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Notice a few cranes near the TZ Bridge, as seen from MetroNorth train. Click here for the project website including cameras.
A passenger in my car took the next two.
The one above and the next three were taken from a southbound boat.
Many thanks to my friend David Hindin for coordinating the SF views. Join me in wishing David a prosperous 2014.
You know the colors and organization, but can you name the vessel? And as to the organization, do you know all the foreign countries where they operate? I didn’t.
The vessel is USACE dredge Yaquina, here at the entrance to its namesake river.
Michael’s searched tirelessly for this dredge ever since last October, when I posted these fotos of McFarland. That post also generated this impressive list of USACE vessels from the esteemed Harold Tartell . . . a veritable encyclopedia of USACE newbuilds from 1855 until 2012 . . . including the 1981 Yaquina.
Previously, the latest dredge in a distant location I’ve been looking at was Xin Hai Liu, in Rio.
For these fotos, many thanks to Michael and Jamie.
There was a time when I was a boy . . . I thought that hydrofoils would dominate the future. They didn’t. My question is: does anyone recall a hydrofoil operating in the waters around greater NYC? This just in from a jolly tar, a British film clip that alludes to but seems not to show a hydrofoil on Long Island Sound . . . ??
Foto by Will Van Dorp.
But on the Columbia, Sommer S seems to be the most powerful vessel of the Shaver fleet.
Here’s the land office with Willamette and Columbia at the dock, as well
as Vancouver and Lassen.
On the far side of Sommer S are Deschutes and Tidewater’s Betty Lou (1950). Closeup, it’s Mary B.
Kathryn B is Bernert Barge Line’s sister to Mary B.
Foss recently announced it was withdrawing from the Columbia. A few days ago, Betsy L, Pacific Escort, and PJ Brix were parked at the dock on the Willamette.
Lindy Marie (1952) has unusual house lines. Note in the background the bow of the black mystery tug to the left and USACE’s Redlinger, maybe the fastest survey vessel on the seven seas.
This is an escort tug built in 1947 with obsolete technology just because it was effective.
When Portland II was service, it was operated by Shaver. Click here for a narrative of its operation and transformation to museum vessel. Click here for a foto of the vessel Shaver replaced the steam vessel with in 1981.
Yup, I gotta see the movie.
Parting shot, it’s part of the Brusco fleet. Nearer vessel is Sharon Brusco.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Catching up on old business . . . the vintage sixth boro NYC fotos in yesterday’s post come compliments of Seth Tane, currently living in Portland, Oregon but a working resident on New York waters 30 years ago. Tugster will feature more of those fotos in upcoming posts to illustrate the dramatic change that three decades have brought both on the water and along its margins.
I hope that anyone having similar images of waters and waterfronts will volunteer them into the public domain, either on tugster or on any other site.
Below is reserve Portland fireboat Campbell, launched 1927.
I’d like to know more about this drydock, but it’s clearly built on three re-purposed identical hulls. I couldn’t identify the tug in the drydock.
Backing up the channel here is CS Tyco Dependable, a cable ship.
And here’s a mystery vessel looking for identification . . . at least 130′ long–I think–and just downstream from the St. John’s Bridge. I saw no name or number anywhere. Might it be an LT like Bloxom–cover vessel on documentary Graves of Arthur Kill–launched out of West Virginia in 1943 and 44?
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who’s physically returned from the wet coast.
Many thanks to Fran Van Staalduinen for snapping these fotos, in a snow storm. Given the foreground, any guesses on the diameter of the props? identity of the tugboat?
Click here for a series of construction fotos from tugboatinformation.com.
Harold Tartell asked that I add the following: ”Sister Tug LEGACY Is Out And In Service. The Second Tug In This Series Of Three LEGEND, Is Over 90 Percent Complete, And Is Due Out Very Soon.” Click here, here, here, and here for more info on the Legacy-class Crowley tugs.”
That 70 is CVN-70 aka USS Carl Vinson, recently
departing San Diego for points west. These fotos come compliments of Michael Torres, who just a few weeks back sent spectacular fotos of the return to port of Splendor of the Seas.
The orange numbered tugs make up part of the Edison Chouest fleet. I believe these tugs make up a small minority of American tugs with forward-mounted azimuthing drives, or ATDs, in this article by Gregory Walsh in Professional Mariner.
For my mostly east coast eyes, these tugs are a distinctive as Michael’s fotos stunning. I’ve written about them before here.
The names are quite unusual also.
nomenclature for my east coast ears. I’ve got lots to learn about these, but
for now, I really appreciate getting these shots from Michael.
Many thanks to Michael Torres–Brooklynite transplanted to San Diego–for these fotos of Carnival Splendor returning safely to port yesterday. The job is escorted into port here by WHEC-722 USCGC Morgenthau.
Related: See this interview with captain of Millenium Dawn.
More from Seattle: Leschi and Chief Seattle . . . next to the ferry docks.
Olympic Tug and Barge’s James T. Quigg preparing to bunker Cosco Antwerp.
Over in Bremerton (an hour away by ferry) is USS Vincennes, CG 49, of the 1988 incident.
Bremerton deserves several posts, but for now, here are a line of attack subs (SSNs) slowly processing through the SRP “recycling” program. 671 is Narwhal and 696 is New York City. Click on the SRP link to identify others here.
DD951 Turner Joy has to be the most significant US naval vessel of the 1960s.
Scenery shot from the ferry ride back to Seattle: Rainier–2.5 hours away by road– dominates everything.
I wish I’d seen this from close: this resembles my favorite exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Anyone know the story here? Two of these headed north from West Seattle.
Western Towing’s Ocean Titan heads south from the Ship Canal and
Andrew Foss assists Sanmar Paragon into the Pier 86 grain terminal.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who has so much to see and so little time.
I continue my gallivant in Seattle, seeing through eyes conditioned by time in the sixth boro aka harbor New York. And again, mostly lists, as I’d rather be moving around than writing here. Ferry Tacoma (of the largest ferry system in the US, third in the world) carries vehicles as well as people as it approaches the Seattle dock. That’s the Olympic range in the background.
Seattle is its own complex tapestry, but Alaska is a palpable presence here.
Island Packer does short (or not so short) sea shipping from here to the Aleutians, I believe (1943 built).
Cargill operates this grain terminal at Pier 86. In the foreground are salmon pens. Vessel is Genco Thunder, loading grain. In the distance is bulker Sanmar Paragon. I enjoyed being close enough to this pier that I could smell the grain as it flowed into the hold.
Rainier, more than 50 miles away, dominates Seattle.
At Pier 91, catcher-processor Northern Hawk emerges from transfer
In the Lake Washington Ship Canal, a crewman of crabber Lilli Ann–in response to my question–said they were “headed for Dutch” a bit less than a week away.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who is solely responsible for any and all errors in this info. As a newby gallivanter here, I might conjecture here and there while trying to get oriented in my limited sojourn.
Unrelated but wonderful, check out Herb Cold is the Sea‘s rendering of a husky-blue-eyed blogger. Herb . . . wow! Thank you. And juxtaposed with Alice–darling Alice–wowwow!! Alice dear, we are indeed blessed.