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Behold ex-LST-510, USS Buncombe County, preparing for a routine landing over in Connecticut.
Bowsprite drew it, so it drew me . . . I had to go see again, even though some years ago I’d ridden her. If you look at her peers launched at JeffBoat in late 1943 and early 1944, you’ll agree she’s a survivor.
She follows the route that could have been a bridge from Long Island to Rhode Island!
Click here to see frogman’s encounter with Plum Gut between Orient Point Light and
Meanwhile . . . here’s 495 . . . the water way.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Finally . .. unrelated but very important, vote here as often as you can given all your devices and browsers to get funding for USS Slater, about to come downriver for repairs.
It’s now docked near land’s edge Weehawken. It served almost 20 years in the Army before spending almost the same number of years in the Navy although
At least 100,000 helicopter landings occurred here, 346 of which all landed on the same day in June 1988.
I’m not sure what role she’ll play in the sixth boro.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s what self-dubbed “crazy dave” has to say about his time on Bay Lander.
Can you figure this one out?
Wooden hull, 62′ loa . . .
These photos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to have more questions answered soon . . like what did she look like as Argo . . . and while working in Boston, Boothbay, and in the sixth boro as a fire boat. ??
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.
Here’s another photo of that school. Click on photo to see its provenance and more.
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
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.
Photos below show the Schottel drive unit being installed in Privateer after reconditioning.
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.
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.
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.
This is the series for photos from all over.
First, from Bob Stopper, who makes it his business to –among other things–document Erie Canal life up in the county where I grew up, it’s . . . can you guess what’s under all that snow?
It’s a hibernating Grouper. I’ve done more than two dozen posts on this boat, which I keep hoping comes back to life. Here’s a post that shows her working on the big lakes, the northern coast of the USA.
Dutch tug turned yacht Itinerante (ex-Havendienst 1, Vulcanus).
Here’s one of my photos: that’s Iver Foss tailing the big ZPMC Shanghai-built crane as RORO Hoegh Shanghai follows them in through the Narrows last week.
Some photos from Brian DeForest . . . Joyce D. Brown delivering a crane barge as
RORO Don Juan rolls some vehicles off and some others on over in Port Newark.
Here’s are two photos lacking a photographer both showing Tradewind Towing Rachel powering
USS SS Mount Washington AOT-5076 on its final voyage. The photo below I screen-grabbed from the Crystal Serenity, which is now off Japan. Mount Washington is at the scrapyard and Rachel is preparing for the next job.
This photo comes from the Gatun Locks webcam.
Bowsprite caught these three last week: apparent L to R, Arabian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Patricia in Red Hook.
Thanks to Bob, Lucy my sister, Franco for standing in the cold with me at the Narrows, Brian, bowsprite, and the remote cameras for these photos.
I’m very impressed . . . all the images I put up yesterday got identified and within a few hours either in comments section or on Facebook.
The top foto yesterday came from Thomas Scian of the USS Slater project in Albany. Click here to read the latest Slater Signals publication with info about the upcoming dry-docking. Thomas has promised to keep us informed about the tow down the Hudson around mid-February–in two weeks or so already– so that this transit can be well-photographed. I took the foto below back in September 2013. Here’s the navsource.org info on Slater.
The engine room pics came from Kelsey Patrick Connors. The first engine room is from Navigator, with twin EMDs 12-645-e4, 2150hp each. Here’s a foot of Navigator Norfolk-bound out the Narrows.
Some of you commented on how clean the Detroit Diesel was. It’s one of two 16-cylinder 149s at 900 hp that power Outrageous. I took these fotos of Outrageous in May 2009.
Thanks much to Kelsey and Thomas for use of the pics. Thanks all of you for your answers. I have no news on Sea Lion.
Here was 16, and I’m asking again my questions about the last foto in that post . . . .
So here is this installment’s odds and ends. First . . . in the second minute of Woody Allen’s 1979 movie Manhattan . . . there’s this clip. Can anyone identify?
And . . . a foto taken not quite a thousand nautical miles from the sixth boro quite a while ago by a jaunty mariner who can’t be too careful . . . it’s LT-805 General Winfield Scott towing the IX-514 that later turned up in the sixth boro. I’ve no idea if the HLT towed here remains local as of this writing.
And finally . . . another set from Seth Tane taken in New York harbor in the late 1970s/early 80s . . . it’s Harwich-built 1890s Thames sailing barge Ethel, 84′ loa. According to former owner Capt. Neal E. Parker, the vessel, built originally as a linseed carrier and brought across the Atlantic for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, was haunted. “She was fighting to die,” he said, and after an unsuccessful attempt as a charter vessel in downeast Maine, she returned to New London, where around 1992, she sank at the dock and waited happily to be dismembered and removed by a clamshell crane.
I’d love to hear more about Ethel from anyone who saw her back 30 years ago.
Thanks to Seth and the jaunty mariner for use of their fotos.
These fotos come from Phil Little, who took them from Weehawken. They complement the ones taken by bowsprite and published here a week ago. A strong ebb tide appears to be moving the big gray New York very quickly toward the Intrepid pier, but
the dance of three coordinated tugs makes the departure a study of efficiency, although–as Phil suggests, “there may have been some brow-mopping after they got LPD-21 straightened out” and proceeding southward bound for sea.
And here, thanks to my sister on Maraki, two landing craft exit a lock on the Erie Canal a few months back. Does anyone know their story?
Thanks much to Phil Little–showing closer-ups of Robert E. and Ellen McAllister and Resolute, here’s a differently cropped version of foto #1–
and the Maraki crew for these fotos.
Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.
This IS Afrodite. All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.
In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.
Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.
This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.
I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.