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I’m surprised I’ve not used this title in almost a year, since the thought often comes my way that some very busy waterways exist in the sixth boro.  Like below with the four Moran tugs and one tanker.  Since three are headed to the left, you might be wondering why.  Easy . . .  those three–JRT, Kimberly, Margaret— are assisting an incoming ship, the single tug, Jonathan C,  in the foreground heading to the right will soon assist another ship coming in.  Polar Cod–a great name–is transferring petroleum product.

Here’s that incoming ship, exciting the birds as the ship and maybe stirring up the menhaden and their predators below.  We’ll get back to this.

Here’s a closer up of that fish/bird stirring ship, a torrent called Torrente.   Portside the ship is Mary Turecamo, and starboard, it’s the Belford-based Osprey

And here’s the most dense photo, eight tugboats from four different companies, two loaded container ships, and one tanker, all in less than two miles of waterway.

Getting back to all those birds and fish in the Con Hook Range . . .  a lot of people in small boats are putting their baited hooks in the water there.

Unrelated:  An unconfirmed report with this photo below says the 1912 Argo sank in Long Island Sound off Wading River NY on November 1.  Can anyone confirm that this happened?  I looked for a report but couldn’t find one anywhere.  To see a photo I took of it underway in the sixth boro just over 10 years ago, click here. And here, taken in June 2011.

The photo below was posted by Steve Adkins and said to be taken by USCG responding to the distress.

All photos except the last one, WVD.

I value classification, so here are the previous posts with this title.  And here’s a cadillac of research vessels that’ve called in the sixth boro.  Some others elsewhere have included a NOAA boat, Weatherbird II, and a larger NOAA boat.  I was there for the christening of Kaho.  Michigan has the venerable Neeskay,  Huron has Laurentian, and Superior includes Shenehon.  Here are some more.   Please forgive for all those left out.

Argo is a Dunkirk NY-based fisheries research vessel. I’m guessing she arrived in Lake Erie via some parts of the Erie Canal.

Doing similar work on Lake Superior is Kiyi.   I took this photo back in May.  Kiyi went into service not quite 20 years ago.  For a 9-minute video of her at work over a week-long period, click here.

Departing the sixth boro a few weeks ago, here’s another photo of NOAAS Nancy Foster

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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Here’s an editorial from The Manchester Guardian for Nov 12, 1918.  “If, as a people, we can be wise and tolerant and just in peace as we have been resolute in war, we shall build them the memorial that they have earned in the form of a world set free from military force, national tyrannies and class oppressions, for the pursuit of a wider justice in the spirit of a deeper and more human religion.”

Can you figure this one out?



Wooden hull, 62′ loa . . .


it’s Revolution, and my first time to see it although I’ve known of it for some time through this and this.


These photos taken today by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to have more questions answered soon . .  like what did she look like as Argo . . . and while working in Boston, Boothbay, and in the sixth boro as a fire boat.  ??

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