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Technically, I’ve never finished my posts on watersheds 12 and 13 . . . the troves of photos from those places have simply been preserved by photos that followed and those stories remain to be finished . . . like most things in life.
The photos here, all from Maraki . . . , offer a focus other than how much ice chills the sixth boro, an interesting enough topic but one that I need to get away from periodically. Come inside, sip some chocolate, and contemplate the equatorial zones. Like Rio Magdalena.
I’d seen the Magdalena on maps . . .
but never imagined what floated there. . . until then photo below led to Impala, an entity I’d never heard of before.
And that summoned info on where the tugs there come from, a question easily answered . . . thanks to this internet thing. Behold Impala Zambrano and Impala Puerto Wilches.
Traffic like this coexists with the global economy.
East of the mouth of the Magdalena a dozen and some miles lies Santa Marta, where Atlantico awaits . . .
as does Chinook and
and RM Boreas.
Atlantico and Chinook are built in China. I’m not sure about RM Boreas.
Two more from these waters from now . . .. Intergod VII. Any guesses on place of construction?
I’m not sure where the Bauprespilotos get their boats like Voyager, but Intergod VII
was built in Collingwood, Ontario in 1967.
Many thanks to Maraki for creating the desire to explore yet another watershed. For the latest dispatches from Maraki–above and below the water and during Curaçao’s carnival . . . click here.
I believe I took this in summer 2005, my first view of Lincoln Sea from W. O. Decker. Lincoln Sea is now making its way northward probably along Baja California, if not already along alta California.
A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.
And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.
And the next few from Fred Trooster and Jan Oosterboer and taken in Amazonehaven section of the port of Rotterdam less than a week ago . . . the giant Thalassa Elpida assisted into the dock by FairPlay 21. The two smaller boats are the line handlers.
Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.
Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.
Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.
Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.
No, it’s not . . . here’s the namesake, which has its own namesake.
And another . .. evidently named for a ghost town.
Here’s another. Was Florida settled and named by witty folk with an unusual sense of humor?
And here is the wikipedia take on odd names.
Many thanks to JLF for sending this along.
I’m loving this. Please send more fun with charts and even maps and signs.
On predicted weather days, you might be looking at charts while passing the waking hours, waiting. And you might see unusual names . . . like Cholera Bank, about 10 miles out from
Jones Inlet. Why would someone name such a location after a plague gets explained here, and some statistics on numbers of deaths here. Given that explanation, you might expect an Ebola Bank in the future . . . somewhere if not here. But seeing
this odd name on the chart recalled other odd names like these: Bald Porcupine Island and Ile d’Amour off Maine, Pot Island off Connecticut, and North Dumpling Island, NY. Then there’s Ono (Oh no!) Island, Alabama, and of course one of my all-time favorites . . . Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, which prompted this detour (scroll through) some years back.
Speaking of gallivants, a friend in Netherlands sent me this photo yesterday as we hunkered down as Storm Juno approached. The photo below shows a convoy of tugs towing inland barges navigating a track through the Schie, a waterway in Rotterdam, a place I visited when I gallivanted there last May.
This is not exactly the same section of the Schie, but I’ve never shared these photos.
Nor this one of feeder container vessel called Temptation passing under the Erasmusbrug. If you want to see a beautiful 14-minute video of a restored century-old Dutch sailing vessel traversing the canal system between Delft and Rotterdam . . . ending up near the Schie . . . click here.
And since we are now many miles off our original course, what unusual or inexplicable charted or mapped names have you seen? Please share some.
All photos, except for the black/white one and the bicycle one, by Will Van Dorp, who wonders who Jones was.
Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for this photo . . . gotta move a scow across skinny water? Only five feet at high water? Here you go. Ashley took the photo in Tampa Bay.
Also, a tip of the hat to Aaron Reed of Crewboat Chronicles for this photo; it’s Sea Durbin, 43′ vessel from 1950 and built by Alcide Cheramie, and with
very similar lines, here’s Wyoming, a 57’6″ beauty built 1940 by Camley Cheramie, a photo I took here almost three years ago.
I’d love to see her interior.
And here’s another repeat from a few years back . . . I’m still looking for info on her previous life.
Photos not attributed by Will Van Dorp. For the others, thanks much to Ashley, Aaron, and my sister.
Unrelated, check out this NYTimes story about a Queen Mary –and its namesake from half century ago– moving through NYC yesterday on its way to California.
Here was 17. Click here or use the search window on the left to revisit all the posts in this series. All photos in this post come from my sister currently in the Gulf of Paria, off Trinidad, a place calling me . . I feel it!
I can’t identify the vessel over near shore.
The orange vessel in the distance is Ramform Atlas, a truly usual design, as wide as it’s long; you have to look at the images in that link earlier in this sentence. No matter how functional Ramform is, to someone too long at sea, seeing this approach, it would truly seem a hallucination.
For more info on Janus, click here.
Many thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for these pics and for planting the idea of gallivanting off to the Golfo de Paria . .. soon.
Let’s start with LT-5 at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.
Here’s The Chancellor at the NYS Canals dry dock as it was being flooded. Here’s a recent tugster post focused on this vessel.
Now the marketing name for this “tug” is a “barge pusher.”
Here’s a closer up of the engine unit and hydraulic-driven thruster, operating near Rotterdam Junction.
From Maraki in St. Eustatius . . . it’s Triumph. notice the submerged tug off to her port side.
Here . . . tending the piledriver in Amsterdam is Sarah L_Anne . . . I can’t quite make out the name.
Also from Maraki, it’s Statia Reliant off the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Back to the waters just east of Lock 11, it’s Wm. Donnelly tending a scow.
Thsnks to Ashley Hutto, this photo of Buccaneer, taken Tampa.
And to end where we started . . . it’s Oswego’s LT-5, accented by crepuscular rays.
And who’s being feted here?
It’s Reuben Lasker, a Wisconsin product and brand new NOAA fisheries research vessel getting a prismatic welcome from San Diego Harbor police less than two weeks ago. Here’s some info on the namesake and the shipyard.
Also in port is T-ATF-171, Sioux. Here is one of the posts I did two years ago on a sister of Sioux, one in fact that was recently in my old haunts of Portsmouth, NH, to pick up a sad tow.
For scale, see Sioux here passing Nimitz and a gaggle of C-Tractors.
Also in port around the same time, it’s USNS Montfort Point, aka T-MLP-1, mobile landing platform. She can partially submerge to load/offload hovercraft and other heavy equipment. In the distance you see John Glenn, a younger sibling, also built locally. Michael suggests squinting to imagine seeing the tanker influences in their design. Click here to see other NASSCO ships.
Many thanks to Michael for sending these photos from “somewhere different,” which will be an emerging theme here on tugster.
In fact, if you have great photos from your version of “somewhere different” or “something different,” please get in touch.