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USMMA Foundation vessel Tortuga needed hands for a transit from Kings Point to Newport RI, where it is serving as support for Warrior Sailing program races this weekend. I didn’t wait for a second call. I just needed to get there by 0250. No problem, since this IS my favorite time of “day.”
Many thanks to Chris.
Many thanks to Jonathan Kabak for the invitation. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, and I have many more.
This post shows the second leg of what felt like an epic journey, but first let’s back up about 10 minutes. See the small blue vessel just off the bow of Wavertree?
It’s a King’s Point vessel, and leaning out of the house, it’s Capt. Jonathan Kabak, formerly master of Pioneer, Lettie G. Howard, and other vessels.
So let’s resume . . . the tow travels west of Caddell and rounds up against the tide, ever so
gracefully–to my eyes–making its way to the dock. Thomas J. Brown and later Rae working the port side.
it took a full quarter hour to spin Wavertree 180 degrees and inch it across the KVK, but then the heaving line flew, followed by the dock line.
Thomas J. and Rae worked this side in coordination with Pelham–invisible all this time from my perspective–on the starboard side.
Lots of money will be spent and sweat expended before the NEXT leg of the journey.
The 2001 (or earlier??) photo below comes from Mike Weiss, SSSM waterfront foreman. It shows a more complete rig.
Also from Mike’s FB post, the photo below shows Wavertree in her Argentina barge days. For the saga of Peter Stanford’s efforts to get this hull from Argentina to the sixth boro, read A Dream of Tall Ships starting from p. 221. Actually, the whole book makes an excellent read.
All photos except the last two by Will Van Dorp, who is eager to see Wavertree‘s transformation in the year to come.
From gCaptain, here’s a good explanation of National Maritime Day, yesterday.
I wonder what the forgiveness factor for ice-against-hull here is. Bravest surely was pretty in our maybe soon-to-end Puerto Parcialmente Blanco.
RB 45605 was the fifth in this series, which is numbered consecutively and now up to 45774.
Must precautions be taken with these hulls during ice season?
And finally . . . off the stern of Bering Sea yesterday it’s the current Kings Pointer. This Kings Pointer started life as a solid rocket booster recovery vessel for NASA.
Click here for another photo of this vessel in NASA colors.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
The race may last for less than 10 minutes for (most) boats, but each participant spends hours before and after. Here, using the power of thousands of conceptual horses and one very real donkey, all four vessels in Miller contingent make their way upriver.
At Pier 66, crew on deck and crew below start them up.
For boats that arrive on the scene early, Red Hook may have come straight from a job delivering bunker to Norwegian Breakaway, there’s time for what might look like lollygagging, and
(in these next two shots from William Hyman) saluting the spectators or just
being seen. Does Seagus have another name?
But it’s also getting acquainted time.
Some regulars didn’t show, and other vessels arrived that I’d never seen before.
I had to look up South River Rescue Squad attending the Great North River race . . .
Somewhere in the attractively dressed race day crew on Jake-boat Resolute are two of the principals of tugboatinformation.com . . . hi Birk and Craig, as well as the force majeure aka Rod behind Narragansett Bay Shipping.
This kayaker stays well out of the stream.
The white bowstriped vessel–Lt. Michael P. Murphy– in the distance won the prize for persistence, finishing the course in a historic half an hour . . . spending most of that time doing a mid-race-course onboard repair.
Despite forecasts of storms–and rain north of the GW Bridge–the only lightning I saw was here and
thunder from the crowds on the piers. That’s the intrepid bowsprite showing us her drawing/painting arm.
Spectators took advantage of any platform.
More soon. Thanks to William Hyman for his fotos, especially the one of an exuberant W. O. Decker, which I featured hard at work using Seth Tane fotos from over 30 years ago here. Click here for John Huntington’s superb fotos from a wet place in the race . . ..
Again, my hat’s off to all who must work on Labor Day, including my son, who always works holidays for the higher hourly rate. And if you’re inclined, read what Paul Krugman has to say about Labor Day.
There are many blues in the sixth boro . . . besides my own. Saturday I caught an unexpected glimpse of King’s Point Liberator.
DonJon has their unmistakeable blue.
But then there’s this one, which mesmerized me for the first time almost six years ago and when the vessel was just off the ways.
Palva is a midsized vessel of the NesteOil fleet.
And these blues are just part of their corporate colors scheme.
No matter . . . I’m still captured by these colors,
arrested and drawn in.
Five years ago I wrote: “It’s the color of sky, water, twilight ice, and distant land.” When Palva left for sea yesterday, it’s destination was Murmansk, possibly 11 days away.
Murmansk . . . exotic though not balmy. Fair winds and frazil ice . . . if any.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s frustrated by wordpress interface changes which prevent the fotos from enlarging when you click on them . . . the way they used to. If anyone has a solution, let me know, svp.
Working Harbor Committee win an award for perpetuating this event and calling it race AND competition. And at the expense of making this post almost as long as some of those cinema and music award shows, I’d like to add some aditional awards . . .
like for “best improvised bowsprit on a tugboat” . . . Ross Sea, [doubleclick enlarges all fotos]
and now a break from line-throwing awards . . . best photographer-aloft . . . Shipshooter on Ross Sea.
longest throw” Growler. Note for next year . . . the Growler crew might decide to dress as rodeo folk, given that the 30-second lasso-demonstration prompted a comment from some unnamed person behind me . . . “Next year for Growler we should replace that bollard with a fiberglass cow.” Great showmanship!!
Finally and last but not least . . . two technical awards . .. for “best dredger” Maurania III, and
Here’s 2010, 2009, and 2008. And here’s 2007, when I got the best race start foto but with a less good camera. September 2006 predated the blog although I posted 2006 race fotos here, my third EVER post.
Many thanks to Working Harbor Committee and all their volunteers and sponsors as well as to the towing companies and their crews for making this event possible, even a week after Irene whirled through here. Here’s my favorite action shot from today, Quantico Creek neck and neck with Maurania III as FDNY Three Forty Three misted them. I’m not sure what the results of the race were, but my bias says everyone who participated or spectated–even before hurrying to baseball, tennis, picnicking, or what have you– won.
By 10 am, 0n the safety boat, Capt. John Doswell, calls the parade to order.
The race committee checks radios, stopwatches and imaging devices. Capt. Jerry Roberts stands on the bench.
NY-1 is there with camera; here’s their reportage.
Vessels left to right are Ross Sea, Quantico Creek, Maurania III, and Pegasus. As evidence of investment in the sixth boro towing industry, these boats were launched 2003, 2010, 2004, and 2006, respectively.
Top horsepower boats were (l. to r. ) Ross Sea (3400), Quantico Creek (3000), and Maurania III (4000). As to design and function, the two tugs on the left push oil barges, and Maurania III does mostly ship assists.
Here are the smaller boats, l. to r. Pegasus, Growler, Sea Wolf, Catherine C. Miller, and Freddy K. Miller. Type any of these names in the search window upper left and you’ll see what I’ve written about them before.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who reminds you that unlike the farm tugs I put last month, these boats might already be back on the job this evening, Labor Day weekend notwithstanding.
A lot has happened here in 10 days, although the fotos here reveal none of it. The sixth boro has its way of obscuring change, seasonal or otherwise. I know folks within 10 miles of this waterway who have no power yet and who have tossed to curb-side trash picker-uppers most of their water-befouled furniture, appliances, books, etc.
But along the KVK, Chem Antares (ex-Sichem Unicorn) transfers fluids, while
Torm Sara waits to do the same. [Doubleclick enlarges most fotos.]
Kings Point Liberator inspects other vessels along the KVK. I’d never guessed she had a wooden hull.
To get a sense of scale on ATB Freeport, note the two crew outside the wheelhouse.
So far, Freeport is the only of the US Shipping Partners 12,000 hp ATBs. Some years back, I was fortunate to have caught one of their ITBs–Philadelphia– high and dry, here and here. For an update on Philadelphia‘s current location/status, read Harold’s comment below. Thanks, much . . . Harold.
Oh, by the way, four days from now will be the sixth boro’s 19th annual tugboat race. See you there?
Late summer sail might look like this, Clipper City motorsailing up the Buttermilk Channel past Caribbean Princess, and early autumn
sail like this: Gazela showing the flag in Oyster Bay. The town dock here is roughly located in the former Jakobson yard, and that’s Growler and the Jakobson-built Deborah Quinn (1957, ex-W. R. Coe, Karen Tibbets, Ethel Tibbets) across from Gazela. W. R. Coe’s first work was for the Virginian Railroad.
Early autumn sailing can also look like this: Breck Marshall‘s skipper standing while making her play in the wind.
Or this: a heeled over Escape Plan.
or this: 1929 Summerwind playing a bit before headed for the Chesapeake Schooner race last month.
while on that same day Lettie G. Howard comes out of slumber to mingle with the likes of this
varnished catboat-with-a-blog named Silent Maid.
Getting later into autumn can mean mild weather and bright light over this aptly-named vessel–Persephone . . . preparing to head for the underworld or –at least–the southern approach to northern winter.
Or it can look like this: skipper Richard Hudson beginning winter preparations as Issuma heads in the direction of its port of registry . . . the Yukon.
More Issuma soon.
For now, as you make your own preparations for winter, check out this new Thad Koza 2011 Tall Ship calendar featuring a sixth-boro based schooner . . . . Any guesses?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
the annual schooner race from Baltimore to Portsmouth, VA. Here are the results. Below, it’s Sultana and Summerwind. Summerwind, based at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, was the Class AA winner.
Privateer Lynx finished third.
Lady Maryland–yes she is painted pink –finished fourth.
left to right, Woodwind (?) and the curvaceous Shanty
And not to be omitted, with a second place finish, it’s Pride of Baltimore II.
A schooner that would have been happy to race last week–When and If–-did not, since it’s for sale. Who knows . . . some other participants from previous years but NOT on hand in 2010 might also be for sale.
Final shot . . . left to right: Norfolk Rebel (the world’s only “tugantine”), Summerwind, Lady Maryland, and an unidentifed tug in the background.
All fotos by Melanie Lettau. Thanks a bunch!
And some sixth boro autumn sailing pics coming soon.