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This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years.  I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.

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Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?

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Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling

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looks a lot better.

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Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .

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and here’s a closer up a month later . . .

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Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here

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is the same

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vessel now known as Foxy 3.  I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.

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Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and

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just plain Dory now.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro.  Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts.  Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10.  I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.

 

Today’s photos come from Xtian Herrou.  See the tug over there, the one the sailor in red must be looking at?  By the way, I’ve posted Xtian’s photos here and here before.  The rigging that dominates the photo below propels a vessel that will be making a stop in the sixth boro this coming summer.  Any guesses?  Her name–or rather the translation thereof–is a matter of some difference of opinion.

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There’s the tug, Abeille Bourbon.

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The sailing vessel is L’Hermione.  Here’s the name matter as described by Xtian:  “There is a fault in her name because of the English speakers who removed L’ as it means the but with the French navy for some ships the LeLa or L’ is really part of the name.  The apostrophe does not really exist in English, and on AIS her name is Lhermione to be correctly alphabetically placed at L.  Furthermore, the Association name is wrong as Hermione, and the mistake was discovered too late *:"> Piquage de fard.  A similar difference exists between the  French La Fayette and the English Lafayette, which, given my last name (Van Dorp or Vandorp or van Dorp), I understand clearly . . .

Rick “old salt” did a post here about this some months back.  I especially enjoyed the discussion in “comments” section.

Here’s the index to all the preceding posts in this series, and I’m grateful to all for sharing.

If you suffer from perfect photographic memory, then the ferry in the middle distance under the bridge will serve as a clue to the location of this shot;  it’s a water bus, an efficient conveyance of passengers along the waterways that make up the Rhine delta in greater Rotterdam.  You saw it here . . . scroll through to the sixth photo. The tug in the foreground is Broedertrouw 4.

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Here’s Lekstroom V Broedertrouw 4 and a bow.

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Tailing is Broedertrouw XIV.  And if you click here, you’ll see the same vessel towing what HAD BEEN the largest yacht to date built in the Netherlands, Symphony.  But in this series, you’ll see an unfinished project that promises to be 8.5 meters longer than Symphony . . . a full 360′ loa for this new project!

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the unnamed, project number 714 for now. Oceanco is the manufacturer, and here are many smaller yachts.

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The yacht does not move me, although I’d love to tour the project as the different specialized craftsman complete the job.

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I’d love, however to work on these inland tugs for a while.

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Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.

 

Here are the previous posts by this name.

June 2014 . . . not quite 100 miles west of Albany.

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March 2015 high, dry, and cold maintenance time on Staten Island.

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Same time and place as the first photo above.  Actually leaving lock 19 and headed east.

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Again . . . winter maintenance.

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Outbound Oswego harbor, June 2014.

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And more Staten Island, March 2015.

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Hustling hither and yon along the waterways since 1958, if she could speak,

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I’d love to hear the stories.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

McAllister Sisters is back there somewhere, on the windy side,

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not the sunny side where crew keep watch on

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Atlantic Trader.  If you’ve forgotten what Sisters looks like, click here on a post from over a year ago.

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Much more conspicuous is Bruce A.

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James Turecamo assists in Vega.

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And finishing this post out, it’s Pelham.

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Of course, the rooted talent in this post is of course Robbins Reef Light.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s an index of previous posts with this title.

And a lot of photos of small craft.  Given recent temperatures, it’s notable that all these vessels would NOT be able these days to navigate waters much north of the sixth boro or on the Great Lakes, because of ice conditions.  Given the significant clues, can you identify the vessel and location below?  Answers follow.

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Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.

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Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–

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retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.

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Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.

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See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern.  I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not

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to be confused with Grace D.

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ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.

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These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.

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And if I’m reading that right, Pannaway is registered in a New Hampshire, my home state as you can read on the “about tugster” page.

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Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.

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Now, let’s mix things up a bit.  Seth Tane took this photo in the sixth boro back in the late 70s or early 80s.  Can anyone identify this boat, Karen L?  I ran a lot of photos from that era by Seth in a series here almost two years ago.  In this case, Karen L seems to have just returned four jolly tars back to their ship in the anchorage as another crewman watches from the rail.

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Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.

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This photo comes via Fred Trooster in Rotterdam showing line handlers there. Here’s a post I did over three years ago of line handlers in the Kills.

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And this somehow returns us to the mystery vessel at the top of the post:  Knight Rider following the FDR just north of the United Nations, the blue flag in the top photo being the clue.

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Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

As you know, today is the first full day of spring, and this morning roar man looked like this.

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My neighborhood looked like this, and

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a local shipyard looked like this, with snow obscuring the name entirely or

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partly.

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But lest you think I’m glum  . . . my day blossomed as soon as I saw

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this . . . juices–at least orange juice–flowing, infusing by the ton into the port.  And this . . .

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new life–at least a vessel new to me in the sixth boro.  Welcome Josephine K. Miller.

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And you guy below and friends, you gotta go.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp. Snow obscured tug is of course Little Toot, only recently employed in North river icebreaking.

Sal Martello posted this comment –“I posted some pics of half moon on marine traffic.com if you want to use those pic for your blog.”  So I went and looked and here they are.

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Sal took these photos–all sizes–off the Connecticut coast around the first day of summer in 2011.

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Thanks much, Sal.  If anyone approaches the vessel on the Sound today, you’d think it was the middle day of winter given the snow in the air.

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If Half Moon had a voice and addressed folks in her new permanent port, she’d say something like this:  Mijn reis is begonnen. Ik zie jullie in minder dan een maan.

Almost exactly three months ago, I indicated in this post that Half Moon was bound for a new life in Hoorn, namesake of that rock off Tierra del Fuego.  This more she left . . . keeping her speed just under the posted 40 mph max although just barely.  I raced but she showed me nothing more than her stern,

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as she surveyed the denizens and green and orange icons of this uninhabited island called Manhattan one last time

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before heading toward the gate of hell and

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the Bronx and

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points east.  If anyone gets photos of this vessel on the Long Island Sound, please send them to me and I’ll post them here with your name as credit. For an index of my previous Half Moon posts, click here.

Maybe now is the time to dust off–and complete– the narrative that bowsprite and I discontinued five and a half years ago when we failed to agree with the Henry Hudson’s secret missions to North America just over 400 years ago.  Just maybe we will disclose what best conspiracy theorists believe.

All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’m not sure I’d ever noticed this building before, Hell’s Kitchen .  . 49th street about 1000 feet from the North River.  Obviously, it’s associated with the Red Cross, where I spent a day earlier this month for First Aid/CRP/AED certification.

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Excuse the informality of these photos, but inside the Red Cross building were these great collages I thought to share.  Mary Weiss boarded

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this vessel–click here for a better version–to do Red Cross work in Europe.

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A few generations later, Magaly Polo boarded a Red Cross vessel named Comfort to assist with Red Cross relief work in the her native Haiti.  Comfort also appeared here . . . scroll.

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The photo taken below, taken by William Lafferty, shows tanker Rose City, later Comfort unloading at San Pedro, California, USA, in February 1980. Rose City was launched 12 February 1976 at San Diego, CA, by the National Steel &SB Co**. as hull no. 396 for the Northwest Shipping Corp., New York.  Vitals are 861.8’ x 103.8 x 57.9; 44875 gt, 35072 nt; twin GE steam turbines geared to a single shaft, 245000-sup.  Between 1984 and 1987 she was converted to USNS Comfort T-AH-20  a hospital ship for the U. S. Navy: 69360 tons displacement.

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A few weeks ago, Comfort‘s sister vessel Mercy appeared here.

Many thanks to William Lafferty for sharing that photo.

Tangentially related:  Note the two asterisks (**)after the shipyard for Rose City.  Also produced there were these TOTE vessels, trailerships.  I’d love to hear how these have worked out.

 

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