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Here was the first in the series five years ago.   Allen Baker took this photo of Thunder Bay last Friday near Newburgh.  Four thousand horsepower can get you nowhere sometimes in conditions like these.  It’s hard for me to believe I may never have posted a photo of WTGB 108 on this blog.

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Foreground . . . Thunder Bay.  Middle . . .  Bannerman Island.  Distance . . . northern section of Hudson Highlands Park.

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Amy C McAllister grunts the Bouchard barge upriver.   For some views of an August day frolic in relatively the same location, click here.   Also for a post comparing summer and winter in this location, click here.

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And looking back at the track through ice left by the tug/barge as they headed for West Point . . . it’s straight and sharp.

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Many thanks to Allen for these photos.  Be safe.

Here were the wild colors that started this series two years ago .. .

and Alice . . . always the trend setter and wanderer . . . seems headed out of the gray days in old New Amsterdam for the tropical colors of new New Amsterdam.  Notice the destination?  That’s the one in Guyana.

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But I digress.  Tropical colors are a treat after some days in the cold achromatic north.  These photos come compliments of the winter refugees aboard Maraki . . . currently in the environs of Curaçao. For more colorful pics of this town, click here.

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Here at the ready are Lima II and a pilot boat, and

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newer sister Damen-built tug Mero.

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Also in port was this International Telecom vessel . . .

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IT Intrepid formerly known as Sir Eric Sharp.

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Given the dominant language of this port, you’d think this local boat would be called “werken meisje ook,”  but surprises never cease.

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or this be called “port service 1.”

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The subject of Dutch-built tugboats in Curaçao resurrects the unsolved mystery of Wamandai, a tug that left Curaçao under some clouds and was possibly sunk by the US Coast Guard.  My letters of inquiry to various Coast Guard offices relevant to this case have turned up not a single answer, not even a word that Wamandai‘s fate is classified.  Should I say it turned up an arrogant silence?    Can anyone weigh in or help out?  Some Dutch navy vets and I would like to know.

Thanks to Maraki for these photos.

For a world of cable layers, click here.

 

I took this photo of what I believe is WPC 1102 Richard Etheridge about three years ago, and I’ve yet to see it or any of the other half-dozen-plus  Sentinel class cutters currently in service because they’re all home-ported around Florida.  So i’m making a request:  if you’re reading this and have a photo of one of these cutters, please share some good ones so that I can post them on this blog?

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They’re all “built on the bayou” so far.

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Like many vessel names, these pay tribute to people although largely unknown should be remembered for remarkable deeds, people like  Webber, Etheridge, Flores, Yered, Norvell, Clark, David (shown below), Sexton, Moore, Evans, and Trump . . . so far.

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The photos above and below I took at the Philadelphia Navy yard a few months ago at a place called Chapel of the Four Chaplains.  If ever you’ve there, just knock on the door and go in and  . . .

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you’ll learn a great story of a sad event from an early February seventy-two years ago.

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Again . . . I’m hoping to see a photo you or someone you know has taken of one of these Sentinel class FRCs.

Photos here all by Will Van Dorp.

 

In the Lower Bay, NYS Environmental Conservation police confer with NYPD.

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Motor Lifeboat 47264 . . . was delivered from this Louisiana shipyard in late July 2000, and

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looks brand new.

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This Buffalo district survey vessel is barely half year old, and named for

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a surveyor with a long career of service all over the watery parts of the globe.

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This 45′ response boat medium was delivered to Oswego this year.

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Sylvan Beach air boat.

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Tappan Zee V . . . I know no more about this vessel–a retired US boat ??–than I did last time I had a photo of her.

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Here Oswego Marine One trains in the Oswego River.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

Here’s the first in this series.   David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well.  Hence the quotation marks.

Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”

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James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”

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Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”

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“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”

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Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”

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Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”

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My take:  if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.

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Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”

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“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”  

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Thanks, David.    The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO.  To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!

 

First some background . . .from  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Chapter 24 . ..  last two paragraphs:

“If I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

New York once used a Liberty ship as a high school . . . from the late 1940s until the early 1980s, if I understand correctly.   The photo below comes credit to Seth Tane.  Read the print on the bow.

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Here’s another photo of that school.  Click on photo to see its provenance and more.

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August 2011 . . . NYC Department of Education’s Harbor School takes possession of Privateer on long term lease from NYC Department of Transportation,  Staten Island Ferry.  It’s an ex- 46′  BUSL . . .”boat utility stern loading,” and

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here’s Privateer today, after a “learn-on-the-job” transformation in which Harbor School students participated.  Click here for a six-minute video shot mostly on the vessel used in vessel training AND oyster bed restoration.

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Photos below show the Schottel drive unit being installed in Privateer after reconditioning.

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Another one of Harbor School’s boats is Indy 7.  Indy is so-named because she was one of twelve utility boats aboard CV-62 Independence, which I visited in Bremerton, Washington a few years back.  CV-62 was a Forrestal-class carrier laid down in Brooklyn, and I’m thrilled that the tradition lives on, a government boat having a second life  training local youth.

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Thanks to Capt. Aaron Singh, waterfront director at NY Harbor School for this info and these photos.  Photo below showing the Boston Whaler named Pescador comes credit of  Captain Chris Gasiorek.  Thanks, Chris.

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If you’re reading this and you’re a graduate of Harbor School OR the SS John W. Brown School, I’d love to get a comment from you, especially about the path the school put you on.

Here and here are posts in which I’ve referred to Harbor School.

Unrelated but interesting:  a floating school in Bangladesh, a school boat bus in Washington on the Salish Sea, and finally a floating school in Nigeria.

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, late October 2013.

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Same bridge February 4 2014.

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WYTL 65611 Line and Doris Moran passing under that same bridge  February 4 2014.

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Looking south toward Bannerman’s Castle late October 2013.

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From not as close . . . but that’s Bannerman’s slightly off to the left.

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Northside of Bear Mountain Bridge in October 2013 and

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yesterday with Stephen Reinauer with RTC 80  north bound and

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and Stephen-Scott with light barge RTC 20.

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Doris meets the train.

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Here’s looking south from Newburgh dock mid November a few years ago, and

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here’s the same view from earlier this week.

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All fotos of two of the faces of the Hudson River by Will Van Dorp.

I took all fotos in this post last week on Staten Island.  Check out these 40-footers, and if I read the numbers right, these three all date from just over 60 years ago.   Somewhere in the past seven years  I posted  a foto of two of these three in the Arthur Kill.

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But this is an impressive adaption project, not restoration.  And I’ve finally gotten a close-up look. Fred tug44 got these fotos some years back, but for a vessel that dates from 1929 . . . not that long ago.   I wonder what her USCG-service name was.

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I’m curious about the horizontal tab on the rudder.    Enjoy the rest of these.

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All fotos taken recently by Will Van Dorp, who’s still in the wilds of northwest Georgia, hoping though to get back to the sixth boro in time to see Miss Lis.

Thank a vet today; in fact, given the number of vets in the country, thank more than one!  And thank Raymond Weeks for shepherding Armistice Day into Veterans Day.

The huge vessel–escorted by Maurania III, a RIB, and Ellen McAllister— below may still be in town, but I haven’t seen it and probably won’t this time.  I took this foto 26 months ago;  notice the brownish tint on the water created by upriver silt post-Irene.  Here’s the rest of the post featuring shots from this same set.

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Ellen yesterday attendend

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Zim Big River–now already Savannah bound–along with the help of Shannon McAllister.

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And overseeing it all . . .

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Robbins Reef.  Here’s the form used to nominate it to the Register of Historic Places as well as some quick facts.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who wonders whether anyone out there’s prepared to lead the way with a Robbins Reef verse a la Burma Shave.

Tangentially related:  Healing Waters . . . in today’s NYTimes.   Here’s more.

Here were 24 and 25 in this series.  Follow up to 25 is that ex-fireboat Howard W. Fitzpatrick is now reportedly in transition to diveboat on Lake Huron operating out of Southampton, Ontario.

This week in NYC is referred to as UN Week, and I’m guessing this unusual USCG vessel has something to do with that.  Anyone identify what it is?

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Another USCG vessel.

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Liberty IV

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80′ RV Seawolf

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48′ R/V Arabella in New Gretna, NJ this past Saturday.  Previous Rutgers-mentioning posts are here and here.

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And last but not least . . . Albany’s brand spankin’ new fireboat.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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