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Below is one of my all time favorite photos of Pegasus, taken July 4, 2012. In fact, a print of this hangs over my dining room table. The boat that night was in her 105th year. Click here if you don’t remember life in 1907, when her keel was laid. If you are unfamiliar with her long and storied life, click here on the Pegasus Preservation Project site.
The Erie Lackawanna terminal in Hoboken also dates from 1907.
She received a visit from an even older Urger in July 2012.
An important announcement follows at the end of this post, so for now, enjoy these looks back.
She had a major dry-docking five years ago.
Meanwhile over the years, lots of people have fulfilled their dreams of “riding on a tugboat” aboard Pegasus.
Some will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.
“Tug Pegasus Moving On
The tug Pegasus is looking for new leadership, new ideas and ultimately a new home. After many years of hard work and hundreds of thousands of funding raised for capital improvements, the 1907 Tugboat Pegasus has been lovingly restored to a ship shape condition and is no longer in debt. Since 2001, under the care of the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, the popular vessel has educated tens of thousands about the importance of the NY Harbor as a vital water highway. Tug trips and work programs taught youth about maritime jobs. Tug & Barge ports-of-call included tour visits to Hoboken, NJ and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson River Park, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Cold Spring and Hudson in New York.
However, after being awarded a berth at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in 2011, the organization continually experienced difficulty obtaining the necessary funds required to operate a historic boat as well as keep up with the high costs of insurance associated with getting the public onto the water. Regrettably, we are no longer able to sustain our operations.
Tug Pegasus Preservation Project is looking for exciting and creative ideas that will help transition the boat to a new leader or another organization that will continue the mission of getting the public out onto the water and informing them about vitality of New York Harbor’s maritime activity and it rich culture.
One thought we have is what the City of Baltimore has in a historic ships maritime alliance. Instead of each vessel having the arduous tasks of writing grants, raising administrative funds, insurance, etc., an umbrella organization spreads the costs and time requirements between a host of historic vessels.
As a positive solution is sought, the Board of Trustees of the Tugboat Pegasus Preservation Project welcomes serious individuals to present their ideas and proposals by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org. And while our hope had been to continue operations this summer, without funding, we will not be able to do so. We thank those who have supported our project over the years.”
While you contemplate that announcement, enjoy one more Pegasus photo. I’d be happy if this blog could serve as a discussion board of Pegasus‘ future.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for previous “whitherward” posts.
Here was my post two years ago, and here are some photos I took on and around the first CoWD. Peter Stanford, several decades back, organized an annual Sea Day, which I think is a better name. Squint your eyes looking at the photo below and you almost imagine a planet of water. Almost, right?
I’m happy that summer and winter brings sightseers onto the water using these vessels.
Squint again and from this perspective the boro of Manhattan looks a bit like the bow of a vessel, WTC1 being the stem post. Fireboat Harvey and the rowboat are much near New Jersey, though, than the city of NYC.
It’s the city of Hoboken water day?
It’s actually the sixth boro water day . . . with land activities on boros, islands, and cities in a neighboring state. Below, it’s Village Community Boathouse rowers past Pier A.
Meanwhile, in the midst of it all, work goes on along the front of the inimitable Manhattan skyline, Sassafras here with DoubleSkin 39.
And here as the day starts, the iconic Pegasus . . . and crew . . . reporting for duty, getting those who signed up for free tours on
the primordial boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who leaves with his red passport tomorrow for the north country. Posting will happen when possible.
So it’s appropriate to lead these NYC Municipal Archives photos off with tugboat Brooklyn.
Next in an icy North River (?) . . . . . . Richmond.
Launches Bronx and
Passenger steamer Little Silver, which ran between the Battery and Long Branch, NJ in the first decade of the 20th century.
And finally . . . John Scully, a very classy Dialogue (Use the “find” feature to search) built built tug
And the connection . . . here’s what boats of this vintage look like today in “disintegration experiments” in waters everywhere. I took these in August 2011 while Gary and I filmed Graves of Arthur Kill.
Some boats of this time, of course, still operate like Pegasus (1907) and Urger (1901)
while others try to stave off time so that they might once again like New York Central No. 13 (1887).
Guess the locations here and . . .
here? Answers follow.
This one should be obvious. What’s the Philly-bound tug?
It’s Lucky D.
Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.
B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.
And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,
. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.
The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound. Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago. Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.
Random, recent, and variously sourced.
The closeup of Nanticoke pushing Doubleskin 57 toward the Goethals Bridge below comes compliments of Allen Baker.
I took this foto of Robert E. McAllister.
Marie J. Turecamo here assists Barney Turecamo, pushing
the 118,000 barrel barge Georgia.
Four of the Dann Marine tugs: l to r, Emerald, Chesapeake in the distance, First, and Calusa . . . all Coast.
First Coast, the former
Morania No. 18 . . . See the traces of “R–A–N” in the painted metal?
Over in the East River, it’s Bruce A. and
Charles D. McAllister. See the McAllister striped Rosenwach wooden water tank on the building upper skyline left?
From l’amiga . . it’s another shot of Patricia, a 1963 tug built in Port Deposit, MD.
And last but not least . . . just cellphone-snapped by chance by Birk Thomas yesterday, it’s Miss Lis, which at this writing is about to steam past Sandy Hook on her way out of the sixth boro. What’s remarkable about this foto is that Birk caught this Tradewinds tug in the last two miles of a journey that started in LA! I feel like there should be a brass band playing or some other celebration of completion. Click here to my previous “seeing” of another Tradewinds tug.
Click on this foto below . . . and if you have a Facebook account, you should be able to see Tradwinds Towing’s FB page.
Fotos should be credited as I tried to indicate; non credited ones by Will Van Dorp.
Meet Amavisti. I took the foto over in the Buttermilk yesterday. Here’s why I call this post “doing social.” It was reported that Iona McAllister towed Amavisti into the sixth boro last Saturday after the ship had experienced loss of power some hundred miles out. Did anyone get a foto of Amavisti under tow and be willing to share it, i.e. do what social media allows? Thanks to all who’ve already done that on this blog.
When I got closer to Amavisti, I saw another name in raised steel … Ocean Neptune. And then when I did some hunting online I saw BBC Tahiti. And Janne Scan. And FCC Embolden. All these names for a vessel that’s six years old!!
Please send along a foto of the tow if you have one and I’ll post it here.
So here’s another social media aka group sourcing request. Yesterday between 1 and 2 pm I caught this vessel leaving Morris Canal and likely headed for sea. It looks a lot like this foto by Tom Turner of R/V Shearwater, an Alpine Seismic Ocean Survey vessel. Here’s the parent company. Did anyone catch a closer foto?
Here was my ride yesterday . . . Pegasus, all dazzling in new red paint on the main house.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp yesterday. Let’s do social.
Any idea where this foto was taken? And whatever does that sign mean and for whom is it intended?
Here’s a pulled-back version of the same shot.
If you said the Seine flowing through Paris, you’d be correct. And the sign? Well . . . click here for an assortment of river signals and beacons used on French rivers. Translation of the sign . . . boaters are prohibited from making a U-turn in either direction. Information cones from Herrou Xtian, who previously supplied fotos used in this post and that. And the fotos, come from Maureen, who previously sent fotos of European tugboats here, here and other places.
Reminder: Tonight is Tug Art Show III, fundraiser for Pegasus Preservation Project. Here and here are two of my prior posts on the 1907 tug Pegasus. See you there. In fact, a large print of this foto will be available there for sale.
But first . . . any ideas on the connection of this post to Pegasus? This foto comes from last July 4, 2012.
The tug on this bunker barge I first came to know as
K-Sea’s Maryland. Here’s a post that identifies the great blue hull of the vessel she’s bunkering.
Maryland just passed her 51st year mark, with a makeover. Behold the colors from her recent pre-50th year mark and
now!! Hudsonian caught her trip back from her makeover a few weeks back, slogging through the northern ice in February.
Enjoy . . . the old and the
So here’s the connection with the top foto above. Maryland‘s original name 51 years ago was Esso Maryland. There was a “state” series back then . . . although Maryland version looked quite different than–say–the Pennsylvania version. Esso Texas appeared six years later . . and is something of a blend between Maryland and Pennsylvania. Before the state series, there were just numbers and at age 40, Pegasus became known as Esso N0. 1. Pegasus today is 107 and looking forward to another educational season and the fundraiser listed below. Details will follow. For now, here’s info on the legendary Ear Inn.
Any guesses on the identification of vessel/structure X above? I assumed it was military. Answer follows.
The long frustrating lines at the gas pumps locally are NOT the result of absence of fuel in the port. From l to r here are tankers Queen Express, Romo Maersk, Sira, and Mercini Lady . . .
Closer up of Romo Maersk and Sira. Although these tanker are in port, they’re not at the usual docks because
this activity is in high gear there: hydrographic surveying for hidden obstacles and possibly
retrieving them. Tug here is Harry McNeal.
Oil is being moved, however, in the likes of barge Edwin A. Poling, pushed by Kimberly Poling, and
barge Pacific, pushed by North Sea and assisted here by tug Pegasus. Clipper Legacy is obscured at the dock there also.
Here it is . . vessel/structure X aka Happy Delta bringing in some large structures marked
NYC Sanitation. ?
It’s great to get this angle of Pati R. Moran, but noteworthy also . . the orange vessel in the background . . . it’s Duncan Island, bringing NYC its bananas.
Western Highway . . . transports who knows what vehicles
And surely some parts of the port are flowing when APL Cyprine ingresses as Hoechst Express egresses.
Note the tan colored vehicles atop . . . port side. Charles D. McAllister escorts.
JLTVs mebbe? Among other things . . .
And the two final images thanks to AIS marinetraffic . . . . the inflow Monday morning at 0800 . . . and
today, Tuesday, at 1400.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is mindful that many folks on land around the sixth boro still lack electricity, heat, and cable communications; and walk up and down dark stairs in high rises to get MREs passed out by the National Guard. Temperatures this morning here were in the mid-30s . . . i.e., just a hover above freezing.
Foto by Hugh McCallion. Pier 25 Manhatan. Three hours til high tide and not much pier left for Pegasus and Harvey to rise.
Also pre-high tide on Rockaway, and water washing sand over the boardwalk onto Shore Front Parkway, finally justifying the name “sandy.”
Thanks to Hugh, Pam, and Barbara for the fotos.
Prayers for safety for all.