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But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen. I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts. These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown. This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part. I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still Miss Bonnie. Click here and scroll.
In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . . Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.
I got my spot early, and had some surprises . . . like this medium endurance cutter heading OUT to meet the fleet.
There were also these four yard patrol craft doing the same,
and this tropical architecture (!!?) under the palm-tree grove over by Fort Wadsworth. What’s going on? It’s Cuba at the Narrows.
Just before 10 a.m. the fleet was in sight coming up the Ambrose.
The YPs 704, 705, 707, and 708 led the fleet in,
DDG-55 Stout the first larger vessel in,
followed by DDG-52 Barry and
Here’s a schedule of events for the public and the fleet this week.
Enjoy your stay, all.
Bravo to South Street Seaport Museum and all its supporters. From their press release: “A celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15, with Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction; Captain Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum Executive Director; and other City Officials.”
“This $10.6 million stabilization and restoration project is funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council Office, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. The project will be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island and will address critical long-term preservation of the ship.”
This will be a long visit to the yard.
If you want to see her at the East River dock, you’ve got only about 48 more hours.
For photos of Wavertree arriving in NYC in 1970 and in Argentina before that, click here and scroll.
Wavertree, steady as she goes.
Tangentially related: given that Wavertree–like Peking–is a “wind ship” without auxiliary power, here’s some exciting news from New England Waterman blog
If you think the sixth boro has a wide variety of tugboats, you’ll agree it’s also surrounded by a variety of land–boro–scapes.
from obscure to iconic.
Here’s the Brooklyn passenger terminal and
the anchorage in mid-Upper Bay,
Brooklyn Navy Yard,
east end of Wall Street,
entrance to the Kills showing the Bayonne Bridge and obvious modifications to the bases,
and finally the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
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.
and in. All new builds follow the same arc, even though the details differ. Check out the splash of Onrust here over a half decade back. Here’s how the water came up to meet Pegasus back five years ago.
To finish the dory, there’s a trip
through the Kills and
across Raritan Bay to get to Cheesequake Creek. Pam writes, “Carl Baronowshi, owner of the yard was helpful in determining the rig. Traditionally it would have been a push the boom up alongside the mast and unstep the whole business and lay it in the boat. I wasn’t strong enough to list the mast out of the step without raising havoc if it got out of the step, John help me figure out a gooseneck and track arrangement so we could lower the sail in a less cumbersome manner.”
Ibis is launched,
eager to what she was built for.
More photos follow.
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.
The last photo of yesterday’s post here showed a dory in the beginning stages of construction. Its placement there conforms to Chekhov’s gun principle. So here’s what follows. Maybe I should call this post . . .” in the shadow of an old building and protected by the body of a Chinese laundry truck, Ibis hatches, fledges, and more . . .” but that would be rather long. So just enjoy.
Garboards in place,
planks fastened and plugs driven . . . About the clamps, Pam says “they are simple and brilliant. They have really long jaws to be able to reach across a plank to clamp the new plank to the one already in place. Wedges get tapped into the other end to tighten the grip.”
Sheer strake in place, and now
it’s time to roll her over.
“Dories are usually built on their frames which act as the mold stations – I would do it that way if I built another dory. We used the mold stations and steam bent frames to go into the boat. Steam bending is an experience, although hair-raising… handling a hot piece of wood, and maneuvering clamps quickly before wood cools… It is hugely satisfying though.”
Ibis has a beautiful bow, soon to be cutting through sixth boro waters
Again, many thanks to Pamela Hepburn for use of her photos and in some cases, her commentary.
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!!
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.
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.