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Admittedly, what follows are probably the grainiest photos I’ve posted on tugster, but the context and content justify it, I think.
Click here for my occasional series called “film tugs,” and although no tugs appear, these are screen grabs from video shot in 1975, at 3 minutes 56, 3:11, and 3:22, respectively, the video that follows. I like the song, but I’d never seen the video until last night, when I needed a musical fix after drudgery. The photo below is SS Stevens, in its dorm iteration. Here from navsource are some much better pics. Anyone have photos of her during scrapping?
Now, if you are prepared to look at a 30-year-old Rod Stewart–retired footballer with bad makeup and hideous haircut–lip synching sheepishly–with glances alternatingly suggesting boredom and entrapment on a motorboat on the Hudson more than five years before MTV, which first aired in August 1981. Give this harbor music a listen here. Like I said, I like the song, but . . .
Anyone around in the sixth boro in 1975 recall what his “sailing” platform might have been? Or can identify the tankers or other details in this 1975 video?
This 1960 tug has gone from green to red and back to green.
In fact, just over a year ago, I caught it here transitioning from red to green . . . like watching a butterfly leave its cocoon.
Bravo, Eric R. Thornton . . . it’s good to see you working.
All photos recently by Will Van Dorp.
Thanks to Jonathan Steinman, here’s another tug–Robert Burton–handling the CVA sealed garbage containers. Given the direction of the tow and absence of freeboard on the barge, the containers are loaded and heading for Howland Hook to be loaded onto trains southbound.
Here (and scroll) was a post I did almost two years ago when Robert Burton was shifting barges down in the Beaufort Inlet.
Thanks much to Jonathan for sharing his vantage point.
Over six years ago, I did another asphalt post here. Yesterday I was thrilled to get the following photos below from Jonathan Steinman of this unusual vessel on the middle portion of the East River.
Asphalt Sailor–a great name–turns out to have a set of siblings ranging from a lot more capacious to somewhat less so. On names alone, I’d love to see Black Shark. Given the cargo, I wonder if the deck feels warm.
That’s James Turecamo overtaking on the west side. Here’s a hydrodynamics problem . . . is the greater amount of froth churned up by James due only to its greater speed, or is hull shape a factor?
For outatowners, that’s the 59th Street Bridge, and Asphalt Sailor is headed “south,” actually west.
Unrelated: Here’s an East River ship photo I posted six years ago. The conclusion then was that it was “doctored.” Anyone new thinking on it?
Thanks again to Jonathan for these unusual photos.
Here are some previous “fifth dimension” posts in which I attempt to time travel to the harbor past. Sunday morning I strolled down to Pier 16 on the East River . . . and felt like Alice–the one that falls into rabbit holes. Peking . . . and very old advertisements.
And there’s a new immigration office there? No hours of service were listed anywhere.
The health inspection station was unstaffed as well.
I thought all these ferries departed from the Battery.
Steerage on Peking . . . might kill you.
Why another war!?
The mass transit prices are good, somewhere.
And then a passenger vessel appears . . . Zephyr??! And I have to pass the Potemkin facades . . . .
I’d seen enough . . or too much, so I headed for the Battery on foot, where . . . I saw
a landing craft marked 502. And all I’d had to drink was coffee, along with a wholesome breakfast.
The real story of Pier 16 . . . it’s a film shoot. It’s New York after all. you might recall my stumbling upon a set for Boardwalk Empire down in the Rockaways almost two years ago; click here and scroll.
All photos were taken Sunday by Will Van Dorp.
This is a pair, but it’s a digression at the start. The left side of the image here is the north side plate glass of the Millennium Hotel on Church Street.
Here’s the same tower from over five miles farther south. But the star here is the blue tug, Atlantic Salvor, which two and a half years ago delivered segments of that antenna atop the WTC. I caught that trip, a return to the sixth boro from greater Montreal here.
Catching Atlantic Salvor here yesterday was thrilling, because a few months back she did her “sixth boro farewell” and sailed to Jamaica for a job.
Bowsprite and I were having an all-too-infrequent pique-nique when this unit arrived from that Jamaica job.
And paired with Atlantic Salvor . . . there’s the Witte 4001 and I think J. P. Boisseau, as well as
Caitlin Ann, at least for the passage through the Kills.
Welcome back, Salvor!
0647 . . . This is the best time for optimism. Quantico Creek is leaving the port side of BLS Liwa.
Joan Moran exits the East River bound for sea.
Mako stands by during cargo transfer.
Laura K. Moran heads westbound between jobs, always between jobs she.
And count them . . . five motive vessels . . . Maryland, Brendan Turecamo, Joan Moran, maybe Ruby M, and another . . . Easter morning is a busy place in the sixth boro.
Have an optimistic day. All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The most unambiguous sign of spring is a recreational boat in the sixth boro.
Margot always ranges widely . . . . but when the Erie Canal is still closed for the season, she’s more frequently in the sixth boro.
Buchanan 12 is back doing stonework . . .
big scale. In winter I’ve not seen this. Ice preventing it maybe?
Black-hulled USCG vessels are more common in winter. I’m not sure what Sanibel (WPB 1312) was doing in town.
Another indisputable sign of spring . . . is that big sliver . . . in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis the gull.
All kidding aside, it’s an impressive boat for a guy who immigrated to the US at age 16 and got a job washing dishes . . . if that’s true. I wonder who’s taking that selfie there? Is that a selfie with a circle of friends, a huge boat, and a bridge in the background?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
So yesterday was of course a day for a little . . . Aprilscherz or poisson d’avril . . ., but now I am serious. What you see below transports garbage, which might not impress you–but that unit towed by a single tug replaces 48 trucks between Queens and Staten Island. Spaced for safe driving, that would mean about a mile of highway congested by that garbage alone. Many thanks to Jonathan Steinman for the photo, which he took yesterday afternoon about 4 pm yesterday.
Piecing the whole system together–I hope correctly–here’s a photo I took of Happy Delta in Bayonne less than two weeks after Sandy roared through.
Here’s another shot taken the same day, showing Happy Delta arriving with its cargo, the blue Kunz cranes marked NYC Sanitation, WTC1 serving as the time stamp.
Here’s a close-up I took yesterday about an hour and a half before Jonathan took his. Here’s the story, six of these barges were built by Senesco and completed last summer. Here’s the story in print about the time the order was placed. Each barge carries 48 sealed garbage containers. The barge is light here, heading for an eastbound passage on the East River.
Compare the freeboard above to that in the next two photos, which Jonathan took half a week ago, as the tug and barge headed westbound–and south–on the East River.
Another four feet or so deeper in the water. That’s a load of garbage that’s not making potholes and stressing the BQE and other roads.
And where’s it coming from with empties? Here’s the answer in a recent SIlive version of the Advance. I haven’t gotten over to the south side of the Goethals Bridge yet to confirm what I think is there . . . those blue Kunz cranes. Anybody confirm this? Am I way off?
I took this photo as Captain D–a single 41-year-old tug–towed the 48 empty containers out of the Kills yesterday.
So if you needed another reason to love tugboats . . .
If you think “untruckster” doesn’t work as a name for this transportation system, con side the history of the word “dumpster,” here.
Many thanks to Jonathan for his photos from the East River. Any photos he didn’t take . . . came from Will Van Dorp.
This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years. I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.
Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?
Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling
looks a lot better.
Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .
and here’s a closer up a month later . . .
Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here
is the same
vessel now known as Foxy 3. I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.
Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and
just plain Dory now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro. Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts. Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10. I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.