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And this–believe it or not–is Galilee. Galilee, Rhode Island.
Here’s a close up of Tradition.
Amelia Bucolo intrigues me because of what it’s towing to port. I’ve no context to tell how common this is. The builder, by the way, is Gladding-Hearn, 1966.
The rig is unlike any fishing rig I can recall seeing, too.
Is it a market boat?
True American is fiberglass. See the gloves atop the cabin?
I stopped in Point Judith only to catch the ferry to Block Island, but I’ll definitely be back.
Here’s a similar port post from six years ago.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
The bunkering boat Sterling Energy after delivering fuel to the Dutch tanker Stella Polaris. Wow . . . Sterling Energy is Turkish built in 2002.
Pusher-tug Victorious with her asphalt tanker-barge John J. Carrick. Victorious was built in China in 2009.
Again, John, thanks for these photos and a glimpse of Hamilton and the vessels that work there.
This photos and text come from JS, a frequent commenter on this blog. He took the photos on a voyage that left NYC in July 1966 and returned to LA in December.
JS: “President Pierce (C-3) is being dragged stern first from the dock by an Indonesian tug to mid channel in a shifting procedure. I took the snaps standing on the dock of a rubber port in Java. We loaded latex rubber. The port was Belawan Deli. No one went ‘ashore’ but we did trade newly purchased Seiko watches for Bali heads to smuggle home and sell in antique stores.That place was a short day or two sail from our loading general cargo in Singapore.”
Tugster: I’ve no idea what has become of this steam tug. Here’s some info on Djatisari.
Here’s some info on Florian Ceynowa.
JS continues: “It’s me on the right (2nd electrician, promoted from wiper), my uncle Al (John Noble‘s neighbor) and Steve Duhamel, the bull wiper. He was great at moving 55-gallon drums anywhere in the engine room. Also, note the longshoremens outhouse overhanging the stern rail of the Pierce.”
JS: “Fish loading was from an anchorage in either Port Swettanam, or Penang, Malaysia. Local longshoremen winched them from boats alongside, stacked them in our t’ween deck reefers, and we discharged half the load into uncovered trucks on a cold Yokohama dock weeks later and the rest stayed on for U.S.”
“Whole frozen tuna gathered by the tails, being winched from fishing boats holds.”
“After a 6-month ‘jungle run’, conditions on board had become lax. The ship was in disarray, so perhaps the patrolmans report was a bit severe. We were paid with cash and we happily descend the gangway in a “suitcase parade”.
Many thanks, JS. I’d love to see more pics and hear other stories like these.
The world was truly a different place a half century ago.
This post is a direct follow-up to one I did a week ago, documenting the 270-nm trip from Kings Point NY to Norfolk aboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessel Tortuga. This post documents the second and final leg of the trip to Tortuga‘s winter berth in New Bern NC, a 179-nm trip from Norfolk.
Let’s start here. Departure time on day 1 is 1100 h. If you think the navy vessel in dry dock looks familiar, well . . . it visited the sixth boro in May 2012, and I toured the ship DDG 57 USS Mitscher at that time here.
A USN presence is pervasive along the Elizabeth river portion of the ICW, but the Norfolk Naval Ship is
Click here and here for info on the Elizabeth River, technically a tidal estuary. Click on the map below to get interactivity.
I was surprised to learn there’s a lock in the ICW, the Great Bridge Lock. I was even more surprised to learn the USACE contracts the operation and maintenance of the lock to a company called US Facilities.
I must read more about the ICW, but in WW2 it proved a safe route for commerce when enemy submarines preyed on vessels offshore.
Paradise Creek pushes oil along the ICW today; when I started this blog, it was a regular workhorse in the sixth boro of NYC.
The color of ICW water is determined by natural tannins.
The ICW is composed of wide open bays and sounds–which have narrow channels-as well as narrow cuts. Here Evelyn Doris of the ICM fleet pushes a covered barge–soybeans, I’ll wager–northbound, possibly to Norfolk.
Ahead is the US Rte 64 Bridge over the Alligator River, a swing bridge.
Note the proximity of the photo above to the Atlantic Ocean.
Tannins in the Alligator River water create this color.
North Carolina today protects a lot of its coastal wetlands. Hunting is permitted, and in fact, VHF radio picked up a lot of communication with folks hunting in there.
Parts of the ICW flow through cuts like the Alligator-Pungo Canal.
This moment of arrival in Belhaven meant a lot to me, because just around the point in the center of the photo is the hospital where I was born. I hadn’t known it, but Belhaven also considers itself the birthplace of the ICW.
Departure time on day 3 was 0600, Jupiter and Venus were higher in the sky than the rising sun.
See the mine area on the south side of the Pamlico River below.
Hunting abounds here.
Note the spelling.
Belhaven used to support a fishing fleet. I’ve no idea how the size of the fleet and market in Hobucken has fluctuated over the years.
Tortuga is docked here for winter.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Again many thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga.
I took these photos in early September. That’s New Bedford on the far side of the Acushnet River; I was standing on the Fairhaven side of the hurricane barrier. Acushnet was also the whaleship name in Moby Dick.
A member of the crew looks homeward.
Mary K, built 1990, and registered
in Woods Hole.
Megan Marie, built 1980, is registered in
Montauk. If you want to watch fish boats, the hurricane barrier is a good spot.
Sao Jacinto, 1977, and registered n New Bedford. And following them out, it’s
Jim Dandy, 1977, of So. Dartmouth.
Direction, Westport, MA.
Michigan, Fairhaven, 1947.
Nicole Danielle, Atlantic City, NJ.
Whitewater, Marathon FL!
Here are four vessels of the Eastern Fisheries fleet.
There are two boats by this name in New Bedford, as is
true of this one.
The registration on the stern says “New Bedford.”
The density of boats on the docks makes credible that this port is rated #1 in the US for catch value, and has been for the past decade and a half.
Check out Cape May NJ and Lowland, NC.
All photos taken over a two-day period around the mouth of the Acushnet by Will Van Dorp.
Someone more informed than me could identify what fishery each of these vessels engages in.
Know Apra? Actually I didn’t, so let’s make this about guessing the location. All photos come from Kyle Stubbs, who has previously contributed these photos. Most of the text here is also from Kyle, who took these photos in summer 2010.
By now, clearly you can identify the body of big water. Taisei Maru No. 28 is a longline fishing vessel built at Takuma, Japan in 1991. She stopped for a port call at Apra Harbor presumably to take on supplies.
CSC Brave is a 2007-built chemical/product tanker.
Goliath was built at Yokosuka, Japan in 1980 as Kinuura. Ready to guess?
And here’s another big clue with Matson’s 2004 Philadelphia built Maunawili.
Chamorro, now operated by Seabridge, Inc., was built by Halter at News Orleans in 1974 as Mister Bob for Jackson Marine Corporation. One of a large series of tugs, you’ve previously seen photos of her sisters Mister Darby, now Atlantic Salvor,and Mister Peter, now the blighted Barents Sea.
USNS Vadm K. R. Wheeler, T-AG 5001, built by North American Shipbuilding at Larose, LA in 2007, is operated by the Navy as an “Offshore Petroleum Distribution System (OPDS),” designed to facilitate the transfer of fuel from tankers to onshore installations from up to 8 miles offshore. Alongside is her tender, the 160′ loa crew boat Fast Tempo.
And finally, it’s USS Pearl Harbor, LSD-52.
Apra is a deepwater port in Guam.
Again, many thanks to Kyle for sharing these photos.
Call this GHP&W 11.
Botlek is a section of the port of Rotterdam. Here tugs Smit Texelbank and En Avant 1 and 20 assist craneship Oleg Strashnov into port for regular maintenance.
Prior to coming into port, Oleg Strashnov had been working in the North Sea gas fields.
These photos come via Fred Trooster.
For GHP&W 10, let’s gallivant over to the West Coast and look at some photos there by Glen, who moved to the Columbia watershed after a long career working on sixth boro waterways.
Let’s start out with Shaver’s Washington. Notice anything unusual about this photo? Answer at the end of the post.
And some more starting with Kirby’s Sirius,
Shaver’s Umatilla and Foss’ Howard Olsen,
P. J. Brix, and
and Bernert’s Diane B.
And in that first photo, Washington travels on the river any way forward she pleases.
Many thanks to Glen for these photos.
This is GHP&W 9, and since this unexpected trip to new ports has materialized, here we are. Passing through Thimble Shoals Channel looking toward the Delmarva peninsula . . . it’s hard to capture the expanse of this bridge/tunnel. But once inside, vessels to behold through the sudden rain include
a noisy LCAC,
a historically-named fishing boat,
and a landing craft. Is that a pelican-shaped drone flying escort?
Although we passed through Hampton Roads, the rain grayed out any sign of shore, where I’d been ashore four years ago. Gold Coast was pushing a covered barge with
Spring Scenery left a lot to the imagination.
But the fleet lining the Norfolk shore was fabulous starting with USNS Lewis B Puller,
possibly about to get a push from Tracy Moran, and
and Robert E. Perry.
And much more, but for this post, we stop here. All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
This is day 8 of the GHP&W series, so let me break pattern a bit. If you missed the beginning, GHP&W is not a law firm; it’s abbrev for “gunk holes, harbors, ports, and wharves.” I haven’t dusted off any wharves yet, but two-thirds of the months still lie ahead.
The story here is that TS Kings Pointer was out serving as a training platform and not at Kings Point, although there was a potential meeting somewhere south along our track to Portsmouth, VA.
Mile 1, 0738 Wednesday, heading for the Throg’s Neck Bridge.
0756. Passing SUNY Maritime and TS Empire State. Click here for photos from her summer sea term 2015.
0804, Robert Burton, a Norfolk boat.
0907, Mary Gellatly with a sand scow at the southern tip of Governors Island.
1017, Romer Shoal Light and Coney Island.
1517, Capt. Willie Landers northbound off Beach Haven, I think.
1612, FV Jonathan Ryan and tug Pops in the distance.
1618, entering a grid marked “numerous scientific buoys.”
1657 off Atlantic City, with unidentified tug and barge
1740 and about to switch watch.
Thursday, 0852, looking north into the Chesapeake after going wide around Fisherman Island.
0910 . . . it’s the current TS Kings Pointer, ex-Liberty Star. . .
. . . heading along Virginia Beach
before turning northward toward Long Island Sound. Her former sister ship–Freedom Star–was in the area but we did not see her.
Meanwhile, we head north into the Thimble Shoal Channel Tunnel and into port, which you can follow tomorrow. And that tug and crane barge in the distance . . . survey work for new infrastructure or maintenance dredging?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga. It was a smooth trip.