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I took this photo back in 2008, and it seemed I never got back to it. At the time, I didn’t realize it was built in 1904 and had once done the Buffalo–Duluth passenger run with first-class staterooms. Buffalo–Duluth passenger ferry SS Juniata . . . doesn’t even seem reasonable a century later.
Between 1937 and 1941, she was thoroughly upgraded and “returned to work as the Milwaukee Clipper and carried passengers and their cars between Muskegon and Milwaukee until 1970 when the interstate highways and air travel rendered her obsolete.” I’m told volunteers are working to preserve her. I’d love to hear a progress report.
In contrast, the rest of the photos I took on the Arthur Kill in 2010, and what you see here is no longer there. I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing it’s the Astoria aka William T. Collins, built in 1925 and out of documentation in 1966.
I recall reading that it was removed –as an eyesore–since then, but can’t find any newspaper record of such. Anyone help out? My co-explorer here is none other than frogma . . . .
Click here for a post I did on a re-purposed 1929 NYC ferry still operational as a double-ended construction vessel, click here for a post I did on a NYC-NJ ferry that operated as such between 1905 and 1970 before being repurposed as a restaurant until neglect and a certain Irene came along, and here for a post on what might be the oldest in service ferry in the US.
Below is P/S Majesteit, a 1926 steam ferry still operating in Rotterdam as a floating restaurant steam side paddle wheeler;
here’s their site with photos of the steam machinery.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I did two posts on Badger —here and here–back in 2012. But until these photos this week, which I’m using with permission from FB’s SS Badger: Lake Michigan Car Ferry, I’d never seen her underwater ship lines.
Above, that’s a ice-reinforced hull. Read about her dry dock visit here.
As I write, she’s in dry dock for a few more days at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Here are some photos I took back in 2012 as she was departing Ludington MI for Manitowoc WI.
Yes, she burns coal to this day, (one of) the last vessel (s) fueled by coal in the US. For a good summary of her old and current technology, click here. To see what goes on in her engine room, click here.
When she entered service in the 1950s, she was designed primarily to transport railcars across the Lake. Click here to read a story on the vessel published in Professional Mariner about two years ago.
The next two photos are NOT of Badger but rather her twin, Spartan. By the way, the badger is the mascot of University of Wisconsin and the spartan . . . of Michigan State University. There was a double christening in September 1952, but since 1979, Spartan has been laid up at the dock in Ludington.
I hope to ride the Badger, 60 water miles of an almost 600-mile US Route 10, again this coming summer.
Many thanks to SS Badger for use of the first four photos, taken this past month; all others by Will Van Dorp.
And to close this with a digression, here’s a one-of-a-kind I saw displayed at the dock in Manitowoc when I was there.
If you ever visit anywhere near Savannah, an absolute must-see is the Ships of the Sea Museum in the former William Scarbrough House, later the West Broad Street School. Given that the house and collection are stunning and the staff extraordinarily welcoming, it didn’t surprise me how crowded the museum was.
Excuse the quality of my photos taken sans tripod, but let’s start with this model of a vessel that has a connection with New York City. Answer follows, but clues for now are that the vessel was built as the Denton in 1864 and you might know the whitish horizontal object to the left of the display case . . . in front of the bow of the model.
The SSM models are quite large, and many of them are the handiwork of William E. Hitchcock.
SS Savannah, e.g., is a great place to begin your tour and appreciate Hitchcock’s handiwork. This vessel–the first steamship to cross the Atlantic--was built on the land’s edge the sixth boro.
Notice the port side of Hitchcock’s model shows the paddlewheel, but
the starboard side features a cutaway to the boiers and the paddlewheel collapsed as it would be while the vessel sailed, which was most of the time.
Another of Hitchcock’s models shows a 220′ schooner as she appeared under construction.
Notice that Forest City‘s demise–as was SS Savannah’s–happened on Fire Island.
The SSM collection also includes a Hitchcock model of USS Passaic, another product of the sixth boro–Greenpoint–although many sources, including this one from wikipedia, state its shipyard as being Greenport, 120+ miles away. Greenpoint’s Continental Iron Works also built Monitor, launched the same year as Passaic.
Back to the model at the top. The vessel Denton had been renamed SS Dessoug when it delivered Cleopatra’s Needle to NYC.
This and much more awaits you at Ships of the Sea Museum. Thanks to Jed for suggesting–half a decade ago–that I go there.
These photos–warts and all-by Will Van Dorp.
I borrow this title from an event I’d love to see more photos of, an art trip marking National Maritime Day in May 1987 and reported on here and here. What better way to leap into the future with blasts from the past, borrowing again.
My purpose in this post is to inform about a unique celebratory event at the Pratt campus in Brooklyn that will not be repeated after this week, Wednesday December 31 late into January 1 wee . . . Here are the directions: “There will be two gates open, one on the corner of Dekalb and Hall Street; the other is the main vehicle gate on Grand and Willoughby Aves. Grand Ave does probably not show on maps because there are super blocks on each side of Willoughby. Once on the campus head for the smokestack or follow the noise to the calliope. Closest subway stop is Washington\Clinton on the G train. Get out at the Washington end of the station. One block along Lafayette , turn left around the church. One block down Hall Street you will see Pratt Institute.”
Here are some of my photos of steam whistles, my tribute to steam . . .
aboard Belle of Louisville,
at the Pageant of Steam,
Or the 1933 British Navy torpedo recovery vessel Elfin.
Yes, that’s a child playing on the torpedo.
Or the 1893 Pieter Boele . . . a steam tug with a bowsprit.
Or the 1915 Hercules.
Dress warm and come bathe in the sound and steam hooked up by Conrad Milster at Pratt. I’ll see you there.
All Most photos by Will Van Dorp. The photo above is by the inimitable bowsprite, who captured steam and cold water rituals here 4 years ago.
You may recall previous posts here and here about these machines called “alligators” or warping tugs, flat bellied vessels used in timbering a century ago that could pull themselves across short stretches of land between bodies of water. These photos were sent to me by Steven Smith who owns a camp near where the photos of wreckage in the second link above were taken. The images that follow likely show that same tug in its prime. Steve writes that in the early 1920s, the tug was “shipped on a flatbed railroad car to the RR station at Bemis, Maine, next to Mooselucmeguntic lake – it steamed over to Upper Dam, over the carry to Richardson Lake then to Middle Dam and then down the Carry road to its home on Pond in the River all under its own power .” Notice the name Roebling on the spool of cable. Alligator worked on the lakes from 1923 until about 1953.
In this close-up, notice the levers and U-joints employed to raise the props and shafts during land transits.
The next two photos below show while the Alligator was in transit from the Bemis RR station to Pond in the River: two lakes and two transits on dry land to get to Pond in the River
Thanks much to Steve Smith for sending along these photos. Credit for the top four photos goes to Brown Company Collection, Michael Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections, Herber H. Lamson library and Learning Commons, Plymouth State University, and that’s in Plymouth, NH.
And the timing . . . check out this story about the annual celebration of alligators below NYC . . maybe connecting the various parts of the sixth boro.
Taken over in Newark Bay . . a shrink-wrapped airplane on a barge . . foto compliments of the team over at Henry Marine. I did this post in April 2013, but you should befriend them on Facebook at Tug Life at Henry Marine for a different take on working in the sixth boro. Anyone know where this airplane has gone/is going? Two of several previous posts with airplanes on barges are here and here.
Up near the Thousand Islands and the Canadian border, it’s Bowditch, foto compliments of Bob Stopper. Bowditch dates from 1954 and used to be called Hot Dog. More of Bob’s fotos from upstate NY and other places soon.
And last but not least, taken off New London during its schooner fest, it’s Malabar II, a 91-year-old vessel of John Alden design. Fotos of this timeless vessel come compliments of Rod Clingman.
Mant thanks to Rod, Allan, Bob, Maraki, and –last but not least–the crew at Henry Marine for permission to use these fotos.
Now some info on other people’s events:
and last but certainly not least . . . that’s a tugster foto below. Click here for details.
Ten months ago I did this post of the 1905 ferry Binghamton. Twenty months ago I did this one, this and this with many interior shots at that time. The foto below dates from October 2011 just after Irene.
Here was Binghamton this morning, a work of disintegrative art, refusing to buckle in spite of Sandy.
North end October 2011 and
today, June 2013.
South end 2011 and
peeled back 2013.
Closer up as seen from the right bank 20 months ago and
See a Flickr foto of a NJ historical marker no longer memorializing the wreck, click here. In its place, someone has had the good sense to inscribe the walls of the guardhouse with the 94-year-old words of a gallivanting Edna St Vincent Millay.
How will she fare in the next 10 months?
For a beautifully illustrated report on the life of the ferry prepared by Bill Lee, click here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated but cool story here about a 61-year-old immigrant to US circumnavigating in a 24′ sailboat!!
Two years ago, I learned about these tugs while north of the border here. Many thanks to Paul Fehling for today’s fotos of alligator tug remains. He took the fotos while canoeing recently in western Maine. My reference book called Alligators of the North makes me believe these could be this could be what’s left of a 1923 warping tug called Alligator shipped from Simcoe Ontario to Portland Maine.
These ruins raise questions like . . . are there fotos of Alligator intact and
how did it ship from Lake Erie to here?
When was it last operational?
It lies downstream from Umbagog Lake near the New Hampshire/Maine border, not far from the town of Errol, where I haven’t been in over 20 years.
Many thanks to Paul Fehling.
For some coastal Maine delights, click here for Sally W reports from Camden.
This does not look like a highway scene, yet
it IS the stretch of Route 10 that will get you the best fuel economy and can accommodate quite oversized loads
whether they come from Manitowoc or Chengxi or
anywhere else, Badger can move backward
driven from here or
forward . . .
to get you there. It has for a long time, and we hope will continue that role.
This last foto from the Badger onboard museum. All others by Will Van Dorp, who will continue along Route 10 today. More Badger soon. Click here to learn more about the imminent threat to the ferry.