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This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
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.
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.
Let’s start with two from New York Media Boat. Can you identify this vessel?
It’s Jay Michael, on a foggy morning last week. She’s headed to the dredge over by the passenger terminal.
Eileen McAllister last appeared in this blog –I think–over six years ago here.
Here’s Laura K. Moran doing what she does. Anyone have an ETA of the next Moran assist tug arrival?
Ocean Tower has been towing and towering elsewhere these past few years.
Here’s Caitlin Ann, a new entry in the containerized garbage hauling?
Caitlin Ann first appeared here nearly seven years ago as Vivian L. Roehrig.
And closing today’s post, Evening Star.
The first two photos by Bjoern Kils. All others by Will Van Dorp.
And then January 16, 2014. The next few photos by Bjoern Kils, of NYMedia Boat.
Here was her sonar signature, as her exact location of sinking was marked. Photo from Bjoern.
A nameless salt sent in this photo.
And by early February 2014, the boat was brought back to the air . . . rise again. Photo below by Orlando Martinez.
March 2014, and the rehab had begun, if only the preliminaries to rehab. And a lifesaving award was granted.
During the summer, there were some articles like this one in Professional Mariner magazine.
And by November 2014, Sea Lion looked like this. Notice the funnel on the ground.
In February 2015, the funnel was in place and hull coatings applied.
By mid March, her externals looked ready to return to the water.
And then yesterday, about two weeks after she splashed back in, she was at work pushing a barge
through the Buttermilk Channel.
If you need a soundtrack, try this. Bravo, Sea Lion.
Photos not otherwise attributed by Will Van Dorp.
If you’re wanting to see the sixth boro, New York Media Boat is an excellent way to do it.
Taken Feb 4 by Bjoern Kils . . . the spearhead.
Taken this morning by bowsprite, the onslaught of frazil ice. Is that Amy C. McAllister pushing the Bouchard barge? Anyone guess the light tug in front of Ellis Island?
And taken yesterday by Allen Baker looking over the stern of Mediterranean Sea northward toward Albany, the state of the Hudson right now . . .
ditto all . . . here’s the view from the wheelhouse of Mediterranean Sea.
And as if by magic . . . some pics of the same unit by Allen from a remote vantage point . . . coming with
a sign of caution, unheeded
in this photo by Bob Dahringer of a coyote on ice up near Catskill. According to Bob, “Stephen Reinauer was following us upriver, they said the poor thing fell into the water when they went by him, but he got himself out.”
And finally . . . from Ashley Hutto and taken on Monday this week . . . the NSFW belle of winter in the sixth boro. . .
Thanks to Bjoern, bowsprite, Allen, Bob, and Ashley for these reports on the ice.
Here was the post I put up the day 343 arrived in the sixth boro, brand spanking new. And below was a photo I took a few cold days ago when it seemed to be on routine patrol.
Tony Acabono snapped the next two photos just before 0011 Saturday, and
Ashley Hutto got this one just after lunch. Note the NYMediaboat is on the scene.
Here were some photos I got a few years ago of a land’s edge fire in a place where today there is no land. Pier 17 is gone, for now.
Paperwork fueled the fire, it seems.
Thanks much to Tony and Ashley for these photos. I took the first photo, where you can see the now-renovated Pier A. To see some of the previous usages of this area, click here. Right near there is also the dramatic Merchant Mariners Memorial by Marisol Escobar.
Thanks to Allen Baker for these two golden hour photos of possibly the newest vessel to cleave sixth boro waters. Quantum of the Seas . . . as names goes, just another name. As a floating stately pleasure dome . . . it has the all the latest gadgetry, like a Makr Shakr bar, as demonstrated in a delightful video: turn the volume way up.
For more photos and lots of numbers, check out NY Mediaboat’s post here.
Again, many thanks to Allen for these photos. By next spring, it seems the vessel will be operating out of Asian waters.
Happy Labor Day. And for most of these photos, I’m grateful to William Hyman, whose perspective was Pier I at 69-70th Street.
The event starts with a parade . . .
including a range of serious muscle. That’s the gray Willard operating as New York Media Boat in the distance to the right.
Even The Bronx represented that bor0.
Then there’s the line up . . . . Anyone have the experience of waiting in the starting blocks before some foot race?
And then many engines roar . . .
and churn up the river.
William does a good job of capturing what it looks like from behind.
Scroll through this 2006 tugster post for photos of my current boat–Urger–in this race eight years ago and seen from the back of the pack.
And I took this photo yesterday of the 343‘s addition to the festivity.
Many thanks to William Hyman. And have a great Labor Day.