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Note:  This morning I noticed that wordpress has automatically added a captioning space below each photo, so I’ve decided to use it.  What unifies this set of photos is the fact that it shows three of the most powerful NYC-based tugs that primarily assist powered vessels into and out of the port.

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Laura K. Moran

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Eric McAllister

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Robert E. McAllister

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Laura K.

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Eric

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Robert E. and a patched up Amy C McAllister

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Laura K.

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Eric

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Robert E.

I think the last time I used a photo of Amy C McAllister was here, actually not that long ago.  Here’s a comparison of the three boats featured here by horsepower.

Eric McAllister–5150, Laura K–5100, and Robert E–4000.  I suspect the sixth boro will be seeing a new Moran vessel with 6000 horsepower by mid-summer.

Let me know what you think of the use of captions.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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.

 

 

Seven and a half years ago I posted on APL President Truman and  even longer ago tugster did this on Bellavia.

Enjoy a few more pics of President Truman before learning its fate.  The photo below was taken in September 2007.

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March 2009.

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June 2009.  Dimensions on President Truman are 902′ x 129.’  As such, she could not traverse the current Panama Canal.   Teu capacity on Truman is about 4500.

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In the foreground in the photo above, of course, that’s Capt. Log, now retired.  The assisting tugs are shown below.  McAllister Brothers nearer and  . . .I can’t identify . . . astern of her.

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Here from May 2009 is sister vessel President Polk, assisted by Ellen McAllister and McAllister Sisters.

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Both Polk and Truman are no more.  Nor are Adams and Jackson.  All dead.  Click here and scroll to page 41.  They were all renamed President 1, President 2 . . . and taken to Chittagong for scrapping.   I’d love to find photos of these vessels being scrapped.

Which brings us to this past weekend. And this vessel.  Teu capacity is over 8000.  Dimension 1095′ x 138.’  See the crewman standing watching on the bow . . .

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Near the salt pile they pass, Zim Monaco 4250 teu.

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Now that the process of raising the Bayonne Bridge has become, maybe some folks will imagine widening the KVK.  By the way, if you see little difference between Pacific Link and the Presidents, count the number of containers across the stern.

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And an 8000 teu vessel, as appropriate as it may be for some locations, is “compact” compared to what already sails the oceans–20,000 and up–and what is being planned: 25,000 teus and up.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  MSC Oscar

Size at LA-LB

 

 

Here’s the index.  Here and here are some from far enough back that you can note change on the sixth boro.

Any ideas on the photo below?  I believe that’s Robert Burton in the background?

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Here’s the rest of that image.  The two photos come from Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat, which has the story on their blog here.

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This photo comes from Ashley Hutto, and shows what I would deem a risky rowing feat over between the tanker Fidias and unseen a barge landing at Bayonne.

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I’ll have more Pacific Link photos tomorrow, but the crewman in yellow jacket and orange hat no doubt circles the globe like some of us circle the town.

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Count them . . . three crew members standing watch.

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Three fire fighters on M4, one of

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four FDNY RIBs out on training.

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I didn’t see the crewman at this point, but I heard him banging on metal structure with a crowbar . . . there under the third row back.

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there.

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Still see him?  I still heard his banging.

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Greetings to the Shelby crew pushing scows northbound.

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Driftmaster crew make a visual assessment of floating debris.

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Way up high there on Torino . . . crew with a white apron, that’s not something you see every day.

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Hail to the chef!

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Here a crewman contemplates the state of the universe from the afterdeck of Laura K Moran.

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Harvesting goes on in the springtime boro.

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Crew of Stolt Sapphire pose for pics on the stern of their parcel tanker as the skyline of Manhattan cliffs passes by.

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And here’s a good bookend to this post, which could otherwise go on and on.  Best wishes to Team Ocean Valour . . .

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All photos unless otherwise attributed by Will Van Dorp.   Thanks to Bjoern and Ashley for their photos.

 

 

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.

Here’s the index to the previous posts in this series.

Self-unloaders are not unheard of in the sixth boro;  in fact, some of my favorite vessels like here, here, and here . . . I’ve followed them.  Here’s a link to the Oldendorff site showing how the self-unloaders work.    Rt Hon Paul E. Martin is named for this politician from our neighbors to the north.

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Traveling through those same waters . . . MSC Monica.

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A few days before the Martin, Ultra Colonsay was replenishing the pile at Atlantic Salt.

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Other vessels calling in the sixth boro recently include Vladimir,

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Sypress escorted by Marie J. Turecamo, 

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Atlantic Compass passing by Joyce D. Brown, leaving an ominous sky to the west

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and finally Torino.  This photo was taken by regular contributor John “Jed” Jedrlinic, who–in addition to being a great raconteur, took

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a photo of this ne’er do weel.

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Besides the two photos by Jed, all photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.

Call this Simone at the “7” in the sixth boro. Bound for sea.

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A large part of what drives my continuing this blog is the satisfaction of trying to capture the magic of the traffic in NYC’s harbor, what I call the sixth boro.  And some boats and companies conjure more magic than others in my very suggestible mind.  But take Simone, she ‘s not a new boat–1970-launched–but consider her recent itinerary:  a year ago she had just returned from Senegal, and a year and half ago she had traversed the Panama Canal at least twice and made trips to California and Hawaii.   I’m impressed by that.  This is why I left the farm all those years ago.

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To digress just slightly, here’s a photo of Simone one day earlier than the ones I’ve taken.  Birk Thomas of tugboat information.com took this.  This photo was taken just west of the Bayonne Bridge–looking south– and shows better than any photo I’ve seen the immense progress that’s being made of the raising of the Bayonne Bridge roadbed.

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Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of these photos of Simone, here heading out with MSC Monica a smallish and oldish container vessel.

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I’d be thrilled to get a job on a Tradewinds vessel, but for now I can watch Simone pass by and say “ah.”

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Thanks to Birk for the photo already attributed, and all the others by Will Van Dorp, who says “ah.”

Here was a post from a year and a half ago when I missed Miss Lis.

As for Ipanema in the links above, I’ve been there, and here was the first of 25 posts from there.

 

Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat.  Can you identify this vessel?

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It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week.  She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.

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Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.

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Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does.  Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?

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Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.

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Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?

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Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.

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And closing today’s post, Evening Star.

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The first two photos by Bjoern Kils.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s the index.  Actually, the better title here might be whozit?

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Black hull, primer red house, and blue stack . . .

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It’s Jane McAllister, who’s been in the sixth boro the past few days.

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Might it be the blue of Eastport Port Authority?

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Now how would this stack look with white rings?

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Here’s more on the boat, thanks to tugboat information.com

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

 

Kodiak . . . is ex-Vane and Allied.

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Hunting Creek is Maryland-built for Vane.

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Charles A has carried at least four previous names.

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Specialist, I believe the oldest in the set today,  . . . has low sleek lines for an almost 60-year-old vessel.

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When this Pegasus came into the sixth boro, she lacked the upper wheelhouse.

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Atlantic Salvor has for some years–since this one left–been the largest tugboat in the sixth boro.  Rivaling Atlantic Salvor a few years back was the rescue tug turned super yacht called Lone Ranger.

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And finally, for today, it’s Eric McAllister passes Ultra Colonsay, discharging salt over at Atlantic Salt.

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All photos over the last few days by Will Van Dorp.

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