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This photo of Godfather should catch someone’s eye, but I’m going to direct that attention then to Paul Johnson’s wonderful site, which if you have an hour to kill, will make that go by in what seems a minute. Thanks to RG, my brother-in-central-African-1970s-experiences for passing this along. As to Godfather, she’s by a year or so an older sibling of the boats currently known as Atlantic Salvor and Atlantic Enterprise. Currently, she’s called Crosby Enterprise.
Here was a surprise . . . Petrel in the sixth boro. I haven’t seen her in quite a while, since I’m not in Philly much any more.
Here’s a head-on view of HMS Justice.
Thanks to Jed, here are some photos from last year showing the mighty Bluefin.
with photos taken in Virginia waters.
Jan van der Doe has recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands and sends along photos of these tugboats. Given the stack logo, I’m guessing this one below is a live aboard, and
Alphecca was built in 1913, converted to diesel in 1959 and you can click here to see and hear the engine running.
Below, it’s FairPlay 23, which has appeared on this blog before.
Unrelated: A reader wrote to ask this question: “Could you help me find info about a little tug named the Ali M. My friend SK owned and operated her out of Bayonne for a while and sold her before his passing many years ago. I believe he had her at the Atlas Yacht club. I was curious what ever happened to her.” I don’t recall ever seeing a tug named Ali M. Anyone help out here? Anyone have a photo?
The reader is also looking for any info on the vessels shown below in a painting by his father from the 1990s. Thanks for any help.
Thanks to RG, Jed, Jan, and Peter for sending these along. And be careful out there.
Petrel and HMS Justice photos by Will Van Dorp.
. . . upon. That’s what happened when I was just minding my own business the other day . . . and a voice calls my name and “Be careful. I could have thrown you to the fishes,” he said, before showing this photo below.
Getting USNS Red Cloud, Helen Laraway, Andrea, and Sea Wolf into a single frame had been my aim just seconds before.
No matter. Here goes Lucy Reinauer pushing RTC 83.
I think Stephen-Scott was headed for a barge out beyond Gulf Service with GM11103.
What I found was Bluefin and
Morgan Reinauer and
Scott Turecamo with barge New Hampshire. And more.
And maybe getting kept upon and thrown to the fishes . . . might just work out alright, although watch out for shadowy characters like the lurker over there.
It made me think about a day a mere 100 or so days from now when photographers photographing get photographed themselves.
Happy leap day.
Here’s what I put up last leap year.
All photographs here–except the obvious two–by Will Van Dorp.
See that tug over there? This photo comes from Asher Peltz, and I’m very grateful . . .
because I was seeing the tow from this angle, quite backlit, but
fascinated nonetheless, given the load
on Marmac 300 . . . parts of the turbine bases for units 3, 4, and 5 of 5. See the base for unit 1 here. At the pace the tow is moving, it’s barely to Montauk as of this posting. By the way, for scale, the tug is 97.7 ‘ loa.
Here’s Stephen B in a logical though unlikely location.
nestled between Manhattan Elite and Celestial.
Dean Reinauer sidled over to my part of the Kills, and I got a good look. Thanks.
This Dean has been at work for just over two years. Click here to see–along with some other departed vessels– the previous Dean Reinauer, currently in Nigeria under different ownership.
Bluefin appears to have just been painted, as the lettered Kirby logo has not been applied.
The last time–I think–Bluefin was on this blog she was still gray.
Here’s Robert Burton in yesterday’s strange pre-rain light and here
at dawn yesterday interestingly backlit though not quite. A couple of years ago, I caught her down in Morehead City.
All photos taken yesterday. Thanks to Asher for the lead photo here.
Name that tug? Answer follows.
Kodiak . . . this is a new one for me and a one-off trip for the vessel?
The tug here is
Liberty Service. And yes, that’s Chesapeake Coast in the distance.
This is an impressive lineup in the late fall afternoon light: the McAllisters Kate, Bruce, Helen, Brothers, Brian . . and more.
This vessel I truly don’t know. It’s new in the harbor, and I have a hunch . . . but will keep that to myself.
All photos very recently by Will Van dorp.
Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.
The two tugs in question really have nothing to do with each other, although almost all these fotos have been taken in the past month. Bluefin, launched summer 2009, waits on the hook with Penn No. 80. Although the colors haven’t caught up, the unit–one of 16 Penn Maritime tugs and 18 heated barges– is now owned by Kirby, in exchange for almost $300 million.
This foto and the others of this unit you can enjoy thanks to bowsprite. The red tug–Reliant–is about 20 years older than Bluefin.
Each designed for its own purpose, Bluefin is 111 feet, whereas
Reliant . . . 30′.
Coho, launched November 2008, on paper is an identical twin of the 4000 hp Bluefin. I took this foto in October 2009.
Here’s a foto I took of Reliant over on the west side of Bergen Point a few years back.
Thanks to bowsprite for contributing the fotos of Reliant over at WorldFi ferry terminal. All others by Will Van Dorp.