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The next two photos come from Tugbitts vol. 16-1 Winter/Spring 2005 issue, pages 12 and 13. In the accompanying article, “From Flash Gordon to Handsome,” Capt. Harold Rudd describes how he bought David (1936) as she looked below in 1968 in West Palm Beach, FL, and delivered her to Long Island and then rebuilt/transformed her into a conventional looking tug.
I’d love to find more photos of her–either in Louisiana, Florida, or New York–when she had this visibility-limiting appearance. Anyone help?
The next two photos are the result of research by William Lafferty, much appreciated commenter on this blog.
The image below comes from Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
Dimensions on David were 54.4′ x 15.5.’ In Rudd’s 2005 report, he said that at that time, the tug had been sold to BAC Inc. Does anyone know if she still exists and if so under what name?
Art deco streamlining, which –IMHO– did nothing to enhance the performance of the tug, had its manifestations in other boats like Kalakala and SS Admiral and certainly in land vehicles, some extreme examples can be seen here and here.
As I said above, some of these photos appeared in Tugbitts over 10 years ago. Tugbitts recently announced it has decided to cease publication. I think its demise is a great loss, but I have to admit I did very little to help sustain it, which I regret. Click here for the announcement about the closing of the journal.
How about cold pics today, like these first two of Line. For the story, click here, an article that never got paper published.
What floats in the Hudson here is like what floats in my tea all day. I recall that the crew I interviewed here told me I should try to see one of these in dry dock to understand how the design of the hull makes these small tugs great for breaking ice. “It has an ice pick,” one person said.
Anyhow, this is about WYTL design. See the ice pick? The bow rides up on the ice and the perpendicular notch saws through.
I’m glad I finally got to see this, and I hope you too are chilled by thinking of icebreakers and the beautiful season shaping us a half year from now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Do you want to do the Great Loop, all 5000+ miles of it? And you don’t have more than–say–a few days? How about a few hours on a weekend when the weather’s inhospitable? Now you can do it . . . and click on the photo below to see what it looks like to do the circumnavigation at warp speed . . . from Sandy Hook to Liberty Landing in . .. just over a minute.
That video of one of over a hundred now available on Youtube. Try this one . .. Liberty Landing to Croton Point Half Moon Bay in just over two minutes in the rain. The videos were produced by ActiveCaptain. The vessel, a DeFever 53RPH Trawler, below is the ActiveCaptain’s version of the google camera car. Read Bob Stopper’s article on the project here. Bob also took all the photos in this post.
Many thanks to Bob for info about these videos and these photos.
If you ever drive eastbound on Staten Island’s northern “land edge” route aka Richmond Terrace, you’ve probably seen this mural by Ian Kelleher. The other day I stopped for a closer look and noticed
a delightful additional spoke on Bayonne’s windmill–harkening back about 400 years–and a huge upside-down unicycle just west of the ferry racks.
When I approached the ferry terminal, I noticed some wheel hardware beginning to accumulate.
Keep your eyes on this location . . . things could be happening soon. By the way, notice there are details of ships hidden in the background of the three previous photos, speaking to the proximity of the Eye . . . or Wheel . . . to shipping channels.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
This photo was taken in late spring 2009. Onrust had been splashed just a day or two before, as recorded in post 1 here and then 2 here. But look over to the right side of the photo, the two bollards on squarish platforms in the water.
These. Well, at summer pool . . . when the water level of the canal is up to allow navigation, they look like so, but
when winter comes and the state hydrologist directs draw-down of the pool, the bollards are on platforms that
are actually concrete barges, ones that do NOT rise and fall with changing pool levels. The snowy photos I took last weekend.
Note the reference numbers below and
Here’s how they look on google satellite view. For more on the builder behind these, click here . . . G. A. Tomlinson.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I should rename this post “Time Warp.” I started it in May 2008 and this morning–in response to some Facebook exchanges–resurrected it. Maybe I will begin a series called “Time Warp,” though, and any photos no more than 20 years old–to pick an arbitrary boundary and to keep the series from becoming ancient time warp which could be its own thing– . . . any photos you wish to contribute no more than two decades old would be welcome. Maybe I gave up on this post six years back because I had too many unanswered questions.
Anyhow, to plunge back in . . . Robert Silva and Harold Tartell provided foto of Manhasset from way back, when it sported a flying horse on its stack . . . . I assumed this vessel was long ago scrapped. I’m also assuming the location of this shot can be pegged by the two LNG tanks in the background.
Here’s a photo I took in 2008: a different small tankship Mostank (1950) maneuvers close to a tanker. I don’t know if Galahad is still in service, and
Here in Arthur Kill to resupply, I suppose, Mostank . . . M O S being Marine Oil Service. Mostank shows up as registered until at least a year ago. Emma Miller now serves the sixth boro.
Back then, John B. Caddell was still working. Is she still intact?
Nathan E. Stewart was still in town and here moving Mary A. Whalen to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The unique Odin still worked here, and
Weddell Sea was still known as Scott C.
All photos here by will Van Dorp unless otherwise attributed.
Thanks to Les Sonnenmark and Peter Lellow for helping me “see” what I was just looking at. Last week I got some fotos of Düsseldorf Express leaving the sixth boro via the KVK. See anything different?
Watch the vessel . . . .
There . . . the aftmost starboard container. What is so special about it?
Here’s a foto Peter sent me . . . a container ship in port hooked up to shore power. Cold ironing . . . I’d heard about it but never known what it looked like. I don’t know if the service already exists in Port Elizabeth . .. but this vessel is equipped.
I took the first three fotos. Thanks much to Les and Peter for directing and educating my eyes.
Lots of images you can try to identify today, but I’ll hold any further info until tomorrow.
First . . . this vessel will be visible and will be an interesting subject of photographs from many points along the Hudson next month, February. Clue: Note the hull color.
Unrelated to the top foto . . . any guesses about this and
and this from the same vessel and
this from the same fleet? Both vessels are occasional visitors in the sixth boro.
And finally . . . from a secret salt, a foto easy to identify. My question in whether there’s any news about this incident.
You’ll have some answers tomorrow.
Finally . . . here are some of my favorite ice pics on the Hudson taken a few years back by Paul Strubeck.
And here’s hat’s off to my Canadian cousins . . . if case you missed this late addition to yesterday’s post.
The link here may show the first glimpse I had of Balder. Let me share my getting better acquainted, but first . . . the foto below I took 13 months ago. Note the different colors of salt, reflecting
different provenances, as explained in Ian Frazier’s New Yorker article below. Buy a copy to get the rest of the story.
Without this vessel, all of us who drive the roads or walks the sidewalks and streets within the metropolis surrounding the sixth boro would be at greater risk of slipping and crashing. Framed that way, Balder could not be better named. Here’s what Kimberly Turecamo looks like from Balder‘s bridge.
On the far side of the channel, that’s Dace.
Here’s what has come forth from Balder‘s belly, a bit of the Atacama Desert on the KVK. Huge tractors load the trucks that come to a highway department near you today.
This 246′ arm, reaching nearly to Richmond Terrace, offloads at the relatively slow rate of 8oo tons per hour.
And here’s the hold just emptied, one hold of five. Notice the ladders and the tracks at the base of the hold.
Click here to see the unloading machinery in action.
Here’s what gets even the last pound making up the nearly 50,000-ton payload onto the salt dock.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Thanks to Brian DeForest of Atlantic Salt and the Balder crew for the tour.