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I’ve lived most of my life on one side of the Atlantic or another, which leaves me unfamiliar with the Pacific. Thanks to Mage, frequent commenter on this blog, here’s a classic Pacific vessel, one built at Manuel Goularte’s yard in San Diego in 1914. According to information on her filed with the National Register of Historical Places, “her active life of 1914 to present, Pilot has enjoyed the longest continuous career of any working watercraft in the western hemisphere.”
These photos were taken by George Bailey, Mage’s husband. Click here and scroll to see a photo of Pilot in 1916! 99 years ago. Click here for a 5-minute documentary featuring Pilot.
My “reading around” turns up Manuel Goularte in connection with another West Coast classic, Butcher Boy.”
Unrelated: Grace Quan is another classic although replica West Coast boat I’d love to see. The idea of a west coast trip is an itch I’m going to have to scratch soon!
I’ve never been to St. John, but Justin Zizes has recently on a voyage from the sixth boro, and he sent along these photos, ones that give a snapshot of one moment on a track into port. The pilot boat meeting the ship was Capt. A. G. Soppitt.
Atlantic Spruce is Canadian built.
Some other Atlantic Towing Limited (hardly limited!!) vessels at the base: From right to left: Atlantic Bear, Spitfire III, Atlantic Beaver, and Atlantic Hemlock.
Again, thanks to Justin for these photos. And let me reiterate that I’m really happy about the collaboration on tugster these days, especially these days that I’m busy like crazy with an endeavor I don’t want to talk about yet. It’s good. I’d be interested in a series of ports to which vessels sail from the sixth boro, as is the case with St. John.
A jolly tar sent me some photos that could be a continuation of Other Watersheds 17. He was there recently, and these photos add to my desire to get back up there, since it’s been 25 years since I last saw this place.
Note the pilot boat. Now I’ll use his words: “MAERSK PALERMO northbound on St. Lawrence possibly bound for Nova Scotia or proceeding to sea.
Bridge in background connects mainland to Ile D’Orleans. River SMOKES when it ebbs – 5+KTS.”
To see Ocean Charlie (1973) in exactly the same location in February, click here. Quebec City has an average January temperature of 9 F, compared with 30 for the sixth boro. If you want cold, go up to Quebec’s north country to Inukjuak, where the average January temperature is -12 F.
Ocean Echo II (1969) is a pin boat.
Ocean Guide returns from a call, fighting a current.
From a month ago, here are some other Ocean tugs, these in Hamilton.
For the entire Ocean tugboat fleet, click here.
Again, many thanks to the jolly tar.
I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.
“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.
And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wolfe Island wind farm has operated since 2009.
Frontenac II, 1962 built, has dimensions of 180′ x 45′.
Island Queen and other vessels take passengers through parts of the archipelago.
Of course I found one, although there was no name.
On leg 1 of my return to Cape Vincent aboard Frontenac II, I saw four vessels like this with . . . lunker? rig.
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.
We crossed, and all went without incident.
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.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who might not post for a few days because the
gallivant work trip downstream goes on.
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.
Here’s a Doris photo I took last week . . . uncoated.
So one reaction to the cold is to bundle up, grit your teeth, plod on, complain a little more . . .
But you have to admit, winter in the northern latitudes gives us new senses of hulls on snow bases, or
levitating above it.
Here’s roughly the same angle . . . as I took it in September 2012.
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.
The linemen/boom managers were out working, as
were the crews of Lucy Reinauer and pilot boat Yankee.
Jay Michael headed out with a scow load of dredge spoils, evidence that dredgers worked their way from 2014 to 2015.
And Bering Sea . . . heads west into the Kills, having passed Gotland Marieann.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
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.
The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.
North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.
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.
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.
Unrelated . . . but another vessel, currently in the UK, has also gone through a series of lives.
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.
Her previous life as a small tug is evident in her lines.
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.”
Parting shot . . . closer-up of Maryland, whose current life and mine may cross paths in exactly one week.
Thanks to Capt. Brian hope and Pete Totterdell for these photos.