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So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.
Next in an icy North River (?) . . . . . . Richmond.
Launches Bronx and
Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.
And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug
And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere. I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.
Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)
while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).
It’s Margot, last included on this blog here. Guess the location?
Here’s a closer-up of Gage Paul with Robbins Light in the background.
Here’s Robert leaving the sixth boro this morning with a tow that
East Coast meets west coast this morning alongside Corossol.
The newer Dean headed eastbound on the KVK and
and finally . . another configuration of Marjorie B. McAllister.
All photos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . Margot‘s location in the first photo is Tottenville NY, with Outerbridge Crossing in the background.
The Yahoo tugboat groups has recently hosted an interesting discussion on “oldest” tugs in the United States, North America, or US-built. Here’s a batch I’ve seen in the past year.
Baltimore . . . 1906, afloat in Baltimore.
Rose . . . 1906, afloat in Camden, NJ.
Jupiter . . . 1901, afloat in Philadelphia.
Pegasus . . . 1907, afloat in Jersey City.
Urger . . . 1901, working near Albany. I took this foto in Lyons in February.
New York Central No. 13 . . . 1887, ashore on Staten Island.
I’d love to see recent fotos of the following: Fanny J, 1874, probably in Haiti; Tramp, 1874; Rustler, 1886; Jill Marie, 1889; and Spanky Paine, 1892. Many boats much younger than all those mentioned here have been scrapped or left to linger in graveyards.
All fotos in this post by Will Van Dorp, taken in 2010. Last time I had a batch adding up to 550 years.
The last time I used this title , which starts with this foto of the elegant New York Central No. 13, was a half year ago. How can this be? And No. 13, how will these elegant nineteenth century curves glide as she cleaves the Kills?
Amber Waves . . . evocative name, but wouldn’t frothy ones be more descriptive for winter fishing? Notice the storage space of a trawler hull compared with the tug hulls in this post. Seeing those spanking new “zinc fish” affixed to the hull recalls Bowsprite’s recent –shall we say . . . “biological” . .. studies.
Shelby . . . all engine room and fluids tank … is quite unlike this
offshore clam dredge (?) that needs to store the catch until it’s offloaded at the dock.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve previously compared hull types here.