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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.
This is how I imagine her, but recently . . .
the boom has been missing. I don’t know the story, but I’d like to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here she leaves the top end of Roosevelt Island to port.
The rest of these photos I took.
One of the two assist tugs–I’ll include more photos of the assist tugs later–was McAllister Brothers.
The East River is spanned by eight bridges. These two are the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridges.
She traverses the Upper Bay,
stopping only briefly as Rosemary Miller comes alongside, before
heading through the Narrows and
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.
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.
This photo was taken from the same crane but looking west.
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.
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.
Bonnie took these photos on Jamaica Bay. Note the cliffs of Manhattan in the distance.
Emily I believe is the 1961 built 35-footer. Bonnie first posted photos of Emily here.
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.
What this appears like notwithstanding, I think the local boat under 40′ is called Miss Julia.
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.
Mako III is a 45′ tug the same age as I am.
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?
Many thanks to Bonnie and Allen for some of these photos. If you’ve wondered about the name frogma, read this.
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.
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.
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.
And the original of this class is Hunts Point, in service now about 15 months.
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.
I compared bows of the current generation with that of Red Hook here about a year ago.
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.
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?
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.