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Here is one of the previous photos I’ve posted of Petersburg, a Higgins-built LT-2088, delivered in 1954.
Floating in a soup of eelgrass on a windless afternoon after a stormy week, every part of this half-century vessel begs to be admired.
The small fish in the clear water of New Harbor could not ever disturb the reflections.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for more info on Petersburg, from an article in the NYTimes a few years back.
Unrelated: In the late 1980s a “pirate radio” ship broadcasting as RNI anchored off Jones Beach. The ship was called variously Lichfield II and Sarah. According to this entry in wikipedia, “it was towed to its location off Long Island by Frank Ganter using his tugboat the M/V Munzer.” Does anyone know anything about Munzer or Mr. Ganter?
The work on the first US offshore wind farm is becoming visible from Block Island, these taken from Monhegan Bluffs.
There is one . . .
no . . two
actually five bases emerging from the waters,
each in a different state of completion.
Here Stephanie Dann tows a barge with three further elaborations of bases. A barge passed through the sixth boro two months ago, as shown here.
Here’s a vessel I’d like to see close up . . . L/B Robert. Each of those legs is 335′ long, allowing it to place them on the ocean floor in water as deep as 280 feet. Click here for more info on the self-propelled L/B Robert.
Click here for more ongoing news about the project from the Block Island Times.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was “springtime.” All the following photos taken by Jake Van Reenen this past summer show the variety of cargoes moved.
Many thanks to Jake for use of these photos.
If you haven’t read it yet, here’s my Professional Mariner article on “barging” in the area of the St. Lawrence River called the Thousand Islands. Since there’s plenty of reading there, I’ll just make this mostly a photo post. LCM owner Jake Van Reenen took all but the last three photos in this post.
In February, the LCM and everything else “afloat” is actually ice-trapped. Folks who live year-round on the islands travel by snow machine.
By late March, the ice has turned to liquid, and navigation starts to resume on the Seaway.
It’s April and houses on the islands need a visit from the fuel truck.
In May, folks from “away” begin to return, sometimes bringing their own supplies.
All manner of vehicles travel to the Islands in early June, when
I visited. The photos below I took . . .
As we traveled with an empty fuel truck back to Clayton, we took the stern of
Vikingbank, headed upbound for Duluth!! for grain.
Captain Jake and deckhand Patsy Parker.
Summer and early fall photos from Seaway Marine Group will follow.
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.