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Click here for an account of gallivants in and around Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets as well as my connection to these waters. Beaufort Inlet–near Cape Lookout–is scheduled for some depth maintenance these days with Marinex Construction excavating what McFarland count not extract. Katherine Weeks enters the inlet from sea with a light scow.
The only USACE presence I saw was Snell. USACE awarded Marinex the contract to subtract a half million tons of sand from beneath these waves.
I believe this is cutterhead/pipleine dredge Savannah, connected by pipeline to this
scow and loading equipment.
When Katherine tows the loaded scow out–here past Sea Quest II, a dive boat (more on that later)
Na Hoku-formerly a K-Sea vessel–
tails. The Sea Knight helicopter
just happened overhead. I’d love the view from a helicopter here.
Once through the narrow inlet, Katherine heads out for the dumping area and Na Hoku returns to its holding station.
Who knew the inlet could be this busy . . . l to r: Grace Moran, Aurora, Na Hoku, and Salamina1. More on the last one on that list tomorrow. Aurora, listed as a sulphur carrier, carries PotashCorp colors.
Potash Corp has their big mine about 35 miles from here, as the pelicans fly.
Chief is clearly a Marinex tug.
I’m not sure the ID of the inbound vessel here passing Chief, here heading out to the dredge.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Heard of Morehead City? Know much about it? It turns out to be quite the bustling port, with Grace Moran,
Na Hoku . . . previously of the sixth boro,
a pilot named Able,
and Aurora. More on this later.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp. More soon.
And the population of Morehead City . . . less than 10,000.
Here was the 12 in this series. Type in the word whatzit in the search box upper left to see the others.
Now if you were out this morning walking along the esplanade near the VZ and not fully awake, upon seeing this you might swear to make lifestyle changes.
?? That looks like a Swiss flag
This really did happen . . .
as it raced in at 3.3 kts.
USACE vessel Hudson seemed as appropriate a welcome party as any.
Note the pilot boat and Pouch terminal in the background.
And . . . what IS it? Well, it is over 6000 miles from its starting point in Sardinia. Follow them here. And, PlanetSolar, welcome to the sixth boro!! Here are the specs on this 60-passenger vessel that looks like it’s arrived from beyond the galaxy.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: I will try to report from the road today for a few days, but I expect to be back for the fishy invasion on Saturday.
Captain Charles . . 1953. Know the location? The bridge in the background is a clue. Answer can be found at the end of this post.
James Turecamo, like me class of 1969, foto taken just before yesterday’s planned building implosion. By that early hour, James had already earned a fair amount of “keep.” To see James in Turecamo livery, click here.
Hunter is something different! She’s just towed in a dead fishing boat. How much would a RIB like this cost new?
Catherine and Kimberly, both Turecamo, escorted Tonna up the Arthur Kill, past the scrapyard where Gary Kane and I filmed the documentary.
Jennie B, 1955, in the mighty Columbia.
Captain Bob, August 1945 Marietta Manufacturing Point Pleasant WV hull #538, is a one year younger sibling LT of Bloxom (June 1944 and hull # 519)! Also, in this run was Mary E. Hannah and James A. Hannah, posted here on tugster in 2012. To get a sense what Captain Bob (ex-Sea Commander) looks like high and dry–and by extension what Bloxom of Graves of Arthur Kill once did–click here. On the vessel below, I love the green “door.”
Linda L. Miller, eastbound of the East River. Linda L. and Gabby Miller assisted in loading Mighty Servant a year and a half ago.
Coastline Bay Star, once known as Coney Island, dates from 1958.
Longsplice (originally Shrike, 1959) recently high and dry near the Arthur Kill.
And this vessel, on the left bank of the Willamette, I’ve no idea. Anyone help?
All fotos taken in the past month by Will Van Dorp.
Very related: I’m looking for someone (or some group of people) to take over guest editor position of this blog for about a month this summer. Compensation is a fortune of sixth boro shellbacks as well as fame; you could become a paladin of the port. You really can be geographically any watery place. And you have to adhere to a disciplined foto-driven/sparse verbiage mix of workboats, history, eccentricity, and apolitical wit. Of course, you can add to that a smattering of your own favorite sprinklings.
Hmmm . . . does that describe tugster? Feel free to add to a characterization of the blog. But seriously, I need to step away for a while this summer . . . to gallivant, of course. Get in touch for details. Learning the blogging template is not difficult.
Most of the previous birds posts have been in winter . . except this one. I find birds one of the joys of winter. So on the last day of winter, rather than go out and get rainy/sleet fotos, enjoy these.
Two Brants discuss the approaching Hayward and the distancing Prominent Ace escorted in by Ron G.
Mergansers are always a joy.
Here a flock of them discuss the passing B. Franklin Reinauer.
Buffleheads are indicator species for me that winter is upon us.
It’s time for winter to retreat . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Mary H pushed a creek-size barge.
Winter fishing continued apace aboard Eastern Welder.
I got a close-up of Mary H.
Brendan Turecamo headed out for an assist.
A slightly different angle on Sorensen Miller shows the yellow as strapping.
More shots of John P. Brown moving railcars over to New Jersey.
A Moose boat on patrol barreled right at me.
Hunting Creek got light at the mooring.
And a USACE boat practiced bathymetry.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. For fotos of Hamilton (ON) harbor delights, click here. Here’s more info on the 1935 tug he shows. It’s for sale for less than a loaded Escalade. Unrelated . . . another blog I read these days is Ohio River blog with good inland rivers fotos here. And since I’m all over the place today . . .check out this Flickr page by Guillermo Barrios of southern South American tugs and towboats. And finally check out these fotos of the old bridge in Bucksport, ME. I haven’t crossed that bridge–about to be demolished– in over two decades . . . .
A quick reprise first: back in Nola, here Connie 2 assists B. John Yeager dock a tow along Algiers. Route 90 bridge in the background.
Here’s the mystery vessel from the last post: the retired MV Mississippi IV in Vicksburg, positioned here in 2007 when an even larger replacement came on line.
In Memphis, it’s Richard headed southbound under the I-55 bridge.
From Fort Defiance Park in Cairo, Il, that’s the Route 60 bridge over the Ohio . . . at the very end of the Ohio. The confluence is behind me. Tug is ADM’s American Pillar. Note the barges and tugs along the far bank.
Less than a quarter mile away, along the Mississippi bank, it’s AEP’s Michael G. Morris. The bridge is the Mississippi crossing of Route 60.
And in between the two previous fotos, here’s the commingling. Notice the Ohio on the left is muddier than the Mississippi on the right. Coming thru is Okie Moore’s Diving and Salvage’s Stephen Foster, pusing crane barges and Captain Val, based along the Missouri.
from the St Louis bank.
Many more to come from points in between . . . from Will Van Dorp.
Like a galley or head or deck, the harbor itself needs maintenance of the routine as well as the extraordinary sort. Given the amount of oil that’s found its way into the sixth boro the past two months, the latter sort is going on. The bird sanctuary mentioned in the first sentence of this link is Shooters Island . . whose history I spoke of here about a year ago.
A routine removal of silt from shipping channels is performed by the vessel below–Atchafalaya–as well as Padre Island, which I got closeups of here two and a half years ago.
Back to a different set of post-Sandy extraordinary cleanups involve this vessel, with the appropriate name Driftmaster . . . not that it drifts around the sixth boro. Rather, it collects and either removes or secures large floating materials drifting in the harbor.
These fotos come compliments of bowsprite. What I believe is going on here is Driftmaster securing floating docks that in the highest of the surge floated right up off the pilings. I’m not sure where this Driftmaster was built . . . It may date from 1947.
Ditto here. This floating dock needs to be locked back into the pilings. The crane barge here is moved around by 1965 tug Harry McNeal. In the bottom foto, notice the square holes through which the cylindrical pilings must fit.
All but the first two fotos (mine) were taken by bowsprite, whom I thank.
A laker (or ex-laker) in salt water . . . now that’s a thought that delights me, although I admit the foto is less than mediocre, but it’s Pioneer. Quite a few salties ply the Great Lakes. Note the characteristic self-unloading gear midships. She looks to be a sibling of M/V Ambassador, which last appeared here about two years ago. Since I took this foto, Pioneer has shuttled up to Halifax and is now southwest bound again, for Portsmouth, NH.
Eddie Carroll, one of the scow’s transporting spoils from the dredging at the north end of the Arthur Kill looks in need of some paint, although the scaly rust does give character.
Here’s the first of recent sights to behold: Meagan Ann towing scow Witte 4001 all the way through the KVK.
Witte 4001 has the cubic yard capacity of at least 40 dump trailers. Mary Alice . . . near the Bayonne Bridge . . . moves a scow alongside.
Weddell Sea pushing 2004 Senesco-built DBL 83 (ex-The Patriot),
sternview of the classic 1967 YTB-793 known to most around the sixth boro as Ellen McAllister,
at least three tugs (I believe . . . Margaret Moran, Laura K. Moran, and Ellen McAllister) and two container ships (Italy Express and MOL Endowment) entering port. As I pot this, MOL Endowment is passing St Pierre et Miquelon, and Italy Express–also Europe-bound–is not that far behind.
another stern view, this one of 1980 USACE Gelberman, built in Arkansas,
Maria J moves a barge over toward the Gowanus, while Lucy Reinauer awaits departure for Baltimore,
The list could go on, but I’m out of time once again.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for some not delightful at all statistics about losses in sixth boro ports as a result of Sandy.
Here was installment #21.
This foto was taken from Front Street in Stapleton, Staten Island. The gray vessel is docked at the pier now used by Firefighter II. What’s remarkable about this foto–I think–is that Hurricane Sandy has brought together here (l to r) a re-purposed C5 and a repurposed C4, two old-fashioned but reborn American built ships. Let’s take them chronologically. The black hull is T/S Kennedy, a C4-S-66a originally built by Avondale Industries as Velma Lykes, has been activated to serve as housing for relief workers. Thank you Mass Maritime. The gray hull is SS Wright, a C5-S-78a originally built by Ingalls Shipbuilding as Mormacsun, was quite some time ago reconfigured as aviation (helicopter) logistics support ship T-AVB-1.
Here’s as close as I could get, and
here’s a view from the south.
RIBs are a common sight here, and
Is this the Moose boat that sank off Breezy Point back in September 2012?
And finally . . . I know Patrick Sky is not a government boat, but she was posing here yesterday with a snmall UACE vessel.
While looking at this list of MARAD design vessels, which include Wright and Kennedy, I notice E. A. Fisher, built in 1963 and donated to NYC in 1993. Of course, I’m new on this scene, but has anyone heard of this vessel? What became of it?