and Algoma Enterprise down bound between Cape Vincent and Clayton NY.
November 4, while waiting for another tow, I caught Sarah Ann switching out scrap scows in the Gowanus.
And I’ll end this retrospective Janus post with a mystery shot, which I hope to tell you more about in 2017. All I’ll say is that I took it yesterday and can identify only some of what is depicted. Anyone add something about this photo?
I feel blessed with another year of life, energy, gallivants, and challenges. Thank you for reading and writing me. Special thanks to you all who sent USPS cards ! I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017. Here’s what Spock would say and where he got it.
Here was my “last hours” post from 2015. And here from the year before with some vessels sailing away forever. And here showing what I painted in the last hours of 2013. And one more with origins “oud jaardag” stuff from the finale of 2011.
I did this once before here. This time I was deleting near duplicates to limit the size of my photo library to accommodate the many photos I brought back from the gallivants, and my mind quickly formed today’s post. Enjoy all these from August through October 2009 and marvel at how much the harbor changes. As I went through the archives, this is where I stopped, given the recent developments in Bella Bella BC.
For background on this tug, check here.
Notice also the Bayonne approach to the bridge.
IMO 8983117 was still orange back then.
King Philip, Thomas Dann, and Patriot Service . . .
Odin . . . now has a fixed profile.
And these two clean looking machines — Coral Queen and
John B. Caddell — were still with us.
This is a digression to March 2010, but since I’m in a temporally warped thought, let me add this photo of the long-gone Kristin Poling.
Back to 2009, Rosemary looked sweet here in fall scenes.
John Reinauer . . . I wonder what that tug looks like today over in Nigeria.
And Newtown Creek, now the deep Lady Luck of the Depths, sure looked good back then.
And while I’m at it, I’ve finally solved a puzzle that’s bugged me for a few years. Remember this post from three and a half years ago about a group of aging Dutch sailors who wanted to hold a reunion on their vessel but couldn’t find the boat, a former Royal Dutch Navy tug named Wamandai A870? Well, here’s the boat today! Well, maybe . . .
Photos and tangents by Will Van Dorp.
Here are more photos from Aleksandr, taken on a canal between Middelburg and Vlissingen. Ruurtje tows while
F-50 takes the stern as they move
the aluminum superstructure of a future Damen-built patrol craft on barge Risico 11.
Aleksandr sent me these photos about a month ago. He took them on April 20 passing Vlissingen and headed generally northward. And I’m somewhat stumped. What does Flintercoral look like to you?
To me it looks like a new build, going elsewhere for completion.
Multratug 27 takes the bow and
Multrasalvor 3 at the stern.
So I guess here’s the story: it was completed as a container vessel, and although it has a Flinter- name, Flinter- never took ownership because the yard had gone bankrupt beforehand. It seems then that some time later, the ship was purchased by Necon, and converted into a semi-submersible. Necon, it seems, has only this vessel. But why it was under tow a month ago is a mystery.
My experience with Flinter is from 2009, when Flinterduin brought the Dutch sailing barges to the sixth boro, and then Flinterborg picked them up in Albany and returned them to Dutch waters.
The same day, Aleksandr caught Smit Sentosa on its arrival from a one-month passage in from Capetown.
Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos. Previously his photos and drawings have appeared here. Vlissingen (origin of the name of the NYC area called Flushing, settled in 1645) is a quite old port in Zeeland.
So here was 1 and in it I said I would answer a question in a few days and now a few weeks have passed. The question pertained to the device mounted on the stern of vessel
Husky. Congrats to Seth Tane, who guessed correctly. Here’s what Xtian writes: “It’s a plough. In French we talk about “nivelage” [leveling], which means after dredging the bottom of the sea is like a field that has just passed a plow. This tool cuts the bump to fill the gap. It’s also used in the rivers where the “alluvium” or the mud stays in always same places because of the current and built like “bottom hill” there. And it happens also in some harbour (like ferries’ harbour) as because the ferries always doing the same maneuver and raise the mud that still lay at the same place.
More of Xtian’s photos follow, like this closeup of the captain of Smit Cheetah,
Fairplay 24 and 21,
Union 11 passing the Mammoet headquarters,
Pieter (?) towing Matador 2,
and finally the recently completed Noordstroom.
Many thanks to Xtian for these photos of another watershed.
All these photos come through Fred Trooster.
Let’s start with the new build Noordstroom which wasn’t splashed until midMarch 2016. Click here to see the triple-screw vessel at various stages of construction.
Here’s 1973 built Pacific Hickory. I’m not sure what’s brought her to greater Rotterdam.
And we end today’s post with Osprey Fearless, 1997 built.
All photos by Freek Koning and via Fred Trooster. Thank you very much.
Traffic backed up. But in Schiedam it’s because of a drawbridge that’s up to allow a self-propelled barge to back out. More on that later. That windmill? It’s at the Nolet distillery, a Ketel One facility that makes many spirits besides vodka.
Here’s the 1962 motorvrachtschip, Sentinela,
squeezing through the lock and
returning to the main waterway after delivering one of two loads of sand per day to the glass-making plant just up the creek from Ketel One.
But Hercules is the reason I’m here today. The big steam vessel event is only a month and some away, so it’s painting and refurbishing time to prepare her. For a larger set of photos of the preparations, including the mounting of a new mast created out of an old spar by Fred Trooster, click here.
Here is a set of photos I took of Hercules two years ago at the steam festival.
The barge being towed here is loaded upside and down below with smaller steam engine applications.
Click on the photo below to hear how silently she runs.
To keep her running, the owner Kees Boekweit needs to fabricate some of the parts himself. He works as a steam engineer over at –you guessed it–Ketel One. Click on the photo below to see a shorter video of her running on the North Sea.
Here are the fireboxes under the boiler.
Here is a cold firebox and
an empty coal pocket.
And one last glimpse of traffic on the main waterway here, Friday last Ovation of the Sea arrived in Rotterdam for the first time. See eight minutes of edited tape here. By the way, the KRVE boats are the line handlers. Clearly, though, the tugs steal the show providing what I’ll call a “Dutch welcome,” to coin a phrase.
Click on the photo below to hear her run.
Click here to watch a 20-minute video documenting her meeting a near-sister a few years back. The sister has been converted into a private yacht. See them together here. The next two photos I took in NL in 2014.
That’s Fred Trooster and me in the photo below; thanks Fred for the invitation to come aboard Elbe.
For some of Fred’s photos of the visit, click here.
Marginally related, I wonder when a similar pilot boat–Wega–will leave its custody in Rio here (and scroll).
Also, marginally related and in response to a question from sfdi1947, click here for interactive navigation charts (waterkaarten or vaarkaarten) for Dutch inland waters, fun to play with but likely not guaranteed for actual use.