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I’ll get back to my homeward bound series tomorrow, but this photo Ashley Hutto sent along Wednesday just astounds me.  It would be a perfect base for a horror movie poster.

Thanks much, Ashley.  That’s a moody photo!

You can find many previous posts featuring Ashley’s photos here.


Thanks to Ashley Hutto, I started on this path a month ago.  Notice the equipment just beyond the H-bitt and slightly toward the capstan?

The same equipment can be found on this $161 million stationary vessel on the East River:  the orange ring and net seems to be to the right and several balls can be seen lower left.

Here’s the same on this

ship called Kestrel.  I suppose the ship is named for the backboard?

And notice this one on Ocearch just above and beyond the lighter blue tent?

Here’s another . . . standard version on

this LNG tanker Atlantic bound at the Cocoli locks….

A slight permutation gets us to “bulls on halls…”    Well, we’ve had cows here and here . . .   Has anyone seen livestock vessels in the sixth boro recently?

Thanks to Ashley for the first shot;  the others by Will Van Dorp.   Here are some more hoops.  Remember this “cardiac gym” on Apache?   I enjoy looking, expecting to find surprises everywhere.



I’ll explain this photo and the title at the end of this post.

The big move began yesterday on schedule, timed with the tides, I was told, to fit the cargo under some of the Hudson River bridges . . .

The cargo was gussied up with sponsors much like you’d see on a NASCAR racer.


Three tugs accompany the Mormac 400 barge.

On the stern were Daisy Mae and Mister Jim.

Underneath the entire cargo were tires;  I counted about 32 “axles,” each with with duals, and I’m not sure how many sets of duals across there are.  Maybe someone has the correct number.


After getting photos in New Baltimore, I crossed the river and got the rest of these in Hudson NY.

On the bow, CMT Pike (1979) guides the load.

Mister Jim (1982) and Daisy Mae (2017) power the tow from the stern.

Here, unfortunately backlit, the tow passes the Hudson-Athens Light.  

Hudson has quite the interesting history, and a spectator I talked with said the port missed becoming the state capital by three votes.  The architecture of the town is visit-worthy.

So you might still be wondering about the title and the top photo.  Here’s the story:  as I focused on taking the photos in Hudson, on the shore with a dozen other folks, I heard a chant.  “USA USA USA” from a group of kids who were in the park enjoying the beautiful spring weather.  I can’t say how the chanting started, but they were certainly looking at this large cargo and noticing the “union made in the USA” sign, and pumping their arms, dancing, and chanting loud enough to get a reaction from some folks on the tugs.  My guess is that it was spontaneous.  As a friend of mine would say:  “Neat!!”

And the cargo, here’s an informative article from Workboat.  It’s a heat-recovery steam generator bound for Bridgeport CT;  as of this writing (0515 Tuesday), the tow is approaching Newburgh.  The schedule has it at the GW at 1700 this afternoon and anchored at the Statue by 2000 (8 pm), departing for the East River at 0300 Wednesday.

The photo below offers a view from the stern of Mister Jim, thanks to Ashley Hutto.

For some previous interesting cargoes moved by CMT tugs, click here (for beer) and here (for a previous HRSG).

Thanks to Ashley Hutto, here’s a salt ship lightering in the Upper Bay.

The ship–Sadlers Wells–has since departed for Houston.  I took the photo below, and all the others, on Monday.   That’s Mister Jim and barge alongside.  I’m curious about the name, given its association with an English theater opened in 1683 by a Richard Sadler.

I didn’t immediately notice that the blue stack logo was made up of four P’s canted so as to look like blades of a propeller.

Panstellar, a fabulous name, was also here discharging salt.  Click here to see the rest of the “pan-” fleet.

Seaenvoy is less than a year old.  I don’t know if the bow design is an upcoming trend.


It has since departed for Amsterdam.

Chemical Hunter–an intriguing namegets around for a smallish chemical tanker.


Pacific Jewels arrived here from Venezuela.

Overseas New York, a Jones Act tanker,  was launched in Philadelphia in 2008.

George Washington Bridge, despite a sixth boro sounding name, is a “K” Line vessel. 

Thanks to Ashley for for first photo;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Jack Ronalds took this photo of Ontario (Jeffrey K. McAllister) and Erie (Missy McAllister) in Canso back in August 2016.

John Jedrlinic took this in the sixth boro in December 2008.

I took the photo below a few months earlier in 2008, as the transfer from Normandy to Ross Sea was happening.

Grouper has been featured here many, many times over the years, but you’ve never seen this much of her out of the water;  it’s “draw-down” time on the Erie Canal near lock E-28A.  These photos come from Bob Stopper a few weeks ago.


From Bangkok, Ashley Hutto sends along photos of a decidedly pastel Thai tug

with two barges

on a hawser.

Thanks to Jack, Jed, Bob, and Ashley for these photos.


For both photos today, thanks to Ashley Hutto.    When the air is much warmer than the water, Helen Laraway may look like this.

And when it’s just plain cold and clear, Mister Jim in broken and refrozen ice looks like this.  For a look at how Mister Jim looked just a year and a half ago, click here and scroll.

Here’s some Great Lakes icebreaking, and here’s a lot of foggy tugster posts.

And from exactly nine years ago as a plane-fishing Flight 1549 operation was going on, what a miracle that was!

Many thanks again to Ashley for sharing these photos.

Sometimes I know what these are or it is.  In this case, I don’t.  Photo is not the sharpest, but this cargo does intrigue.


Likely, the top photo and the two below are unrelated.  Ashley Hutto took the top on Sunday, and I took the bottom two Saturday.


The cargo on the barge pushed by Sarah Ann is uncovered and looks more like an art project, whereas the cargo pushed by Susan Miller looks more utilitarian, but I’ve erred before.


Do you remember this cargo from November 2012?  I knew what it was, but I would not otherwise have guessed that it would become


part of this.



Many thanks to Ashley for the top photo;  all others by Will Van Dorp.


It’s been a very long time since I last used this title, but here are some photos that make it work.  Where were these photos taken and what’s unusual about the crew you see along the starboard side of the foreground vessel?


Close look.


And later, same location . . . a different tug with the bow of a passenger vessel in the foreground.


And the answer IS:  same place and same photographer as the previous time i used the title . . .  here.

Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for sending along these photos from Thailand.  I wish I knew what the story was with the barefoot crew on that top boat.

I took the photo below–near my neighborhood in Queens– March 21, 2015, exactly a year ago.


I took this photo this past weekend.  Question:  Where on Long Island is this light located?  Answer follows.  Be careful . ..  it’s a trick question.


Actually, here’s a clue.  And I don’t mean to be ornery . . . but water boat?  Are there land boats?  Air boats actually I’ve seen.  And stone boats I used for farm work as a kid.


How about this one . . . any guesses on location of this tugboat?  Answer follows.


March madness?  See the hoop on


house of Bow Riyad, here last week and currently in the mouth of the Mississippi. And off to the right, it’s HMS Liberty.


Here’s a question I wish I knew the answer to . . . this pier currently exists just west of the St George ferry racks and 9/11 monument.  My question is . . . will it remain there after the New York Wheel construction ends?  Has anyone seen it already used to move in components of the Wheel complex?


Here’s a closer-up of what I call Omega Beam, but if you want to add Trinity Prod Ucts . . . it’s fair.


I’d love to learn more about this also . . . photo said to have been taken in Bayonne but I know not when or what.


Here’s a photo from Kyle Stubbs.  It’s AJ, a triple stacker recently arrived in the Salish Sea, sister of the sixth boro’s Andrea’?  Thanks, Kyle, a photo of this newcomer to the Harley fleet.


Here’s a clue to the tug question from earlier . . . answer is


Thailand.  Many thanks to Ashley Hutto for passing it along.

Now, for that Long Island lighthouse question . . .  it’s Long Island Head Light, located on Long Island in Boston harbor.

Again, thanks to Kyle and Ashley.  All other photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . . Boaty McBoatface, you have got to be kidding, but here it is. Here’s NERC’s site.


RVs, as in research vessels, have appeared here before, but since a blog evolves, I’ve not started out with this as a series.  Previous RVs featured here have included Sea Surveyor,  Kaho, Marcus G. Langseth, and Bold once and twice.   I’ve seen Time and Tide several times in the past month, although I’m not sure which of the e4sciences projects were involved.



Ashley Hutto recently sent along photos of a formidable RV–Atlantis (T-AGOR-25), which is host to


DSV Alvin, a submersible likely everyone has heard of–or at least of projects it has been associated with.   And . .  to repeat a phrase from the other day, I can’t confirm the identity of the person showing scale, but lucky him . . . to get an audience with Alvin!!  DSV?


Thanks to Ashley Hutto for the bottom two photos.

RV Atlantis shares a name with the first research vessel Woods Hole (WHOI) used, a Danish-built schooner, which is still afloat and living yet another life as Dr. Bernardo Houssay of the Argentinian Navy.

Click here for a previous post of a possibly faux DSV.



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