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This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes.  See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?

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It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.

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So let’s resume . . .  the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so

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gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock.  Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.

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it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.

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Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.

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almost all fast

Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.

The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman.  It shows a more complete rig.

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Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days.  For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221.  Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.

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All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.

From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.

 

Here’s the fleet arrival extravaganza from three years ago.  And here are installments 1  2 and 3 of the arrival of a special vessel of the LPD set.

I got my spot early, and had some surprises . . . like this medium endurance cutter heading OUT to meet the fleet.

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WMEC 905 Spencer

There were also these four yard patrol craft doing the same,

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Training vessels from Annapolis

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YP 705

and this tropical architecture (!!?) under the palm-tree grove over by Fort Wadsworth.  What’s going on?  It’s Cuba at the Narrows.  

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Just before 10 a.m. the fleet was in sight coming up the Ambrose.

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The YPs 704, 705, 707, and 708 led the fleet in,

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DDG-55 Stout the first larger vessel in,

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followed by DDG-52 Barry and

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foreground vessel is former WPB-82362 Point Brown, now  Lady B

LPD-17 San Antonio.

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Here’s a schedule of events for the public and the fleet this week.

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Enjoy your stay, all.

 

Bravo to South Street Seaport Museum and all its supporters.  From their press release:  “A celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15, with  Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction; Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director; and other City Officials.”

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Wavertree, built 1885 in Southampton, England.  Dismasted off Cape Horn 1910.  Former floating warehouse in Chile and  sand barge in Argentina.  Arrived in NYC’s sixth boro 1970.

“This $10.6 million stabilization and restoration project is funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council Office, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. The project will be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island and will address critical long-term preservation of the ship.”

This will be a long visit to the yard.

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Departs for major shipyard work May 21, 2015 at 1230

If you want to see her at the East River dock, you’ve got only about 48 more hours.

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For photos of Wavertree arriving in NYC in 1970 and in Argentina before that, click here and scroll.

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The black-hulled tall ship along Wavertree is Peking.  For some photos from her last trip to the yard click here and here.

Wavertree, steady as she goes.

Tangentially related:  given that Wavertree–like Peking–is a “wind ship” without auxiliary power, here’s some exciting news from New England Waterman blog

 

If you think the sixth boro has a wide variety of tugboats, you’ll agree it’s also surrounded by a variety of land–boro–scapes.

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l to r:  Thomas J. Brown, 1962 and Joyce D. Brown, 2002

from obscure to iconic.

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Eastern Dawn, 1978.  Previously Delta Mule and Grand Eagle

Here’s the Brooklyn passenger terminal and

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Evening Star, 2012

the anchorage in mid-Upper Bay,

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Nanticoke, 2007

Brooklyn Navy Yard,

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Bridgeport, 1982.  Previously, Dragon Lady and others

Williamsburg,

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Miss Gill, 1970.  Previously Mister Mike, Samson, and other.

Bayonne,

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Eric R. Thornton, 1960.  Previously Roger Williams

east end of Wall Street,

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Pelham, 1960.  Previously Little Joe, Tucana, and other

entrance to the Kills showing the Bayonne Bridge and obvious modifications to the bases,

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Eastern Dawn again

and finally the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

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the Browns again

All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s the index for previous Twin Tube posts.  This freight vessel is 64′ x 19′ x 8.5, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that it is one of the first Blount built vessels ever, launched in 1951.  Here’s the index to all my previous  Blount posts.

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Twin Tube January 2013

This is how I imagine her, but recently . . .

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the boom has been missing.  I don’t know the story, but I’d like to.

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Twin Tube April 2015

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and the brants are discussing it . . .

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Dec 2013 approaching the gauntlet of Balder‘s docklines

Most larger cargo vessels provisioned by Twin Tube have their own on-board cranes, so maybe the boom was removed to avoid having to negotiate the dock lines as she had to here in a blinding snowstorm back a year and a half ago.

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dipping under the the boom under the lines

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and then raising it again

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated but important:  If you are local, free and have the slightest inclination to make merry, there’s a soiree on Lehigh Valley 79 THIS Friday night, as a means to consolidate doubloons to keep the barge afloat.  Details here.  See you there, if my best approximation of pirate hood.  Here’s a post I did nearly five years ago.  And one more.

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You saw it here back in October as well as here just almost exactly a year ago at the start Summer Sea Term 2014.  More info on the itinerary here.  The first five photos come thanks to Jonathan Steinman and Rand Miller.

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Hell Gate does not often see vessels of this size and style.  For a vessel past the half century mark, TS Empire State VI has classic lines.

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Here she leaves the top end of Roosevelt Island to port.

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The rest of these photos I took.

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TS Empire State passing Evening Tide at U Thant Island

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Williamsburg Bridge

One of the two assist tugs–I’ll include more photos of the assist tugs later–was McAllister Brothers.

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The East River is spanned by eight bridges.  These two are the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges.

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She traverses the Upper Bay,

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stopping only briefly as Rosemary Miller comes alongside, before

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heading through the Narrows and

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out to sea.  The plan to to drop the hook off Montauk overnight to do some drills before heading for Delaware Bay, the C & D Canal, the Chesapeake, and then Chareston SC before heading across the Atlantic.

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There are calls for a newer training vessel for SUNY here.

Many thanks to NYMedia Boat and Sean Shipco for conveyance.  Have a great summer at sea, cadets.   And again, thanks to Jonathan and Rand for photos from the “east” end of the East River.

 

Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs.

All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka  “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project.  Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here.

In the collage below taken from atop a crane,  you are looking east from a midpoint in the Morris Canal.  The Twin Towers serve as a reference, as does the Statue of  Liberty to the right horizon.  Pam has included text, which I will not duplicate.  She mentions the white vessel Chauncey M. Depew, which you can see here.  Also mentioned is the M/T Mary Gellatly;  here is another–I believe–Gellatly tanker. Today marinas fill the canal, the north side is largely built up, and the south side is Liberty Landing State Park.

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This photo was taken from the same crane but looking west.

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Taken on the north side of the canal and near the border with Hoboken, here was new life springing forth.  More photos of this new life soon.

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Many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of these photos.

And thanks to all who commented on the captions yesterday.  This morning when I opened wordpress to prepare this post, the captioning option was nowhere to be seen.  Oh, the mystery of software!!

 

The first four photos come with many thanks to Bonnie frogma, the intrepid “river rat” who’s currently devoting lots of time to preparations for arrival to the sixth boro of Hokule’a.  I know nothing about this particular Lil Toot.

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Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay.  Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.

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Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer.   Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.

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I took this photo last weekend.  I’ve seen 70′ Wollochet on AIS, but here’s my first view of her crossing sixth boro center stage.

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What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.

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Here’s one of the half-century-plus-old WYTLs on the far side of Robbins Reef Light recently, one of the tools the USCG chooses for ice-breaking in the wintery Hudson.  Click here and scroll through to see a WYTL making ice cubes a half decade back.

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Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.

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Last but certainly not least, Allan Seymour sent this along from the Miami River, and I have no idea about a name or a story.  Anyone help out?

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Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos.   If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.

Unrelated and sad news just passed along by Michele.  Remember this post and this one about goats at the Narrows?  Here was my first contact.

Here’s the sad news.  Here’s the marketing concept.

 

 

Here was GUP 3, and here was one GUP-related post since then, about the sale of a peer of the vessel below.  In case you don’t check the links and are wondering what GUP is, it’s my neologism for “gross universal product,” AKA sewage.  I’m doing this post now as a complement to my article in PM magazine.    North River is currently high and dry and getting some paint.  More on that later.

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For now, let’s have a look at the fleet carrying the load . . . or loads.

The most recently arrival is Rockaway, in service now nearly a year.

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Coming right up on a one-year anniversary of start of service is Port Richmond.  If you are wondering about the names, all three  new boats are named for sewage facilities serving NYC.  Here’s an article about the Port Richmond facility.

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And the original of this class is Hunts Point, in service now about 15 months.

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Now if you conclude that Rockaway, Port Richmond, and Hunts Point look alike . . . well, they’re virtually identical.

Not true for Red Hook, which has been in service now for over six years.

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I compared bows of the current generation with that of Red Hook here about a year ago.

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Here’s the most recent photo I’ve taken of North River.  How much service–even back–she has left in her I can’t tell you.

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Meanwhile, all hats off to this fleet which keeps sixth boro waters smelling as sweet as they do to us and feeling as hospitable as they do to all the other critters that depend on this habitat.

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?

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Southbound, approaching the GW Bridge, this appears to be a small tanker, a la Mary Whalen and others.  There’s also a shot of this tanker right at the start of the video.

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This one could be a Socony tanker a la Kristin Poling?

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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?

And while I’m thinking about music, here are some others . . .  Southern Cross and Sail Away.   What’s yours?

 

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