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I first saw this type of derrick boat and heard it referred to as a derrick boat on the Erie Canal, and did a post about it here.
I haven’t been able to find much out about these boats, but enjoy. Here’s USACE Derrick boat No. 13,
two views of USACE Derrick boat Erie,
USACE derrick boat McCauley,
a newer looking USACE Derrick boat 8,
And finally, the 500+ ton capacity floating crane Henry M. Shreve.
Many thanks to Barrel for these photos.
I’m putting these photos up although I know little about these boats, starting with Pennsgrove. Her lines would make a great cruiser.
A similar vessel in the sixth boro is Hudson. Again, all I’ve learned is that she was built in 1963 and
loa is 50.’
This last photo I took on January 14, 2016. She too would make a good cruiser, I think.
Thanks to Barrel for the first two photos; the others are by Will Van Dorp, who is still out off most grids.
Thanks to the robots for posting.
Here’s GLDD’s cutter suction dredge Florida as seen from above the cutter head and
from alongside. I took the first three photos in this post.
Here’s Weeks cutter suction dredge C. R. McCaskill, with Sea Wolf serving as a tender.
USACE E. A. Woodruff was built in 1873 and worked the Ohio. Technically, I think Woodruff was a snag boat.
USACE Florida was the most technologically advanced dredge built when it was launched in 1904. Unfortunately, she sank with loss of life 14 years later and is currently a dive site.
USACE Barnard was built in 1904 as well in Camden and sold to Mexico in 1942.
Here’s another view of Barnard with
a tender alongside. It looks a lot like the buoy boats on the Erie Canal.
Dredge Welatka was built in 1925.
Dredge Congaree was built in 1914 in Charleston SC.
Here’s USACE Potter originally built in 1932 and still in use.
For many more vintage USACE photos, click here.
Many thanks to Barrel for this trip through USACE technological history.
I remember the day I first saw McFarland, coming up the Delaware, the largest dredge I’d ever seen. Barrel has recently sent along earlier generations–as I see it–of the big Mac.
Let’s start with Goethals, built in 1937.
Then there was Markham, seen here just prior to launch, and
here she traverses in icy waters. Can dredge operations proceed with ice?
Here she pumps out. Markham was reefed off North Carolina in 1994.
McFarland went into service in 1967. Her operations are described here by the skipper.
Here she’s at work on the Delaware River. This method of discharging is called side casting.
Here she’s preparing to discharge into the transfer barge.
All these photos come via Barrel.
For more background on these federal dredges, click here.
Here’s Ocean Traverse Nord, 213′ loa and a trailing suction hopper dredge built in Quebec City in 2012.
Here’s Manhattan, trailing suction hopper dredge built in Sparrows Point in 1904, hull #43.
And this is Atlantic, hull #44, also from Sparrows Point.
Finally, Dodge Island, loa 275′ and built in Slidell LA in 1980.
Thanks to Barrel for the archival photos; the two color photos by Will Van Dorp.
Related: click here for lots of photos of vintage USACE dredge equipment.
Alpha is the caption on the photo, but there’s no 1928 boat by that name on this list. Might it also have been called Captain Eric Bergland?
Convoy is one of the four sisters delivered by Leathem Smith in Wisconsin in the spring of 1941. I love the coil on the hawser rack. I posted photos of wo of the four sisters side by side in this post a few months back . . scroll.
You can read here a story of Evanick, christened in 2006 by the widow of its namesake. Here’s the Professional Mariner story of her, comparing the Texas-built Evanick‘s power (3000 hp) as twice that of Raymond C. Peck, the vessel she replaced. Peck became Martha T and , unfortunately, made casualty news here in March 2013.
Bluestone Drifter is not much unlike the self-propelled scows (SPS’s) used extensively on the Erie Canal. This “crane boat,” as the USACE calls it, comes from Utica IN in 2001, making it much newer than the SPS’s on the Canal.
Grand Tower, also Indiana-built, was commissioned in 2001.
Prairie du Rocher is a 2002 product of the same shipyard as Grand Tower and Bluestone Drifter.
Ditto Sanderford, 2005. I’m starting to want to make a trip along the Ohio visiting shipyards . . . soon.
Barrel calls this Racine, but I can find no info about a newish USACE tug called Racine. Anyone help?
J. C. Thomas is a 2000 product of Jeffboat, also along the Indiana bank of the Ohio. Click here for another product of Jeffboat, Cape Henlopen, some folks’ favorite people mover. Is it true that Jeffboat is considered the largest inland ship builder in the US?
I don’t know the date of this photo of Derrick Boat #7 and tug Pilot, but the style of the derrick is quite similar to what is used in the Erie Canal.
And finally for today, there’s an unidentified USACE tug pushing dredge William L. Goetz. Anyone have an ID or an idea?
Many thanks to Barrel for these photos. More of them to come . . .
For an article on what is claimed to be the largest diesel towboat operating on the Mississippi–I’m always skeptical about superlatives–click here. That article actually describes what could be called MV Mississippi V. The largest one I’ve ever seen is MV Mississippi IV, now pulled up on a bank in Vicksburg, MS, a museum. Enjoy these photos I took there three years and four days ago.
She hardly looks her 75 years, but as I walked across a marina in Baltimore earlier this fall, I had to turn my head and
look a little closer. Other than that she’s Chas. D. Gaither, I can’t say much else.
It appears that Gaither‘s builders, Spedden Shipbuilding, also built Driftmaster (1949) and Wilhelm Baum (1923), which sank at the dock nearly two years ago. Does anyone know what has become of Baum? All photos here by Will Van Dorp. I took the Baum photo back in 2008.
Click here and scroll to see the oldest retired NYPD launch I know of, Patrolman Walburger aka Launch No. 5.
Earlier this “classic boat” month I posted contemporary photos of Millie B, ex-Pilot, USACE.
The first two photos below and the last one come thanks to “Barrel.” I can’t accurately characterize what each is; I’ll leave that to you.
The middle two photos below come compliments of William Lafferty, frequent commenter, here, who writes, “[This photo] shows it at work, escorting McAllister tugs moving the sections of a floating drydock on the C & D Canal in April 1966. One can barely see her Smith sister, Convoy, aside the drydock on the left in the foreground.” Anyone care to speculate whether the nearer McAllister tug is none other than John E. McAllister, now known as Pegasus? Also, where were these dry docks headed?
And, “[This] one shows it at Fort Mifflin in January 1996 while, obviously, still with the Corps.”
Here Pilot awaits off the port side of Goethals, built in Quincy MA, and used from 1939 until 1982 and scrapped in 2002. The category here–sump rehandler–sent me on a chase for answers that ended here. New Orleans–the sump rehandler–was also built as a dredge in Quincy in 1912 before conversion and use until deactivation in 1963 and eventual scrapping.
Finally, last photo is from Barrel, and shows
Pilot Palmyra showing a crane barge through the C & D Canal.
Thanks to Barrel and William Lafferty for these photos.
Which leads me to a a digression at the end of this post: Day Peckinpaugh once had an self-unloading system. Does anyone know the design? Are there photos of it intalled anywhere? The photo below I took in the belly of D-P back in September 2009.
How about this to follow yesterday’s post . . . this Pilot was one of four completed by Leathem D. Smith Towing and Wrecking Co. in Sturgeon Bay WI in March and April 1941. Actually, the paint on the bow notwithstanding, she’s now called Millie B.
Here she is just showing off some bare ankle in the lift at Viking Marine.
Here’s a photo of her on the Rondout thanks to Paul Strubeck–it’s cropped slightly differently from the previous time I used this photo–along with Spooky, the second of the four completed by Leathem Smith in spring 1941. The first time I saw this boat was here in August 2013. She spent a lot of time in Philadelphia, so I’ll bet my friends on the Delaware have photos of her also.
Thanks to David Black for the photo of Millie B in the slings just above Paul’s photo.
This post is a direct follow-up to one I did a week ago, documenting the 270-nm trip from Kings Point NY to Norfolk aboard USMMA Sailing Foundation vessel Tortuga. This post documents the second and final leg of the trip to Tortuga‘s winter berth in New Bern NC, a 179-nm trip from Norfolk.
Let’s start here. Departure time on day 1 is 1100 h. If you think the navy vessel in dry dock looks familiar, well . . . it visited the sixth boro in May 2012, and I toured the ship DDG 57 USS Mitscher at that time here.
A USN presence is pervasive along the Elizabeth river portion of the ICW, but the Norfolk Naval Ship is
Click here and here for info on the Elizabeth River, technically a tidal estuary. Click on the map below to get interactivity.
I was surprised to learn there’s a lock in the ICW, the Great Bridge Lock. I was even more surprised to learn the USACE contracts the operation and maintenance of the lock to a company called US Facilities.
I must read more about the ICW, but in WW2 it proved a safe route for commerce when enemy submarines preyed on vessels offshore.
Paradise Creek pushes oil along the ICW today; when I started this blog, it was a regular workhorse in the sixth boro of NYC.
The color of ICW water is determined by natural tannins.
The ICW is composed of wide open bays and sounds–which have narrow channels-as well as narrow cuts. Here Evelyn Doris of the ICM fleet pushes a covered barge–soybeans, I’ll wager–northbound, possibly to Norfolk.
Ahead is the US Rte 64 Bridge over the Alligator River, a swing bridge.
Note the proximity of the photo above to the Atlantic Ocean.
Tannins in the Alligator River water create this color.
North Carolina today protects a lot of its coastal wetlands. Hunting is permitted, and in fact, VHF radio picked up a lot of communication with folks hunting in there.
Parts of the ICW flow through cuts like the Alligator-Pungo Canal.
This moment of arrival in Belhaven meant a lot to me, because just around the point in the center of the photo is the hospital where I was born. I hadn’t known it, but Belhaven also considers itself the birthplace of the ICW.
Departure time on day 3 was 0600, Jupiter and Venus were higher in the sky than the rising sun.
See the mine area on the south side of the Pamlico River below.
Hunting abounds here.
Note the spelling.
Belhaven used to support a fishing fleet. I’ve no idea how the size of the fleet and market in Hobucken has fluctuated over the years.
Tortuga is docked here for winter.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Again many thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga.