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Barrel is the pseudonym (nom de blog?) of a gentleman who worked with the USACE for many years in the Philadelphia area. Click here for the RTC yard history.
Click here for info on the tugboat Interstate. Can anyone add any info to that?
According to barrel, the YTB here is functioning as a fender between USACE Comber and another vessel. Comber was built in Pascagoula in 1947.
Any guesses on the Moran tug here? It’s standing by after a collision between passenger vessel Santa Rosa and tanker Valchem, whose stack is perched on Santa Rosa‘s bow.
Below is a photo of Valchem sans stack and displaying impact point. Click here for some info on the collision.
Now these next three boats leave me somewhat confused.
Were they sold foreign? Here’s a reference to a hull #504 and 505 built at Marietta Mfc. in Pt. Pleasant, WV.
And the last of the push boats for today, it’s Mateur. Well, it was called that, before it became push boat Effie Afton and then a restaurant called Jumers. Is she still there and serving food and fun? Maybe I need to schedule a gallivant to Rock Island.
So let’s end with a vessel I’m more familiar with . . . Pilot, currently up the Hudson a ways from the sixth boro.
And here’s Pilot, showing her to scale with her workmates.
Many thanks to barrel, who sends me these and other puzzles, stumpers, and conundrums.
Click here for previous photos that come here by way of barrel. The September 1944 tug Wilmington
is now Kathy Lynn.
Dredge Hoffman was built in 1942 and
retired in 1983 . . . I guess that means scrapped.
Clatsop was launched in 1908, then called
Sandpilot, and was scrapped in 1950, before I was born.
Delano Deland was 1919 built, but was transferred to
the USAT and I’ve found no further trace. Anyone have any ideas?
Many thanks to barrel, who’s sent me more photos like this, and I’ll get around to posting them.
Thanks again to Barrel for sending another dredge photo. These photos send me looking for background. So here is what I can figure.
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 Inchon—average 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
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.