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Here’s a link to the series.
Click anywhere on the photo below to see its provenance. My question is . . where and when was this photo taken?
Here’s a closer up of the top portion of the photo. And if you haven’t clicked on the photo above, I’ll tell you the source is a fine book by Captain Bill Eggert called Gentlemen of the Harbor.
The image below comes from an archived issue of Moran’s Towline magazine. You have another chance to guess the date. A difference here is that the photos above show the Class B boats and the one below the first two finishers of the Class A boats in this race.
And here is the answer. Evidence of the location of this race is in this link, where you see vintage photos of the Edgewater Ford plant, which closed in 1955 and was demolished in the late 1980s. Click here for some unusual Ford trucks built in Edgewater and used during WW2.
Back to the International Maritime Races, click here for info on the winner Socony 11, who came back to race 54 years later!! Photo at the end of this post. For career info and photos of Carol Moran, click here.
Excuse the redundancy in the image below, also from the October 1953 issue of Towline.
Here’s a 9/13/1953 Brooklyn Eagle p. 22 version of the race.
Going back to the top photo, YTB-499 is still in USCG documentation, now as Marine Retriever, operating out of Coos Bay, OR. C. Stewart Lee, originally built for the Navy as YT-134, is likely scrapped. New York Central No. 25, disposition unknown,was built in Newburgh in 1908. Maybe someone else can add some info on what looks like Dauntless No. 2 and the boat beyond it. And the two spectator boats? I presume the larger one is a Circle Line vessel.
I hope I’m right about Dorothy Elizabeth being the reincarnation of Socony 11. Unfortunately, in the photo from 2007, she was not far from the scrapper’s jaws. Click here (and scroll) to see how the same boat appeared in the movie Carlito’s Way.
Check out Eggert’s Gentlemen of the Harbor.
In A Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger writes “There are houses in Gloucester where grooves have been worn into the floorboards by women pacing past an upstairs window, looking out to sea.” Today a lot of people are wearing out keyboards searching for news on El Faro. Others are out in the still stormy aftermath of the hurricane, looking for contact. Wishes and prayers and hopes swirl through the air as well.
The next four photos show El Morro, sister ship, arriving in San Juan in March 2013. Note the splash in lower center left in the photo above; that’s the pilot boat delivering the pilot on this stormy morning two years ago.
Here she arrives in the port of San Juan.
All photos were taken by Will Van Dorp, who prays for strength and safety for all who need it today.
Click here for info on vessel owner, TOTE Maritime, a Saltchuk company.
You can call this “Capt. Log gone; Chandra B arrived.” Log out or log off . . . might work also. Anyone know if Capt. Log, launched 1979 and retired at 0000 hrs on 1/1/15, has sold and if so to whom? Click here for a Professional Mariner article on the vessel.
But the real story here is that a new appropriate-sized double-hulled tanker has taken her place in the sixth boro. Welcome Chandra B.
Here she fuels up
Positive Carry, a Feadship, on the Upper Bay.
Many thanks to Bjoern of New York Media Boat for these photos.
Here was part 1. Thanks much for the comments. My conclusion is that most but not all were taken at the 1986 centennial celebration of our lady of the harbor. I am still seeking a photo of the canal tug Grand Erie, ex-USACE Chartiers, launched in 1951, at the event.
Barque Simón Bolívar, it would be good to see her back in the sixth boro again. At this point, she was less than a decade old. This past summer, she called in various ports in the Caribbean.
Any help here anyone?
Barque Eagle of course. Can anyone identify the tugs in this photo?
It’s schooner Pioneer in the background.
The red-hulled vessel at the foot of the tower . . is that stick lighter Ollie, now rotting away in VerPlanck? See the end of this post. Anyone know the USCG tug?
These look like the morning-after spent fireworks shells. What did it say in front of “industry” here? And here ends the photos supplied by Harry Thompson.
And here, as a note that I should do a post soon about Ollie . . . is one of the photos I took of her in 2010. I saw her earlier in 2015, and it’ was even sadder by five years than this one. Anyone have good pics of Ollie in her day?
Thanks very much, Harry, for getting this show going.
T-boats are up today, and seeing some in Baltimore led me into the archives. Click here for a short history of Carina, a T-boat I saw in Clayton NY but never got a good photo of. Here’s a database of the existing ones, although the info looks dated. Here’s another article on T-boats and Sea Scouts.
Enjoy. Higgins hull #424 from 1952.
Higgins hull 434 from 1952
Higgins hull 504 from 1953
Higgins hull 513 from 1953
same boat . . . stern
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but fascinating to me: the October 2015 National Geographic article on river transport on the Congo River in the DRC. The article describes conditions not unlike those I encountered on my travels on the River in 1973 and 1974. Click here for a post I did about that time.
Totally related: Here’s the book to read on Higgins.
We pass the unmistakeable Dann Marine docks and
head into the Chesapeake, water level of the largest watershed in the East, which stretches northward nearly to the Mohawk and the Erie Canal. The area is the southern end of a flyway that extends to the Saint Lawrence.
You’d think that almost obscured light would be called Eagle Point Light, but the turkey gets the name.
The Bay sees a lot of traffic, although Amara Zee, a traveling theatre show, has to be one of the more unique vessels navigating it. I have more photos of Amara Zee, which I saw up close more than 10years ago, but I’ll put them up only if I hear from readers about experience with the group, which traveled from the Hudson to the Saint Lawrence, could not enter their homeport in Canada without being arrested, and are now headed south for winter shows. Note Turkey Point Light in the distance directly off the stern.
The Chesapeake is to crabs as Maine water is to lobster.
Aerostats, though, surprised me. This one is over 200′ loa, in spite of its appearance. The tether is monitored by
As this post began with a bridge, so it ends . . . the Key Bridge marks the entrance to Baltimore.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Following up from yesterday’s post . . . tug Chesapeake is larger, more powerful than the other Patapsco-class tugs. It also has more windows in the wheelhouse. In addition, the photos of Chesapeake and Susquehanna were taken in Baltimore and Savannah, resp.; not in NYC’s sixth boro as were the others.
For today I’ll start with a mystery tug, one I’ve not found any info on.
I’d love to know more.
Also, in Baltimore, it’s Annabelle Dorothy Moran.
Click here to see my first shots of Annabelle almost three years ago as she sailed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
And another boat I know nothing about . . . McL?
Donal G. McAllister is Baltimore’s McAllister ex-YTB.
New England Coast is another boat I’d never seen before . . . docked here at the Dann Marine base in Chesapeake City, MD.
And approaching Chesapeake City from the south, it’s Calusa Coast, a frequent visitor to the sixth boro. I photographed her first here, over eight years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Here are the previous posts in this series, and I’m finding that in the four years since the last installment, things have changed . . . and not. Most of these boats haven’t appeared in the previous four. The livery and logo remain the same, but there are some new boats. Can you figure out how two of the following photos differ from then others?
Once while listening on VHF, I thought there was a new boat in town called “honey creek.”
So, obviously, Christian, being a crew boat, differs from all the others. Another difference, though, is that Chesapeake and Susquehanna were not photographed in the sixth boro. Identifying one location might be easier than the other. Guesses?
By the way, I know I’ve seen Kings Point, but I seem not to have a photo.
Here’s the series . . . .
And the intention of this post is to prompt a discussion, not just be vain. Let me explain: thanks to HL for taking this photo the other day during a 33-hour delivery of a Nautor Swan 42 from NY to Baltimore. Off NJ, conditions were described as a confused sea.
The reason for the photo and this post is to ask about seasickness, which I’ve never experienced but this time I did. I lost breakfast as soon as we departed the Ambrose Channel and set sail. I’d taken dramamine, but it only made me drowsy. Ironically, between gags, I felt very happy; stomach sick but spirits good. It hurt to talk much but smiles soothed. And when I was told to steer a course, all was better.
Here’s a set of 50 suggestions for dealing with seasickness I found on gCaptain. A dear friend wrote that there are two kinds of people: those who get seasick and those who haven’t YET. My brother traveled to Vietnam by ship, said he was seasick for weeks, and has scorned water travel every since. I used to pack a ginger root when I went fishing and keep a slice between my teeth and inner cheek.
Thanks to HL for sharing the photo.
You might enjoy this article on the subject from the Atlantic.