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Land mass area can be quantified in square miles, but I’d love to work with a mathematician to measure the area within NYC limits which is navigable, i.e., the sixth boro. Of course, “navigable” would need defining too. Immeasurable, of course, is the number of photos taken daily of vessels with the sixth boro.
Like this one of Crystal Cutler pushing
Patricia E. Poling westbound at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Taft Beach pushes BMLP 703 and 305 in the opposite direction. Also working recently have been
Paul Andrew with scrap,
Sarah Ann with more scrap,
Thomas D. Witte with crane barge Columbia,
James E. Brown with a spud barge,
and Fort Schuyler in various locations.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated, here’s an interesting video on the salvage of Modern Express . . . passed along by JM.
Also, as we near the mermaid parade, here are details on a performance to get you in the mood, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s the “Fisherman and his Soul.”
This is a repost of the 4th photo in the post from two days ago, showing General Humphreys.
I repost because Dan Owen responded as follows: “General Humphreys was rebuilt into a conventional tug in 1950, 76 x 18.2 x 6.6, reportedly had two GM 6-71 diesels, 330 hp., which would have made it away under-powered. Data is very sketchy but I have a photo taken at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, Tex., which is undated but may be where it was rebuilt. I am sending this photo as it is the only one I have showing the SARAH R. II as an operating tug. This is a contact photo made from an original negative and is starting to turn yellow with age, hence the fading, but if the photo was made in 1950 at the time of rebuilding.
Many thanks to Dan Owens for his quick follow up and permission to post these photos. Hats off to all of you out there working today, like Taft Beach.
Let’s go farther south–i.e., up the Elizabeth. Covered barge . . .
pushed by Gram-Me. Coal?
Capt. Woody and Alexis of w3marine have the best logo. See it better here. Fleetmate Ocean Endeavor was in yesterday’s post.
As you can see by the livery, Ellie J is also a Norfolk tug, but although
similar, Stevens Towing’s Island Express is not.
Vulcan construction has its logo on a number of tugs here, including Arapaho,
Capt. Ron L, and
Alexander Duff is a Vane tug.
Kodiak, here I think leaving the soybean depot– used to be Vane’s Capt. Russi.
Kodiak has been in the sixth boro on a few occasions. Here’s more of her current fleet: Maverick, ?Southern Star?, and Challenger.
Hoss, like the boats immediately above is also an Intracoastal Marine boat. Hoss is a close relative via Wiley Manufacturing of the sixth boro’s Patricia. Sun Merchant, which I saw here in Savannah, is a Vane boat.
Corman Marine’s Captain Mac is yet another tugboat in the Elizabeth owned by a construction company.
Camie and Cajun look alike but may be owned by Robbins Maritime and Bay Transportation, respectively.
Three Sisters seems to be owned by a family-oriented company called Smith Brothers.
Elizabeth Ann, operated by Atlantic Gulf Towing, used to be known as El Hippo Grande, a truly satisfactory name for a workboat.
And finally, we seem to have two Skanska-owned boats, Ranger and
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who imagined there’d be only about 10 photos in this post about a short section of the waterway in the Norfolk/Portsmouth VA area. For the entirely delightful travel through the area, I am very grateful to the USMMA Sailing Foundation.
A request, though. Over by the Norfolk Dredging yard, I saw their small tug Palmyra through the trees and could not get a good shot. Has anyone taken one over the years? If so, could you share it on this blog? Send me an email, please.
Finally, some of you got an earlier version of this last night when I pushed the wrong button. Sorry about that. I could give other reasons for that error, but it was a slip and I had not intended you to think I had started using placeholder gibberish as captions.
This is day 8 of the GHP&W series, so let me break pattern a bit. If you missed the beginning, GHP&W is not a law firm; it’s abbrev for “gunk holes, harbors, ports, and wharves.” I haven’t dusted off any wharves yet, but two-thirds of the months still lie ahead.
The story here is that TS Kings Pointer was out serving as a training platform and not at Kings Point, although there was a potential meeting somewhere south along our track to Portsmouth, VA.
Mile 1, 0738 Wednesday, heading for the Throg’s Neck Bridge.
0756. Passing SUNY Maritime and TS Empire State. Click here for photos from her summer sea term 2015.
0804, Robert Burton, a Norfolk boat.
0907, Mary Gellatly with a sand scow at the southern tip of Governors Island.
1017, Romer Shoal Light and Coney Island.
1517, Capt. Willie Landers northbound off Beach Haven, I think.
1612, FV Jonathan Ryan and tug Pops in the distance.
1618, entering a grid marked “numerous scientific buoys.”
1657 off Atlantic City, with unidentified tug and barge
1740 and about to switch watch.
Thursday, 0852, looking north into the Chesapeake after going wide around Fisherman Island.
0910 . . . it’s the current TS Kings Pointer, ex-Liberty Star. . .
. . . heading along Virginia Beach
before turning northward toward Long Island Sound. Her former sister ship–Freedom Star–was in the area but we did not see her.
Meanwhile, we head north into the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel and into port, which you can follow tomorrow. And that tug and crane barge in the distance . . . survey work for new infrastructure or maintenance dredging?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga. It was a smooth trip.
Bravo to the organizers and participants of the 2015 NYC race. It starts with a muster…
which looks different as you shift perspective.
It’s great to see race newcomers like Sea Scout Ship 243 out of Rahway NJ, and
By this point, some boats like Robert E. McAllister start to get impatient.
Muster then turns into a procession, filing straight toward the starting line and
showing the colors
as some newcomers catch up.
Next stage . . . it’s the tension on the starting line, feet digging into the starting blocks and muscles tensing, sort of.
and water starts to cascade away from the bows…
froth by the ton.
But when the quick minutes of the race have elapsed, the first boat down the course is the impatient Robert E. McAllister.
And almost as in a triathlon, the dash down the course changes and the pushing starts.
All manner of paired struggle ensues.
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.
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.
I’m not going to count, but there must be dozens of posts here with photos from or some mention of Paul Strubeck. Here I’m pleased to dedicate a whole post to him in part because these photos make me see the sixth boro with new eyes. Enjoy. Cornell . . . by foggy night and compare to my photo from about the same day but at dawn here and scroll to the third photo. The location is the soon-to-open Brooklyn Barge Bar, where I’m eager to imbibe a sunset beer. Also in Paul’s “roll” of film are
Pinuccia and Specialist mostly obscured,
Captain D ,
Nanticoke passing the East River Seaplane base,
an unobscured photo of Specialist,
Sea Robin secured to Sugar Express at the sugar plant in Yonkers,
and Foxy 3 pushing a Thornton barge, which
brings us back to a great photo of Cornell, which Paul used his special lens for.
All photos here are used with permission from Paul Strubeck. Thanks much, Paul.
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.