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Tony A sent these first three photos. What are they?
Here’s the answer. I like the statement . . the last one above water! I wonder what else you can say that about. Whalebacks have come and gone, except this one. Click here for a historical essay on whalebacks that makes an unexpected connection to Franklin D. Roosevelt. If your appetite is whetted, here’s another. As the the connection between this style and x-bows, click here.
Frisia Inn, which was in and out of the sixth boro a week or so ago, is not a whaleback,
but the bow shares some design features.
Many thanks to Tony for the actual whaleback photos. For a good closing story on a whaleback whose remnants lie 400 feet below the surface of the GOM, click here. That whaleback, SS City of Everett, would tow barges and its Captain Thomas Fenlon claimed it could have saved RMS Republic from sinking, offers to do so having been refused by the RMS Republic’s captain.
Are those dunes beyond Durga Devi?
Sandy shore and mountains? Durga Devi is a fairly new offshore supply vessel.
In the same port, here’s Kamanga, a Cambodian-registered reefer from 1977. But those are two OSVs or AHSVs in the distance. So what accounts for this collection of speciality, non-cargo per se vessels?
Another reefer here is about a decade newer .. . Isleman, a name sounding like it needs a preposition.
Frontier is a Grindrod container vessel.
But here’s the explanation . . . it’s Seadrill’s West Eclipse, a semi-submersible.
Here’s an introduction to the company.
Hilde K is an anchor handling supply tug, 2008, Indonesia-built.
Topaz Xara is China-built, 2014. They remind me of what I saw in Guanabara Bay a few years ago.
Many thanks to Richard Hudson for these photos. Previous photos by Richard and crew are here.
If I ever get to Namibia, one place I’d like to see is the Skeleton Coast . . . .
If you’re not sure where to place Cuxhaven, the image below may help. Another clue is that in Cuxhaven inbound, you could choose either to make for Hamburg or for the Kiel Canal. All these photos come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, whose drawing we featured here recently.
Wal was launched in 1992. Dimensions: 101′ x 32.8′ x 17 and Gross Tonnage is 368.
Luchs, 1991, 95′ x 29.5 x 15.1 and GT 229.
Wolf, 1993, 105′ x 26.2′ x 17′ and GT 368.
Bugsier 15, 1991, 92′ x 29.6 x 15.1 and GT 239.
Bugsier 10, 2009, 108′ x 42.7 x 19.3 and GT 485.
Steinbock, 1977, 92′ x 26.2′ x 14.1′ and GT 213.
And Steinbock here is underway through the Kiel Canal.
Here’s more info on Cuxhaven.
All photos here come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, to whom I am grateful.
I suppose I could call this RT 163b, since the photos in both were taken the same day, same conditions of light and moisture.
Let’s start with Charles D. McAllister with Lettie G. Howard bare poles in the distance.
Evelyn Cutler with Noelle Cutler is tied up alongside a barge with Wavertree‘s still horizontal poles. Click here to see Evelyn as I first saw her.
Viking is high and dry, post the winter work.
Timothy L. Reinauer is back in town after a very long hiatus, at least from my POV. This may have been the last time I saw her.
Mary Gellatly gets some TLC as well; click here for the previous time she was in a “random” post.
Beyond Mister Jim, a pile of sand is growing in the yard just west of the Bayonne Bridge on the Staten Island side.
Elizabeth and Marjorie B. McAllister head out for a job.
Tasman Sea heads for the yard as
And for closure, it’s Marjorie B passing in front of a relatively ship-free Port Elizabeth. Click here for a photo of Marjorie B high and dry a few years ago.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I considered calling this “random vessels,” since I haven’t used that title in a while, but here is a tighter focus for a few days: tugboats. Here I also randomize the backgrounds and seek out some vessels infrequently seen. Like the rare and exotic Shelby Rose and
Jay Michael and Vicki M and
Patricia with her racing stripes up against the gantry arms.
Wye River and James E. Brown here cross the south end of Newark Bay, where
Sandmaster has been tied up for (?) nearly a year now.
Sassafras did a circle in Erie Basin recently, and
Thomas, the Weeks tug, strode into town, picked up a barge and headed straight for Texas! The first time I saw Thomas was January 2009. Remember what memorable event splashed into the Hudson around the middle of that month?
Buchanan 12 here is light and seen from almost her prop wash. I hadn’t noticed the Boston registry before.
Quantico Creek stays local a lot, but Severn I don’t see much.
Here’s Tangier Island behind . . yes, Gerardi’s Farmers Market.
OK . . . that’s it for today. All photos by Will Van Dorp. More random tugs tomorrow.
Last Saturday saw threatening weather; even so, lots of small boats and crowds braved the possibility of rain to see the races.
Vigilance prevailed and I heard of no incidents.
And yes, I paid a lot of attention to the Bath Maine-built 1906 Mary E, but that’s because I haven’t seen her in 9 years . . . obviously I was looking in the wrong places. Click here and scroll for a photo of Mary E in Greenport almost 9 years ago.
A raft of small boats clustered yet kept orderly.
The 1935 Enticer . . . well, enticed, spectators as a platform.
as did a range of people movers.
including the 1983 Arabella.
The captain of the heavyweight out there, the 2014 Eric McAllister, treaded lightly through the crowd.
Of course, out in the mist along the Jersey side there are more heavyweights, a Moran tug and its huge NCL gem.
And as for my ride, Monday morning it was earning money going for a load of scrap.
Another tall old ship that might have been present–the 1928 Bivalve NJ-based A. J. Meerwald had other missions to perform.
All photos by will Van Dorp. And for photos of some of the people on the boro who were working during the race, check out NYMediaBoat’s blog post.
Here was a clue that a ship was headed this way.
The next three photos here come from Roger Munoz, high atop the 74th St ConEd plant.
That’s Roosevelt Island on the other side, at the southern tip of which i waited.
Here the training ship passes under the 59th Street Bridge,
and past the Empire State Building . . .
escorted by a fireboat and
two McAllister tugboats.
Some of the cadets who made this journey last summer are already employed as professional mariners today. And somewhat related, any guesses how long ago this particular T/S Empire State, the VI, was launched? Click here for info on her former life. To see some dramatic shots of the knife edge cutting through the middle of the Atlantic, click here. If you’re impatient, jump ahead to the 3-minute mark.
Thanks much to Roger Munoz, a SUNY grad, for the three photos from high atop the East River.
And here is a time lapse gif of ES VI passing, thanks to Rand Miller.
I could not make the Sunday heats, so here are two more of my photos of the British entry showing how these boats perform . . .
above the surface with most of the hull. Approaching shore requires caution . . . but thanks to Frank Hanavan, here is a set of photos showing what happened along the Jersey shoreside, Morris Canalside . . . on Sunday. The New York race over,
one by one the boats were hooked and
lifted above and beyond the watery confines,
lowered carefully for a landing
in the parking lot at Liberty Landing Marina, and
prepped for the road, and
loaded into the containers that will likely travel beyond the sixth boro along I-80 and I-90 into Chicago for events starting June 10.
For these bright Sunday photos, many thanks to Frank Hanavan, whose website here shows what he spends most of his time engaged in.
More photos from the event soon.
So were the words of a bold attendant to Queen Victoria when the royal yacht was bested by a strange-looking upstart vessel from the former colonies called America. As the Queen revealed her ignorance of the rules, I too must confess that–like a an inhabitant recently retrieved from a remote island and watching a MLB or NFL game for the first time–I was largely unaware of what I was seeing. No matter, I enjoyed it and hope you enjoy these photos.
First, the muster. If you want the instructions, click here.
It certainly appears the Japanese boat here is being towed. Is this to demonstrate the foiling or train for it? Here’s an explanation of how these 3000-pound vessels fly .. . or foil.
If it seems that all the boats are identical except for the sponsors, you’re right.
The logo at the top of all the mainsails is for Louis Vuitton. Can someone explain why a trunk maker chooses to sponsor this race? Isn’t it somewhat like an Indy car race sponsored by Victorias Secret, Epifanes, or Penguin Books?
No matter, notice the throngs along the shore and the ledge of the building to the left? I think of the third and fourth paragraphs from Moby Dick:
“Go from Corlears Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence, by Whitehall, northward. What do you see?—Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries. Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep. But these are all landsmen; of week days pent up in lath and plaster—tied to counters, nailed to benches, clinched to desks. How then is this? Are the green fields gone? What do they here?
But look! here come more crowds, pacing straight for the water, and seemingly bound for a dive. Strange! Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder
warehouses Battery Park City will not suffice. No. They must get just as nigh the water as they possibly can without falling in. And there they stand—miles of them—leagues. Inlanders all, they come from lanes and alleys, streets avenues—north, east, south, and west. Yet here they all unite. Tell me, does the magnetic virtue of the needles of the compasses of all those ships attract them thither?”
The answer to that last question, it seems, is Yup!
I’m intrigued by this power cat . . . the timing vessel. Is its work called telemetry? Anyone tell me more about what instrumentation it contains? I’m wondering if this will be the official timer for the larger boat race next year in Bermuda.
I’m posting these photos earlier than usual today in hopes that they may prompt anyone who missed the race yesterday to brave the weather and watch today.
I’ll post some more tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is grateful to Gerard Thornton for this platform. Click here (and scroll) for a photo of Eric R. Thornton.
Whenever I see something new, it feels like a sunny day, no matter what the meteorologist calls it. Like this day last week, I was hunkering down keeping these spots from messing with my lens . . .
Anyhow, hat’s off Troop 228.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to be seeing sea darts of another sort today.