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Since it’s THE maiden voyage arrival, let’s follow her all the way to “all fast.” Here were parts 1 and 2, which followed her from several miles out in the Ambrose Channel to the Narrows and then from there to mid-KVK.
Eric works the starboard and Ellen, the port.
The turn at Bergen Point is way more than 90 degrees . . . more like 135, and
takes well-timed thrusting at bow and stern. Notice Atlantic Concert just above Eric‘s stern?
Atlantic Concert is completing its clockwise spin here to line up its stern ramp, a maneuver
that Atlantic Star will replicate.
Here Eric McAllister is beginning the push on the stern to assist with that clockwise spin; Ellen and Atlantic Star‘s own three thrusters are also likely engaged.
Getting a profile of these two CONROs lined up . . . is not easy, since they represent nearly a half mile of ship.
Foreshortening helps a little.
I’ll be watching for the remainder of the G4 vessels–Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, and Atlantic Sun.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media Boat.
Also many thanks to JS, a retired harbor worker who made this connection for me between Atlantic Container Line, their generation 2 vessels, and John A. Noble. The image below comes from pages 210 –11 of Erin Urban’s Hulls and Hulks in the Tide of Time, a must-read for all students of the sixth boro work boats. Noble called the 1977 print “The Cinderella Passes the Occidental,” and then writes his sense of this new container ship passing the hulk of 1874 full-rigged ship called the Occidental. He also alludes to having drawn the Atlantic Cinderella when she was brand new, but I have yet to locate copies of those drawings. Oh well. Many thanks to JS, whose previous contribution you might have seen here.
Let’s pick up from yesterday and follow Atlantic Star from the Narrows to the part of the KVK called the “salt pile.” To the right off the stern of Atlantic Star, that’s lower Manhattan.
Ellen McAllister swoops in to deliver the docking pilot. The signature “G” on the stack points to Grimaldi Group, of which ACL is an associate. Grimali’s West Africa service is a regular in the sixth boro with such vessels as Grande Morocco.
Seen from head-on, the bow is knife edged, but in profile it’s plumb. Yes, that’s the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
That’s Robbin Reef Light and WTC1 just off its right. Atlantic Star and the other G4 vessels are operated by a crew of 16, compared with 21 for the G3 vessels like Atlantic Concert.
The cranes in the distance are at the MOTBY terminal.
We’re now in the KVK with the salt pile to port and
the Bayonne Bridge ahead, and Atlantic Concert being assisted beneath.
Eric McAllister joins, and we’ll pick it up there tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the NY Media Boat for conveyance.
Here was Atlantic Star approaching the Narrows on Saturday, still a half hour outside the Narrows. She was launched at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard almost a year ago, and this maiden cargo voyage began in Hamburg on December 9, 2015. Note the FDNY escort boat just forward of her bow.
That’s the Verrazano Narrows Bridge off her bow and a fog-beshrouded WTC off her stern.
More photos of the arrival tomorrow.
No, I haven’t left the sixth boro. Just yesterday I crossed paths with Allie B here at Atlantic Salt, purveyor of a safety product and patron of the arts.
It took a gray day for me to notice that the house colors along the KVK are reminiscent of those in coastal Canadian maritimes towns. Allie B has been one of my favorite tugboats since I saw her depart on her epic tow here and here back in 2009.
Then I passed Evelyn Cutler, here with Noelle Cutler at Caddell Drydock. Those are basic Wavertree masts in the background. I first saw Evelyn
Here’s a first good photo of Dylan Cooper, the Reinauer tug that arrived in the sixth boro later last year.
I hope to get another of her here in a few years when that bridge is completed.
I believe Eric is the newest of McAllister tugs in the sixth boro. And yes, here Eric is using her 5000+ hp to assist Atlantic Star, ACL‘s brand spanking new CONRO vessel into port yesterday on her maiden voyage. I hope to have a post dedicated to Atlantic Star completed for tomorrow.
Eric is a product of the same Rhode Island shipyard that produced Dylan Cooper. In the distance that’s one of ACL’s previous generation of CONRO vessels, Atlantic Concert. Here’s an entire post dedicated to Atlantic Concert from 2009.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media boat.
And yes, I still have more of Barrel’s vintage USACE photos to share.
Kyle’s words: “Collecting postcards, mainly of shipping, is … one of my hobbies. I came across recently showing a parade of vessels with many more in the background, apparently in New York harbor. While most are distant, the closest tug is closest enough to see that it is under Lehigh Valley operation, however the name is just blurry enough to not be readable. Doing a quick search, I believe the Lehigh Valley tug is the CHEEKTOWAGA of 1902.”
My two cents: “It could be the christening of the boat, given the pennants? I was searching but you beat me to it. Here is some info on the yard that built Cheektowaga, assuming that is the boat.”
My anteing up: “Oops! It can’t be Cheektowaga because that was built for the Lehigh Valley subset called the Easton and Amboy Railroad.”
Following up on Kyle’s first line, I decided to search for some postcards online. Quickly I came to this, which tantalizes as you scroll. His is by Harris Post Card Co.
Click here for other posts Kyle contributed to.
Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
I took this photo back in 2008, and it seemed I never got back to it. At the time, I didn’t realize it was built in 1904 and had once done the Buffalo–Duluth passenger run with first-class staterooms. Buffalo–Duluth passenger ferry SS Juniata . . . doesn’t even seem reasonable a century later.
Between 1937 and 1941, she was thoroughly upgraded and “returned to work as the Milwaukee Clipper and carried passengers and their cars between Muskegon and Milwaukee until 1970 when the interstate highways and air travel rendered her obsolete.” I’m told volunteers are working to preserve her. I’d love to hear a progress report.
In contrast, the rest of the photos I took on the Arthur Kill in 2010, and what you see here is no longer there. I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing it’s the Astoria aka William T. Collins, built in 1925 and out of documentation in 1966.
I recall reading that it was removed –as an eyesore–since then, but can’t find any newspaper record of such. Anyone help out? My co-explorer here is none other than frogma . . . .
Click here for a post I did on a re-purposed 1929 NYC ferry still operational as a double-ended construction vessel, click here for a post I did on a NYC-NJ ferry that operated as such between 1905 and 1970 before being repurposed as a restaurant until neglect and a certain Irene came along, and here for a post on what might be the oldest in service ferry in the US.
Below is P/S Majesteit, a 1926 steam ferry still operating in Rotterdam as a floating restaurant steam side paddle wheeler;
here’s their site with photos of the steam machinery.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
in March headed back to South Street Seaport Museum.
I took the remaining photos, the one below as the lightship was bathed in fireworks light on July 4 this year.
The next two photos I took last week, trying to highlight Christmas red.
By the way, next week I plan a post of any work vessel–or replica thereof–decorated for Christmas in some way. I have a few already, but if you have such a photo to share, send it along soon. Click here for some Christmas-related workboat photos from two years ago.
Two older sister ships of Ambrose are Barnegat, LV 79, ex-Cape Lookout Shoal, and delivered on 1 December 1904, now languishing in Pyne Point NJ; and
Swiftsure, LV-83, ex-Relief, and delivered on 22 December 1904. I’m wondering if there’s a photo showing both vessels in Camden at the shipyard in –say–October 1904, just prior to delivery. I took both photos in summer 2010.
Going back to this record of New York Shipbuilding history, does anyone know what became of LV 88 Columbia River, supposedly sold to Japan in 1988?
The top two photos credit to Birk Thomas; all the others to Will Van Dorp.
Today’s post comes out of a response I received yesterday from retired FDNY dispatcher and historian, Al Trojanowicz, who wrote, “The full photo is fire aboard SAUGUS, American Export Lines (1919) with fireboat WILLIAM F GAYNOR (1914) alongside, and a mystery vessel off to left. Appears to be similar configuration to the quarantine tug, and original print shows and what looks like a government pennant displayed with a circular or ships-wheel design. The information below is all I have found on this fire, and was the caption pasted to the back of the print. Those ladders seen on forward well deck may be accessing the hold – or from another vessel rafted on the port side.”
The caption pasted on the back reads: “10/2/1926 Fire in freighter Saugus. Photo caption READS “FIREBOATS STAGE SPECTACULAR BATTLE AND SAVE FREIGHTER!” Fireboats fought a brilliant battle, October 2nd, and saved the freighter Saugus from burning to the water’s edge in the East River, New York. The cause of the fire is unknown, but the rolls of thick black smoke issuing from the hold, attracted passing craft, and fire patrols. This photo shows the ship which was loaded mostly with cotton, removed frantically by the hands, off New York City.” (10-2-26) [Photo shows fireboat William J. Gaynor alongside Saugus. An unknown launch is rafted outboard of Gaynor, and an unknown vessel to the left.]
The caption says . . . East River, but the background to me looks like Staten Island seen from mid-Upper Bay.
So here’s a closer up of that unknown vessel. Is it flying the USPHS flag?
I’d speculate that this is a US PHS cutter. I’ve been unable to find a listing of these–like McClintic–based in New York. Also, although today’s FDNY boats have medical response equipment on board and FDNY personnel receive first responder training, back in 1926 they probably did not. And this raises another whole set of questions like, what was training like in the 1926 FDNY, what medical equipment if any was there on board FDNY vessels, and would USPHS vessels have a role in assisting during fires on the water and along the shores and docks? It ask strikes me that–given the amount of smoke emanating from the stacks of these steamers made a fire on the water look very different from one today, where all the smoke you see is from the emergency, not the routine use of fuel. Finally, I’m guessing this fire was not catastrophic consequence given that no story appears in the NYTimes archives and SS Saugus continued in service until 1946, when it as scrapped.
Al also sent along this photo of the Buffalo fireboat Cotter (1900), still in service. Here is a photo of it in 1924, probably in Buffalo. At that date it was still known by its original name, William S. Grattan. In 1928, while fighting a fire on the Buffalo River, it was heavily damaged and rebuilt.
Many thanks to Al Trojanowicz for these photos and questions. Click here and scroll for more information from Al on FDNY Marine division.
Note: This is day 13 of December, tugster’s classic/historic vessel month. If you have photos/stories to share that fit the “classic” parameters, please get in touch.
I don’t make much fuss about Christmas for reasons I explained here 10 years ago; when I really want something and I can afford it, I just get it. Of course, I have no problems with anyone going all out with gifts. Books and experiences make the best gifts. Experiences . . . teach you and you can remember them forever.
Books . . . you read them once and then read them again or give them to someone you think will enjoy them as much as or more than you did. See the book cover below . . . great cover and fabulous book. Inside you find crisp photos, reproductions of painting of McAllister vessels, family stories, . . . even an owners’ family tree that clarifies some of the boat names. The story starts in 1864 as James McAllister (generation 1) stood on the northeast coast of Ireland about to emigrate across the Atlantic.
One of my favorite stories involves the boat below, launched from Newport News Shipbuilding Co. in May 1909 as John Twohy, Jr, for Lambert’s Point Tow Boat Company. Renamed J. P. McAllister, this boat served as a platform for the one-and-only Harry Houdini‘s escape from handcuffs and leg irons inside a nailed-shut, weighted packing case. Here’s a reference to this event in a recent NYTimes, but in this book, you get two photos of the event and facsimiles of the contemporary news story and the J. P. McAllister logbook entry, all attesting to the tremendous research involved in this beautifully produced volume.
One more great story . . . typical of struggles to divide up ownership in any family business. When disagreement came to a head in on a cold Easter Sunday morning in 1904, “the partners decided to work out the percentages once and for all by meeting on a tugboat, taking it offshore, and not returning until they had an agreement.” Now Capt. Jim (generation 2) told his 6 year-old son A. J. to wait at the pier until they all returned. Which happened to be as night fell. Here’s how it’s told: “Capt. Jim … his face covered in blood . . . jumped off [the boat onto the pier where A. J. had waited all day], grabbed A. J. by the hand, and said, ‘That’s it. It’s settled. The issue is settled.'”
Below is one of my many favorite full-page photos in the book. Another photo a few pages later adds detail not unlike Birk Thomas and collaborators do here.
A book like this focuses not only on a family business but also New York City, with all six of its boros, and the country. The photo below shows the McAllister yard behind Ellis Island, real estate taken over in the 1970s for the creation of Liberty State Park. Today’s margins of the harbor are that way only because of thousands of decisions.
The author, Stephanie Hollyman has a website that highlights an impressive breadth of work.
Click here for ordering info.
Since we’re looking at books, here’s one that might be ripe for updating. Another one I’ve reread and enjoyed recently is Buckets and Belt: Evolution of the Great Lakes Self-Unloader by William M. Lafferty, Valerie van Heest, and Kenneth Pott.