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See that tug over there? This photo comes from Asher Peltz, and I’m very grateful . . .
because I was seeing the tow from this angle, quite backlit, but
fascinated nonetheless, given the load
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.
Here’s Stephen B in a logical though unlikely location.
nestled between Manhattan Elite and Celestial.
Dean Reinauer sidled over to my part of the Kills, and I got a good look. Thanks.
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.
Bluefin appears to have just been painted, as the lettered Kirby logo has not been applied.
The last time–I think–Bluefin was on this blog she was still gray.
Here’s Robert Burton in yesterday’s strange pre-rain light and here
at dawn yesterday interestingly backlit though not quite. A couple of years ago, I caught her down in Morehead City.
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.
I caught this photo of Lynx leaving for the Commonwealth a few weeks ago.
Notice the curved panel atop the front of the wheelhouse?
It’s an open upper nag station. Check out the controls. Ever used?
Her tow had an interesting name for a barge.
Recognize this boat from the mast?
For something really different, here are two clips from youtube.
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.
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.
Anyhow, this is about WYTL design. See the ice pick? The bow rides up on the ice and the perpendicular notch saws through.
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.
Ditto here with spacing.
PWCs . . I’ll never be a fan.
Foreshortening masks the fact that from a vantage point like Fort Wadsworth . . . I can see over 10 miles.
The traditional ship here was launched in 1997; the tug beyond . . . in 2001.
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.
Later on Day 1
Day 37, refueling near Gibraltar.
Day 48, Belfast
Yesterday, day 92 . . . south of the 59th Street Bridge, and
cadets showing their sea legs by climbing to novel places!
Still later yesterday . . . passing alongside Roosevelt Island, and almost home.
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.
All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro . . . Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.
Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.
Anyone recognize the cargo?
Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.
Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.
Thanks to Fred for the top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Towed by Eileen McAllister, Molinari returned this morning. Note the twin lights near Sandy Hook in the background.
Standing by here, it’s Charles D. McAllister.
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?
Once inside the Narrows, Charles D gets a line on the stern.
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.
Kirby Moran is new in the sixth boro this year; Laura K. was new in 2008; Gramma Lee T arrived here in 2002 and has now shifted south to Miami. And Eric McAllister arrived here last year. They pretty much resemble each other until you look at the numbers. Bear with me as we first compare their lines from similar perspectives.
So let’s compare horsepower, loa x breadth, and propulsion.
Kirby Moran: 6000, 88.7′ x 38′ , 2x medium speed, two cycle, EMD ME12G7C-T3 with Schottel SRP 1515 FP z drives
Laura K Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x Detroit Diesel MTU with Schottel z drives
Gramma Lee T Moran: 5100, 87.4 x 32′, 2x EMD 12-645F7B with Ulstein 1650H z drives
Eric McAllister: 5150, 91.8′ x 36′, 2x Tier III compliant Caterpillar 3516CHD with Schottel SRP1215 z drives
Conclusion of the non-engineer layperson that I am: Check out Kirby’s 38′ breadth. Seabulk has several like this one with less length and even greater breadth.
Much of this info comes from here, but all photos are by Will Van Dorp.
Here were previous posts in this series.
Sunday morning, though, I went out to see the full moon set, but
while I was relaxing there, this Dolphin intruded,
And then went back and forth . . . above this tanker with stern line dangling and held in location by two tugboats. And the VHF channel 14 was calling for a slow bell in the KVK.
Another USCG asset came around, and
if all that didn’t call attention to something awry, then a small boat adding wipes to the booms
called even clearer signs of a problem. Also, on that outboard, is that camouflage paint or grease?
Meanwhile even more spill response boats and crews arrived.
When I got home and searched for info on any (oil spill) incident, I learned that the Dolphin itself had experienced some problems and spent the rest of the day and night on a nearby golf course. Ouch!
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s the story as told by workingharborcommittee.
Many thanks to Paul for this aerial photo, said to show tugboats idled by the strike that lasted the first half of the February 1946.
Here’s the verso of the photo, in the case you read Spanish.
For more context of 1946 NYC, click here for a set of Todd Webb photos. If you have time for the 13-minute video at the end of that link, it’s well-worth it also, especially for the quote attributed to O. Henry . . . calling NYC “Baghdad on the subway,” which has a whole different set of connotations in 2015 as in O. Henry’s day.
And since we’re stuck in 1946 for now, check out this Life article with drawings about a 1946 proposal to build a “first-world” airport (my quotes) along Manhattan’s west side covering 9th Avenue to the water and between 24th and 71st!