You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘photos’ category.

Tony A sent these first three photos.  What are they?

wb1

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.

wb2

Click here to see El Cheapo’s 4-minute video on whalebacks, including one that served as a passenger vessel. 

wb3

Frisia Inn, which was in and out of the sixth boro a week or so ago,  is not a whaleback,

 

wb6

but the bow shares some design features.

wb7

It has the same bow as CSAV Rio de Janiero, Conrad S, and others.

wb8

Turtle back?

For a number of great vintage whaleback images, click here for portions of Neel R. Zoss‘ book, McDougall’s Great Lakes Whalebacks, including a whaleback automobile carrier called . . . South Park.

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?

pn1

Sandy shore and mountains? Durga Devi is a fairly new offshore supply vessel.

pn1b

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?

pn2

Another reefer here is about a decade newer .. . Isleman, a name sounding like it needs a preposition.

pn2b

Frontier is a Grindrod container vessel.

pn3

But here’s the explanation . . . it’s Seadrill’s West Eclipse, a semi-submersible.

pn4

Here’s an introduction to the company.

pn5

Hilde K is an anchor handling supply tug, 2008, Indonesia-built.

pn6

Topaz Xara is China-built, 2014.   They remind me of what I saw in Guanabara Bay a few years ago.

pn7

Most of this is a tribute to global oil, offshore Namibia.   Here’s more of a picture of the Namibian economy.

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.

am

Wal was launched in 1992.  Dimensions:  101′ x 32.8′ x 17 and Gross Tonnage is 368.

am4

 

am1

 

am1b

Luchs, 1991, 95′ x 29.5 x 15.1 and GT 229.

am1c

Wolf, 1993, 105′ x 26.2′ x 17′ and GT 368.

am2

 

am8

Bugsier 15, 1991, 92′ x 29.6 x 15.1 and GT 239.

am3

 

Bugsier 10, 2009, 108′ x 42.7 x 19.3 and GT 485.

am5

 

am6

Steinbock, 1977, 92′ x 26.2′ x 14.1′ and GT 213.

am7

And Steinbock here is underway through the Kiel Canal.

am7b

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.

ns10

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.

ns9

Viking is high and dry, post the winter work.

ns8

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.

ns6

Mary Gellatly gets some TLC as well;  click here for the previous time she was in a “random” post.

ns7

Beyond Mister Jim, a pile of sand is growing in the yard just west of the Bayonne Bridge on the Staten Island side.

ns5

Elizabeth and Marjorie B. McAllister head out for a job.

ns4

Tasman Sea heads for the yard as

ns2

Amberjack departs.

ns1

 

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.

ns3

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

And in contrast to all that, in Niigata earlier today, here’s some great vessel christening photos from Maasmondmaritime.

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

rt4b

Jay Michael and Vicki M and

rt5

Patricia with her racing stripes up against the gantry arms.

rt6

Wye River and James E. Brown here cross the south end of Newark Bay, where

rt7

Sandmaster has been tied up for (?) nearly a year now.

rt99

Sassafras did a circle in Erie Basin recently, and

rt8

 

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?

rt4

 

Buchanan 12 here is light and seen from almost her prop wash.  I hadn’t noticed the Boston registry before.

rt1

Quantico Creek stays local a lot, but Severn I don’t see much.

rt2

Here’s Tangier Island behind . .  yes, Gerardi’s Farmers Market. 

rt3

 

OK . . . that’s it for today.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.  More random tugs tomorrow.

 

For context, let’s look back here. And last year among some of the great photos shared by Harry Thompson, here (scroll) was a crowded harbor photo I really liked.

Last Saturday saw threatening weather; even so, lots of small boats and crowds braved the possibility of rain to see the races.

pb

Vigilance prevailed and I heard of no incidents.

pb1

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.

pb1b

Harvey was there.  Scroll here for one of my favorite photos of the 1931 Harvey, cutting through the pack at the 2013 tugboat race.

pb1c

The 1885 Pioneer was there. Click here for a sail I did on Pioneer a few years back.

pb1d

A raft of small boats clustered yet kept orderly.

pb2

The 1935 Enticer  . . . well, enticed, spectators as a platform.

pb3

as did a range of people movers. 

pb4

including the 1983 Arabella.

pb5

The captain of the heavyweight out there, the 2014 Eric McAllister, treaded lightly through the crowd.

pb6

Of course, out in the mist along the Jersey side there are more heavyweights, a Moran tug and its huge NCL gem.

hww

And as for my ride, Monday morning it was earning money going for a load of scrap.

mmm

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.

 

 

Each year around this time, SUNY Maritime cadets go to sea.  Click here for photos from last year’s departure and here, for ports throughout the summer.  You can track the vessel here.

Here was a clue that a ship was headed this way.

oapil

The next three photos here come from Roger Munoz, high atop the 74th St ConEd plant.

es1

That’s Roosevelt Island on the other side, at the southern tip of which i waited.

es2

 

es3

Here the training ship passes under the 59th Street Bridge,

es4

 

es5

and past the Empire State Building . . .

es6

 

es7

escorted by a fireboat and

es8

two McAllister tugboats.

es9

 

es10

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.

ezgif-3076598435

I could not make the Sunday heats, so here are two more of my photos of the British entry showing how these boats perform . . .

uk

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,

uk1

one by one the boats were hooked and

uk2

lifted above and beyond the watery confines,

uk3

lowered carefully for a landing

uk4

in the parking lot at Liberty Landing Marina, and

uk5

disassembled,

uk6

prepped for the road, and

uk7

 

uk8

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.

ac1

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.

ac2

 

ac3

 

ac4

If it seems that all the boats are identical except for the sponsors, you’re right.

ac5

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?”

ac6

The answer to that last question, it seems, is Yup!

ac7

 

ac8

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.

ac9

 

ac10

 

ac11

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.

amc1

 

ac12

I’ll post some more tomorrow.

amc2

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 . . .

sd1

It took some seconds to conclude I’d seen this vessel before, (scroll) here and here. It’s the 1953 Sea Dart II, originally T-513.

sd2

 

sd3

I’d love to see her Buda engine, at least not that I know the engine, although my father’s old Allis Chalmers tractors might have had one.

sd4

 

sd5

Anyhow, hat’s off Troop 228.

sd6

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to be seeing sea darts of another sort today.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 928 other followers

If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Graves of Arthur Kill

Click to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

Tale of Two Marlins

Blue Marlin spent 600+ hours loading tugs and barges in NYC Sixth Boro. Click on image for presentation made to NY Ship Lore and Model Club, July 25, 2011.

Archives

May 2016
M T W T F S S
« Apr    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 928 other followers