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Bear with me here. Let’s go back to 1999. Nicole Leigh Reinauer was built in Alabama Shipyard to push a 135,000 brl barge. Look at the lines of this 118′ x 40 tug working with 7200 hp.
Ruth M. Reinauer is Senesco hull # 202, 112′ x 35′ and 4000 hp. She is the first of the “facet tugs.” As you can read in the link in the previous sentence, the design change was driven by easing the construction process of both tugs and double-skin barges. If the shape of the reminder of tugboats in this post seem odd to you, read this interesting article by Casey Conley with a title that alludes to the (now retired) F-117 fighter.
Laurie Ann Reinauer followed, same dimensions and power and hull # 203.
Reinauer Twins came out in September 2011, same basic dimensions by greater horsepower . . 4720.
I’m not sure what happened with hull#205, but #206 is B. Franklin Reinauer, 110′ x 33′ and 4000 hp.
By the way, there’s a LOT going on in the background of this photo, including what appears to be dredge Atchafalaya in dry dock.
Curtis is hull# 207, same numbers.
Haggerty Girls is hull# 208, same numbers.
Dean Reinauer is hull# 210, 112.2′ x 35′ and 4720 hp.
And that brings us up to date with respect to Reinauer facet tugs . .. it’s Dylan Cooper, operating less than a full year now, with the same numbers as Dean Reinauer.
Note that it was exactly five years ago that we were following the trials and tribulations of loading the previous Curtis and Dean Reinauer onto the heavy lift ship for West African waters. I’d love to see photos of those tugs five years on and working out of Nigeria. Does anyone out there have access to such?
For extensive documentation of many of these facet tugs during the building process, click here for the bulging albums created by Rod Smith at Narragansett Bay Shipping.
All photos of the handsome set of workhorses by Will Van Dorp.
We’ve seen James D., Kirby, and JRT. And now . . welcome Jonathan C Moran. Another photo of the 6000 hp newest in the port later in the post.
For now, also resplendent in the June dawn . . . Jane A. Bouchard,
the unique B. Franklin Reinauer,
and so let’s add another of this facet tug,
Evening Light (the former Frederick E. ),
the lean, green James E. Brown,
the age-defying Durham,
the indefatigable James Turecamo,
and finally another shot of Jonathan C Moran.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get back to work.
So, below . .. it’s a light Stephen-Scott, which way be the oldest vessel (1967) in the Reinauer Transportation Company fleet today.
Morgan Renauer (1981), here pushing RTC 101, was originally built for Poling Transportation.
Jason Reinauer (1968), up in Albany since last winter’s ice, dates from 1968.
Laurie Ann Reinauer (2009), dating from the first generation of facet tug construction, moves RTC 85.
B. Franklin Reinauer (2012) is the first of the second generation of facet tugs. Click here for a Professional Mariner article on what a “facet tug” is.
Reinauer Twins (2011)–referenced in that PM article above–if compared with the photo above, shows design differences between the two facet tug generations.
Dean Reinauer (2013) is similar to Reinauer Twins and
Haggerty Girls (also 2013) resembles B. Franklin Reinauer.
Kristy Ann Reinauer (1962) either has been of will be scrapped.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who accepts blame for any errors in information and who would love to see a launch at the Senesco yard, where many of these have had their first splash.
Kristy Ann 2000 hp
Jason 2000 hp
Stephen Scott 3400 hp
Morgan 3900 hp
B. Franklin 4000 hp
Laurie Ann 4720 hp
Twins 4720 hp
Dean 4720 hp
Captain Willie Landers from 2001,
Chesapeake Coast 2012,
Eric McAllister 2014,
B. Franklin Reinauer 2012,
and Marjorie B. McAllister . . . the dean today, from 1974.
Wait . . . there’s one more, Lincoln Sea, shot in NYC’s sixth boro in September 2012 and built in Tacoma in 2000. She’s just traversed the Panama and is now back in her home Pacific waters.
Thanks to the Maraki crew for the first photo and to John Jedrlinic for the second. All the other by Will Van Dorp.
Guess the locations here and . . .
here? Answers follow.
This one should be obvious. What’s the Philly-bound tug?
It’s Lucky D.
Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.
B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.
And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,
. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.
The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound. Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago. Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.
I’ll start here for a reason. This 1941 vessel built in Stamford, CT, was originally YTL 169, 61′ loa. In November 1997 she was called Spuyten Duyvil and used to transport the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from Stony Point to the East river. I’ve mentioned this before, but although I’ve searched high and low, by letter, word-of-mouth, and electronically . . . I’ve located NO fotos of that event. None!! Can this event have completed eluded the photography crowd? If you know of a foto, please get in touch. Click here for a foto of this tug–I believe–I took almost 8 years ago now.
Ever Decent . . . foto taken 10 days ago, here being passed by Evening Star, is already well into the Pacific Ocean.
Turecamo Girls, here in the KVK, was waiting on the outside of the Amtrack Prtal Bridge last week, but of course I didn’t have a camera.
Amy C McAllister slings in a Bouchard barge, and
McAllister Sisters does the same with a Reinauer barge.
Bering Dawn moves another dredge scow out to sea.
Bob-tailed B. Franklin heads back to her barge, and
Eastern Dawn heads west into the Kills.
So, does anyone know of a foto showing Spuyten Duyvil with the 1997 Rockefeller Christmas tree heading south from Stony Point?
All fotos except the top one by Will Van Dorp.
Gramma Lee T Moran, 2002
Jay Michael and Mister Jim, 1980 and 1982
Mister T, 2001
Mister T again
Brandywine and Viking, 2006 and 1976
Kimberly Turecamo, 1980
Red Hook (a first on this blog) and Severn, 2013 and 2008
B. Franklin Reinauer, 2012
Shelby Rose, 1963
Hubert Bays, 2002.
All fotos taken in the past week by Will Van Dorp.
Most of the previous birds posts have been in winter . . except this one. I find birds one of the joys of winter. So on the last day of winter, rather than go out and get rainy/sleet fotos, enjoy these.
Two Brants discuss the approaching Hayward and the distancing Prominent Ace escorted in by Ron G.
Mergansers are always a joy.
Here a flock of them discuss the passing B. Franklin Reinauer.
Buffleheads are indicator species for me that winter is upon us.
It’s time for winter to retreat . . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago. Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.
This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge . . . those numbers mark feet.
Length and breath of the tug-barge unit
is 597′ x 79.’
Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany, is also 597′ loa but a little beamier: 105′ . . . panamax wide.
I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.
Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown
here about a week pre-accident. Dimensions of Stena Primorsk: 597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity. Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I’d seen McFarland before . . . once at the dock stern out and another time anchored in the middle of the night on Delaware Bay, lit up like a parking lot. I’m so thrilled that I’ll run a series of her . . . .starting with the USACE dredge passing Pac Alnath.
A first sighting for me . . . Charles Burton.
Back to McFarland . . . one of four ocean-going hopper dredges operated by the USACE. Can you name the other three?
. . . Nanticoke and Peter F. Gellatly, both pushing Vane barges.
Huge turntable on McFarland.
Chief . . . I believe the 1979 built vesel.
From this USACE publication, I like this statistic: a full load of dredged materials McFarland carries equals the capacity of 310 dump trucks.
Just before sunrise, she steamed by . . . and passed B. Franklin Reinauer in the city of Benjamin Franklin himself.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
For a post on Delaware River tugs from 2010, click here. What I’d like to see one of these days is the loading of livestock down in Wilmington. Currently, Falconia is at the dock; I saw her from the highway on Friday.