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So the difference that makes the “really” is that several folks have contributed these photos.

Starting in Toronto with Jan van der Doe, here’s M. R. Kane, which has appeared here and here previously on this blog.  In the first link, you’ll see Kane towing the hull that would become tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry.

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Next three photos came from Allan Seymour, who took them as he traversed the Cape Cod Canal recently.  This Independence is rated at 5400 hp.

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Bohemia and barge wait to pass.

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And Buckley McAllister shares escort work on the Canal with Independence.

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The rest of these photos I’ve caught recently, all of tugs I’d not previously seen.  Miss Ila came through the sixth boro Saturday,

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Miss Lizzy I saw Friday, and

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Performance I saw in Massena earlier this month, and

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Robinson Bay.  These last two are operated by DOT’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), which is looking to replace these aging tugs.  Robinson Bay (103′ loa and built in Wisconsin in 1957) and Performance (50′ and Indiana, 1997) do maintenance work on the US portions of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

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Thanks to Jan and Allan for the first photos here.  All the others are by Will Van Dorp.

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By 1330 Tuesday, we docked at West Point, the first non-red pushpin in yesterday’s map.   Working backward, we saw Tappan Zee II at the TZ, as we did

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the Left Coast Lifter.

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Off the Palisades, we saw Sarah D;

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in Wallabout Bay, C. Angelo;

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at the southern end of Narragansett Bay, Dace Reinauer; and

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and Suomigracht with Cape Wind turbine blades,

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and soon after departing Warren, we saw Buckley McAllister.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is posting these without any alterations.  We saw much more as well.  Cheers.

Photo from Nate Lopez.  Name that tug?  Here are some previous photos by Nate.

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Technically Ellsea is a freight ship.  The location for the next set of photos is the Acushnet River between New Bedford (background) and Fairhaven, where I spent the past week mostly incommunicado.  That’s the Palmers Island Light.  New Bedford, former whaling port and more and now the US top fish port?

 

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I don’t know the name of this vessel . . . might it be R. Marcel Roy?

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Here’s a profile shot.  Beyond her you see a portion of Tucker Roy’s tug named by subtraction as Co.

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And here, as seen from the Route 6 Bridge, it’s those two along with another mystery tug, which might be Pleon?

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Here, with interesting stern fendering, it’s Sea Fuels Marine’s Emma Nicole.

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Here’s a close up of the unusual fendering, and

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a clue to previous ownership.

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Now, in keeping with the colors of the unconfirmed Pleon above, let’s move way down east to Belfast, where I’ve also touched base recently.  It’s Capt. Mackintire.

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And rounding out this set, here’s the identification of Nate’s photo above, it’s Buckley McAllister fueling in New Bedford.

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I’m happy to be home . . . in time for the tugboat race tomorrow.   Don’t be late because the race runs at 10 . . .  with a parade before that.  Be there by 9.   I’ll be there.

 

 

Here was 15.  The first relief crew post appeared here over seven years ago.  The idea is to feature someone else’s photos and/or writing, just because so many of you see, photograph, and write such interesting stuff AND –of course–because collaboration is such powerful leaven.

All these photos today come from Birk Thomas.  The event was the departure last week of CV-60 USS Saratoga–Brooklyn built–for the scrapyard.    For some intriguing photos of the other end of her life, click here for this navsource site.

Signet Warhorse III is the motive force.

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Iona McAllister, Rainbow, and Buckley McAllister assist with the hookup and departure from Narragansett Bay.

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Not until last night did I learn that a final aircraft takeoff and landing was happening at this very moment up on her flight deck.

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Warhorse . . . what a name!

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Note the riding crew on the deck.

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Rainbow straightens out the tow. . .

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in the early minutes of the tow.

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Again, many thanks to Birk Thomas for use of these photos, which not all of you have seen on Facebook.

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