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I remember the day I first saw McFarland, coming up the Delaware, the largest dredge I’d ever seen.  Barrel has recently sent along earlier generations–as I see it–of the big Mac.

Let’s start with Goethals, built in 1937.

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Then there was Markham, seen here just prior to launch, and

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here she traverses in icy waters.  Can dredge operations proceed with ice?

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Here she pumps out.  Markham was reefed off North Carolina in 1994.

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McFarland went into service in 1967.  Her operations are described here by the skipper.

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Here she’s at work on the Delaware River.  This method of discharging is called side casting.

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Here she’s preparing to discharge into the transfer barge.

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All these photos come via Barrel.

For more background on these federal dredges, click here.

 

 

aka GHP&W 8, subset of port of Bayonne.  Actually, MOTBY expands to Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne and you saw an aerial of it here.

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T-AKR 313 USNS Red Cloud is named not for the place but for this person, Mitchell Red Cloud.

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I took these photos in November 2015, but as of mid-January, Red Cloud was still in Bayonne Dry Dock. 

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Rat guards, they’re called and they’ve fascinated me since I first saw them.  They’re functional and pretty.

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Did you notice that the red ones, though pretty, are not functional?

I hadn’t either until now.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is still in a region without internet or telephone signal, and only the robots are working.

Earlier this month gothamist.com ran an intriguing set of photos taken by Mr. Cushman.  Here’s his entire archive.  Here’s a good selection.

The warehouses on the opposite side of the river from red vessel below are the current location of Brooklyn Bridge Park.  That makes the pier location a little south of piers 16 and 15. South Street Seaport Museum’s boats today.  Could that be Ollie, the stick lighter currently disintegrating in Verplanck?

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I’m not sure what we’re looking at here, but the Cushman identifies it as 1941.  According to Paul Strubeck, it’s likely an express lighter–a category of self-propelled vessel I was not aware of–possibly operated by Lee and Simmons Lighterage.

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And finally . .  I wish this photo–dated September 1940-– had been framed differently.  Phillip’s Foods is still around, although I’ve never eaten at any of their restaurants or if this is even the same company.  Royal Clover . .  . I can’t find anything about that brand.  And seeing all those cartons in Jeff and the barges, today there’d be a few containers and you’d have no idea of the contents.

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You can search Cushman’s archives here. I cll these “fifth dimension” i.e., time added, photos.

For another treasure trove of photos of old New York harbor, click here.

 

 

I was reading the NYTimes Magazine on January 10, 2016 and on pages 4 and 5 saw this advertising spread . . . . It’s clear that 70 Vestry is selling a view, and what is that view?

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It’s Pegasus and

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Lilac.  Great.  Maybe I could call it Pegasus/Lilac Real Estate.

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But look at where the prices start for this real estate?  No problem either, but it seems there

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could be a contribution to those projects that make up the view that was advertised?

To see the spread, check the NYTimes Magazine of January 10, 2016.

This photo by John Curdy shows Dace Reinauer as she looked some time before 2008.

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I took the rest of these photos, including the one below showing the same boat in October 2009.  The next one was

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May 2014,

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early November in Narragansett Bay post-modification and during sea trails and

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taken by Rod Smith, and

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here was later November 2015 in the sixth boro.   The changes are more subtle, but if you compare the stacks, you’ll see the pairs has grown.

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Go Dace!!  Thanks, John and Rod.

Again, this post and the next dozen and a half or so have been “scheduled.”  I’m out of touch for a while.

Before I left, I’d modified the “About the photos” section.  If you feel so inclined, have a look at the first paragraph and comment.

Back in 2008, I had a chance to see a VS-driven tug for the first time here and here.  Since that time, this tug has become Matthew McAllister, a Narragansett Bay-based tug which is McAllister’s only VS tug.  A local set of boats with VS props is operated by the Staten Island ferry.  Here’s a post that shows the ferries’ VS system out of the water.

But I digress.  The question in this post is  . . . where do these props come from?  How big and heavy are they?

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There are two in this park in Portsmouth VA, and

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on both, on the “hub,” there’s info.  I’ve seen this before on tug Pegasus here.

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Diameter . . . 28′ and almost 40 tons each!  They’re from one of these oilers. 

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has left for sea and will be in the signal-free zone for a few weeks.  The robot will put up a few more posts, but don’t expect any answers to questions, as I might not have a signal until early February, when I hope also to have some new tales to tell.

Given that “154” number, I had to check when I started this series.  Although there’s a search window on this wordpress blog, it’s not always the most efficient.  It took a while, but I started the series in October 2007 with this prototype,  this post.  A couple of things I notice right away include that photos don’t “enlarge” themselves when you click on them, I tended to use fewer photos back then, and IMHO the photo and text standards were just lower than now.

One of the goals of this series is to spotlight any new boats in town, from a very subjective PoV, but here’s one.  It’s Pops, which I saw from a distance in the 8th photo in this post from two months ago.  It seems Pops was built in 1961 and is registered south of Savannah GA.

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Charles A used to be Lucinda Smith, but I can’t tell if she used to be THIS Lucinda Smith.   I think so, but they’ve modified her a bit.

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Here’s an example of a photo which would have sent me down the road to the west if I’d seen the background.  Capt. Willie Landers . . . have seen her before, prominent mast, but in the background beyond HMS Liberty is the sixth boro’s latest triple screw .  .. . Andrea.  I only noticed that third tug in the background when I was home looking at it on the computer screen.

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Can you identify this Reinauer ATB from this angle?

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I guessed wrong . . . it’s Haggerty Girls with RTC 107.

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Eastern Dawn . . . heads east with a fuel barge, and I forgot the barge she was pushing.

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Larry J. Hebert works up here with various dredge projects.

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And here’s my first photo of Vane’s Fort Schuyler with Double Skin 29.  For outatowners, Fort Schuyler is currently part of the SUNY Maritime campus.

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And finally . .  it’s another shot of Pops.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s an index to the 44 prior posts by this name.  CMA CGM Parsifal here is heavily laden, looks huge–and for the sixth boro is one of the largest that have called to date–almost 11oo’ loa and around 8500 teu-capacity, but relative to the current largest container ship in the world is smaller by half, ranked by capacity.

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I’ve done lots of posts focusing on intriguing names, but Parsifal needs to be added to that list.  In the foreign-to-me world of opera, Parsifal was a “pure fool,” the only knight unsullied enough to get the magic sword back from the evil seductress Kundry.  Cool.

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Here’s JRT Moran–the sixth boro’s newest new tug–coming out to meet Troitsky Bridge.

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JRT teams up here with the venerable James Turecamo, a tandem that shows evolution in twin screw design over almost a half century.   Troitsky [trinity] Bridge is named for a structure in St. Petersburg;  for some reason it’s almost the name of a fun civil engineering competition.  Local high schools run such competitions also.

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Port Moody waits in the anchorage as USNS Red Cloud gets refurbished at GMD.

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I caught Leopard Sea in Nola here just over a year ago.

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Santa Pacific, with hatches cracked open, waits  . .  for orders?

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NS Antarctic gets around.

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Robert E. heads out for a job, passing NS Antarctic and  . . .

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Cielo di Milano, as Sandy Hook Pilots summer station boat New Jersey comes in for a call through the KVK.

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Living along the banks of the sixth boro has disadvantages, but I truly enjoy the fact that this too is part of the traffic.

 

All photos this month by Will Van Dorp.

I admit to feeling a thrill.   There were rainbows in the upper bay, here falling past the Liberty statue and raining onto Liberty Island,

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drama loomed as Atlantic Star was back in the Ambrose on the return from the Norfolk and Baltimore, Firefighter II was also outside the Narrows,

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I could get the closeups,

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clouds were dissipating at just the right moment,

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Eric McAllister met the Star on the Con Hook Range,

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there was even a private sailboat–Ratty’s Wisdom–that possibly carried VIPs . . . .  but nothing happened!  I had built this up too much for myself, and no sprayed salute occurred.

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I’ll keep a watch . . . it has to happen one of these times.  Maybe it’s not proper, since Atlantic Star has not yet seen its Liverpudlian christening yet.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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