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Thanks to Tony A, behold Patriot Marine’s Mulberry, still in the USAV livery from when she was ST-914

Photos are from New Haven, a port I’ve not visited, and with those raked masts . . . that appears to be Amistad along the shore in the distance.

I’ve looked unsuccessfully online for a list of USAV ST-900 series tugboats.  Anyone help?

Also, McCormack Boys has worked locally, ie, in the sixth boro, recently.

Here Boys tows some dredge equipment out of the KVK, as seen from a different angle.

Still another from Tony, Crosby Trojan appears to have done some assist work while in the sixth boro on its way to Maine. Trojan is currently enroute between Maine and Narragansett Bay.


I’m not sure which Genesis energy unit she is assisting.

And to close out this post, here’s an extraordinary set: USS Yorktown ( CG-48), a Ticonderoga-class cruiser being towed in the direction of the breakers in Brownsville by Miss Rui, which folks in the sixth boro might recognize as the former Norwegian Sea, and tailed by Annabelle Dorothy Moran, appears to be delayed.  As of this writing, she might be heading back to Philly.

Photos thanks to M’r Polychrome, who just happened to be transiting the area.

Miss Rui had been laid up herself near the Philadelphia Navy yard for some time before being purchased and rehabbed by Smith Maritime Ocean Towing & Salvage.

Many thanks to Tony a and M’r Polychrome for sending along these photos, extraordinary all.

In fall 2010, deepening dredging was happening in the sixth boro to prepare for the ULCVs now so commonplace here,  after Panama Canal enlargement and Bayonne Bridge raising. These operations afforded me the chance to see a cutterhead close up.  The crewman wielding the hammer was trying to loosen a worn tooth.   By the way, those teeth weigh 35 pounds each.  Teeth . . .  dentist?

Then as now, Layla Renee was in the dredge support trade.  Right now she’s in Charleston.  She was only two years old at the time of the photo.

It looks that way, but W. O. Decker is NOT a dredge tender in this photo.  Here five people on Decker are catching the stare of the one dredge worker in work vest.

The entire K-Sea fleet has disappeared.  As of 2020, Falcon has become Carol and I’ve not yet seen her latest livery.  Houma was scrapped in 2017 in Baltimore.

Here are two of the McAllister tugs involved in easing MSC’s USNS Sisler (T-AKR 311)into Bayonne drydock as then-John P. Brown manages the door.  For many more photos of the event, check out “floating the door,” where you also see Allied’s Sea Raven, unlabelled.

I caught Growler at Mystic Seaport that fall.  Rumor has it that Growler has returned to the sixth boro under a new name and sans teeth, but is under wraps.

Also in Mystic at that time, 1885 steam/sail vessel Amazon (has nothing to do with Bezos), the 2000 Amistad, and the 1908 steamer Sabino.  Does anyone know the whereabouts of Amazon today?

My reason to be in Mystic that October was to work on Pegasus, seen here with Araminta and Cangarda.  What works of beauty all three are!

Deborah Quinn here is docked near where Jakobson Shipyard used to be located.  I believe that’s her location as of this writing.

Under the old Bayonne bridge, Maurania III assumes position to ease the 1997 Maersk Kokura around Bergen Point.  Maurania III is currently in Wilmington NC.

Back a decade ago, Day Peckinpaugh had some good paint on her, and Frances was like a cocoon in Turecamo livery.  There’s scuttlebutt of a new lease on life for Day Peckinpaugh.

Let’s end with dredging, as we began.  Terrapin Island was one of the regulars in the navigation dredging effort.  Terrapin Island is currently in Norfolk.

All photos, October 2010, by WVD.

Big announcement soon.


This follows the post where I got to spend four times as long on Long Island Sound, a truly remarkable place.  The trip last week brought sights and surprises enough to warrant a repeat trip soon.  Here, a bait boat (?) passes a renowned Plum Island facility.  Back to this later in the post.


We’re headed to New London, the name of this RORO/WOWO.


Here Marjorie McAllister tows RTC 60 past Little Gull Light.


The only house on Hobbs Island in Groton needed to have a story, and I found one when I learned it was built by the Hays family, who wrote this book a friend gave me for my 45th birthday.


Here Mary Ellen departs New London for Orient Point, passing New London Light.


Amistad awaits, for sale at the dock.


Sea Jet  . . . takes on passengers for Block Island, a place I need to visit soon.


Since our destination was Blount for the wind farm vessel ribbon cutting, I wanted to get a photo of the newly launched replacement for Capt. Log.   Click here to see the plans and specs.


Chandra B, coming to the sixth boro soon.

At the dock just south of the I-95 bridge, it’s 100′ scalloper Chief, also for sale.


Electric Boat 2 does patrols around the pens,


which enclose a submarine.  Now look closely at the tail vertical stabilizer.  Now look at the one in this “news” story about a submarine getting stuck in Shinnecock Canal.  If not the same sub, then it’s at least the same type.


But if you start thinking about it, Dan’s is having way too much fun.  This story and this one are clearly boaxes, spoofs about boats.  When I heard the story about Shinecock, I thought maybe the Hamptons PD had gotten ahold of this one, which I spotted on the North fork just a few summer months ago.


Heading back across to Orient Point, you can line up New London Ledge Light with Race Rock Light, in the distance.   Tours for Ledge are available in the summer, when the ghost is around.


On a leg between Newport and Oyster Bay, it’s KnickerbockerWisconsin-built by a shipyard that started out doing fish tugs!  If you’re not familiar with fish tugs–of which Urger was one–go to Harvey Hadland‘s site.


Now here, back near Plum Island, is a surprise.  I figured it was a fishing party boat, but Justin suggested otherwise, and indeed he was right.  M. S. Shahan II IS a government boat, owned by Department of Homeland Security!!


And a final shot of Plum Island just before we return to the Orient Point dock, of course, it’s Cape Henlopen, former USS LST 510



By the way, I am still looking for folks with connection to this vessel as LST-510.

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.


When this event happened on Memorial Day in the sixth boro, I wrote about it as “cast.”   The New London cast right after the 4th of July was quite different.   All these fotos come with thanks to Birk Thomas, now at sea. Ferry New London is automatically part of the local and daily cast .

Thames (rhymes with “james” ) Towboat Company’s   John P. Wronowski (2004) was built in Florida.

Gwendolyn (1975) was built in Louisiana.

USCGC Eagle began to take shape in Hamburg in 1936.

USS Carter Hall had her keel laid in Louisiana in 1991.

Adam uses her 450 hp mostly around the Thames Towboat Company yards, where it was built.

Patricia Ann came out of a Louisiana shipyard as a YTB on hull #758 . .  to Hercules #766, now in Nigeria.

Figureheads need inspection.

John P. and Paul A. Wronowski (1980 in Connecticut) assist USS Carter Hall into its berth.  Paul A. was one of the first z-drive tugs ever built.

Ticonderoga (1936 by Herreshoff in Boston as Tioga) begs to be seen from closer, much closer.

Ferry Race Point is cast, even if she’s really working the run to Fisher’s Island.

Behold Wolf . . . she flies the flag of the Conch Republic, where I found myself exactly a year ago!

Cisne Branco . . . like Eagle was in the sixth boro almost two months ago.

Schooner Brilliant, 1932 in the Bronx, is truly brilliant.

Schooner A. J. Meerwald, 1932 in South Jersey, homeports in Bivalve . . . yes the village is truly called that.

Wisconsin-built YP-700 had its keel laid in 1987.

Another shot of Paul A.

It’s Amistad  (Connecticut with a 2000 launch) with its unmistakable rake.

Again . . . many thanks to Birk for these fotos.

Quick post:  the first ship I saw upon crossing the VZ from Staten Island into Brooklyn today was panamax tanker Stena Chronos.  I know it’s an uninteresting shot, but it marks that old cronos time has surged forward.  Remember, double clicking an image enlarges it.

An interesting sight along the way today is this defunct restaurant on the Nanticoke River near Seaford, Delaware.  Vessel is the ex-USS McKeever Brothers (SP-683) built in Noank, CT in 1911.  Click here to see the 136′ steam-powered minesweeper and patrol vessel in the Delaware circa WW1.  Click here to see the restaurant in more prosperous days.

Ospreys nest in the mast.  Van shows scale.

Lubber windows demonstrate that naval lines and terrestrial ones should never mix.   Click here to see other “ship” restaurants.

Can you identify what lies behind the wreath in this foto?  Clue . . . it displaces 45,000 tons and had a new bow grafted in place in 1956 to replace one damaged in a collision.  By the way, towards the stern starboard . . .  it’s the raked masts of Amistad!!

Answer is BB-64, USS Wisconsin.

Finally, I have to laugh at myself here, posting that this tug was Orida . . . even though the primer clearly suggests otherwise.  Many thanks again to DP for pointing this out.  This is a classic “looking but just not seeing” moment.

Hope you and I do NOT have many of those moments in 2010.  I do have a powerful tendency to see (and hear) what I want to see and hear;  I’m working on correcting it.

Back home, now what?  If I had a couple million dollars, here’s an idea and music and even better music it inspired.  Thanks, Rick . . . lend me some $$?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

If Xena captured first place in my heart this weekend, then second place went to Snekke 2.  Hear it


purr through a lake (in New Hampshire?) here.

aawwsNamed after a traditional Norwegian design for the smallest Viking longships, this beaut comes from the boatshop of Andrew Wallace, featured on this great vintage boat site.


Talking traditional, this is a new birchbark canoe.  Seeing it reminded me it was high time to reread


John McPhee’s Survival of the Bark Canoe, not a how-to book, but a compelling profile of a traditional bark boat builder about 35 years ago.


I saw this boat in Noank, a few miles from the Show.  Too small to read here, the name is Joshua B. Edwards, a legendary whale man of the East End of Long Island.   That name suggests the origin of the design.  Learn more at Sag Harbor.


This has to qualify as the most unusual cockpit:  notice the compass base and cask contents label.


Here’s the name.  What’s not clear is whether Winfield Lash is the 1927 Atkin boat or a replica.  Any help?


I offer this foto, but it does not do justice to Amistad, a 10-year-old replica of La Amistad. I recall the smell of new wood a cold winter day I watched her being built in Mystic.


Charles W. Morgan became this entity a century and three-fourths ago!!


The longevity of Morgan or . . . the charm of the barely visible woman wearing the hat and standing just to starboard of the bow AND whose last name is a four-letter word beginning with W and ending with D . . . so which better answers the “Why Wood” question?  Of course, you know the answer.    Yes, there was a close-up many posts ago.


Although this catboat was on the pier at Mystic, the color says Caribbean all over it to me.  Sorry . . . don’t know the name.


Final one . . . also taken in Noank, a ketch with leeboards.  It had anchored in Mystic and was headed for sea here.  Anyone know the name?  I’d like to learn more about sailing with leeboards.


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Six score lacking five years, and still awork as a school ship, it’s Lettie G. Howard, one of 4000 (yup!!) vessels built in tiny Essex, Massachusetts.


In the first score of years of its life, Lettie‘s dorymen would fill her hold with Banks fish, then race them back to the fish market . . .


to be first schooner-load in, which collected highest prices.  Highliner, such a vessel would be called.


Here Lettie glides alongside Amistad in the Chesapeake Schooner Race in October.    Thanks to Jed for this foto.


By the way, if you’re in New York Saturday, December 6, stop by the Mary Whalen for some birthday cake.   She’s three score and ten, and got this streak going.  Pegasus, a 1907 tugboat, will glide in on her own power.  Lots more.

Except for Jed’s foto, all taken by Will Van Dorp.

ps:  Check new blog 70.8%.  It’s on my blogroll too.

Uh . . . ?  from a rainy Chesapeake comes this foto of a unique amalgamation.  What might it be?  Answer below.

And what vessels might these be,  with what connection to the six boro?  Answer also below, as is the rest of this post.

Back in the boro, where the sun blessed us this weekend, I imagined having a blast–my love and I on the river-– in a tiny sprit sail boat,  [Play music from the “my love…” link while reading rest of post.]

racing past the Palisades.

For others, Imagine carried more gregarious folks past the metropolis

with a jaunty captain at the helm. . .

while its sister ship Adirondack headed for the Statue.

Technically replica Half Moon isn’t sailing here, but with all her flags flying, this motoring yacht is autumn resplendant, especially beside the equally autumnal Hayward.  Anyone identify Half Moon’s flags?  Answer below.

Fore to aft:

foremast:  flag of the province of South Holland.  main:  stripes of the seven provinces.

mizzen:  three crosses of city of Amsterdam, often called XXX.

Answers:  Norfolk Rebel, tugantine, had its keel laid on April Fools Day 1978.  Next, schooners are Amistad pursuing Lettie G. Howard.  Lettie, built in Essex, MA, in 1893, has New York as its current homeport.

Put up whatever flags you will, and sail with your mates and thoughts before winter intrudes.  There really are so many ways to mess about in wind boats, and from here, you can sail around the world.

Top two fotos, compliments of Jed.  All others, Will Van Dorp.

Tugboats don’t have them although it’s interesting to imagine what part of the human anatomy they’d project forward if they did: one open hand or two, butt, shoulder, chin, etc. Figureheads have mostly disappeared from the seas now after living there for millenia. My favorite figureheads have to be those on Viking ships, but a regret is that I’ve not seen any lately.


This golden man who rides the bow of Danmark may have Viking ancestors. The intensity of his forward scanning eyes dazzles me. Does he have a name? Recall this post? Would a close-up of the man on the Harrier show similarly dazzling eyes?


Leave it to my Dutch cousins to place this on the Stad Amsterdam. But if she rides the bow at 17 knots, her clingy deshabille is understandable. Isn’t she chilly? The Amsterdammer “belt” is precious; I’m getting one. Echt mooi klaboutermannikintje!



A very different attitude is projected by “Joe,” I assume, figurehead of the Joseph Conrad at Mystic Seaport. I love Joe’s stories, but his pallor always leaves me feeling seasick.



Last one for now, Amistad‘s eagle is certainly more impressive than the one borne by the Coast Guard Eagle I wrote about a month ago.

To me, figureheads are about inspiration. I’m writing about them because I’m looking to be inspired. Any inspirational figureheads you know or motivational images or thoughts you would share?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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