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This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
But first, many thanks to Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat for the enjoyable ride aboard his RHIB Amundsen. I’ve decided to divide the photos into two posts. These cover the first 15 minutes (!!) of the trip to the yard.
Bartholdi was finishing up his copper creation a year AFTER Wavertree began its career as a bulk carrier of jute.
I was thrilled to see the tugs that did the tow, starting with Thomas J. Brown. This tug has appeared here many times, but here’s probably my favorite.
On starboard side was Pelham.
This post covers only 15 minutes, but it seemed like ages, watching this highly unusual tow traverse the Upper Bay.
Now if you were on Rae yesterday, you might be feeling left out at this point, but here’s the beginning of your part. I first saw Rae more than 10 years ago , when she was still Miss Bonnie. Click here and scroll.
In the hard hat here and in the rigging earlier probably with the NYTimes photographer who took this photo, it’s Mike Weiss, South Street’s Waterfront Foreman.
Waving from the shrouds here it’s Capt. Jonathan Boulware, now executive director of SSSM.
If there had been a salt pile in the late 19th century, Wavertree could have transported it, as it spent its last years before the 1910 dismasting in the tramp trades . . . Maybe someone can help with specifics here, but I recall reading that Wavertree called in the sixth boro before 1910.
Here’s a closeup of Rae now in Fox colors, and click here for one from five years ago.
And we’ll pick up here tomorrow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Bjoern of NY Media boat for the ride and to Mike and Jonathan of SSSM for the advance notice of the transit.
Recently in t-shirt weather in the sixth boro . . . it’s a classic, Thomas J. Brown.
Ellen S. Bouchard,
Resolute with a Bouchard barge,
and Evening Star, also with a Bouchard barge.
Elizabeth McAllister light,
Robert E. McAllister,
and finally Ellen McAllister shifting
Cielo di Roma . . .
Thomas J. Brown . . . enjoy another look at this classic.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. And in the post above, subtracting the three tugs in the O. Nonimus Bosch photo, you have over 25,000 horsepower, of which 1000 of those ponies are generated by Thomas J.
Helen Laraway (1957) might be the only tug based in Coeymans, NY.
Thomas J. Brown (1962) . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.
Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.
Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.
Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?) enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.
Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.
Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.
Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.
And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.
Huron Service (1981) sailed into the springy morning it was.
Chesapeake Coast (2012) lit up the dawn this morning.
McAllister Responder (1967) and Gage Paul Thornton (1944) met in the KVK last Saturday. Click here for Gage Paul‘s long history, during one part of which she carried the name Elizabeth McAllister.
Joyce D. Brown (2002) passes Stolt Jade.
Houma (1970) like many of the vessels in this post, has operated under a long list of companies.
Gulf Coast (1982) enters the KVK from the east this morning before 9 a.m.
A parting shot of the vessel that started today’s post . . . Huron Service, headed to refuel.
All photos taken the last few days by Will Van Dorp.
See it there on AIS between Samuel Newhouse and
Grave Grace Victoria? Pretty Scene . . . and I missed getting a foto of it!! I also recently missed getting fotos of potentially pretty scenes–or mediocre pics of vessels with interesting names like African Jaguar, Afrodite, and Great Reward.
Given that “pretty” is as subjective as the ocean is wide, you can judge whether you find these random scenes at all pretty. Can you guess the tug to the right?
Try this . . . the pair of Brown family boats with a couple of Weeks crane barges, or
G. B. Corrado by day at the salt pile where the Weeks crane barges transfer the cargo and
by darkness at the same location passing a large MSC Sindy,
a McAllister tug escorting out a RORO, or
a Dann Marine tug backing into a dock to pivot in place a bunker barge, or
a Moran tug putting power on the stern of a container ship?
I think they’re pretty scenes all. And that tug up on the drydock in the first foto . . . Marjorie B. McAllister.
Forecast for the morning after the Oscars was for some sun, which I sorely needed. And who’s out . . . William Oscar aka W. O. Decker, for starters.
I couldn’t quite figure out what Sorensen Miller‘s load was. In the background, that’s the Newark Bay Bridge, which doesn’t make it on my fotos much.
Virginia Sue was fishing off Clermont.
John P. Brown moved nine (?) railcars from Brooklyn to Jersey.
Clipper Legacy arrived here yesterday.
Shawn Miller‘s pushing trucks around again, this one all ready for the mid-March holiday.
Taurus light moves past Christine McAllister.
And . . . let’s conclude with another shot of William Oscar, wherever it may be heading.
All fotos this morning before the clouds moved in . . . by Will Van Dorp.
All manner of small vessels traverse the waters of the sixth boro. Twin Tube is truly one ageless fixture of the harbor. If I did photoshopping, I’d have the boom dangle something tantalizing over the Statue’s upstretched hand.
Annie G II . . . makes me wonder about Annie G I. Here she
stands by as crew perform some truck task over on the west side of Governor’s Island. I’ve enjoyed watching the derelict buildings on the Island disappear. A largely unseen harbor project farther south (sorry no pics from UNDER the sixth boro) has been the tunneling of a new deeper “water main” (p. 7 ff) between Brooklyn and Staten Island.
A small USCG boat stops for maintenance on the red 32. Unfortunately, I was on a vessel headed away from the buoy, and a few seconds after I took this, one crewman stepped aboard the buoy, on the other side.
A small USACE vessel speeds to the southeast past Robins Reef Light.
John P Brown pushes fewer than a dozen of the mere 1500 cars per year across the harbor, the miniscule fraction of merchandise that travels between NJ and parts of NYC on non-rubber wheels.
A small fishing boat crosses the bay under the cranes
on hovering over Bayonne.
St Andrews runs light past some unidentified tugs obscured in the fog. I spent July 4 docked near St Andrews.
New England style fishing boat heads out of the Bronx while Fox Boys (I think) pushes some scrap probably toward Jersey City.
In fading light, HMS Liberty heads for the Kills. I’ve often wonder what the HMS stood for in this case. . . . Is the H his, her, or something else . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether Sandy will be sandy or just windy, snowy, rainy, . . . tricky . . . .
This is the 98th installment of this title. If you’ve any ideas about what I might do with the 100th, let me know. Of course, I could just let it pass by . . . randomly.
All these boats have some things in common, like . .. they passed through the sixth boro although in all types of weather/light in the past week or so. I’l let you know what I’m thinking at the end of the post.
Miss Yvette, 1975 built in Houma, Louisiana (LA), here attending to Kraken.
Freddie K Miller, 1966 . . . Madisonville LA.
John P Brown 2002 Morgan City LA
Atlantic Salvor 1976 New Orleans.
James Turecamo 1969, Waterford NY.
Pegasus 2006 Tres Palacios TX
Pathfinder 1972 Houma LA
C. Angelo 1999 Lockport LA
Margaret Moran December 1979 Morgan City LA
Miriam Moran November 1979 Morgan City LA
And another thing they all have in common right now is that
they all work in trades other than directly pushing oil.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’d love to hear ideas about the “Random Tugs 100″ post.
Unrelated: I read this line yesterday about a withdrawn lawsuit between the NY Port Authority and a Canadian steel company: “The deal means the lawsuit will be dropped and the steel for the [World Trade Center] tower antenna can set sail before Canadian shipping channels freeze over in winter.” Here’s the rest of the article. But it made me wonder . . . by what vessel . . . barge or ship . . . will this steel arrive in the Upper Bay. Anyone know? Here’s info on the fabricator of the antenna.
And a Q . . . has anyone seen evidence of construction of the crane(s) to be involved in the Bayonne Bridge raising? I’ve heard rumors, but not read or heard anything authoritative.