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I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.

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“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.

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And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.

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For some great photos of pilot vessels all over the world, check this site by Mirjam Terpstra.  Click here for more of her photos before Polaris was in service.

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Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.  My letters to various addresses in the USCG in reference to the lost tug went unanswered.

Back to the jaunt in the St Lawrence watershed, specifically my itinerary was from Clayton mainland to Grindstone Island, then return to the mainland, then southwest to Cape Vincent, and then to Kingston, Ontario.  To get to Kingston from Cape Vincent involves two ferries:  one from Cape Vincent to Wolfe Island in Canada and then after a 20-minute drive across Wolfe, another ferry from Marysville to Kingston.  Here’s a map.

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In an archipelago like the Thousand Islands (actually I read there are over 1800 islands fitting the parameters that an “island” remains above the water all year round AND has at least one tree), boats are ubiquitous and landing craft like these two are invaluable.  Summer populations swell the numbers of residents.  Historically, a lot of the wealthy from centers like NYC came up here and built big.  The island out beyond the two LCM-8s here is Calumet Island, and that tower is the only significant remnant of Calumet Castle, built by Charles Emery, a tobacco entrepreneur from Brooklyn. Click here and here for more info about Emery, just one of the players here during the Gilded Age.

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photo taken from Grindstone Island, looking toward Calumet Island and Clayton

In this watershed, pilotage is provided by a total of five providers.  The pilot boat below is at the Cape Vincent station of the St Lawrence Seaway Pilot Association. Notice how clear the water is.

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M/V William Darrell has operated as ferry between Cape Vincent and Wolfe Island since 1952!  Its dimensions are 60′ x 28,’ and later in this post you’ll understand why I’m telling you that.   Scroll through here and you’ll learn that the H on the stack stands for Horne;  the Horne family has been operating the ferry since the 1820s, . . . almost 200 years.  Click here and scroll to see this ferry with a Winnebago on it a few years ago.

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M/V William Darrell entered service as a 12-car ferry.

The Wolfe Island wind farm has operated since 2009.

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Wolfe Island  as seen from the ferry Frontenac II to Kingston

 

Frontenac II, 1962 built, has dimensions of 180′ x 45′.

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as seen from onboard

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as seen from the Kingston land’s edge

Island Queen and other vessels take passengers through parts of the archipelago.

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Of course I found one, although there was no name.

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On leg 1 of my return to Cape Vincent aboard Frontenac II, I saw four vessels like this with . . . lunker? rig.

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When I got back to M/V William Darrell, there was just me,  until this bus pulled up.  But the ferry crew took in stride what would have me worried.

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We crossed, and all went without incident.

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The only downside was that the bus drove off first, straight to the immigration both, and I spent a good 20 minutes as the passengers’ documents were checked.  Had the immigration waved me through first, I could have been halfway to Watertown before the bus cleared.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who might not post for a few days because the gallivant work trip downstream goes on.

Here, here,  and here are north country posts from a few years back.

This photo of Doris Joan Moran that has been circulating on FB this morning.  Sorry . . . I wish I knew who gets the credit for this unusual shot.  Anyhow, it reminded me of a post I did five years ago here.

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Here’s a Doris photo I took last week . . . uncoated.

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So one reaction to the cold is to bundle up, grit your teeth, plod on, complain a little more . . .

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But you have to admit, winter in the northern latitudes gives us new senses of hulls on snow bases, or

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levitating above it.

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Here’s roughly the same angle . . . as I took it in September 2012.

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Thanks to Bob Stopper for the photo of tug Syracuse and to Erich Amberger for the winter photo of Wendy B.  The others I took, except for the top photo, and I’d still like to know who took that.

Uh . . . I just mis-read the FB info on the frosted over tugboat above.  It was spelled j-o-a-n, and I transferred that as d-o-r-i-s.  I’m sloppy sometimes.  Maybe I need an editor.

Sorry for the hiatus in posting.  I was out at sunrise New Years Day . . . but more on that in a moment.

Part of my silence was attributable to verizon.  The rest . . . was because I decided to ACT on new year’s resolutions, not just make them.

The first photos after sunrise January 1 . . . Buchanan 1, who must have been towing a loaded dredge spois scow out as the new years whistles were blowing and fireworks blasting.  Bravo, Buchanan 1.

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The linemen/boom managers were out working, as

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were the crews of Lucy Reinauer and pilot boat Yankee.

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Jay Michael headed out with a scow load of dredge spoils, evidence that dredgers worked their way from 2014 to 2015.

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And Bering Sea . . . heads west into the Kills, having passed Gotland Marieann.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’m not sure the following two boats are Kvichak built.  Three previous ones were.  Here was a post of those US-built Dutch pilot boats I had here a few years back;  check out the uniforms of the crew!

 

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Unlike in the US, the Dutch lifeboat or life saving organization is NOT part of the Coast Guard.  In fact, it’s a volunteer group with really impressive vessels.   Click here for more info on KNRM, that group.

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The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.

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North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.

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Finally, an unidentified antique tug collects race buoys on the IJsselmeer just south of Hoorn, a ZuiderZee port that served as center of the VOC during the “golden age” of Holland.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back to Coney Island this weekend for the m e r m a i d s.

 

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I hoped to ride Elbe to Maassluis, but due to my misread of the waterbus schedule, we were JUST too late . .  and watched from the quay.  For two short movies of Elbe leaving the dock, check my Facebook page.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald said there were no second acts in American life . . . but as in this case, he was wrong about so many things.  We all have second and third acts, fourth and fifth lives.

Does anyone know the larger vessel below?  What’s barely legible on the bow is the name Maryland.  Photo was taken by Brian Hope between 1978 and 1984, and that info should make identification quite easy.  There’s a closer-up at the end of this post.

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Unrelated . . . but another vessel, currently in the UK, has also gone through a series of lives.

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Currently it’s on the Avon River near Bristol . . .  Its previous lives include the following

30-06-1916 Flora, Rotterdam;  18-11-1975 Zuiderzee, Urk; 1979/04/07 Zuiderzee, Enkhuizen; 22-08-1979 Zuiderzee, Steenbergen; 16-01-1980 Zuiderzee, Rotterdam; 1981/06/08 Zuiderzee, Maastricht; 1990/09/11 Gaby, Maastricht.  I’ve simplified the info a bit here;  the underlined words are towns of registry although in many cases the boat had multiple owners in the same town.

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Her previous life as a small tug is evident in her lines.

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Her current owner–Pete Totterdell–is looking for any more info and photos from her previous lives.  Further info from him:  “The boat was originally bought from Zaandam.  It has a Volvo Penta 117hp engine currently.  15m x 3.5m, Air draft 3m, depth draft 1.6m.  It was a was a working canal authority vessel.”

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Parting shot . . . closer-up of Maryland, whose current life and mine may cross paths in exactly one week.

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Thanks to Capt. Brian hope and Pete Totterdell for these photos.

 

It’s the summer station boat and a training platform for pilot apprentices.  Recognize the location?

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The station boat is on the East River just east of Hell Gate.   From near to far, the bridges are the Hell Gate and then the RFK.

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Here she passes the Astoria Generating Station on its way to the channel

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between the Brothers.

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Frequent contributor Ashley Hutto caught the No. 2 westbound later in the day, here passing the bridge I’d be happy to sell you.

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Click here for a story of a visit to the No. 2 station boat by Kristina Fiore.

Thanks to Ashley for the bottom photo.   All others by Will Van Dorp, who took photos of Peacock–an unusual pilot boat here not quite a year ago.

By this point, I’d ceased thinking this was a fast-moving fishing boat.

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Here’s a dawn photo I took from the Staten Island side of the Narrows six months back.

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But this shot, like the top one above, I took at dawn two weeks ago while waiting for the big crane to lift itself above the horizon.

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It must be me . . . but are there many things prettier to look at than this pilot vessel coming in to replenish and arriving with the dawn?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Click here and here more photos of their vessels since 1837.  Click here to see this vessel during Sandy’s blow.

Here was number 6 in this series.  It occurred to me this afternoon to rename the whole series “weather overwater,” as a tip of the hat to Dr.  Jeff Masters and his site.  His 18-minute TED talk at the link with his name on it is worth the 18 minutes.   And what do you imagine happens on and over sixth boro water on a day like this . . . ?

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The usual.  Diane B pushes a fuel barge, leaving BW Amazon behind,

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Cheyenne consolidates scrap,

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Davis Sea pushes oil somewhere up river as she did here and here,

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Susana S, in the same location here a year ago, takes on bunkers. . .

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. . . along with Stavanger Breeze.

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Fishing goes on, and pilots

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do their thing no matter the weather since 1694.

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More bad weather coming . . . so what.   Not that it’s easy, though.

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