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Frying Pan came back to Pier 66 yesterday after several months at Caddell Dry dock, assisted by Dorothy J.  I use this photo with permission from Renee Lutz Stanley.


It turns out that I also recently received a photo and spec sheet from barrel, formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers.  When I looked up where Liston, the vessel below, was built, I

Tug Liston


tug liston build sheet

learned that it was being built the same time as the lightship listed as Frying Pan Shoal.  First, it makes me wonder whether a photo exists that shows them both on the ways.  Second, I wondered if there was an error in shipyard site here about the initial name of the lightship, or if there was a time when the word “shoal” got dropped from the name of the vessel.  Third, the shipyard site says that LV115 became a museum in Southport, NC.  Click here and scroll through for a photo I took in Southport five years ago showing where some folks had wanted to build a museum with LV115 as the centerpiece, but it had never happened.

Some years ago, I used to spend a good amount of summer evening time at Frying Pan/Pier66.  If you’ve never been, you should try it once.  Here are some photos I took way back then. I must have many more somewhere.  Pier 66 opens in early May, and I think it’s time to have a large gathering there once again.  Let’s agree on a date and meet there, eh?

Many thanks to Renee and barrel for use of these photos.

But a closing shot, barrel writes:  “USACE TUG LISTON    became ARGUS of Salter Towing in 1970. #561597. At a later date became fishing vessel MR. J.C. now out of documentation.”


Thanks again to Barrel for sending another dredge photo.  These photos send me looking for background.  So here is what I can figure.

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Davison (records say Davidson, but I’ll go by what I see in the photo above) was built by Dravo in Wilmington DE in 1945.  She was dispatched to Korea in 1951 because of the extreme tides in Inchonaverage range is 29 and extreme range is 36 feet.

Again thanks, Barrel.

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


photo taken October 2010 in the KVK

from alongside.  I took the first three photos in this post.


photo taken October 2010

Here’s Weeks cutter suction dredge C. R. McCaskill with Sea Wolf serving as a tender.


photo taken near Rockaway Inlet September 2013

USACE E. A. Woodruff was built in 1873 and worked the Ohio. Technically, I think Woodruff was a snag boat.

0aab1E A Woodruff Corps of Engineers Snag Boatc 1910

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.

0achsDredge and Snagboat Florida - 1918

USACE Barnard was built in 1904 as well in Camden and sold to Mexico in 1942.

0achs1Dredge Barnard Tampa 1924-1925

Here’s another view of Barnard with

0achs2Dredge Bernard Tampa Florida - 1924

a tender alongside.  It looks a lot like the buoy boats on the Erie Canal.

0achs3Dredge Bernard Tampa Florida - 1924

Dredge Welatka was built in 1925.

0aab2Dredge Welatka Florida 1938

Dredge Congaree was built in 1914 in Charleston SC.

0achs4Dredge Congaree intercostal Water Way - 1940

Here’s USACE Potter originally built in 1932 and still in use.

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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.


photo taken on St. Lawrence in June 2015

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.


photo taken off New Jersey in November 2015

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.

0aab2Corps tug convoy (1952)

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.

0aab3BLUESTONE Collector

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.


Iroquois, delivered in 2005 from a Louisiana shipyard, operates from the Nashville USACE yard.


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.

0aab11derrick boat #7 and tug PILOT-2

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.


But I can tell you something about her namesake and one of those responsible for saving her.  Click here for the Gaither story and here for a restorer’s story.

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.

0aab1tug pilot specs


0aab2Tug Pilot

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?

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And, “[This] one shows it at Fort Mifflin in January 1996 while, obviously, still with the Corps.”

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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.

0aab3Pump out DB#41 New Orleans Goethals Tug Pilot

Finally, last photo is from Barrel, and shows Pilot Palmyra showing a crane barge through the C & D Canal.

0aab4Pilot & Palamra Towing Titan Crane Barge C&D Canal - Copy

Thanks to Barrel and William Lafferty for these photos.

Interested in self-unloading vessels as seen here on tugster?  Read Dr. Lafferty’s book.

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.



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