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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.

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A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.

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And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.

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From Seth Tane . . . Alaska Mariner in Portland on the Columbia . . . river, that is.

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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.

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Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.

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Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.

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Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.

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Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.

What?  Photoshop?

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No, it’s not .  . . here’s the namesake, which has its own namesake.

And another . ..  evidently named for a ghost town.

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Here’s another.  Was Florida settled and named by witty folk with an unusual sense of humor?

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It looks like Dump Key was the toned-down version . . . .  Here’s a bunch more of Keys-nomenclature.

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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

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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

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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.

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This is not exactly the same section of the Schie, but I’ve never shared these photos.

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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.

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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.

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And thanks to my sister aboard Maraki . . . which departed Trinidadan waters yesterday.  It’s Island Intervention, a Vanuatu-flagged oil well stimulation vessel.

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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

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very similar lines, here’s Wyoming, a 57’6″ beauty built 1940 by Camley Cheramie, a photo I took here almost three years ago.

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I’d love to see her interior.

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And here’s another repeat from a few years back . . . I’m still looking for info on her previous life.

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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.

Back in Trinidad, what is NEC Pride escorting in . . . along

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NEC Spirit?

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It’s Global 1200.

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It’s Sea Strength .  . . part of the A. R. Singh fleet.

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Also in that section of the port, it’s Falcon Explorer.

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All photos come thanks to my sister.

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!

This isn’t the only tug named Tenacious, but look at the rest of the fleet here.    It looks like Culloden started life as Chindit.

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I can’t identify the vessel over near shore.

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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.

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For more info on Janus, click here.

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To the left . . . Marfret Marajo operates for a company I’ve not heard of.  To the right, in unmistakeable ECO colors, it’s Edison Chouest!

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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.

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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.

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Now the marketing name for this “tug” is a “barge pusher.” 

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Here’s a closer up of the engine unit and hydraulic-driven thruster, operating near Rotterdam Junction.

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From Maraki in St. Eustatius . . .  it’s Triumph.   notice the submerged tug off to her port side.

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Here . . . tending the piledriver in Amsterdam is Sarah L_Anne . . .  I can’t quite make out the name.

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Also from Maraki, it’s Statia Reliant off the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.

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Back to the waters just east of Lock 11, it’s Wm. Donnelly tending a scow.

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Thsnks to Ashley Hutto, this photo of Buccaneer, taken Tampa.

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And to end where we started . . .  it’s Oswego’s LT-5, accented by crepuscular rays.

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or cousin or just compatriot . . . .   which would place this in what waterway?

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Waver Three is not my spelling, but  . . . someone else’s, for which I’ll add the link soon.

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But here’s the story.  The vessel in the photos above were sent to me recently by Niek  , a native of the Netherlands who followed the trail of love south to Argentina, where this vessel was recently refloated.  To see what Granadero (ex-Meta Ipland) looked like before being raised AND before sinking, click on this link and plod through the Spanish and German.  As a Dutchman living in Argentina, it’s easy to understand how Niek is interested in this century-old vessel built in his homeland.

Click on this link and then do a “find” for the term  ” salvemos al granadero”   and you’ll read an interview in which a Ruben Roderiguez is not happy that Waver three (sic) made it out of Rio de la Plata.

Some folks in Argentina are very proud of their maritime heritage, as evidence by this database of tall ships (A to L)  and  (M  to Z  ) that once operated there, including Granadero and Wavertree.

Good to know for us, the custodians of Wavertree.

Niek . ..  thanks for the photos and story.

 

Today’s photos come compliments of Michael Torres, who previously shared this and this.  Michael . .  great to hear from you and get a glimpse of the west coast city of San Diego . . .

And who’s being feted here?

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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.

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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.

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For scale, see Sioux here passing Nimitz and a gaggle of C-Tractors.

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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.

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And finally . . . for a Jones Act RORO with the best paint job . . . it’s Jean Anne.

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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.

 

Here was 17.

All the photos in this post come from south of latitude 26 N.  You might recall the Foss tugs Lauren and Iver  delivering the crane to the sixth boro at the end of last month?  Then Lauren Foss traveled to Philly to pick up back haul?  Well about two days ago, Lauren delivered that payload–Forrestal–to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX.  The ship in the distance to the left is SS Mount Washington, also a recent arrival here, and subject of a several recent pictures on tugster.   The photo below shows the stern of Lauren Foss with assist tug Signet Ranger on port bow of the old carrier.   The next three photos all come from Justin Earl, on paper . ..  chief mate of Lauren.

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Another shot of Signet Ranger and at stern, Signet Magic.  For specs of Signet tugs, click here.

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On starboard bow here is Signet Courageous.

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The next photos, again south of latitude 26 come from my gallivanting sister.  Guess the port?  Butterfly has been spotted in the sixth boro here and here.

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I’ve no identification of the two vessels in the foreground.

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Anyone help?

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Oh . ..  the port is Clifton Point in the Bahamas.

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The blue and white tug to the left is Tiki, but again I have no further info.

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And finally . . . Sea Trader.  Click here for a closer up photo.

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Many thanks to Justin and Maraki for use of these photos.

Signet tugs previously appeared here and here.

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