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Please read the El Faro Relief event notice at the end of this post. TODAY is the deadline to sign up.
It’s rained most of this week and last . . . and the forecast is the same for next week, but that just means sheltering (and wiping) the lens of the camera, as needed. I wonder if John Huibers knows something we need to pay attention to . . . but that’s another story.
For now, I noticed a lot of Reinauer boats the other day, like . . . the 1971 Matton-built Zachery Reinauer,
interrupted by the 1960 Blount-built Eric R. Thornton with the best logo in the sixth boro,
the 1984 Rayco Ship and Main Ironworks Franklin Reinauer,
the 1983 Cenac Shipyard-built Stephen B,
the 1967 Main Iron Works Jill Reinauer,
the 1966 Allied Shipyard Brian Nicholas,
1973 Jakobson Lucy Reinauer,
the 2010 G and S Marine Incorporated Crystal Cutler,
the 2011 Senesco Reinauer Twins.
and the 1978 Eastern Dawn, though I know not the builder. And it appears to the the 1947 Harbor II alongside, though I noticed that almost too late.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s been evading raindrops.
Anyone have more info on the previous Lucy Reinauer, the 1943 Odenbach Shipbuilding M/T? Birk has this photo, but I’d love to see some more and to know what became of her.
And here’s a note from the organizers of the El Faro fundraiser event: “On Sunday, May 15th from 12-2 at Club Macanudo we will be holding a fundraiser for the families affected by the loss of the El Faro. All proceeds will go to the Seamen’s Church Institute El Faro Relief Fund. Pricing is $75.00 per person with Beer and Wine being served. Email me at Goodwindmaritime@hotmail.com. Please see the attached flier (the link in the first sentence above).
Please send your checks as soon as possible. Make the checks out to Good Wind Maritime Services and mail to Good Wind Maritime Services 14451 25th Drive, Flushing, NY 11354″
This is a singular image, a 1969 tugboat in a century-and-a-half-old graving dock in Brooklyn. Some of you maybe saw it on FB, but not everybody wades in FB waters. What makes this photo so powerful to me is such a combination of composition, subject matter, and light that different people will look at this and see not all the same things. Some might see beauty, and others defeat . . . or power, or fatigue, expense, challenge . . . . It strikes me as not unlike this Mark Twain passage on conflicting ways of seeing a river. And I’ll stop myself here.
Click here for a favorite I took of the 1969 YTB-803 Nanticoke, now Robert E. McAllister.
Thanks again to Donald Edwards for permission to use this exquisite photo.
And while we’re on a Mark Twain morning, at the end of this post is a clue to my summer/fall employment.
I’ve done posts about the East River, like these, and I’ve done a post at least about canyons, but it’s never struck me as vividly as right now how much this part of the East River is like a canyon. These too are images of the varied sixth boro.
HMS Liberty pushes east past the cliffs before entering the terrifyingly-named Hell Gate. Click here for the youtube video that periodically surfaces about a barge grounding in Hell Gate and then skillfully extricated. Here and here are some discussions of that name . . . originally “beautiful opening.”
Sea Lion pushes a recycling barge up toward the Bronx River, I think, with
Dorothy J alongside, until
she makes the turn in the direction of the Harlem River, where the E. 91st marine transfer station–I think–is being built. It’s been a long time since I’ve walked around up there.
And finally . . . it’s Mister T pushing scows eastbound and under the 59th Street Bridge. And the aerial tramway to . . . the sixth boro’s ski slopes? Here’s the website for the operator . . . Leitner-Poma. But I digress.
At the right times of tide, the waterway between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Island move a lot of cargo.
All photos this week by Will Van Dorp.
With a tip of the hat to Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward, the title that came to mind as I shot these, and you’ll see why by the end. See the road signs up there intended for drivers on the Triboro Bridge?
Rewarding my wait, it’s Jaguar towing Highlander Sea into the Gate,
past the Ward’s Island Footbridge, and
Westbound the tow came at almost slack water and past
RTC 104 and
the Twins bound for Riverhead.
More on the brick building there with romanesque windows and green roof at the end of this post.
And here, when they were under the Queensboro Bridge, the title occurred to me . . . having the same syllabication and cadence as the Swift and Ward title.
Now we need a story, one that starts as hundreds could in tiny but huge Essex. Click here for my previous posts on Essex.
Maybe one about a fishing schooner design turned pilot boat turned yacht turned school turned . . .
fish market and restaurant/bar in the sixth boro. I hope they sell monkfish. These photos are compliments of my brother taken in Zwolle at a
Thanks bro . . .
All other photos here by Will Van Dorp.
So, thanks to identification by Jonathan Steinman, the brick building there is ConEd’s cogeneration plant at East 74th St. And this is a digression, but 74th Street has long been quite the interesting place.
First and foremost, thanks to Nelson Brace for permission to use this photo. See more of Nelson’s work here.
The tug is 1978 Jaguar. What schooner is this?
And here, at the
south west end of the Canal, the tow passes Independence.
Again, thanks to Nelson for use of this photo.
My guess about the schooner is Roseway.
To close out April, here (and at the end of this post) a photo of Grouper in Lyons a few weeks ago before the Canal was brought up to level and opened for traffic. Thanks to Bob Stopper.
From Maraki, it’s Heidi eastbound past cow pastures and
fleetmate Rikki S westbound.
How’s this for an unnamed push boat . . . the one that moves
Martha Lewis when needed, and when no longer needed because the skipjack is under sail, just gets hauled up on davits. I guess technically this prime mover is not a tugboat, she is a push boat. Here’s a youtube of Martha Lewis getting trucked away, sans push boat, for repairs. Anyone have updates on her getting into the water this season? Click here (and scroll) for a photo of Silk, the push boat dedicated to skipjack Stanley Norman.
And from my visit to Chelsea Creek last week, here’s another shot of (for me) the unidentified small tug, and
in gloucester, it’s Mikey D with Horizon looking over the stern.
Closing this post out, it’s looking eastbound across Grouper‘s bow. I’ve said it for years and will say it again, I hope some one takes this project on.
Thanks to Bob, bowsprite, and Maraki for these photos of really random aka sundry set of tugboats.
Barrel is the pseudonym (nom de blog?) of a gentleman who worked with the USACE for many years in the Philadelphia area. Click here for the RTC yard history.
Click here for info on the tugboat Interstate. Can anyone add any info to that?
According to barrel, the YTB here is functioning as a fender between USACE Comber and another vessel. Comber was built in Pascagoula in 1947.
Any guesses on the Moran tug here? It’s standing by after a collision between passenger vessel Santa Rosa and tanker Valchem, whose stack is perched on Santa Rosa‘s bow.
Below is a photo of Valchem sans stack and displaying impact point. Click here for some info on the collision.
Now these next three boats leave me somewhat confused.
Were they sold foreign? Here’s a reference to a hull #504 and 505 built at Marietta Mfc. in Pt. Pleasant, WV.
And the last of the push boats for today, it’s Mateur. Well, it was called that, before it became push boat Effie Afton and then a restaurant called Jumers. Is she still there and serving food and fun? Maybe I need to schedule a gallivant to Rock Island.
So let’s end with a vessel I’m more familiar with . . . Pilot, currently up the Hudson a ways from the sixth boro.
And here’s Pilot, showing her to scale with her workmates.
Many thanks to barrel, who sends me these and other puzzles, stumpers, and conundrums.
Uh . . any guesses which creek that might be?
It’s still the sleek lines of the GUP carrier once so familiar to folks paying attention to sixth boro traffic.
Newtown Creek is now going up a waterway for the last time and what a waterway this is. From here, she’ll be further
dismantled before she’s gently laid to the sea bottom for aquatic growth and diver’s enjoyment. Atlas is likely the one from 1985 shown here (and scroll).
Many thanks to Mike Hatami for sending these photos along.
Unrelated and sent along by barrel, an interesting “second life” conversion here, although I believe the headline was written by someone who does not know a container ship from an OSV, maybe not a creek from a brook.
Here are the previous ones.
One of the joys of driving is the serendipity–even if guided . . . thanks, GT–of noticing the entirely unexpected, like the device below. Any ideas? If GT hadn’t mentioned this, I probably would not have thought twice about this weathered industrial object. And it’s for sale. For the right price, it can be on your boat.
A clue is that the device above is located geographically between the tin building below and Boston, where this road trip ends. The tin building is Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. I’m guessing it once had a seafood related purpose.
A bit down the coast is Salem. The brick building with cupola in the distance is the old Custom House, where Nathaniel Hawthorne once worked.
I had forgotten that this replica is Hudson River built. There was a trade with China already 200 years ago.
I’ll have to come back to the North Shore when all these vessels–Adventure, Friendship, and Fame–are sailing.
Continuing southward . . . we arrive in East Boston, and Jake.
Here’s another device on a rooftop. Fiat Topolino?
My tour of Luna recently is what lured me to this area around Chelsea Creek. Here’s Luna resplendent.
Anyone know the story of JW Powell?
And the red and the white sailing vessels farthest from the camera here?
This bullnose will likely never again see the water.
And here we are at the end of this stretch of road . . . it’s Roxbury High Fort aka the Cochituate Standpipe.
So here we are . . . it’s a whistle from the SS United States! Are there any developments in her refurbishing? For some interior shots of her I took two years ago, click here. Here are some other photos taken on the SS United States.
As to the particulars on the whistle, here’s what I learned this morning from SW: “The whistle from the United States is a Leslie Tyfon, size 300DVE-5. [Click on that link to hear one of these.] It was purchased in 1986 by my uncle at auction I believe through Marine Technologies Brokerage Corp. out of N.Y. We have a letter of authenticity and it is currently for sale to the best offer. Last recorded offer was $10,000.00. We feel it is much more valuable. It was on of three steam whistles from the forward stack of the ocean liner. My uncle purchased the large forward whistle. Thanks for your curiosity.”
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.
Many thanks to GT for the heads up and to Steve for the info on whistle.
Visiting Gloucester for me is always restorative. Here are a few more photos I took Saturday and Sunday of
and Adventure. That’s a great sequence of names!
Last fall she was sailing with some food cargo here. And if I had an editor, that editor would be unhappy, because yesterday I suggested I’d seen Adventure in Boothbay last October. Mea culpa . . . I saw Ernestina! Click here for a fairly active blog with updates on the work on Ernestina.
Lady Jane and
Ardelle . . . have fishing origins. Ardelle is of course the older design but a much newer boat, and I DID see her in Boothbay, off the stern of Ernrstina.
Ardelle touched the water in summer of 2011. See some of her history here.
When I took these photos of other pinky schooners in Essex in November 2009, Ardelle existed (maybe) only in plans.
I’m not sure where Maine and Essex are today–maybe right here–but as much as I enjoy seeing hulls out of the water, I’d rather see them afloat and underway.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has photos of yet another pinky tomorrow.
For more traditional vessels of Gloucester, see Paul’s post here.