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Know what’s different about the foto below?  Want to estimate the vintage of the vessel marked PILOT?

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Lots of things maybe, but before I answer that question from my POV here, let me recap.  This is my 2191 post in this blog, and usually I don’t count.  I just add fotos and text–usually with coffee each morning–because it’s fun for me and many of you express appreciation.  But sometimes I do look back, as I did this morning.  In these 2190 previous posts, I have included pilots from the following ports/waterways in no particular order:  Cape Town, Rotterdam,  Panama Canal, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan PR, Miami, Key West, Newport RI, Belfast ME, Astoria OR, Port Huron MI, Lewes DE, C & D Canal, greater Jacksonville FL, Hudson River, Savannah, Charleston, Morehead City, Norfolk, and lots around greater NYC/sixth boro/my home for now.  And this leaves a lot more to find.

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What’s different about this post is that it shows the pilot from the POV of the vessel being assisted.  What I enjoy about investing desk hours continuing to post when I could be out–??, dancing, flying a kite, studying Portuguese, ……–is that I find out interesting stuff.  Like . . . what do you know about this waterway?

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Well, the Sabine-Neches Waterway might not be my first choice for the next place I’d like to plunge into for a swim, but it’s “top-tier” from a economic/strategic POV.

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Click here to enjoy more fotos from the SNW.    Here’s some info from the Sabine pilots.

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Many thanks for these fotos from a mariner who asks to remain uncredited.

Sabine Pilot is 29 years in service, off the ways at Breaux’s Bay Craft in 1984.

PS:  Please get in touch if you’d like to share fotos of pilot boats serving more ports/waterways.

Unrelated:  Here from 2012 are more fotos of KRI Dewaruci--reported as demasted off Australia recentlyin the sixth boro.   Here is a sketch of the replacement vessel, on the drawing boards long before this incident.

Maersk Wisconsin headed out,  . . .  my attention is on the figure between the tugboat and the ship.

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You know the unseen players on two vessels in this maneuver must be 100% focused here.

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The way is prepared and the pilot begins the final steps of egress as all eyes remain on him.

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Once he steps back onto Catherine Turecamo, the tug breaks to starboard, and

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the Maersk crew begin to retract the passageways as

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vessel heads to the next port and the next pilots.

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I took these fotos and assembled this draft on a cold morning back in March 2013.  Pilots must have one of the more potentially life-threatening jobs in the harbor.

If the sun had set a half hour later or if the moon had risen earlier . . . .  if my camera platform had unlimited reach . . .  this’d be a better foto.  No matter . . . LNG tanker Excelsior heads out yesterday evening for the north Atlantic.   Note the pilot boat.

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Other ships seen recently include Hansa Rendsburg

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Note the pilots and kayakers in some of these.

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Chacabuco and Navion Bergen,

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HHL Volga,

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Cap Isabel, 

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Berlin Trader, 

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. . .  and here’s where the pilots berth.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who likes Cesar Neves’ diario portuario‘s photostream.

Heard of Morehead City?  Know much about it?  It turns out to be quite the bustling port, with Grace Moran,

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Na Hoku . . . previously of the sixth boro,

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a pilot named Able,

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Fort Moultrie and Matamoros,

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Snell,

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and Aurora.  More on this later.

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All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.  More soon.

And the population of Morehead City . . . less than 10,000.

The foto below is a repeat, last one of previous post . . . and I stated I was hoping I could find Portland.  Well . . .

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I did!!

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Port of registry on this Foss tug reiterates that.  Not much time for research or commentary on my part, so enjoy the fotos.

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Although this one deserves some enhancement.  Peacock is a pilot boat with a daughter vessel.  Notice the seam around the stern . . . it opens to launch the daughter, which got the pilot to the ship for 30 years.

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Germany-built and delivered in 1967, she’s

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a charm.

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A model inside the museum–where there’s also a video of her delivering a pilot in very rough water–illustrates the flybridge.

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Will Van Dorp took these fotos and will post again when possible.

Quick update on National Maritime Day from Belfast, Maine.  What got me here was this vessel, today a platform for tours between here and the Arctic mostly.  Wanderbird started this stage of her life after fishing for 30 years, cod and herring.  The shoes in the foreground reflect its origins  . . . launched in 1963 as a beam trawler in Maassluis, Holland.

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What enforces this sign is . . .

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this.  David put the specs up on yesterday’s post.

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The “towed” vehicle will be observed from here.

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Also on hand are Maine Maritime Academy vessels.  Here’s tug Pentagoet, training vessel powered

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by two sets of Detroit diesels.  Note this is one set, two blocks mounted together.

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And the wheelhouse . . . shows TLC.

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Another MMA vessel is Ted, as in

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Ted Nusunginya, revealing its previous Alaska work and soon to be renamed for an MMA alum.  Vessel Ned is a classroom, a lab, in fact, for courses such as Navigation, Celestial Navigation . . . and more.

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The pilot boat is

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Florida built.

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If you have a chance, you might fall in love with Belle fast.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

OK . .  I stole am borrowing the title from what I’d call a “must-read” book by John McPhee . . .  from two decades back.  But this small boat, identified

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here–double click–is

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doing just that, no matter the stormy weather.

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See the pilot boat here . . . approaching the incoming container ship, which is looking for a port.

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The pilot boat descends into a trough starboard the vessel, SS El Morro. . . .      Sun Shipbuilding launched . . . 1974.   See hull # 666.   Here it approaches its namesake. . . .

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where–standing off a sentry box–aka–una garita waits Honcho, a 1975 tug, also looking for a ship, along with

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its newest fleetmate, Handy Three.   By the way, does anyone have a foto of Handy Three passing through New York City  . . . the sixth boro . . .  late last spring on its maiden voyage between Cleveland and San Juan?

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If so, please get in touch . .  see email along upper left.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, in the last half hour before catching a ride back to NYC . . .  aka the sixth boro.

Since noon it’s been raining, but the sunrise brought this sequence:  CSAV Romeral outbound for Baltimore and one of the most beautiful work vessels of the sixth boro inbound.  Also, that’s Vane’s Magothy in the distance.  And for outatowners, way in the distance is Coney Island, home of the mermaid parade on the summer solstice.

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Pilot No. 1 New York first splashed into the waters in May 1972.

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She’s 180 feet loa,  gorgeous, and “related” to a good dozen varied regulars in the sixth boro.

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Here she passes between  European Spirit and Fort Wadsworth light.    Given that New York comes off a Great Lakes shipyard

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in the tiny town of Marinette, Wisconsin . . .

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she shares that Green Bay/Lake Michigan place of origin with

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Vane’s Brandywine and three Staten Island Ferry vessels (Spirit of America, Marchi, Molinari).  See tugster posts features the following Marinette constructions.  Katherine Walker, Apache, Jennifer Miller, and Ellen McAllister.  Here’s Marinette’s current website.   Here’s Strong, another Marinette product I never expect to see, but clearly a forerunner of the Brandywine type tug.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who would love to see contemporary fotos of the vessels built in Wisconsin that made their way  into the navies of Vietnam, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Here’s my post-Sandy New York Pilot No. 1 foto.

Here was 20.  And this first foto is in fact mine:  16 m pilot boat America eastbound in the KVK last week.  But the rest of these fotos come thanks to G. Justin Zizes Jr, who earlier this weekend

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had a berth on Norwegian Jewel on a “cruise to nowhere,” aka a large ship gallivant on the high seas.  Justin caught these fotos from a balcony at an hour that I’m guessing most on board were asleep.   Arrival,

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beginning the climb,

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and departure of the pilot boat, soon just a few lights

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in the wee hours of this morning.

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Connect the dots . . . er . . .. lights and what do you get?

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Two more fotos from Justin:  Friday night departure, and

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Sunday morning return.

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Many thanks to Justin for these fotos.

 

I took all these fotos this morning.  First, here’s the ashoremost portion of John B Caddell in the parking lot waterside of Edgewater Drive, roughly across from the Clifton*** Staten Island Railroad stop.  After being delivered from RTC Shipbuilding in Camden, NJ in mid-December 1941, she has come to her end.  Most of her life she delivered petroleum products, not water.  Click here for a foto of her at work in the sixth boro six years ago.

Looking eastward, one might imagine a beautiful day under dramatic clouds, with the current pilot boat New York in the spotlight, in

an otherwise unusually empty Upper Bay.

An especially clean street here belies

debris left strewn on the street showing how high the surge rose and

leaving behind vile stuff like dozens (!) of vials of blood . . . with recognizable names on them!

Alice Austen house, about a mile farther south,

was spared, but just.

Neighbors on lower land began the cleanup.

And the Kills and Upper Bay, devoid of traffic, had a few vessels checking navigation channels.

Has anyone gotten “aftermath” fotos of Binghamton to share?  Here, here, and here are my fotos of that vessel post-Irene.

To reiterate, I found the scattered vials with blood along Edgewater Drive very disturbing.  I called 311.

From a mariner’s perspective whose truck got flooded while he was working afloat, click hawsepiper here.

For a report on the storm from a high-rise over the East River, click here for Vlad and Johna’s blog.

*** Six months ago another vessel washed up on another beach called Clifton here.

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