You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Brandywine’ tag.

Back last November, I devoted a whole month to ports and harbors.  As I get new material, I’ll continue that series.   Here Boston’s latest fireboat passes in front of Logan’s control tower.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s her namesake.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Massport has its own fireboat, American United.  Its predecessor–Howard W. Fitzpatrick— was the subject of several tugster posts as it made its way up to Lake Huron to become a dive boat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Claire looks like she was based on a hydrofoil design, but I can’t find any evidence to support that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

From my vantage point, I could tell the controls were right up in the bow.  I’d love to get a tour of her wheelhouse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This Nantucket aka LV-112 moved from Oyster Bay to Boston six years ago, a transit covered by tugster here.  This Nantucket is not to be confused with WLV-612, which frequently appears in the sixth boro.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Angus . . . good to meet you.  Somehow I expected you to look like Brangus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Can anyone fill in some info on the history of King Triton?  Is it a modified former government vessel?  In the background are the digesters on Deer Island.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I believe that’s Ocean King, whom I saw in the sixth boro back in 2010.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here, identification thanks to Paul Strubeck are the 1958 Nancy (red), the 1954 Brandywine (green) , and an unnamed Army tug.  And over on the far left side of the pier, it’s

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the 1940 Brooklyn-built Gaspee.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Over on the fish side of the harbor, here’s David Tonnesen’s 45′ stainless steel sculpture called Cod.  Wind spins the discs on its back, and windspeed determines the color of the eye, s0 it’s a wind speed indicator.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Along both sides of Boston’s Fish Pier,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

boats offload their catch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More from the port of Boston tomorrow.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Gramma Lee T Moran, 2002

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jay Michael and Mister Jim,  1980 and 1982

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mister T, 2001

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mister T again

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Brandywine and Viking, 2006 and 1976

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kimberly Turecamo, 1980

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Red Hook (a first on this blog) and Severn, 2013 and 2008

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

B. Franklin Reinauer, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Shelby Rose, 1963

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hubert Bays, 2002.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All fotos taken in the past week by Will Van Dorp.

When over 5000 horses get pulling, generating 68 tons of bollard pull, smoke happens.  That … and the tanker starts to move.    And Gramma Lee T Moran (May 24, 2002)  feels satisfied.

Marjorie B McAllister (1974) escorts Stena Concert into her venue . . . er . . . berth through

a congested KVK.  Foreground here . . . East Coast ( 1982) approaching and Pocomoke (2008) distancing.

June K (2003) hauls out the crumpled and rusted scrap metal for new life,

John P. Brown Thomas Brown (1962) , East Coast, and Brandywine (2006) all facing west in Bayonne,

Baltic Sea (1973) (Was she originally painted blue as S/R Albany?) heads east,

and a fairly new Laurie Ann Reinauer (2009) comes in from sea.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated . . . I’m literally knocked out by the entries to the Patty Nolan bikini contest.  Just kidding.  Maybe the figurefigure will be dubbed ” P Lady Godiva Nolan” this year?

It’s been a while since #2 in this series, but seeing Rebel this past week prompts a new installment.  What first drew my attention was the sound;  Rebel roared as it backed a light barge out of IMTT.  Double click on foto to enlarge.

The superstructure was one I didn’t recognize.  Huge she is: 138′ x 46′ x 22′ deep draft with air draft of 82′ and 7200 hp.  Notice how small Ross Sea (ex-Normandy) seems in spite of her 95′ x 32′ x 14′ and 3400 hp.  I wonder if Rebel‘s air draft is with antenna down.

Given the sound and the ease with which the barge extracted from the dock, I was surprised that Rebel has not more than 7200 hp.  Notice Nathan E. Stewart with potable water barge Aqua passing on the far side of KVK, and a

few minutes later, that’s Rebel and Ross Sea pursuing Taurus, nearing the KV buoy.

In comparison, here’s Christian Reinauer: 124′ x 40′ x 22′ with air draft of 85′ and also 7200 hp.  Christian came into service in 2001, whereas Rebel has worked as Toya Alario and  Patricia E since 1976.

In comparison with the two above, here’s a shot of Vane Brothers Brandywine from this weekend:  launched in 2006, Brandywine’s dimensions are 123′ x 38′ x 22′ deep.  Here’s a foto of the house interior for Brandywine, and youtube of launch of Christiana, Brandywine‘s twin.    I’d love to see an interior shot of Rebel and Christian.  Anyone help?

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

PS:  For sights we don’t see in the sixth boro or anywhere out east, click here for Fremont Tug, running out of the Puget Sound.  I like the stories and the fotos, especially ones of  Seaspan Commodore and the log barges, as well as the adventures of Stinger and Dixie.

According to the family history here, they started with schooners and currently, besides oil, they push water and do more.  Monday I caught Susquehanna standing by along the KVK as container vessel Zim Shenzhen hurried for its assignation in Port Elizabeth.

aaaavbsq

The following four pics come from Jim Demske, who’s worked for Vane for over twenty years as Captain and is now Port Captain in charge of “New Tug Construction.”   Elk River entered service mid-summer 2009, just a little over six months after Sassafras did.

aaavane1

Seabart sends along a link to the 23 August issue of Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter with a short piece about the Charles Burton launch:  see page 4/12 of this link.  Charles Burton is sibling to Elk River and Sassafras.

aaavane2

Compare wheelhouse of a Sassafras class with

aaavane4

that of Vane Brothers largest class–Brandywine.  Click on boatnerd’s site here for pics of Brandywine’s first splash in early 2006 at Marinette Marine in cold  Wisconsin.  These folks also built the Molinari class Staten Island ferries.

aaavane5

More Brandywine and its mate Double Skin 141 here, loa 480′ and capacity of 145,000 barrels, also built in Wisconsin.

aaavane6

Jeff Anzevino took the next two fotos, Potomac of the Patapsco class, operating in the icy

aapo

Hudson north of Poughkeepsie.

aapo2

Like the lead foto, I took this one.  In this case,  Patapsco thrusts forward and divides Hudson water in the Great North River race in 2007.  Beyond Patapsco are Lucy Reinauer and Nathan E. Stewart.  The two cruise ships mostly visible are Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Dawn.

aaavanerace

Again, special thanks to Jim and Jeff for use of these pictures.

Nanticoke

aaav1

Choptank . . .

aaaavx

Nanticoke again . . .

aaaav5

Wye River . . . though it looks the same as Nanticoke and Choptank.

aaaav6

Christiana . . . is in a different class, for Vane, although she looks a lot like a certain Reinauer.

aaaav4

Chesapeake . . . thought it could be –at least to my eye– either Wye River, Choptank, or Nanticoke.

aaaav7

Wye River . . . although it could be Chesapeake with nameboards switched?? [No, there’s a slight window difference in the wheelhouse.]

aaaav8

The nameboards say Wicomico.

aaaav10

Wicomico again.

aaaav12

Wicomico a third time, passing what  looks like Charles D. McAllister.

aaaav13wiccharles

Patapsco, according to the nameboards.

aaaav14

Brandywine is a twin of Christiana.  At 6000 hp, they’re a smidgeon less than 1/3 more hp than the Patapsco class.

aaaav15Back to the Patapsco class, it’s Bohemia.

aaaav15bOf that class, I’ve yet to see Patuxent, Anacostia, and Severn.

Has there ever been another company that had 15 identical (are there nuances I’ve missed??) tugboats?  And on the Patapsco class, why does the forward companionway lead starboard rather than port?

All fotos . . . Will Van Dorp.

Some folks have started imagining what “big boys” might face off in the upcoming sixth boro tugboat race. Although size certainly isn’t everything, it is something. From my archives, I’m including “local” tugboats rated over 6000 horsepower. Nicole Leigh generates 7200 horses.

The man near the stern reveals the size of Nicole Leigh.

Penn Maritime’s Julie churns with 7010 hp,

Vane Brothers’ Brandywine produces about 6000,

and 6480 horsepower for K-Sea’s Barents Sea. Notice the red pickup forward of the bow on the dock.

More to come, including the biggest I’ve seen in the harbor. Know some candidates?

So I have a question about units for quantifying “power.” Engine power on larger ships seems expressed in kilowatts, but in tugboats, the more common unit is horsepower. Is there a coming trend to rate the engines of tugboats and smaller vessels in kilowatts?

Unrelated: See a slideshow of the spill near New Orleans. Besides all river life, see who’s in trouble here.

Photos, WVD.

or are they dinghys? Ventura pulls one on a painter. I guess that word might have the same origin as pendant.

 

Half Moon slings a similar inflatable on its port side, sort of like a hypalon child.

 

Tanker Great Gull has one made off to the rail under a davit.

 

Brandywine has one on a cradle.

 

and W. O. Decker seems to be in negotiation. Will Decker or won’t she?

 

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

Thank the harbor gods and goddesses and design improvements and sandy bottoms … no spillage happened last week from White Sea. Design improvements? Double skin is one and …

vbw3.jpg

it shows in the names: here the 480′ barge Double Skin 141 lighters oil from Sovereign.

vbw2.jpg

Double Skin 141 is mated to the tug Brandywine, designed for many thousands of miles and millions of gallons of safe conveyance. Construction fotos of Brandywine for your pleasure. Constructed simultaneously in . . . Wisconsin!

vbw.jpg

Vane Brothers, this is one huge ATB.

Photos by Wil Van Dorp.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,367 other followers

If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Graves of Arthur Kill

Click on image below to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

Archives

May 2020
M T W T F S S
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031