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Something Different 38

Wait!  Is there a tree-lined snow-covered canal exiting there?  A dry dock drifted full of snow and hidden by pines? Nope, it’s a cottage like no or few others, launched in Toledo in 1923 as John W. Boardman.  Click on that first link to see interior shots of the cottage on the St. Marys River just […]

Specialized 26

As the title indicates, this features #26 in a string of specialized posts. And what is specialized in what, you may think. A lift boat, aka an elevator!  I’ve had lift boats here, and here.  I’m led to believe they’ve been around at least since Jehu.  Really, Jehu is a vessel I’ve not found an image […]

Second Lives 25 Update

What’s that vessel in light battleship gray primer? She’s been cleaned right down to the bilge . . . Recognize this riveted hull? There’s a William Francis Gibbs design surrounded by that 900-ton travel lift. Here’s the new look bow, profile, and stern. In new paint and old colors, it’s Fire Fighter. Here’s a note […]

Government Boats 49

This photo comes from the Chantier Davie Canada, aka Davie Shipyard, across from Quebec City, taken in the first half of this month.  Two Ocean tugs assist a repurposed AHTS/Supply Ship Viking Vidar into the Davie’s docks to complete the transformation from private to public.  Click on the link in the previous sentence to see […]

Second Lives 25

I took the photo below in spring 2012 on the event of 343‘s arrival in the sixth boro.  It shows (from far to near) FDNY’s John D. McKean, Kevin C. Kane, and Firefighter.  None of these vessels is currently owned by FDNY.  McKean has gone upriver to be converted into a museum, Kane has gone […]

Port of Erie PA 1

The port of Erie is protected behind an “almost island” called Presque Isle, pronounced in French to rhyme with “wheel.”  Click on the map to interact with it. So guess which “laker” was behind Presque Isle the other day?  Presque Isle, of course, and that’s the name of both the tug and barge.  Both parts […]

Retro Sixth Boro 43

I hope you enjoy looking back 10 years as much as I do, although some might say I live in the past a little too much.  Here’s some dense traffic, l to r, Twisted Sisters, Lucinda Smith, Maurania III, and Petrozavosk.  Up in Lyons NY at the drydock, Governor Roosevelt shows her deep 8′ 6″ […]

Second Lives 24

Stuff changes.  You’ve heard that before.  And it always will.  Jeffrey Lin captures that in his way. Aleksandr Mariy shows this in another way, which I’ve been trying to do with “second lives” posts. Here’s his set of drawings of what is today the tall ship Avatar, built in 1941, currently gearing up for the […]

Second Lives 23

I’ve taken this photo from Facebook, on a thread started by Aleksandr Mariy.  He wondered what it was. Look at the stern, the shape of the house, and the bow apart from the upper bulwarks shaped up to and around the bowsprit. Speculation in that thread was  and I change the words slightly and add […]

Something Different 67 B

Part A was  here.  Here is the start of the actual trip on the Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) that led to this blog. Giant pusher tugs like the ITB Major Vangu were sometimes referred to as K-boats, because they ran between key river cities of Kinshasa and Kisangani. Waterfalls above Kisangani and below Kinshasa blocked […]