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The following two fotos come thanks to Joseph Graham, a New Yorker who pilots a Kirby boat among various ports in the Gulf and on the Mississippi. Study the six tugs below . . . yes six. Recognize the one on the left?
Notice anything unusual about this staple? It may be common elsewhere, but I’ve never seen one with a stainless steel insert. This foto comes compliments of Allen Baker; here’s one of his many fotos on this blog. And the vessel . . .
these birds we know well in the sixth boro. I love the paint job on these fishing boats. Quiz: Can you name three of the six major rivers that drain Yunnan province?
Poor foto . . . I took on Sunday, but I was fascinated by this KVK cormorant struggling at least two minutes to swallow this sea robin. Cormorants must have throat tissue like a rubber tire!
The rivers flowing out of Yunnan–which borders Burma, Laos, and Vietnam– are the Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Red, Pearl, and Yangtze.
Thanks again to Joseph, Allen, and Lauren for use of these fotos.
Chain link fence topped by accordion razor wire coils stand exposed only after a solid steel door is raised and an even heavier drawbridge lowered . . . what is this?
Unrelated . . . Grande Marocco left not quite a week ago for . . . Dakar. With all those cars up on the top splash deck (monkey deck??), I’m left wondering . . among other things . .
I’m wondering what Grimaldi ships to places like Cotonou and Banjul in West Africa.
Graphics on ships . . . if Charles Fazzino has been designated official artist of OpSail NY 2012, I wonder if we can expect designs like these on tall ships in less than a month . .. How did he get chosen? By whom? To what end? Who else was considered?
And one more from the north coast by Michigan Exposures . . . who might be planning a foray into the sixth boro . . . it’s Arthur M. Anderson. If Titanic had its Carpathia, then Edmund Fitzgerald had its Arthur . . . unfortunately too late. I love the mild-dazzle paint on these vessels. Arthur is a product of the American Ship Building Company yard in Lorain, OH . . . another manufacturing center transformed into . . housing. If you don’t know the Lightfoot Fitzgerald song, here’s the link. Otherwise, check out this supremely moody foto of a laker.
Here was 10.
measured using the load line (draft markings) on the stern. Eyeballing it, I’d say that from the top of the stern bulwarks to the top of the brownish bottom paint is almost 20′. I.e., if (post-launch obviously) I dove from the bulwarks into the water, it would be a long way just to the water! ?? Stern anchor is already in place.
Also at the shipyard in Anacortes, John got this foto of a dry-docked Nanuq, a 301′ loa oil recovery/platform supply vessel build by Edison Chouest. Nanuq was delivered in May 2007; here’s a youtube of its launch. Click here for a foto/info on the newest vessel Edison Chouest is undertaking for Shell’s Arctic drilling.
And from Isaac of the tugboathunter blog, this foto taken in Toledo. OH, (it reminds me of those shots taken by “future car spies”) of the former tugboat Cleveland, possibly headed for the sixth boro as the new (and third) Patrice McAllister. Another shot of the future Patrice can be seen in the last foto here on this post from Isaac’s blog. For archival shots of the vessel, check out Birk and Harold’s site, of course.
Related: If you haven’t seen Jed’s blog, Cumberland Soundings, check it out here.
Also related: I’m suddenly thinking seriously about visiting the Panama Canal. A site like this one gives me the impression that there is an Canal/shipping enthusiast-friendly tourist infrastructure in Panama. Can anyone who’s been there comment? Would it be better to use Panama City or Colon as a homebase for a four-day trip? The “screen capture” below is interactive but time sensitive. When I studied traffic just now, I quickly recognized a half dozen vessels I think I know from their transit through the sixth boro. One is NYK Meteor, which I got fotos of eight days ago exiting the KVK. Is this possible?
Thanks to Amy Bucciferro for the first two fotos here taken in San Francisco in early May. From left to right here, Japanese training barque Kaiwo Maru II, unidentified AmNav tugs, and SFFD fireboat Guardian. The AmNav tugs are either Independence (farther) and Patricia Ann (nearer).
Below is 1914 tug Eppleton Hall, seaworthy enough in 1970 to travel from the North Sea to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. For a foto of “Eppie” under way, click here. (I love the “save the Eppie” art, for the aesthetic of the late 1960s. Anyone know of a larger, more detailed version?)
Crowley Valor is bow escort for Vancouver Express into Seattle.
Foss Pacific Star awaits the signal to ease Cosco Antwerp off the pier, bound for sea.
Andrew Foss glides northbound toward bulker Tian Yu Feng.
Truckable tug Lynx stands by in Newcastle harbor.
Also behind the fence is YTB 779 Manhattan. When I thought to try to get a closer, unobstructed foto, I
saw another sign, clearly, that reiterated what I couldn’t quite read on that other sign.
First two fotos by Amy Bucciferro; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Not random but unrelated: at PortSide NewYork in Atlantic Basin on July 22 (830 pm), the movie Random Lunacy will be shown, featuring a transAtlantic crossing by Poppa Neutrino aboard Son of Town Hall. Read about Bonnie’s encounter on Jamaica Bay this weekend with a vessel made with parts of Son of Town Hall.
Once back in the sixth boro, we realized our phone chargers got left in Seattle . . . which brought to mind songs like Tony Bennett’s and Bob Dylan‘s. It is a fact that–especially with the bright sun I saw in Seattle and the overcast days since returning here–I’m not ready to be here. Rainier hangs over the city like a moon, here beyond bulker Tian Yu Feng, possibly waiting for a load of grain.
So back to the waterfront, starting along the Canal. Discovery Star is a fish processor that started life as a GOM mud boat, and we’ve heard way too much about mud and the Gulf these past months.
Fishing and processing vessel Courageous is another vessel that started life in a different game . . . a 180′ buoy tender named Tupelo launched in Duluth at Zenith Dredge in 1942. The government builds their boats and ships to last.
Another case in point: Assertive, now part of Seattle Community Colleges’ Maritime Academy, began life as a Stalwart-class ocean surveillance ship aka T-AGOS, like our local Kings Pointer and (dock-bound?) Stalwart.
I loved the number of wooden boats in the Salish . . . like GloryBe, well-cared-for since 1914, and recently
rebuilt as part of a . . . community college carpentry program.
Currently docked nearby are Lady Washington and . . .
cool figurehead … and
this tiny steamer and …
And occasionally . . . a visitor ties up (and later casts off) , like Coot. By the way, to see almost four years of building Coot, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Belated joyeux Bastille Day and happy birthday HRH Prince of Tonga!
July is officially “gallivant month” this year, but as an update on yesterday’s “Bridge” post . . . the tow got somewhere out of foto range before daybreak; when I got up to check progress on AIS at 5 am local time, it was already south of the Holland Tunnel vents. I guess we’ll have to catch the mobile bridge when it heads from the Weeks yard up to its home over the Harlem River . . . later this month? Also, since I’m out yon and hither this month, check Bonnie’s blog for sixth boro events.
Crabber Wizard, 1945 built by Brooklyn’s own Bushey yard, and one of the feature vessels of “Deadliest Catch,” served as a YO-153 Navy oiler and a molasses tanker before its transformation into crabber in 1978. Some YO-153s are now local reefs.
Like Wizard and Blue Gadus, Sahara hopes for a second life. Any guesses about her previous life from this stern shot?
Freemont Tug Co.’s Blueberry began life in 1941 in Tacoma as a 65′ buoy tender.
Maris Pearl is a repurposed 1944 Navy tug. This foto was taken outside the Canal.
And this returns us to Royal Argosy. Notice what feeds into the forward stack . . . or rather, what does not feed into it. It’s a faux-funnel, maybe-smoke from nowhere, a mild form of “amelioration.”
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I leave Seattle today, reluctantly. But days to come will feature more fotos I took here. From this angle, can you guess this one?
(left to right) Flyer, Hornet, Wasp, and Fearless. For more info, see the Western Towboat site here.
Closing shot for now: Arthur Foss (ex-Wallowa, 1889), movie star and much much more. I don’t know the small vessel beside her.
More from Seattle: Leschi and Chief Seattle . . . next to the ferry docks.
Olympic Tug and Barge’s James T. Quigg preparing to bunker Cosco Antwerp.
Over in Bremerton (an hour away by ferry) is USS Vincennes, CG 49, of the 1988 incident.
Bremerton deserves several posts, but for now, here are a line of attack subs (SSNs) slowly processing through the SRP “recycling” program. 671 is Narwhal and 696 is New York City. Click on the SRP link to identify others here.
DD951 Turner Joy has to be the most significant US naval vessel of the 1960s.
Scenery shot from the ferry ride back to Seattle: Rainier–2.5 hours away by road– dominates everything.
I wish I’d seen this from close: this resembles my favorite exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Anyone know the story here? Two of these headed north from West Seattle.
Western Towing’s Ocean Titan heads south from the Ship Canal and
Andrew Foss assists Sanmar Paragon into the Pier 86 grain terminal.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who has so much to see and so little time.
I continue my gallivant in Seattle, seeing through eyes conditioned by time in the sixth boro aka harbor New York. And again, mostly lists, as I’d rather be moving around than writing here. Ferry Tacoma (of the largest ferry system in the US, third in the world) carries vehicles as well as people as it approaches the Seattle dock. That’s the Olympic range in the background.
Seattle is its own complex tapestry, but Alaska is a palpable presence here.
Island Packer does short (or not so short) sea shipping from here to the Aleutians, I believe (1943 built).
Cargill operates this grain terminal at Pier 86. In the foreground are salmon pens. Vessel is Genco Thunder, loading grain. In the distance is bulker Sanmar Paragon. I enjoyed being close enough to this pier that I could smell the grain as it flowed into the hold.
Rainier, more than 50 miles away, dominates Seattle.
At Pier 91, catcher-processor Northern Hawk emerges from transfer
In the Lake Washington Ship Canal, a crewman of crabber Lilli Ann–in response to my question–said they were “headed for Dutch” a bit less than a week away.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is solely responsible for any and all errors in this info. As a newby gallivanter here, I might conjecture here and there while trying to get oriented in my limited sojourn.
Unrelated but wonderful, check out Herb Cold is the Sea‘s rendering of a husky-blue-eyed blogger. Herb . . . wow! Thank you. And juxtaposed with Alice–darling Alice–wowwow!! Alice dear, we are indeed blessed.