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I do not try to group tugboats in posts by company, but in the past week I’ve noticed an inordinate number of Weeks boats in the sixth boro. Let’s start with this shot of Trevor, which I caught yesterday. Here are some previous Trevor shots.
A few days ago I caught Thomas and
Shelby over on the KVK. Beyond Shelby here are Jill Reinauer and Brooke Chapman. This was a first to see Brooke Chapman in the sixth boro. Will she become a regular?
All photos in the past week by Will Van Dorp. And speaking of Weeks tugs, I’d be happy to see Candace again.
My favorite Shelby photos have her towing the Starship Enterprise. and tailing here.
And then it was a sunny but cold day, the coldest so far in the sixth boro. ut the light was great.
B.Franklin Reinauer headed for the fuel stop,
followed by a group that included
and Doubleskin 40 pushed by a mostly self-effacing Fort McHenry.
Later Tarpon raced past, as
did Mister T and
Chesapeake moved her barge eastward.
Out in Gravesend Bay, Ruth M. Reinauer and Linda Lee Bouchard swung on the hook.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve done other East River series, but it’s time to start a new one. The next 12 photos were taken yesterday over a total elapsed 11 minutes! I happened to be near South Street Seaport in hopes of catching santacon craziness there, as I did many years ago here.
A longer shot reveals a clutch of kayakers, which I hadn’t seen while shooting.
Down by Red Hook, I see Frances approach with two barges of aggregate.
Dean Reinauer passes, pushing a deeply laden
Those are the stacked lanes of the BQE with the Brooklyn Heights esplanade atop.
Buchanan 1 heads in the same direction as the other two units, but at a slightly greater speed than
Again . . . all in 11 minutes.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
I did this once before here. This time I was deleting near duplicates to limit the size of my photo library to accommodate the many photos I brought back from the gallivants, and my mind quickly formed today’s post. Enjoy all these from August through October 2009 and marvel at how much the harbor changes. As I went through the archives, this is where I stopped, given the recent developments in Bella Bella BC.
For background on this tug, check here.
Notice also the Bayonne approach to the bridge.
IMO 8983117 was still orange back then.
King Philip, Thomas Dann, and Patriot Service . . .
Odin . . . now has a fixed profile.
And these two clean looking machines — Coral Queen and
John B. Caddell — were still with us.
This is a digression to March 2010, but since I’m in a temporally warped thought, let me add this photo of the long-gone Kristin Poling.
Back to 2009, Rosemary looked sweet here in fall scenes.
John Reinauer . . . I wonder what that tug looks like today over in Nigeria.
And Newtown Creek, now the deep Lady Luck of the Depths, sure looked good back then.
And while I’m at it, I’ve finally solved a puzzle that’s bugged me for a few years. Remember this post from three and a half years ago about a group of aging Dutch sailors who wanted to hold a reunion on their vessel but couldn’t find the boat, a former Royal Dutch Navy tug named Wamandai A870? Well, here’s the boat today! Well, maybe . . .
Photos and tangents by Will Van Dorp.
If you depart at 0400, there’s not much to photograph. Light beckoned as we approached Newburgh/Beacon.
I saw Mt. Beacon as I never had before;
ditto Storm King in sunrise that even dappled
the wave tops.
Once around Gee Point, we saw the statue (to the left on the ridge)
of Kościuszko’s, fortifier of West Point.
Once south of the Bear Mountain Bridge, passengers traveled upstream
for seasonal seesighting.
Scrap was sought.
Sloops sailed and
work boats waited their time.
More statues sighted, and
vessels waited their time.
And we had arrived at a place where at least two boros approached each other.
Will Van Dorp, who took these photos, is back in the boros for a while.
Let’s start with Bjoern’s photos from a month ago just about already. The New York Media Boat runs almost all year round and provides wet and cold weather gear.
Actually I took this photo, intending it as a baseline photo for the process of preparing the barque to travel the Atlantic next spring, on the deck of a heavy lift ship. I took this photo near Caddell Dry Dock almost two weeks ago.
A really gallivanting Larry Seney took the next few photos in Hawaii: Namahoe,
Thanks to Alex Weiss for this photo of Independence.
Ted M sent this papa smurf aka Pleon photo taken in early August in New Bedford. Now it’s over in the Arthur Kill.
And the last photo comes from an East River jogger, Art Feinglass, who took this photo of Navigator passing the old Domino Sugar refinery, an architect’s playground.
Thanks to Bjoern, Larry, Alex, Ted, and Art for these photos.
So the difference that makes the “really” is that several folks have contributed these photos.
Starting in Toronto with Jan van der Doe, here’s M. R. Kane, which has appeared here and here previously on this blog. In the first link, you’ll see Kane towing the hull that would become tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry.
Next three photos came from Allan Seymour, who took them as he traversed the Cape Cod Canal recently. This Independence is rated at 5400 hp.
Bohemia and barge wait to pass.
And Buckley McAllister shares escort work on the Canal with Independence.
The rest of these photos I’ve caught recently, all of tugs I’d not previously seen. Miss Ila came through the sixth bork Saturday,
Miss Lizzy I saw Friday, and
Performance I saw in Massena earlier this month, and
Robinson Bay. These last two are operated by DOT’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), which is looking to replace these aging tugs. Robinson Bay (103′ loa and built in Wisconsin in 1957) and Performance (50′ and Indiana, 1997) do maintenance work on the US portions of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
Thanks to Jan and Allan for the first photos here. All the others are by Will Van Dorp.
The first two photos–showing the newest and fastest (??) ATB to arrive in the sixth boro– were taken by Randall Fahry.
Zachery Reinauer is a Hudson River-built tug from 1971 one of the last 10 built at Matton, and she looks as good today as new!
This was taken a few seconds later, and this
as she stands by, while Haggerty Girls finesses RTC 107 into position.
An occasional sixth boro visitor, it’s Rhea I. Bouchard with B. No. 284.
As I began this post with another photographer’s photo, so I’ll end. Thanks to Gerard Thornton for this rare catch of Ticonderoga assisting Pleon (?) into the Kills, possibly the last float for Pleon. That’s also Barry Silverton in the distance.
Thanks to Randall and Gerard for use their photo. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Legs 2 and 3 are West Point to Kingston, and then Kingston to Troy to lower the boat for clear passage through the Erie Canal.
Starting below, leaving West Point,
passing Buchanan 12,
looking back toward Catskill,
Craig Eric Reinauer,
in awe in Coeymans seeing Eli (which I first misread as ELF) and
passing port of Albany and BBC Vela,
seeing Slater in the morning light, and finally
after tying up at Troy, reconfiguring the boat for the Erie Canal.
Leg 4 starts at noon today as we head for a night in Amsterdam.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.