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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.

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A USN presence is pervasive along the Elizabeth river portion of the ICW, but the Norfolk Naval Ship is

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technically in Portsmouth. The vessel above is AS 41 USS McKee

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Click here and here for info on the Elizabeth River, technically a tidal estuary.  Click on the map below to get interactivity.

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Here McLean Contracting Co. tug Fort Macon works on the replacement of the Steel Bridge in Chesapeake VA.

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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.

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I must read more about the ICW, but in WW2 it proved a safe route for commerce when enemy submarines preyed on vessels offshore.

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Paradise Creek pushes oil along the ICW today; when I started this blog,  it was a regular workhorse in the sixth boro of NYC.

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The color of ICW water is determined by natural tannins.

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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.

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Ahead is the US Rte 64 Bridge over the Alligator River, a swing bridge.

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Note the proximity of the photo above to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tannins in the Alligator River water create this color.

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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.

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Parts of the ICW flow through cuts like the Alligator-Pungo Canal.

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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.

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Departure time on day 3 was 0600, Jupiter and Venus were higher in the sky than the rising sun.

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Aurora Mine looms over the Pamlico river. Potash export happens through Beaufort,  documented on tugster here and here a few years back.

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See the mine area on the south side of the Pamlico River below.

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Hunting abounds here.

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Note the spelling. 

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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.

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Day 3, early afternoon we depart the Neuse River for the Trent by passing through the Cunningham Drawbridge.

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Tortuga is docked here for winter.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.  Again many thanks to the USMMA Sailing Foundation for inviting me to crew in winter relocation for Tortuga.

or GHP&W 6.  Traverse City is home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, training in the freshwater watery North Coast of the US.   All photos today come from Isaac Pennock, currently a cadet at GLMA, and principal behind the tugboathunter blog.  Click here to see many of Isaac’s photos taken on and around the Great Lakes aka North Coast.

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Anchor Bay (1953) started its life as a USACE tug, not unlike W & D’s  Little TootSpooky and Pilot, now Millie B.    Other GLMA vessels include

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Northwestern, 56′ loa aluminum vessel,

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a 41′ utility boat,  and their big

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vessel, T/S State of Michigan, the former USNS Persistent, T-AGOS-6.

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Tenders called in the port of Traverse City recently, with intrepid explorers—well, tourists–from

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a German cruise ship called Hamburg .

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Shorefolk ventured out in kayaks, perhaps to trade with folks aboard the ship?

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Another recent visitor in the port was Canim, dating from 1930.

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Again, for these photos I’m grateful to Isaac, a GLMA cadet.

Here are previous posts under the category second lives, a designation I use for vessels that are significantly modified from one owner or role to another. The approaching vessel in the next two shots–which I took on the Erie Canal west of Three Rivers in September 2014–show Grand Erie, the newest (built 1951!!) and largest tug in the Erie Canal.

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Look at that low Erie Canal design carefully, because

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she started life looking like this photo probably taken in 1951 when she was brand new in Pascagoula.  That’s probably the open Gulf of Mexico in the background.

All the black and white photos in this post are credited to Boat Photo Museum.  If anybody wants 8×10 photos, they are $5.00 each, plus postage through the Museum.

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Chartiers was considered a dredge tender.  Here she’s pushing a scow somewhere in the Pittsburgh area.

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And here she’s tied up at the Corps of Engineers repair base at Neville Island, Pittsburgh.  Look carefully at the upper superstructure in this photo, pre-1985.

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In 1985, the vessel was purchased by the New York canals system, then still called the Barge Canal.  The name changed in 1992.  Then, Chartiers traveled to New York state from the Ohio River via St. Louis, the Illinois River, Chicago, and the Great Lakes.

Here’s Dan Owen’s description of the photo:  “This is how it [looked] when I first saw it going up the [Mississippi] Aug. 13, 1985 at St. Louis.  It was on the other side of the river.  The top part of the pilothouse roof was actually cut off to the level of the second deck cabin to get under the bridges in the Chicago area. I do not know how long the pilothouse was 100% air conditioned, all the way from Pittsburgh, or at a shipyard in the St. Louis area. Or, if the pilothouse was welded back on after clearing the Chicago bridges.”

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Here’s more of Dan’s description:  “These two photos show Chartiers departing Chain of Rocks Lock, Granite City, Ill.  [Notice the helm,] complete with searchlight, sitting on the deck. Also visible are two spare rudders.”

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For more comparison, below are three photos of Grand Erie I took in September 2015.  In the photo she’s flanked by Tender #3  starboard and tug Waterford to her port.

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Compare this photo of Grand Erie to the second b/w photo above to note all the changes.

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And compare this one to the last b/w photo above.

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Many thanks to Dan Owen of Boat Photo Museum for use of these photos.  All color photos were taken by myself, Will Van Dorp, in 2014 and 2015.

Here’s how you might be able to add to this collection:  in July 1986 the newly modified Grand Erie came to NYC waters  aka the sixth boro to participate in Liberty Weekend, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.  Grand Erie served as Governor Cuomo‘s ride.  Does anyone have photos from that time  . . . Grand Erie in NYC in 1986?  I’d love to see them.

Here are previous posts with photos by Paul, who decks on Cornell

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which does most of its work on the Hudson.  Deborah Quinn (1957) has been here several times, the first here.

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Here’s old and new side by side in Red Hook Erie Basin, Scotty Sky and Chandra B.

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And some old boats together, Spooky, Pilot, and Gowanus Bay. Click here for one of my favorite sets of photos involving Gowanus Bay.  Pilot and Spooky (as Scusset) both came off the ways in Wisconsin in spring 1941 as USACE vessels.

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Evelyn Cutler first appeared on this blog as Melvin E. Lemmerhirt.

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I don’t know the story of the seaplane landing on the Rondout on the far side of Cornell, but soon I will be putting up a photo I took last weekend of a seaplane on the St. Lawrence.

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It’s that time of year, with hints of

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the dark side.

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Many thanks to Paul, who took all of these photos.

Safe travels.

Here’s the index.  Here and here are some from far enough back that you can note change on the sixth boro.

Any ideas on the photo below?  I believe that’s Robert Burton in the background?

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Here’s the rest of that image.  The two photos come from Bjoern Kils of New York Media Boat, which has the story on their blog here.

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This photo comes from Ashley Hutto, and shows what I would deem a risky rowing feat over between the tanker Fidias and unseen a barge landing at Bayonne.

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I’ll have more Pacific Link photos tomorrow, but the crewman in yellow jacket and orange hat no doubt circles the globe like some of us circle the town.

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Count them . . . three crew members standing watch.

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Three fire fighters on M4, one of

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four FDNY RIBs out on training.

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I didn’t see the crewman at this point, but I heard him banging on metal structure with a crowbar . . . there under the third row back.

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there.

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Still see him?  I still heard his banging.

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Greetings to the Shelby crew pushing scows northbound.

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Driftmaster crew make a visual assessment of floating debris.

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Way up high there on Torino . . . crew with a white apron, that’s not something you see every day.

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Hail to the chef!

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Here a crewman contemplates the state of the universe from the afterdeck of Laura K Moran.

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Harvesting goes on in the springtime boro.

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Crew of Stolt Sapphire pose for pics on the stern of their parcel tanker as the skyline of Manhattan cliffs passes by.

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And here’s a good bookend to this post, which could otherwise go on and on.  Best wishes to Team Ocean Valour . . .

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All photos unless otherwise attributed by Will Van Dorp.   Thanks to Bjoern and Ashley for their photos.

 

 

In my sixth boro observation, Maersk has more container ships than other types of vessels.  Over four years ago, I posted this about the seven-pointed star logo, and all my photos there are ships carrying boxes.  So earlier this week when I read about the tanker Carla Maersk colliding with the bulk carrier Conti Peridot, I recalled having seen a Maersk tanker in the sixth boro in January, I wondered.  Had it been Carla?  Had Carla been in New York harbor?

See it there . .  the third tanker in the row, the blue hull at sunrise on January 23? Black hull is Whistler Spirit, then Cape Troy, and then . . .

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Nope . ..  not Carla here approached by Julia Miller.  It’s  . . .

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Kirsten Maersk.

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As to the question . . . has Carla ever been here?  The answer I found was surprising . . . yes.  I have a photo of her from 2007 but the name then was Bro Promotion.  See the second photo here.

All photo by Will Van Dorp.

Storm Juno was all hyperbole in the five boros . . . not as  harsh as  in eastern Long Island and southern New England, but it was cold the day after.  Nevertheless, Mary Alice and Cheyenne were hard at work,

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as was Mister Jim.

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The same is true for Barbara McAllister and 

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Charles D.

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Buchanan 1 was at work.

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The government boats were out like Liberty V and

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Driftmaster.

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Of course, cold means demand for fuel . .  and Matthew Tibbetts was moving it , as

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was Crystal Cutler.

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Joyce D. Brown was moving the railroad and

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Treasure Coast had a barge astern headed south. Anyone know what cargo was/will be in the barge?

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who went out to see the sights after the storm.

Here were previous installments.

And below are a set of small craft I’ve seen in the sixth boro and further environs so far this month . . . .

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The colors look familiar here, but

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This one I have noticed before . . .

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Wolf River used to be everywhere in the harbor until it got shipped–literally–to some far distant

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dredge projects, like this one on Guanabara Bay in summer 2013.

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The KVK is not the regular route of pilot boat Yankee.

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Now here is the small craft that could and DID . . .

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and got a presidential letter for it. Click here for more Long Island boat building traditions.

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Dobrin . . . is a 65′ Swiftships-built survey vessel.

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Click here and here for other Swiftships vessels that have appeared on this blog.  Swiftships have also supplied vessels for the reconstruction of the Iraqi coastal navy.

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Can anyone identify the manufacturer of NYSB-3.  I’m guessing this is one of several identical vessels in the USACE NY District fleet?

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And here’s a clue . . . Vane Brothers currently has a crew boat in the harbor!  Christian was formerly owned by Kirby, K-Sea, and others.

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And to end where we started but we a quite different attitude . . . given the tender carried over the stern.  I don’t know this boat.

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Let me postscript in another closer-up photo . . .showing a Rhode Island registry . . .

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All photos taken very recently by Will Van Dorp.

Helen Laraway (1957) might be the only tug based in Coeymans, NY.

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Thomas J. Brown (1962)  . . . Staten Island based will always be a head-turner.

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Charles A (1979) is another first-view for me.

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Chesapeake Coast (201) has spent much of its career in the sixth boro.

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Quantico Creek (2010) and USACE Hocking (?)  enter the east end of the Kills, although I think Hocking was tracing a survey pattern.

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Susan Miller (1981) moves a spud barge westbound.

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Prospector (1982?) sank at the dock in high winds about two months ago and is being refurbished.

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Also, high and dry for a shave and a make-over is Iron Mike.

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And let’s call it a day with Barbara McAllister (1969).

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes the internet folk keep the photos coursing through my local wires and those far off ones.

 

. . . or I could call it “blue friday plus 700-something days.”  Here was “plus 21 days.”  Anyhow, on this day associated with shopping, Hayward and others were out for harbor maintenance,

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Chesapeake Coast and others were out pushing fuel,

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Seastreak New Jersey and others were moving passengers . . . (maybe here),  and

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crews on ship and shore were moving bulk materials like salt here from Key Hunter.

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And if you wonder what it looks like at the base of that tower, whose antenna arrived in the harbor 723 days ago, here’s a photo from Fulton Street I took two weeks ago when the news trucks and lots of others were hoping that two workers would soon be rescued.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

For a sense of how the Lower Manhattan skyline looked from New Brighton area of Staten Island about four years ago, click here.

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