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March 2009 . . . Stephen Scott here passes Port Ivory, near my old job, pushing RTC 70.   I’m still looking for Stephen Scott photo is her new profile, sans upper wheelhouse.  Port Ivory was an intriguing place name for me when I first moved here;  once a North Shore Branch of the SIRR even had a station there.

Kimberly Poling already had the color scheme, but adding a few more teal stripes to her current appearance is a big improvement.

Lettie passed by once while I scheduled my lunch break.  As of today’s posting, Lettie G is in Mobile AL!!  If she continues, she could end up back in Lake Erie by way of the great loop.  Is that what’s happening?  A few months I caught her at the top end of the Welland Canal here.

More Port Ivory area, Specialist was around, then called Specialist II.

So was the huge K-Sea fleet, which included Falcon.

This post should be called “sixth boro and beyond,” since I took this photo of Justine with RTC 120 up near Saugerties.  Back then,

was that a red canoe along her portside rail?

Side by side  in the Rondout 10 years ago were Hackensack, the 1953 colorful one, and Petersburg, 1954 vintage and still in the general area.  Last I knew, Hackensack was in Guyana pushing molasses barges.

And going  farther out, it’s Allie B pulling Goliath on a cargo barge Brooklyn Bridge out of Quincy MA, with assistance from Vincent D. Tibbetts Jr and Justice.

Here’s a closer up of Liberty.  For the entire reportage on that journey to Mangalia, Romania (!!), click here.  Damen operates the crane in their shipyard there, the largest shipyard in the Damen collection.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes you enjoy these looks back as much as I do.

No, I haven’t left the sixth boro.  Just yesterday I crossed paths with Allie B here at Atlantic Salt, purveyor of a safety product and patron of the arts.


It took a gray day for me to notice that the house colors along the KVK are reminiscent of those in coastal Canadian maritimes towns.  Allie B has been one of my favorite tugboats since I saw her depart on her epic tow here and here back in 2009.


Then I passed Evelyn Cutler, here with Noelle Cutler at Caddell Drydock.  Those are basic Wavertree masts in the background.  I first saw Evelyn


in red.


Here’s a first good photo of Dylan Cooper, the Reinauer tug that arrived in the sixth boro later last year.




I hope to get another of her here in a few years when that bridge is completed.


I believe Eric is the newest of McAllister tugs in the sixth boro.  And yes, here Eric is using her 5000+ hp to assist Atlantic Star, ACL‘s brand spanking new CONRO vessel into port yesterday on her maiden voyage.  I hope to have a post dedicated to Atlantic Star completed for tomorrow.


Eric is a product of the same Rhode Island shipyard that produced Dylan Cooper.  In the distance that’s one of ACL’s previous generation of CONRO vessels, Atlantic Concert.  Here’s an entire post dedicated to Atlantic Concert from 2009.


All photos by Will Van Dorp, with thanks to NY Media boat. 

And yes, I still have more of Barrel’s vintage USACE photos to share.


Here’s the index to all previous posts in this series.

For today, all come from Jed . .  John Jedrlinic.  Any ideas on the locomotion of the person nearer than Diane Moran, photo taken in Miami in February?


The Thomas Dann photo is from almost a year ago.


Ditto . . . Schuylkill, taken in Norfolk last May.


Ditto . . . Jed took this photo of the 1960 Marion in St. Maarten.



Mr Chester and


Miss Niz . . . Miami, February 2015.


Allie B has been a favorite of mine since I caught photos here and here or her departing for the Black Sea this time eight years ago.


Finally, the closing shot is Diane Moran without the guy on the jet ski.


Many thanks to Jed Jedrlinic for these photos.

As you know, I do this blog because it’s fun.  I’ve met a lot of great people, and recently, with the evolution of so-called “social media” have become friends with some hunks of steel aka ships.  Well, although I “befriend” a ship, it’s more accurate to say . . . the crew of the ship.  And I’m overjoyed to learn of others’ routines, lives, and journeys . . .  as offered by FB.  Here’s a foto recently posted by the crew of Algolake, a Great Lakes bulker.  This post I dedicate to the crew  of Algolake, my FB friends.      To hear the vessel, click here for youtube of her leaving Duluth.  The foto below was taken FROM Algolake.

And, I take a lot of fotos.  The first two below I took in the St. Lawrence Seaway in July 2008.  Algoport entered the port, and then

moved downbound for its next load. At the time, I recall looking up more info on the vessel, learning that it was built in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1979, and then ran only one foto, seen in this post.  Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago, because of my FB friendship with Algolake, I ran into info about Algoport sinking in the East China Sea, while under tow by Pacific Hickory, for a new “forebody.”    Here a youtube slideshow with more info on the demise of Algoport, now gathering marine encrustation (?) 16,000 ‘ below the surface, a wreck no wreck diver will ever see.

Another story:  in March 2010 I took these fotos of USS Sanctuary in Baltimore harbor.  She served as a hospital ship during WW2 and the Vietnam War.    Yesterday, a friend mentioned in passing that this vessel

was on its way . .  or already arrived in Brownsville, TX

for recycling.  A little hunting leads me to believe her demise/rebirth . . .   will involve ESCO, a dismantler or recycler.  Foto 7 here leads me to think at least part of the tow was performed by Allie B.  Also back in March 2009, I gallivanted up to Massachusetts to see Allie B leave on a fairly long tow to Romania.  Some posts on that can be found here, here, and elsewhere.

Ships, like everything else, have lives.  Lots of folks, like me, are fascinated by the “end” of the life of various ships.  Some sink.  Some get reefed and then some of those “reefs” dived upon.  Some get recycled.  Others get scrapped or broken.  If, like me, you’re interested in these things and have the chance to see Park Bong Nam’s documentary “Iron Crows,” by all means . . . go.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts on this interest many of us share on the end of ships . . . breaking, recycling, wreck diving, wrecks in general,  . . . and the eerie beauty of rusting derelict ghost vessels.

Algolake . .  fair winds, interesting ports!  And keep the great fotos coming.

As I post, Allie B steams eastwards 96 hours out of Boston bound for Gilbraltar and Romania.  One site I read recently refers to the type of information that follows as heritage;  other domains might call this previous lives or even aliases.   So, before carrying the Allie B name, the vessel bore these colors as Express Explorer.  Search “consort” and escort” on this blog to find other Express Marine boats.


Identical lines, same steel, different colors . . . she was Janet Graham of Gulfcoast Transit Company.


This was the original vessel–Gulf Inland’s Gulf Whale–launched in 1977 by Quality Equipment, Inc. of Houma, Louisiana.   Right here read vessel names and history of Gulf Inland Towing and other fleets subsumed with it under a different name today.


So here’s my question:  if a crewman with perfect memory who worked on Gulf Whale in –say–1978 walked through Allie B today, what details of the vessel might appear unchanged after 32 years?  What components still remain from the original launch other than steel plate?

All fotos and most info here compliments of Harold E. Tartell.

aka closer-up shots from Saturday’s departure.  Might we have to wait til the Gilbraltar port call to get the next closeups?  And is the person on the barge just forward of Tibbetts the last one to set foot there until Europe?  If I could get a cheap ticket to Gilbraltar in two weeks or so . . .


Liberty glided to starboard


and then port


to line up through the bridge.  (Yes, I was shooting through chainlink.)  Does Liberty have z-drives?


Less than a quarter-mile from the “slip” Allie B showed signs of settling into the harness.


Brooklyn Bridge‘s cargo has robust bracing forward


and aft.  And are those bundles corrections to balance?


Not every early March day lends itself to so much outdoor activity.


Towmasters’ comment leads to a link about another crane named Goliath in Belfast’s Harland & Wolff, builders of the Titanic.  Belfast landmarked the crane to ensure that it stayed in the port.  And that led me to a link to about Kockums Crane here and a poignant site in Swedish (if you don’t read Swedish, you can surely read the fantastic fotos) about a crane that, like Quincy’s, went away.

If you’re interested in a soundtrack to this series, try Downeaster Alexa even though it laments a different Northeast maritime industry;  it just happened to play on my radio Saturday . . . as if anything “just happens.”

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Imagine you worked at the shipyard for 10 or more years.  You put in the strength of your best years with friends who did the same.  You were young then and eager to get out of bed in the morning to hurry to the job you loved:  building LNG tankers, huge vessels that sailed the world’s oceans and delivered fuel and  withstood the challenges of the roughest seas.  Then  the shipyard gates closed and the 300-foot-high Goliath idled and rusted.  Weeds grew up where 32,000 workers once built ships.   Today, between the fence and the tow, several acres of unsold automobiles stood parked there, awaiting buyers.


Here’s Allie B about a half hour before departure today.


And this is how a voyage of more than 4000 miles begins:  assist tugs Liberty and Vincent D. Tibbetts Jr.  ease the barge Brooklyn Bridge into the Fore River, and Allie B moves the tow seaward.


Liberty and Tibbetts guide the tow through the 3A bridge between Quincy and Weymouth and


and then you hurry to Great Hill to watch your crane disappear towards Peddocks Island,


and Hull Gut, past the other islands of Boston harbor, and then


to sea, over the horizon, to build great ships elsewhere.  And you may never see it again.  How would it feel?

See sackrabbit’s fotos here, and check back there for updates over the coming month.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Preliminary question:  When is Brooklyn Bridge not a bridge?  Answer below.

Thanks to George Graham of, (link below)  here’s news of a foto contest and an epic voyage for the vessel below, which I foto’d in KVK in late January 2009.  It’s Allie B., with vitals:  1977, 106′ loa x 32,’ ex-Express Explorer and ex-Janet Graham.


The story:  at low tide (11:30 am) on Saturday, March 7, Allie B will depart Quincy, Massachusetts, towing a barge carrying the disassembled 1200-ton Goliath crane formerly of Fore River Shipyard, the structure that for several decades dominated the Quincy skyline.  My eyes used to gravitate unconsciously toward the structure every time I traveled I-93 south of Boston.  For the sake of redundancy, here’s info on the foto contest.

Destination for the Goliath:  the Black Sea port of Mangalia, Romania.  Mangalia was mentioned in this blog back in November 2007, as launchplace of Alice‘s sibling, Harmen.  Read that here.  And has anyone seen Alice lately?  Foto below shows Allie B eastbound approaching our Brooklyn Bridge in 2006.


Can anyone augment my limited imaginings about vessel and crew preparations for the trip.  Fuel of course.  And spare parts and provisions, obviously.  Crew size minimal?  Duration of the trip . . . three weeks?  Any planned stops?  Chance of finding a return tow?  By the way, in trucking, a tractor not pulling a trailer is “bobtailing” or “deadheading.”  Besides “light” what terms describe a tug without a tow?

Oh, Brooklyn Bridge is the name of the barge carrying Goliath to the Black Sea.  More pics of Goliath in this slideshow.

Again, thanks to George Graham.  Now, can I get up there by Saturday morning?  Anyone up for a field trip to Boston?  If I don’t make it up to Quincy, could someone email me some fotos?  Are credit, attribution, and fame–coins of my realm–dazzling enough?

Images, WVD.

Kudos to Harold E. Tartell for correctly identifying the “mystery tug” in RT 32 as  Harry McNeal.  I took the foto below at Howland’s Hook May 2008.   (McNeal …Louisiana 1965.)


Here are more.  Weeks’ Virginia, who positioned in the plane-receiving barge about two weeks ago, Ocean   (Virginia …Louisiana 1979, ex-Bayou Babe or “By you, b’abe” )


Peter F. Gellatly raced southbound in the Arthur Kill just yesterday, a new vessel to my eyes,  (Peter F. …Louisiana 2008)


Hornbeck’s Brooklyn Service–another new vessel for me– headed north on Thursday,  (Brooklyn …Louisiana 1975, ex-Peggy Sheridan),


Dann Ocean Towing’s Allie B has done a lot of work in the boro this winter,  (Allie B …built Louisiana 1977, ex-Express Explorer)


Henry Marine Service Dorothy J headed westbound in the KVK a week or so ago, (Dorothy J …Louisiana 1982, ex Angela M)


as did Mary H,   (Mary H …Louisiana 1981)


as well as Sea Bear,   (Sea Bear …Illinois!  1990, ex-Bay Star)


and a far-off shot of Baltic Sea, 11:09 am the other day, upbound North River.  (Baltic …of course, Louisiana 1973, ex-S/R Albany and ex-Tahchee).  Anyone upriver have fotos of Baltic breaking ice upriver?


Please check out the history blog bowsprite and I collaborate on to mark the 400th anniversary of  Henry Hudson’s memorable trip through our boro.  Primary and secondary sources coupled with imagination’s license generate Henry’s Obsession.  A new post about a January 1609 non-random web of characters in Amsterdam has gone up today.

Photos, WVD.

Snippets of song lyrics emerge from the unconscious sometimes to “explain” what’s happening.  Like yesterday before going to work.  Calm waters . . .


as a light barge and escorts approach and


I conclude it’s a Dann and a Hornbeck and


Ripples disturb the smooth liquid


and then patterns get more erratic and I


guess the morning calm has these distortions oscillating outward for a spell,


the same way things evolve at work or loves or deals or even in dreams.  And the words of Bob Dylan “It’s all over now, baby blue” bubble to the surface after decades of immersion.

Rumor:  Alice sat at a dock in Brooklyn this morning as if she’d never been away around the world . . . any confirmation of that sighting?

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