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aka Blue Marlin‘s Vigorous cargo, with all photos and most text by Seth Tane, whose painting site has long been linked to this blog AND who took the photos of the sixth boro during the 1970s and ’80s that he and I collaborated on last year in the 10-post series I called “sixth boro fifth dimension.” By the way, the dry dock will be the largest in the US, built by ZPMC. Do you recall hearing of them here and in other posts like here and here?
On the stern is Shaver’s Sommer S. That’s the city of Portland upper left.
Ahead is the BNSF drawspan. They’re going to crane lift a few bits and pieces at the Vigor Swan Island shipyard (Click here for photos I took there last year.) and then transit back under the bridges to a deep hole off terminal 4 to float off the dock where they have the required 50′ draft.
Here’s the side view. Recall that it was Blue Marlin that returned a damaged USS Cole from Yemeni waters.
Many thanks to Seth Tane for these photos. Click here for another look at his painting.
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.
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.