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Recognize the tugboat below? Answer follows.
David McAllister, photo from 2013, has recently changed hands and is currently undergoing “re-power and life extension” as Tradewinds Towing Hannah.
Draco, photo below taken in 2007, shows the vessel that began life in 1951 as Esso Tug No. 12. I caught her in the sixth boro as Co here (scroll) back in 2009.
Pleon, built in 1953, has appeared on this blog several times recently.
Canal Deluge, shown here in Fournier Towing and Ship Services colors, has since been sold to Trinidad, where she is (somewhat appropriately) know as Boston Lady.
And finally, originally a steam tug built in the mid-1920s to assist ships and break ice on the Delaware river, the 125′ John Wanamaker claimed the title of the last steam tug operating commercially in the US, but after several stints as a restaurant boat, she was cut up in New Bedford sometime around 2007. Anyone have photos of her last days or her last decades as a restaurant in at least three different New England locations? For a great story about her–and many other boats– read Jim Sharp’s With Reckless Abandon. It seems that Jim has owned at least half the historic vessels on the East coast at one time or other. His Sail, Power, & Steam Museum will reopen in the spring.
Again, thanks to JG, these photos from the near but irretrievable past.
So Katie G and Colleen McAllister danced their way east to get north and way west past the dancing (or leaning) towers of the East River this morning.
Notice you can still see the original Libby Black name in the raised metal of Katie G McAllister, soon to be named something else?
Here’s a previous post I did featuring Katie G. remaking a tow at the Battery.
I’m guessing this voyage will take about three weeks?
Godspeed, and beat the ice!
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I missed this one, but I saw it on AIS. She used to be called Eagle Hope, but I’m thinking someone’s running out of names.
I caught up with Alice though, here to discharge what she always does . . . aggregates.
Denak Voyager waited in the anchorage at sunrise and before midmorning coffee, she moved to load what she always does . . . scrap. Can
this be the reference?
Hafnia Lupus . . being provisioned by the venerable Twin Tube and bunkered by a Vane unit.
See that outboard skiff over off the starboard bow?
Latgale anchored off Stapleton a while back, and
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s off on a reconnoitre.
Recognize this location for sixth boro riverbank living?
The fine print there says USNS GySgt. Fred W. Stockham (T-AK-3017), which was just outside the VZ Bridge a few days ago.
Now it’s over by FDNY Marine 9, as if it were someone’s yacht. The complex finally looked open, so I wandered in and
here’s what I saw . . . right here on Staten Island.
I don’t know who lives here or where the clientele comes from, but I’m positive the President-elect will be checking the residency papers on the opticians selling goggles. Will there be waivers? here.
Actually, I left quickly because this place gave me a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy feel.
Now THIS is a strange juxtaposition in this Potemkin Village.
But don’t take my word and photos for it. Click here or next time you’re in Stapleton, check the place out, before new tenant emporiums arrive.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
Know that boat below? Answer follows. It’s recently been in the news. This trove of photos comes from JG, an out-of-towner whom I sometimes meet along the KVK. This photo was taken between 2001 and 2007.
Seguin (1972, YTB-816 Campti) has been sold foreign. Anyone know where? The photo below was taken in 2003.
Hercules (YTB-766, Wapakoneta) has also gone foreign, to Nigeria, as documented on this blog here.
Natick (YTB-760, Natick) was completed at Jakobson’s although construction began elsewhere. The photo below was taken in 2009.
This photo of Phoenix LT-1975 was taken in 2007 in Constellation Maritime colors. She’s currently in Maine as Fournier Brothers.
King Philip, shown here in 2007, currently works as Olon in Panama.
Chicopee, shown here in 2007, was built in 1952 by Higgins Industries as Army tug LT-1966. Anyone know where she is today?
Ludwig E., which became Nathan E. Stewart in 2007, sank in October and was raised earlier this month. Anyone know if she will be refurbished?
Many thanks to JG for use of these photos.
You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
I blame my dear friend Christina Sun for this post. Well, “blame” is the wrong word, but I’ll use it. She started it many years ago with this post on her blog, a project which I believe is “under re-powering and life extension,” to borrow someone else’s phrasing, and needs some encouragement, although she’ll blame me now for speaking that.
I’m impressed by murals, official and otherwise. Mayor Steven Fulop in Jersey City has promoted this public art in the city on the west side of the sixth bor. Enjoy these.
I like the wave here, but even more, love that copper sheath on the cylindrical corner to the lower right. It reminds me of a firecracker, or old-fashioned “rocket of the future.”
Near FIT in Manhattan, folks were painting
these as I passed.
Here are some on 9th Street in Brooklyn in the block directly south of the Gowanus Canal.
Back in Manhattan, here’s one seen from both ends on the west side of the Maritime Hotel, a once-maritime related building that was left as on the high tide mark when the port receded and left Manhattan.
Upriver in Troy and under the Green Island Bridge, it’s Troybot, who in the third panel of four
appears to be saving a sinking passenger vessel.
Also in Troy and under the Route 7 Bridge, someone summoned the spirits of some exotic sirens.
This is a unique form of tagging, drawing on the algae-covered walls of a lock chamber as it drains.
Oswego invites its high school students in.
That Great Lakes city also has this mural about an event in another Great Lakes city that inspired this quite profound hymn.
Here’s a mural visible from the Cuyahoga and under a bridge in Cleveland.
Ann Arbor’s Huron River has never known these faunas, but someone still imagined them.
But it was in Montreal this fall that I saw the best murals, as on this wall, with a variety of influences.
This one commemorates an actress from the Beijing opera. Click here for the back story and the artists.
Here are some in Beacon NY a few years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, whose point here is that he takes photos of other things while focusing boat to boat.
In celebration of the beginning of the 11th year of blogging, I’m licensing myself to change course a few days. Two things I want you to know are 1) I’ve posted approximately 90% of the days since November 26, 2006, and 2) my eyes always search for details other than tugboats to photograph.
I’ve gone here in the past, and retreated. Tugboats and ships have a lot in common with trucks, and my eye is always attracted by an unusual truck, so in the effort to show that I DO take photos of things NOT on the water, let me revive this line. Should I go over to this side? Call this R&R, rambling and rumspringa.
Admit . . . this is a cool truck, eh? And I took the photo right atop Penn Station, too. Can anyone tell me if this is the same one that lives near the Newport PATH station? And might there be three of these on the banks of the sixth boro?
Less well cared for, in Jersey City I saw this rusty Divco van next to a dumpster. Anyone know if it’s for sale? It might make a good camper?
Now where along the sixth boro banks (SBB) these days might one find a Mammoet field car? Answer follows.
The other day I stopped to admire the calm and skill of a Shepherd Enterprises rig as he negotiated the streets under the south end of the High Line. The driver told me it was a brand-spankin’-new Western Star.
Here he’s about to back into a dock to his right.
I was told this is a 1928
Yes, it’s an Element and not really a truck, but if I were hitchhiking and this red head stopped, I’d run the other way, no matter what she might say. I hope you’re convinced by now that I see a lot of strange stuff.
In the port of Oswego, might this be waiting for a cargo for Fort Drum? If I cropped this in a certain way, you might think the ingots are on the trailer?
And we’ll end this digression here . .. said to be a 1946 Dodge truck. Cool!
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
And the Mammoet field car was over by the NYWheel.
Let me start to play catch up here, since I have not done one of these posts in over half a year. Anyone know why HMCS St. John’s (FHH-340) steamed into the sixth boro yesterday, Thanksgiving Day? To assist this 45′ USCG response vessel and all the land-based law enforcement in keeping order on the so-called “black friday” chaos, perhaps?
Icebreaker Penobscot Bay (WTGB-107) headed upriver a half month ago, but there was no imminent ice formation at that time, unless one traveled well north of Inukjuak, but it would take some extraordinary turn-of-events for WTGB-107 to deploy there.
The sixth boro has a number of these 29′ patrol craft.
All photos in the past month by Will Van Dorp.