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This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years. I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.
Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?
Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling
looks a lot better.
Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .
and here’s a closer up a month later . . .
Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here
is the same
vessel now known as Foxy 3. I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.
Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and
just plain Dory now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro. Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts. Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10. I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.
Here’s an index of previous posts with this title.
And a lot of photos of small craft. Given recent temperatures, it’s notable that all these vessels would NOT be able these days to navigate waters much north of the sixth boro or on the Great Lakes, because of ice conditions. Given the significant clues, can you identify the vessel and location below? Answers follow.
Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.
Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–
retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.
Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.
See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern. I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not
to be confused with Grace D.
ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.
These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.
And if I’m reading that right, Pannaway is registered in a New Hampshire, my home state as you can read on the “about tugster” page.
Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.
Now, let’s mix things up a bit. Seth Tane took this photo in the sixth boro back in the late 70s or early 80s. Can anyone identify this boat, Karen L? I ran a lot of photos from that era by Seth in a series here almost two years ago. In this case, Karen L seems to have just returned four jolly tars back to their ship in the anchorage as another crewman watches from the rail.
Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.
This photo comes via Fred Trooster in Rotterdam showing line handlers there. Here’s a post I did over three years ago of line handlers in the Kills.
And this somehow returns us to the mystery vessel at the top of the post: Knight Rider following the FDR just north of the United Nations, the blue flag in the top photo being the clue.
Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Storm Juno was all hyperbole in the five boros . . . not as harsh as in eastern Long Island and southern New England, but it was cold the day after. Nevertheless, Mary Alice and Cheyenne were hard at work,
as was Mister Jim.
The same is true for Barbara McAllister and
Buchanan 1 was at work.
The government boats were out like Liberty V and
Of course, cold means demand for fuel . . and Matthew Tibbetts was moving it , as
was Crystal Cutler.
Joyce D. Brown was moving the railroad and
Treasure Coast had a barge astern headed south. Anyone know what cargo was/will be in the barge?
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who went out to see the sights after the storm.
I know vessels are just machines, but I prefer to anthropomorphize them, and thus miss them when they go. On this transition day, I want to acknowledge some vessels that I’d come to enjoy seeing but will now transition away .
Scotty Sky is a Blount design, launched as L. G. Laduca in 1960. I took the photo in January 2011. Click here for a photo of this vessel operating on Lake Erie.
Patrick Sky is also a Blount design, launched as L. G. LaDuca II in 1966. Click here for info on her other names and identities. Both were built for West Shore Fuel of Buffalo, NY, and named for the family of company president, Charles G. Laduca. Click here to see a 150′ version of these Blount boats. Click here to see an interesting but totally unrelated and now scrapped vessel called West Shore . . . fueling a steamer with coal.
Capt. Log is the smallest and newest of the now timed-out single-hulled tankers in the sixth boro. Click here for the recent Professional Mariner article on this vessel.
The three above vessels are still fully functional tonight, phased out notwithstanding. Crow, seen here in a photo from September 2011, was scrapped this year in the same location where
Kristin Poling, another single-hulled tanker seen here in a photo I took in March 2010, was scrapped two years ago. Click here for a number of the posts I did on Kristin.
Out with the old . . . in with the new, mostly because we have no choice, as time sprints on.
All photos here by Will Van dorp.
A search for a photo assignment sent me to the August 2009 section of the universe, and these photos served as a cold water shock . . . how much stuff has changed in under five years. Crow of course is as “good” as gone, but do you know which tugs are attached to Freedom and RTC 28?
How about Vernon C on Freedom and
Janice Ann Reinauer? In 2009 there was as much demolition happening on the Brooklyn side as is now crumbling on Manhattan side.
And from the same week . . . K-Sea was still in full force here. Where is Greenland Sea today?
And this classic . . . Kristin Poling along with fleet mate . . .
John B. Caddell, which as recently as last week was still awaiting the torches and jaws of repurposing.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . this could be the first of many time warps.
Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!
Here was 3 in the series. The sixth boro is indeed a huge fuel transfer port, and I need to make a more concerted effort to learn which transfers are imports and which . . . exports. Meanwhile, a look at the variety of vessels involved in just a few days shows Energy Century,
Aurora N with Crystal Cutler on the far side of a fuel barge in the distance,
Patrick Sky passing the bow of Summit Europe,
and finally, passing a Laura K. Moran docking SCF Pechora, it’s Diane B with barge John Blanche.
Cold and snow do not slow this trade; in fact, it’s when the temperature drops that this trade speeds up.
Click here for an ice post from two years and two months ago, featuring the very same tug–Kimberly Poling–with a slightly different paint job. Know this bridge?
Here’s a closer up shot of the tug/barge. Our destination is the top of the cliff on the far side. Know the name?
Here’s looking north from below the bridge. Freight travels on the west side of the Hudson, although this particular CSX train
The east side of the river has AmTrak and commuter passenger lines and
here a New York Naval Militia vessel.
By the time we’re ready to start the serious climb, Kimberly is about ready to make the right turn around the base of Dunderberg Mountain.
Here’s our destination, Anthony’s Nose, as seen with a long lens.
And as seen from the top looking west and
looking south. By the time, we got up there, Kimberly was already beyond Croton Point. Here’s a previous tugster post from Croton Point. The land directly across the river from the base of the flagpole is Iona Island.
and approaching Tappan Zee Bridge, not visible.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a tugster post from 2.5 years ago showing the Bear Mountain Bridge–the bridge featured here and located about 40 miles north of the Battery— from underneath. . . scroll through. Climb Anthony’s Nose soon . . . before the leaves happen.
Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change. Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time. Name boards migrate from
one vessel to another. Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below. It appears the first was a Navy built tanker. I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.
Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .
Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven. I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.
I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and
bleached-out white last summer.
Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the
modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.
June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or
holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.
Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . . red or
blue . . . I don’t see her that often.
To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.