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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.

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Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.

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Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–

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retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.

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Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.

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See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern.  I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not

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to be confused with Grace D.

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ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.

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These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.

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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.

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Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.

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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.

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Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

Click here for my previous Twin Tube posts,  Note to self . . . I’d like to see the wheelhouse of this work horse if it ever stops working.  Today when I saw the boat, it looked different.  Can you see it?

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No . . . it has not been renamed Butterfly, as appears between the “legs” of the A-frame.

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The boom is missing.  Temporary?

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The builder and designer behind this long-lived vessel and many others –I’m told–is also responsible for the alphanumerics on this disused rail bridge in Wayne County, NY.  Mr Blount painted the date of each year (’50, 55, 91, 97, 03, and 04)  he transited underneath this bridge, the lowest currently between Waterford to Lake Erie.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Saturday morning . . . sunrise . . . Gran Couva.

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Same time . . . MTM Hamburg.

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An hour later, Stolt Bobcat heads for sea.  Can you make out her original name in raised metal letters?

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Golden Legend.   That’s Firefighter II overtaking to port and a boom boat to starboard.

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MTM Hamburg inbound the Kills leased by Gramma Lee T Moran.

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Voge Paul  in Gravesend Bay with Twin Tube and

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Gran Couva Trinidad bound and

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not a half hour later Afrodite in the offing bound

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for Albany, where as of this writing, she’s not yet arrived.

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All photos yesterday morning by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here was 7 in the series.

ABC-1 is a harbor supply boat, restocking the larder and spare parts lockers while load shifting happens in port.  Click here to see her high and dry a few years back.

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BB 163 . . . is a still used antique, up on the Canal that connects the Great Lakes with the sixth boro.  Some day, when it’s warmer, I hope to learn much more about these BBs, buoy boats.  I’ll do more on BB 163 later.   For now, I can’t look at this and NOT see the flag of Colombia or Ecuador.

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Gabby has been featured here many times.

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Miller Boys is a crew boat.

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But really the focus here is the line boats operated by Ken’s Marine.

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It might be 5 above zero or 5 below 100 F, these crews are shuttling lines from ship to shore, negotiating with crews on a vessel as well as crews on shore.

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Note the ship line handler chief watching the line boat and signaling to his crew to pay out line.

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Once the line boat gets to the shoreline, the shore crew takes over.  Given the ice I know is on those rocks, this is a job requiring concentration and sure-footedness as well as  strength.

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Once lines are on, the line boat stands off until they get snugged.  Then there are lots more lines to get on.

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“All fast” needs to be done quickly and thoroughly.  Not long after this vessel was snug, two container ships passed between Medi Osaka on this side and UACC Masafi on the other side, creating tremendous lateral pressure on all vessels, straining the lines.

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But all fast is all fast.  Bravo, guys.

All Fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here’s the first post I did on this vessel more than 5 years ago.

When I saw Twin Tube–a workhorse older than me– northbound yesterday, I’d no idea we’d meet up again later.   What caught my attention right then was

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the lowering boom, something I’d not noticed before.

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Here she is, as Electra rages, westbound in the KVK, boom lowered and supplies-laden.

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And then it was explained to me . . . rather, demonstrated . . . , lower boom to get into work position.

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Note the operator of the ship’s crane upper left.   A week ago this crew basked in sun on tropical seas.

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Now they need groceries, spare parts, stores . . . .

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As a resident of and a familiar with New York’s City’s SIX boros, I feel strongly that this–and not the luxury baubles and almost ancient poets–make us a city of ships.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

. . . aka a jumble.

I took the foto below of Stephen  L. Colby (St. Louis, MO-built, 1967, 144′ x 40′) on 1/4/2013 in Cairo, IL.  Yesterday, the boat sank into 14 feet of water farther north on the Mississippi.

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Below, s/v Concetta meets Charles D. McAllister (Jacksonville, FL, 1967, 94′ x 29′)  in late October.

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Twin Tube (Blount, 1951, 64′ x 19′)  passes the polytube rack.  If you click on the link in the previous sentence, you’ll see the very next completed Blount project was of Ceres, a “grain elevator.”  A google search turned up no fotos.  Anyone know of any?

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I took this foto a week and a half ago.  Currently, Grande Sierra Leone has left Dakar bound for Cotonou, passing the older Grande Buenos Aires en route.

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Bow Hector in the Kills a few days ago . . . now in Morehead City.   Bow! Hector!

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Taft Beach . . . shuttling dredge spoils, inbound.

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Sludge tanker North River noses past 118,000-bbl  barge Charleston.

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On Marathon Day, this was Explorer of the Seas ( I think) approaching the Narrows, as seen past the stern of Transib Bridge.

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A few days ago . . . it’s Challenge Paradise.   I wonder if that’s ever a command. . . .

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And at the same moment, crude oil tanker Felicity.   By the way, I passed between felicity and challenge paradise . ..  steering clear.   Both vessels are currently southbound off the coast of the Carolinas.

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Finally, in the Buttermilk, it’s MAST’s r/v Blue Sea, passing Wilson Newcastle and McAllister Responder.    Responder and Charles D. are two of the triplets built near the end of the run at Gibbs Gas Engine, currently a place to sleep and stroll.   The last time I saw Roderick-the third triplet– in the sixth boro was here.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

. . . sometimes aka Kate’s Light.   And I did a Katherine Walker post here without including the light in that post.   So here’s my attempt at amends.  All Robbins Reef today . . .

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The tug Robbins Reef is an ex-army tug, sibling of 8th Sea, built in 1953 in Fells Point at American Electric Welding.  Can anyone add info on the former American Electric Welding shipyard?  National also appears to be a sibling, but I am starting to digress.

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Back to the light by that name . . . in the distance.

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See you at the Noble Maritime auction tonight, I hope.

Sun rays descend at 75 degrees as Shelby moves a crane 552 with boom raised as nearly to 90 degrees as it can be and still do work . . .

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Joyce D. Brown . . .  passes IMTT, where a crane rises

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A morning RIB patrol shadows, weapon pointed upward . . .

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James escorts in a parcel tanker . . . .

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and here’s today’s Robbins Reef, as Twin Tube approaches . . .

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.  I hope to see some of you at the auction tomorrow night.   If you can’t make it, there’s an absentee bidding form here.

Take 2 . . . some the same, some different.  Lynx southbound at 16:08.

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Evening Star anchored at 16:09.

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Christine McAllister anchored at 16:10.

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Julia and Twin Tube attending Maersk Katarina at 16:13 at the 28 buoy.

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Crystal Cutler heading for the Kills at 16:30.

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Overseas Atalmar and bow of American Spirit at anchor . . . 16:37.

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Another shot of Christine McAllister at 16:44.

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Discovery Coast at 16:46.

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Liberty V at 16:53 bound for Liberty Island . . . a crewboat.

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Twisted #2 sign at the Battery looking toward Jersey City at 17:07.

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Barbara McAllister preparing to remake the tow at 17:26.

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Maserati VOR70 at the dock, heeled over for repairs, at 17:40

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 21.  22 .  .  . let’s call it shifting perspectives.

The name alone arrested me .  .  .  Sedna.   I used to refer to Sedna as my retirement plan.  Don’t know  Sedna?   Sea goddess.  Back then, I imagined that when I was too old to work or enjoy life, I’d get into my kayak and paddle seaward until I met Sedna.  I’m not being morbid;  it’s just the reaction I imagined I’d take to a diminished quality of life.

Funny thing, though, I googled the vessel below and learned she’d had her own near-encounter with the bottom recently.  Sedna Degagnes . . . we’re glad you’re spritely again.

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Bow Sirius, here being provisioned by ABC-1 , is a Polish-built Odfjell tanker.

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Another great name . . . with a recent itinerary running mostly between the Gulf of Mexico and Scandanavia.   Moonlight Venture  . . . seems to  hint at subterfuge.  Brendan J. Bouchard is a vessel I can’t recall seeing much around the sixth boro.

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And Baltic Merchant, another great name, though one that accurately reflects its itinerary.

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All fotos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who info above notwithstanding, is not morbid.

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