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Let’s start at the sixth boro’s own Kearny Point. Federal Ship Building & Dry Dock used to be there. On December 1, 1943, a time when that place was turning out a vessel a week or so, hull #303 was delivered as USS Stern, DE-187. After eight years as a USN vessel, she was transferred to the Netherlands as F-811, HNLMS Van Zijll, her identity until 1967 when she was returned to the US and scrapped.
John van der Doe, frequent contributor on this blog, sailed on F-811 around the world in 1954–55, as he says “employed with the US Naval Task-force Pacific fleet 4 or 6 (forgot the number) during the Korean war.”
Aden, stop for bunkers.
Hong Kong, awaiting orders.
Yokosuka, Japan, here and
here. That background landscape is still recognizable today.
Click here for some more of that era.
Pacific side of the Panama Canal, now 1955.
And here’s a photo of the Kearny-built vessel taking on stores in Ponta Delgada, Azores.
Later, Jan took this photo in then-Leningrad. I believe that’s St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
Many thanks to Jan for these photos from long ago and faraway.
Call this GHP&W 11.
Botlek is a section of the port of Rotterdam. Here tugs Smit Texelbank and En Avant 1 and 20 assist craneship Oleg Strashnov into port for regular maintenance.
Prior to coming into port, Oleg Strashnov had been working in the North Sea gas fields.
These photos come via Fred Trooster.
Here are the previous posts in this series, showing the removal and disposal of the wreck of the RORO Baltic Ace, which sank after a collision in December 2012.
After more than two years underwater, this is how things appear.
Many thanks for these photos to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster.
Hudson, launched 1939, spent WW2 working for the British Ministry of Shipping, having left the Netherlands with a tow to Africa just before the Germany invasion and occupation. After the War, it towed to ports worldwide until 1963, when it was deemed underpowered and sold for scrap. Instead, it was purchased by a fishery as an ice-making ship, which it did until 1989. And again it was to be scrapped. This time, a foundation bought it, invested 14 years of restoration, and now, as a unique industrial artifact, it’s berthed in Maassluis, where visitors can picture the life of those in ocean towing from just before WW2 until 1960.
Hercules was built in the Netherlands in 1915 and worked for a Danish company until the late 1970s, when it was purchased for much-needed restoration. See its condition here.
Furie has a similar story: it was built in the Netherlands in 1916, sold to a Swedish lumber company in 1918. It worked mostly on the Baltic until 1976, when it was returned to the Netherlands for restoration and assumed a role in a Dutch TV series called Hollands Glorie, inspired by Jan de Hartog novel. You can watch the 90-minute series pilot here. It was made in 1977 and in Dutch, but it follows a new chief mate named Jan Wandelaar (hiker or wanderer) in the “hiring hall.” Give it a shot. If you want to skip around, the captain’s character gets established around the 10-minute mark. Around the 21-minute mark they are off the coast of Ireland. Around the 29-minute mark, the captain negotiates in his version of English for the tow and the next few minutes are exciting. Around 41 minutes in, they are towing a dredge along the WestAfrican coast to Nigeria. Around 1 hour 5,” they deal with a leak in the dredge.
Equally picturesque although I don’t know the stories are Anna and
These photos by Freek Konings come via Fred Trooster, to whom both I am grateful.
This post from 2013 was prompted by a request from Freek that I try to learn the disposition of a former Dutch Navy tug, likely sunk by the USCG. We are still looking for info on the fate of Wamandai.
Sail Amsterdam ended a month ago, but these photos come from a relative who works for Dutch law enforcement and could mingle freely with his vessel. Thanks cousin.
New Yorkers should easily recognize this vessel, in spite of some slightly different trappings.
Guayas, the Ecuadorian tall ship, called in the sixth boro three years ago.
Guayas was assisted by Aaron on the bow. Can anyone identify the tug hanging on the stern? Aaron appeared here once a year ago.
Sirius is an Iskes tug that outpowers Aaron by about four-fold.
Steam tug Scheelenkuhlen (70′ x 21′ x 6′ draft and 65 tons) dates from 1927.
A876 Hunze, launched 1987, is one of five large tugs operated by the Royal Dutch Navy.
Shipdock VI measures 52′ x 13.’
I can’t tell you much about Jan.
Voorzan III dates from 1932. Stadt Amsterdam has called in the sixth boro several times.
Triton 2008 is another Iskes tug.
They’re all beauties . . . from Zeetijger to
And this has to be a tanker that delights when she calls into port at the end of the day.
Let’s call it quits for today with a tug operated by the Port of Amsterdam . . . PA5 aka Pollux.
All photos by “Hans Brinker.”
I’ve gotten a bit behind with photos from the Netherlands. These were taken in early June.
By now, Havila Neptune has made its way across the North Sea to Scotland, towing
Paragon B391, with Multratug 4 and others.
Seven Discovery is still in greater Rotterdam.
Tug Atlas . . .has returned from Rotterdam to the Baltic.
Here’s an interesting one . . bucket ladder dredge Stepan Demeshev was in Rotterdam waiting for heavy lift ship Tern to take it to Mumbai. As of this writing (July 8), Tern with cargo was in the southern Red Sea bound for the Mandeb Strait.
Last but not least for this update and here assisted by Smit Cheetah and Smit Ebro, . . . it’s Vanuatu-flagged Global 1200,
currently working off Normandy.
Many thanks to Jan and Fred for these Rotterdam photos. I’m struck–as always–by the variety of vessels that call there and then move on to the next job.
Any errors in current info on these vessels is due simply to me.
The etymology here is “rotte” and “dam,” and as a silly kid, I used to call it “rotten dam,” since silly kids make fun of their heritage. Rotte, though, is an old name for a waterway in the Rhine-Maas delta. It is truly a complex port, and thanks to my parents, one where I can speak the language, unlike the case in even more complex ports like Singapore and Shanghai. In one area of the port, depths can accommodate vessels with drafts of up to 78 feet! Early on, an important commodity was fish, and fishing boats are still present. “SCH” on the vessel below identifies it as based in Scheveningen, a port to the northwest of R’dam with a name that’s a veritable shibboleth.
OD signifies Ouddorp, or “old village.” Here are the codes.
The bow symbol says it all. Ouddorp is a small village in the delta.
I’m thinking we’re looking at an old and new version of Maarten-Jacob.
Whenever you take a photo of a vessel in a port, it really is just a moment in time. All these vessels shared this port one day in late June, but now . . .
they’re all either “on the fishing grounds” around Scotland, as is true of Wylde Swan and Sandettie and
or fisheries research vessels (l to r) Tridens, Isis, Zirfaea, and Arca.
Yes, that vessel is called Isis, and has been since 1983.
Here’s Oceaan II . . . between jobs.
And finally Oleg Strashnov, heavy lifting crane ship, with lift capacity of 5000 tons! It’s also headed into the North Sea for wind farm support.
Again, many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.
I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.
“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.
And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat. My letters to various addresses in the USCG in reference to the lost tug went unanswered.
Here’s an index to previous posts with this theme. But truth be told, technology has no nationality. Click here and scroll through for the last vessel, a Dutch
tug vessel that for a time worked in the Chesapeake. Here she was last week, all decked out and doing a tour in connection with a Maassluis’ tugboat festival.
Enjoy these details, as well.
Engine room console and
Radio room (Thanks for the info, Jan)
Tugboat (Oops! As was Elbe/Maryland. Thx to Peter for catching this.) pilot boat Rigel dates from 1949;
Dock Yard V . . . from 1942.
And just to keep a hint of truckster alive from one April 1st to another, check out these two American beauties . . . living a well-kept expatriate existence.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.
Right around this time four years ago, I saw my first dockwise vessel in the sixth boro and the loading process was lengthy. There’s a link at the end of this post, by which time you’ll understand why I bring that up.
For now, imagine what’s to the right of Smit Panther and Smit Schelde, and
to the left of Smit Elbe and Smit Cheetah . . .
Here it is . . . Armada Intrepid, an FPSO here lassoed in the Calandkanaal portion of the port of Rotterdam.
Oh! of course, they are related. It’s time for a piggyback.
All secure and keel of FPSO is already dry.
A sailor too long at sea, upon seeing this approach, would panic!
So here is the index of “groundhog day” posts I did four years ago.
For these photos, many thanks to Hans van der Ster of towingline.com and Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster.