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The tow–Lauren Foss and the crane–is captured in Gatun Lake by MS Europa‘s webcam.
A few hours later, she arrives at the Gatun Locks, which will lower her to Atlantic/Caribbean levels. Vessel nearer is ARC Endurance. Click here to see ARC Endurance in the sixth boro a bit over a year ago.
Vessel in the distance is MSC Carmen.
For truly remarkable photos of the tow traversing the Canal, click here to see gCaptain’s fine work.
With friendly seas, the tow should be arriving at the Narrows at end January/beginning February.
What caught my attention was the towed side-by-side barge arrangement in the KVK,
GL 65 and 66,
with Stephanie Dann hanging off the stern.
Once between Stapleton and Bay Ridge, the tow was re-made and
and Sarah Dann took the two out the Narrows.
Forty-eight hours later, they are still southbound, almost 350 nautical miles out of the sixth boro and off Cape Hatteras, and still southbound.
So I have this question . . . so since there are southbound train songs, why do I know no southbound tow songs.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I had fotos of Tilly on this blog about six weeks ago here, and on a cold sixth boro day that threatens to get colder, I want to salute smart folks like Mike Knape who a) spent it in a warm place and b) sent me a set of fotos of this boat which had the good sense to travel south itself.
Tilly is from 1943 and built in Morris Heights in the Bronx at Consolidated Shipbuilding. An online museum should be created with images of as many of Consolidated Shipbuilding products as photos can be located of. For example, this one. Morris Heights also produced some of these iceboats . . . to give a seasonally appropriate vessel for the sixth boro.
Here, here, and here I did some posts from the Conch Republic myself a few years ago, although I had the poor judgement to go there when upnorth was warm. Next time I should make my way here when a walk on New York streets is incomplete without glances over my shoulder in case a pack of polar bears might be following. Poor Fred up in Fort Edward is hunkered down in his boathouse with famished Ursus maritimuses circling.
Mike . . . many thanks for passing along these fotos from a warm place.
I hope you’re enjoying this time warp as much as I am.
Foto #1. Princess Bay northbound through the Old Bay Draw.
Fotos #3 and 4. Reliable II northbound and . . .
showing the sculptural beauty of her house.
Foto #7. Another shot of Tabeling, here exiting the east end of the KVK. Foto is taken looking toward Richmond Terrace, current location of the salt pile.
All fotos taken by Seth Tane around 30 years ago.
Back three decades again with more fotos by Seth Tane, in this case with some vessels now considered dead.
Foto #1. QM2 assisted at the dock by Diana L. Moran, a 1956 Jakobson boat now seven years scrapped.
Foto #2. Rio la Plata. Here’s what Harold Tartell has to say about her: ” In 1984, RIO LA PLATA was built [by Sanchez Marine Services of Fall River, MA]. At the time Turecamo was quite busy, short on boats, and chartered the boat with the option to buy. Turecamo also had another tug on charter from Tidewater Marine Services around the same time period. She was EL ZORRO GRANDE. She was to be renamed HELEN J. TURECAMO, but I never saw a photo of her officially with that name affixed. She was sold to Dunlap Towing Co., LaConner, Wa., & renamed MANFRED NYSTROM. In 1987, RIO LA PLATA went West to become Oscar Niemeth Towing’s SILVER EAGLE. She is still in service.”
Foto #4. “The red canaller towing the two light oil barges is Morania Oil Tanker Corporation’s MORANIA NO. 8.”
Foto #5. “JULIAN A was built 1943 By George Lawley & Soms, Neponset Ma., as DPC-28, WSA-22, WOTOCO, GAY MORAN (1967). In 1972, she became JULIAN A. owned by Julian A. Corp. In the early 1980’s she was owned by River Towing Corp. name unchanged. She was later sold to Raymond Connelly Shamrock Marine Corp. & renamed INTREPID. By 2001 her existence was in doubt,” Harold.
Here’s the class of Army DPCs. In this foto, Julian A was towing salvaged scalloper Fatima from Massachusetts waters to the sixth boro, where her engine parts would be used in a restoration project. Not long after this foto was taken, the tug was searched by the federal agents who found $32 million of marijuana.
Foto #6. About the yard vessel sporting the flag and striped stack, Harold says, ” JOE WEBER McAllister’s little yard tug at Tug & Barge Drydocks, Jersey City. They built her in 1975. She was later sold to Miller Launch, & is now MILLER GIRLS.”
Click here and jump ahead to 1983 in this fascinating compilation of Jersey City history from 4.6 billion years ago to the present for a reference to the now-gone McAllister Tug & Barge Drydocks. Click here for a tugster foto of Miller Girls.
Foto #7. Harold says, “I’m having a little difficulty indentifying. Under the handrails on the lower small white panel near the pilothouse door, it appears to read N.J. MATHER. I will continue to work on it.” Any ideas? She seems narrow boat; someone with long arms in the wheelhouse could have a hand out each each at the same time.
Foto #8. On the Morris Canal . . . here’s a foto I wish I could truly travel back in time to see. Part of the house seems to be a huge rectangular tank. Up high the sign says “nite blues limited.” Anyone know the story? The Morris Canal today has changed. Anyone have water-focused fotos of the Canal you are willing to share on tugster? Type morris canal into the search window and you’ll find lots more fotos.
I’m eager for your interpretation of these fotos of a lost sixth boro, captured on fotos of Seth Tane.
Graves of Arthur Kill has archival footage of a boneyard on the Arthur Kill from about the same era. I’d love to see more fotos of what was new and what was derelict in the sixth boro from then and before.
Any idea where this foto was taken? And whatever does that sign mean and for whom is it intended?
Here’s a pulled-back version of the same shot.
If you said the Seine flowing through Paris, you’d be correct. And the sign? Well . . . click here for an assortment of river signals and beacons used on French rivers. Translation of the sign . . . boaters are prohibited from making a U-turn in either direction. Information cones from Herrou Xtian, who previously supplied fotos used in this post and that. And the fotos, come from Maureen, who previously sent fotos of European tugboats here, here and other places.
Reminder: Tonight is Tug Art Show III, fundraiser for Pegasus Preservation Project. Here and here are two of my prior posts on the 1907 tug Pegasus. See you there. In fact, a large print of this foto will be available there for sale.
I’m studying Spanish with Rosetta Stone and enjoying new concepts. “Anteojos de sol” is a Spanish word for “sunglasses,” literally “in front of the eyes, for the sun,” which is fun to say, especially with the “j” pronounced as “h.” In my area today, “no necesito anteojos de sol” because it’s overcast gray. Capt A. N. O’Nymous generously provided a sudden demand for “shades” which I pass along to you.
Warming up? Reaching for your anteojos de sol? Drop a few ice cubes in that coffee?
Less colorful and bright . . . but I’ll keep the sunglasses on . . . it’s Trafalgar, ex-Lady Alma of the Humber, although I haven’t found a launch date.
Click here for a foto of Trafalgar operating in Trinidad.
Many thanks to Capt O’Nymous for these bright treats.
I’m always interested in collaboration, especially if any vessels previously working in the sixth boro turn snowbird and head for the tropics. Come to think of it, Nieve Pájaro
might be a new identity just aching to emerge from this Bronx river icebound Osage.
Thank for sharing, Cap.
Here was 9 in this series, mostly taken by my daughter last summer near the mouth of the Amazon. And since the holidays allow me to finally get the narrated version from her, I’m adding a set. She took all of these in Brasil, most in the Amapá state, with a trip over to the Pará state. . Yes, bowsprite . . . there’s a meia here too.
Note the river tugs Merlim and Excalibur, and the small boat moving in
Passenger vessels come in all shapes.
Passengers find a place where they can hang on, or
Cargo transfers happen under way.
Sleeping quarters are air conditioned.
Tug and barge transport is common.
Thanks Myriam. Maybe I’ll be your assistant next summer.
. . . although a more accurate title might be a RIB for all latitudes. Guess what this is? It has nothing to do with the Sedna comments I made yesterday. These fotos were taken at 78 degrees north . . . Point Barrow is 71!!! Yes, it is the time of year when our culture turns toward the far north, although a strongly fantastical version rather than this . .. the real polar areas.
Guess the 78th parallel location from this?
Actually this post has its origin in the sixth boro. That’s Mary Whalen in Red Hook over in the distance. And closeup . . . it’s a 50′ RIB made by Rupert Marine. Rupert Marine saw a “few seconds later” foto I posted here (sixth foto) and got in touch, sending along these fotos.
Click here for more fotos from Portlongyear.no and the place is
All fotos come thanks to Thomas Rönnberg, founder of Rupert Marine. Thomas, Många tack!
This looks like but is not a “scull-vaults-palms” foto. guess the location?
Here’s a bit more context. Answer follows.
Different context . . . know this vessel and location? Given the five boros’ idea these days for a BIG WHEEL on the waterfront, these things are recyclable!! You can buy a preowned wheel or even rent one. Who knew!?@!! Also, note the stealthy one hoping to catch a ride on the floating pier?
Vessel is Geo Caspian, and AIS says therefore this must be Cape Town.
Here’s Colin from Cape Town on what she does: “Geo Caspian finds out what rock is on the bottom of the sea in order to have a better idea if the rock is likely to be oil bearing or not. She tows up to 16 wires and microphones and compressed air guns behind the ship and banging off with the guns a bit underwater and collecting the echo reflected from the bottom of the sea. The whole spread of cables astern can be up to 8,000 metres long and to get it to be wide as well they have foils in the water to spread the wires apart. There are also “birds” connected along the tubes which carry all this stuff.The birds are able to move their wings so as to guide the instruments up or down deeper and are controlled from the ship. A lot of this stuff is in plastic flexible tubes which contain light oil of the correct specific gravity to neither sink or pop out on the surface. All this stuff is controlled with large winches in the stern and there are compressors there as well that produce compressed air at a very high pressure which is fed to the compressed air guns to make the noise under water. The ship is guided by satnav as to where they want to survey and the information gathered goes to head office by satellite as well as being stored on tapes to be flown back when the ship enters port.”
The four Cape Town fotos all come from Colin in Cape Town. Colin and Pamela Syndercombe sent along info and fotos of the move overland of the South African steam tug Alwyn Vintcent; click here for the latest newsletter on this project. The top two I’m using thanks to Maureen, who got the fotos on the scull on the Tiber in Rome. Last spring Maureen sent these intriguing fotos from Venice.