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… it’s L. W. Caddell, which I believe was built at the yard a quarter century ago.

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A shipyard needs a small tug (loa 46′ x 16′) for lots of projects . . .

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with every job.

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And L. W.  . . .

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has an even smaller fleet mate, Jay Bee V, 1969

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and loa 38′ x 12.’

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I got there JUST in time.  A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream.  What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.

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Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.

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And then it was lunch time.

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Here you see the dry dock “ballasting”  . . . or sinking.

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Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”

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Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.

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The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.

Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation.  Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction.  See here and here.

Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.

First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left?  Click on it for the schedule;  I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal”  Saturday and Sunday.

Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea.  Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world.  Here’s more on that project;  a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.

Here’s the index of previous “names.”

I love surprises, but some pass almost unnoticed to most.  For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway visited the sixth boro a few weeks ago?  The Hemingway IMO 9295177.  Ditto Charles Dickens, earlier this spring.  Now I wish Thomas Pynchon would visit, given that he wrote about it . . . and tell me about it in advance.  Orange Ocean is in town, but please, no more orange rivers.  Alpine Mary is here now, but please no typhoid Mary.  YM Unicorn, yes . . . they exist.  And a really crazy one, a tug on Lake Ontario yesterday, Radium Yellowknife!  Wow!

When I saw on AIS that Buffalo Hunter was bound for sea, my tired brain thought Bob Marley and wondered which of his songs would be emblazoned on a bow and stern soon . . . Stir It Up, maybe?

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Then I realized the second word was “hunter” and not “soldier,” and the paint job looked neo-dazzle.

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Strange . . .

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So let’s get out front and look the vessel over again.  Unusual paint-on figurehead.

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What’s that around the upper railings of the house?

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Barbed wire!  Coils and coils of it.  Has the sixth boro gotten a nasty reputation?

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Seriously, I’m guessing it’s for some pirate-infected waterways elsewhere.  Anyone care to share more about the story?

Here was barbed wire mustache on a vessel in Cape Town a few years back.  Maybe this is a cheap-fix for better internet?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

See that tug over there?   This photo comes from Asher Peltz, and I’m very grateful . . .

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because I was seeing the tow from this angle, quite backlit, but

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fascinated nonetheless, given the load

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on Marmac 300 . . . parts of the turbine bases for units 3, 4, and 5 of 5.   See the base for unit 1 here.  At the pace the tow is moving, it’s barely to Montauk as of this posting.  By the way, for scale, the tug is 97.7 ‘ loa.

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Here’s Stephen B in a logical though unlikely location.

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nestled between Manhattan Elite and Celestial.

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Dean Reinauer sidled over to my part of the Kills, and I got a good look.  Thanks.

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This Dean has been at work for just over two years.  Click here to see–along with some other departed vessels– the previous Dean Reinauer, currently in Nigeria under different ownership.

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Bluefin appears to have just been painted, as the lettered Kirby logo has not  been applied.

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The last time–I think–Bluefin was on this blog she was still gray.

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Here’s Robert Burton in yesterday’s strange pre-rain light and here

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at dawn yesterday interestingly backlit though not quite.  A couple of years ago, I caught her down in Morehead City.

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All photos taken yesterday.  Thanks to Asher for the lead photo here.

Jay Michael  comes thanks to Bjoern Kils of NY Media Boat.  I’m not sure why I’ve “deep freezed” these photos since April.

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I caught this photo of Lynx leaving for the Commonwealth a few weeks ago.

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Notice the curved panel atop the front of the wheelhouse?

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It’s an open upper nag station.  Check out the controls.  Ever used?

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Her tow had an interesting name for a barge.

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Recognize this boat from the mast?

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For something really different, here are two clips from youtube.

First, on Chrysler Sea Mules . . . anyone have experience with them?  Are there any restored versions?

And second, on Kettenschleppers, toueurs or chain tugs  . . .  the video is not English but you can get the drift in two minutes or less.  They’re used in long unventilated tunnels which would fill with fumes if combustion engines were used.

 

 

How about cold pics today, like these first two of Line.   For the story, click here, an article that never got paper published.

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What floats in the Hudson here is like what floats in my tea all day.   I recall that the crew I interviewed here told me I should try to see one of these in dry dock to understand how the design of the hull makes these small tugs great for breaking ice.  “It has an ice pick,” one person said.

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Well, finally I got to see Swivel high and dry.  Swivel is no longer owned by the USCG.  It may belong to an entity called GIPEC.

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Anyhow, this is about WYTL design.  See the ice pick?  The bow rides up on the ice and the perpendicular notch saws through.

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I’m glad I finally got to see this, and I hope you too are chilled by thinking of icebreakers and the beautiful season shaping us a half year from now.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

For as multipurpose as sixth boro waterways are in summertime, my perception is that safety prevails.  RORO, barge on a short wire, and canoe stay well apart.

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Ditto here with spacing.

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PWCs . .  I’ll never be a fan.

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Foreshortening masks the fact that from a vantage point like Fort Wadsworth . . . I can see over 10 miles.

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The traditional ship here was launched in 1997;  the tug beyond  . . . in 2001.

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My only question is where that classy yellow sand is going.  TZ Bridge?

All photos recently by Will Van Dorp.

 

Day 1. May 11, 2015.

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Later on Day 1

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Day 37, refueling near Gibraltar.

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Day 48, Belfast

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Yesterday, day 92 . . . south of the 59th Street Bridge, and

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cadets showing their sea legs by climbing to novel places!

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Still later yesterday . . . passing alongside Roosevelt Island, and almost home.

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Credits . . .  Steve Munoz, Tommy Bryceland and friends, Tony Acabono, Jonathan Steinman, Laura Seeholzer, a few secret salts, a communicative kraken, and Will Van Dorp . . . in no particular order.

Click here for photos of TS Empire State departing the sixth boro in May, here for her being towed into dry dock 10 months ago, and here for her return from Summer Term back in 2010.

The first photo comes via Fred Trooster, HHL Fremantle leaving Waalhaven for Port Said on 4 August, with RT Zoe, RT Stephanie, and RT Claire, for new lives there . . . .

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All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro  . . .  Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.

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Ellen McAllister and McAllister Sisters escort GA under the Bayonne Bridge

Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.

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Anyone recognize the cargo?

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Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.

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Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.

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Here crabbing across the Hudson is Sightseer XII, built in 1933!!  Click here for more info on this vessel originally built to enforce Prohibition!

And finally . . . Destiny, a new one for me, a sixth boro version of a lobster boat.   A Maine lobster boat has evolved into something quite different.

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Thanks to Fred for the top photo;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was the first in this series.  I’d also thought of this as prodigal ferry.  Strangely enough, the Staten Island ferries travel all the way to Colonna Shipyard in Norfolk for maintenance.

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Molinari returns!

 

Towed by Eileen McAllister, Molinari returned this morning.  Note the twin lights near Sandy Hook in the background.

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Standing by here, it’s Charles D. McAllister.

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I’d heard once that a wooden “dam” was built on the bow of the ferry to keep water from coursing through during these open-sea transits, but that’s not the case here.  Notice the missing lifeboat?

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Once inside the Narrows, Charles D gets a line on the stern.

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I’m told Newhouse will be next to visit Colonna.  Does anyone know if there’s a “riding crew” on the ferry for these transits?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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