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Let me start to play catch up here, since I have not done one of these posts in over half a year. Anyone know why HMCS St. John’s (FHH-340) steamed into the sixth boro yesterday, Thanksgiving Day? To assist this 45′ USCG response vessel and all the land-based law enforcement in keeping order on the so-called “black friday” chaos, perhaps?
Icebreaker Penobscot Bay (WTGB-107) headed upriver a half month ago, but there was no imminent ice formation at that time, unless one traveled well north of Inukjuak, but it would take some extraordinary turn-of-events for WTGB-107 to deploy there.
The sixth boro has a number of these 29′ patrol craft.
All photos in the past month by Will Van Dorp.
or Go North . . . or up and then down bound.It’s all better than going south ….
Anyhow, in the spirit of the first of series from earlier this past months’ peregrinations, I’ll start with the map. The red pushpins are overnights and the yellows are shorter stops. An unexpected jaunt will be from Ogdensburg to Quebec City without stopping at Trois Rivieres or Montreal, where we stop after Quebec City.
Locks there’ll be plenty–37 total I believe–because the alternative is shown below. You can descend the Lachine Rapids, but in a different type of boat. Lachine . . . that’s French for what it looks like in English . . . China, as in … the folks like Cartier thought that if only they could get past the rapids, they’d be in China.
Here’s another way to look at the St Lawrence watershed, care of an USACE diagram.
Here’s to hoping you read this and to my having wifi.
By the way, I was shocked when I learned the namesake of the St Lawrence, patron saint of the BBQ. Sizzlicious!!
I’m not sure what the cargo here is, but this vessel lacks any hint of sheer.
Here’s what I believe is a fleet mate of HR Otter . . . Helen Laraway.
See how much has changed about the operation in Coeymans, if my claim of 18 months ago here was correct then.
Otter and Laraway both operate out of the port of Coeymans, a former brickyard that has become a booming hub for staging shipment of construction materials. Pun intended.
I’m guessing that it won’t be long before Otter gets painted to match Pike, its older sibling by one year.
Just north of the port of Coeymans Coral Coast is standing by at the loading facility for the quarries at Ravenna.
And in this Hudson River shoreline setting that bears resemblance to a jungle, south of Albany, it’s a USACE spud barge and
pushboat Sentinel II. Sorry I don’t know any more about its project.
The banks up north of Catskill are magical, as seen here with morning fog and Olana, the Persian palace of Frederic Church.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back this way again later this summer.
Chicago in the haze ahead means this is the last of this series; we’ve gotten as far west as this gallivant will go. The link in the previous sentence shows a map of the trajectory, with all of its legs.
That’s Navy Pier.
Squinting, I see this as a man doing a tire repair on a flipped over bicycle, but of course my eyes have their issues.
A surprise was the use of tug-barge excursion trips with the likes of
Not all tug-barge traffic transported passengers, however.
I’ll have to find out more about Kiowa after journey’s end.
Riverview is part of the people-scow fleet and it just squeezes under the bridges.
USACE Racine has a scow beside the Chicago Harbor Lock.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who has now begun other gallivants while on the way home.
Barrel comes up with unusual photos . . . and this one below, Merritt, shows a side-cast dredge with a draft of less than 5′.
It appears she’s still in use.
Here’s the info.
I wish that tree was not obscuring the tug, but the real star here is the ship, an oddity that began life in the last years of the nineteenth century as a battleship, BB-5. The first in her class was USS Indiana, BB-1.
After 20 years as a battleship, she was idled for 20 years, at which point she was converted into arcane ship, Crane Ship No. 1, with lifting capacity of 250 tons, a weight more impressive then than now. It does qualify this as a “second lives” post, though. Finally, in 1955, she was sold as scrap.
Click here for navsource’s great photo documentation–including the dramatic graving dock view below– of her entire half century career.
Here’s a 1936 derrick boat, with a sign over the stern house that would get my attention.
I’m not sure when she went out of service.
Many thanks to barrel for these glimpses into the archives.
The sixth boro includes a portion of Raritan Bay, and once there was a USACE dredge called Raritan, built in 1908 in Sparrows Point, as seen below. She was scrapped in 1956 after having been sold out of the USACE and renamed Sandmate.
The next series shows a life raft of the era being tested off Fort Mifflin back in 1925.
To me it looks more like a camel than a life raft.
Would this type of life raft ever be used in rough seas?
Thanks to barrel for this glimpse of the past.
Quick post here . . . since barrel has sent me way up into catfish territory with this boat, Tom Stallings. Although the photo says it was built in 1919 in Charleston WV, the Charles Ward Shipyard records here do not list the boat. The 1929 records of the Chief of Engineers say that Tom Stallings replaced an earlier snag boat called Quapaw, a photo of which I located here. Although the Tenn-Tom exhibit is off my near-future itineraries for now, there’s a stern-wheeler snag boat saved and open to tours still out there, here. Has anyone been there?
Here’s another oldie that seems to have disintegrated into history, pipeline dredge Gillespie.
Many thanks to barrel for sending along these yellowed records.
I am in fact in catfish territory for a week, attending to family business.
If I read the nameplate right, this is the number Uno! According to barrel, it was built by the Corps Design Center. Was that then in Neponset MA at the Lawley yard? See June 1943. Anyone know the details of its loss?
DPC 66 was built in Decatur AL, and later was briefly a Pauline L. Moran before sold to Portugal where she was Mafra or Mafro.
DPC 70 and 71 were also produced in Decatur in 1944.
General Humphreys was a product of the Charles Ward Engineering. She was sold in 1946 and became Sarah R, but no further info.
Here’s another photo of Mateur, which appeared here about a month ago. At that point, Dan Owen’s comment refreshed my memory of these vessels and the vital “Catfish Navy.”
In spite of all the specific dates and numbers here, I have no clue . . . except that Tulagi appears to be on the namebaord. The date suggests that the vessel now known as Bloxon would have been here at this time as well.
Tunis was DPC 617, and
Casablanca was DPC 616, both more catfish navy.
And let’s end on something contemporary . . . George C. Grugett, near Memphis this very morning.
Many thanks to barrel for giving me something to work on over coffee this morning.
Unrelated but very interesting, a 49′ x 12′ boat is found under a house in Highlands NJ. But I was appalled that it appears to have been cut up.
The above shipyard link says that later she became Elizabeth, but that leads me nowhere. Anyone help?
Frankford is older . . . 1924, built in the same yard as Wilhelm Baum, 1923.
Here’s Escort . . . Wisconsin built. A 2001 photo of Escort appears at the end of this post: prepare yourself to gasp.
And finally, for the oldie photos today, it’s Woodbury, about which I have no info.
About the Baum . . . I know it sank two years ago, at the dock, and was raised. But since then, no updates. I took this photo and the next one back in 2008 while spending an enjoyable time at the Michigan Maritime Museum.
And here, thanks to John Curdy, is a photo of Escort taken in 2001. I believe that since 2005, it has been part of a reef near Sea Isle City, NJ. Has anyone dived on it?
Many thanks to barrel to his archives. And thanks to John Curdy–with whom I took these photos and more– for his poignant last look–that I know of– at Escort.
And for a clue where I’ll be tomorrow morning, click here.
Back to the Caloosahatchee Canal and a few miles east of Cowgirl Way . . .
more traffic, like MV Sea Star and
Summer Star pushing a Gator Dredging’s Jesse Marie Ellicott 670 dredge and a deck barge and
the USACE’s Leitner. And is that a bovine up on the ridge?
Many thanks to the Caloosahatchee Canal office for these photos.