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Click on the image below for an interactive map of this portion of the sixth boro. Right now at about the 9 o’clock position you see two small white specks. They
are the huge spherical tanks seen off Barbara McAllister‘s stern.
Consider the size of the wraparound stairs and you’ll understand why locally they’re called “gorilla’s balls.”.
So here’s what the tugboat fueling station looks like from the north bank of the KVK, and
here looking west.
Here’s looking NE across the tank farm, and
from the landslide looking eastward across Robbins Reef Light to Brooklyn.
Off the bow of Oleander–the incoming small container ship, would be the Staten Island ferry racks,
and here’s looking south across tanker Navig8 Spirit toward the salt pile. But here’s the surprise, inside the fence and between the tanks,
there’s a very old cemetery, which pre-dates the use of this land for oil.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. Many thanks to Jack Kennedy for arranging for this tour.
Given that “154” number, I had to check when I started this series. Although there’s a search window on this wordpress blog, it’s not always the most efficient. It took a while, but I started the series in October 2007 with this prototype, this post. A couple of things I notice right away include that photos don’t “enlarge” themselves when you click on them, I tended to use fewer photos back then, and IMHO the photo and text standards were just lower than now.
One of the goals of this series is to spotlight any new boats in town, from a very subjective PoV, but here’s one. It’s Pops, which I saw from a distance in the 8th photo in this post from two months ago. It seems Pops was built in 1961 and is registered south of Savannah GA.
Charles A used to be Lucinda Smith, but I can’t tell if she used to be THIS Lucinda Smith. I think so, but they’ve modified her a bit.
Here’s an example of a photo which would have sent me down the road to the west if I’d seen the background. Capt. Willie Landers . . . have seen her before, prominent mast, but in the background beyond HMS Liberty is the sixth boro’s latest triple screw . .. . Andrea. I only noticed that third tug in the background when I was home looking at it on the computer screen.
Can you identify this Reinauer ATB from this angle?
I guessed wrong . . . it’s Haggerty Girls with RTC 107.
Eastern Dawn . . . heads east with a fuel barge, and I forgot the barge she was pushing.
Larry J. Hebert works up here with various dredge projects.
And finally . . it’s another shot of Pops.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
All photos in this series came via “Barrel,” a 30+ year employee of USACE, and they’ve raised a handful of questions, launched a clutch of searches.
Stacy McAllister, previously Houma . . . I don’t know the year this photo was taken, but since YTL-811 came into McAllister hands in 2003, that fact narrows the date. By my count, McAllister has over a dozen–13 by my count–of these similarly remodeled tugs acquired through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service. How many can you name? My answer follows.
This photo of triple-screw Patriot, in a previous Vane Brothers livery, had to have been taken between 2001 and 2009, after which date Vane sold it to Mexico. See the last photo in this link.
Here’s a mystery . . . Which company’s logo is that on the stack of Anne, towing the Loveland 22 barge with the 260 rocket motor. And what type of antenna is that on the after portion of Anne‘s deckhouse?
Nearer is Connor A. Gisclair, now possibly known as Mr. Connor. Anyone identify the smaller farther-away tug with the barge alongside?
USACE tug Deland was built in 1919, and if my info is correct, it has been transformed into a commercial fishing vessel called Pursuit, operated out of Panama City FL. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find a photo of Pursuit. Can anyone help?
This photo looks quite similar. Six of these vessels were built by Johnson Iron Works in 1919, one of which was called Degrey and sank off Atlantic City in 1976 then known as Patrice McAllister. Now forty years later, she’s still there and a popular diving spot in 55 feet of water. Click here for a story on how hurricane Sandy modified the Patrice wreck.
That’s it for today. All photos have been provided by Barrel.
And the 13 McAllister ex-YTBs are as follows: Kaleen ( Pontiac ), Stephen ( Okumulgee ), Jeffrey (Dahlonega), Margaret (Tonkawa), Donal G. (Antigo), Ellen (Piqua), Robert E. (Nanticoke), Beth M. (Ocala), Missy (Anoka), Dorothy (Tontocany), Patrick (Wathena), and Daniel —not the one in Montreal—( Shabonee ). There may in fact be others, given that Timothy McAllister (Wapato) is not listed on this site.
Here were the previous in this series.
The first three photos here come from John “Jed” Jedrlinic, whose previous contributions can be found here.
Coral Coast is a venerable 3000 hp 45-year-old, like some others I know, although they might not see all that horsepower as complimentary.
Katherine, same horsepower, is nine years newer.
This Michael S is based in Port Canaveral, where Jed took this photo.
Harry Thompson, whose previous contributions include this one, sent this along of Russell 11 (I believe that’s eleven, not two) compliments of his brother. Does anyone know Russell 11‘s years of service?
And the rest of these come from Barrel, who has sent along many others I will share this month.
Tug Bay Hawk dates from 1942. Thanks to Birk’s site, here’s some info on her.
Teresa McAllister, 1961, was most recently on tugster here.
And to close out today’s post, it’s Tenacious, now a 55-year-old freshwater tug.
Many thank to Jed, Harry, and Barrel for these photos.
As was true yesterday, all photos today were taken in the first 12 hours of 2016. For Chatham, the last tug I saw in 2015, the year end/start distinction was likely irrelevant. No doubt the same holiday treats were out in the galley in the wee hours of 2016 as were a few hours before in 2015.
From a different angle as last night, here are Michael J,
and the “weather tugs.” I’m happy the precipitation of December 31 has ceased.
Although some people movers waited in reserve,
The quick side ramp system impressed me. It was in fact similar to a system on “water bus” I saw near Rotterdam a while back.
Surrie heads back to base, passing BB-64 USS Wisconsin.
Recognize this vessel, which spent a little time in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago?
It’s HMS Justice, slinging Bryant Sea now in the curvaceous Elizabeth River and
passing Mahan, Stout, and
Oscar Austin, far right.
Closing out today . . what can you do with $12 million and a 1962 North Sea trawler? Check here for this story on explorer yacht Discovery. Here’s another story with much better photos. Docked astern of Discovery is Shearwater, which was doing a project in the sixth boro back in sumer 2013.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
One of my (formerly) secret heroes is Guy Noir, secret because I may be revealing too much about myself in admitting that. But life’s too short to care about drivel like that. Noir has an office on the 20th floor of the Acme Building in a “city that knows how to keep its secrets,” yet each week a different mysterious woman seems to find him in quest of a favor. So imagine this as a view from Noir’s Portsmouth VA office around 1600 hrs . . . on the last night of the year. It’s rainy but warm and all the creeks feeding into the estuary course in, with color and warmth of some old coffee . . . I was last here, though on the river then, about six weeks ago here. And notice the hammerhead crane to the right. Here’s
the deal. But I’ll come back to this history stuff later.
For now, this is a record of the last night of the year, what my parents used to call “old years night.”
In the fading light, there’s Michael J. McAllister, another McA (Nancy??) behind it, Camie, and a trio of Robbins Maritime minis called Thunder, Lightning, and Squall. AND if you look carefully beyond the McAllister tugs, you’ll see Dann Ocean’s Neptune and the Colonna Shipyard, where a Staten Island ferry is being overhauled. Click here for previous posts referring to Colonna.
In the driving rain as the last hours of the year ebb away, Vane tug Chatham heads south; the oil must move . . . . even when the postal stream sleeps.
Shadows . . . on a rainy night paint the river. And under the “tent” inside
And so ended 2015 for me . . . not a low-flying aircraft but a high flying window perch.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, private and public eye.
Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
Let’s go farther south–i.e., up the Elizabeth. Covered barge . . .
pushed by Gram-Me. Coal?
Capt. Woody and Alexis of w3marine have the best logo. See it better here. Fleetmate Ocean Endeavor was in yesterday’s post.
As you can see by the livery, Ellie J is also a Norfolk tug, but although
similar, Stevens Towing’s Island Express is not.
Vulcan construction has its logo on a number of tugs here, including Arapaho,
Capt. Ron L, and
Alexander Duff is a Vane tug.
Kodiak, here I think leaving the soybean depot– used to be Vane’s Capt. Russi.
Kodiak has been in the sixth boro on a few occasions. Here’s more of her current fleet: Maverick, ?Southern Star?, and Challenger.
Hoss, like the boats immediately above is also an Intracoastal Marine boat. Hoss is a close relative via Wiley Manufacturing of the sixth boro’s Patricia. Sun Merchant, which I saw here in Savannah, is a Vane boat.
Corman Marine’s Captain Mac is yet another tugboat in the Elizabeth owned by a construction company.
Camie and Cajun look alike but may be owned by Robbins Maritime and Bay Transportation, respectively.
Three Sisters seems to be owned by a family-oriented company called Smith Brothers.
Elizabeth Ann, operated by Atlantic Gulf Towing, used to be known as El Hippo Grande, a truly satisfactory name for a workboat.
And finally, we seem to have two Skanska-owned boats, Ranger and
All photos here by Will Van Dorp, who imagined there’d be only about 10 photos in this post about a short section of the waterway in the Norfolk/Portsmouth VA area. For the entirely delightful travel through the area, I am very grateful to the USMMA Sailing Foundation.
A request, though. Over by the Norfolk Dredging yard, I saw their small tug Palmyra through the trees and could not get a good shot. Has anyone taken one over the years? If so, could you share it on this blog? Send me an email, please.
Finally, some of you got an earlier version of this last night when I pushed the wrong button. Sorry about that. I could give other reasons for that error, but it was a slip and I had not intended you to think I had started using placeholder gibberish as captions.
It’s still November 2015, so for me, it’s day 22 of this focus.
I guess this would be a small Navy yard tug. Click here (and scroll) to see a variant with roll bars. Here it closes the security gate after a Moran tug has come inside.
More security is provided by WPB-87329 Cochito.
Emily Anne McAllister (2003) waits at the Norfolk International Terminals.
And there’s a long list of commercial tugboats, more than I want to squeeze into this post. So let’s start with Ocean Endeavor (1966),
Night Hawk (1981),
Dauntless II (1953),
Payton Grace Moran (2015),
Goose Creek (1981), and finally for now
Steven McAllister (1963).
All foggy/rainy photos above by Will Van Dorp.
One of these days we’ll meander farther south on the Elizabeth River aka ICW. In the meantime, if you have photos of work vessels from any port huge or tiny, get in touch; there are still a few days of November left.
And since we’re a week or so from December, my idea for next month’s collaboration is “antique/classic” workboats, functioning or wrecked. Of course, a definition for that category is impossible. For example, NewYorkBoater says this: “The definition of an antique boat according to Antique and Classic Boating Society is a boat built between 1919 and 1942. A classic was built between 1943 and 1975 and the term contemporary, are boats built from 1976 and on.” Hmm . . . what do you call an old vessel built before 1919 . . . a restoration project? antediluvian?
If you take another transportation sector–automobiles, you get another definition: 25 years old or more. And for the great race, here were the rules for this year: “Vehicle entries must have been manufactured in 1972 or before.” Next year’s cut-off will likely be 1973.
So my flexible definition is . . . photo should have been taken in 1999 or before, by you or of you or a family member, and in the case of a wreck, probably identifiable. Exception . . . it could be a boat built before . . . say . . . 1965.