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or “marifly.”  These two tankers have called here for some years now, but I always wondered whether they were one and the same, given that their names refer to the same critter.  Maybe other vessels in the fleet have names like Paruparo and Borboleta.  Anchored over in Bay Ridge was Mariposa, while doing short-time in Bayonne


was Butterfly.


After finishing up business in Bayonne, Butterfly flitted off




with Robert E. McAllister lined up port side






while Charles D. McAllister took care of her port.


Think they have caterpillars on board?


All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was 17.

All the photos in this post come from south of latitude 26 N.  You might recall the Foss tugs Lauren and Iver  delivering the crane to the sixth boro at the end of last month?  Then Lauren Foss traveled to Philly to pick up back haul?  Well about two days ago, Lauren delivered that payload–Forrestal–to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX.  The ship in the distance to the left is SS Mount Washington, also a recent arrival here, and subject of a several recent pictures on tugster.   The photo below shows the stern of Lauren Foss with assist tug Signet Ranger on port bow of the old carrier.   The next three photos all come from Justin Earl, on paper . ..  chief mate of Lauren.


Another shot of Signet Ranger and at stern, Signet Magic.  For specs of Signet tugs, click here.


On starboard bow here is Signet Courageous.


The next photos, again south of latitude 26 come from my gallivanting sister.  Guess the port?  Butterfly has been spotted in the sixth boro here and here.


I’ve no identification of the two vessels in the foreground.


Anyone help?


Oh . ..  the port is Clifton Point in the Bahamas.


The blue and white tug to the left is Tiki, but again I have no further info.


And finally . . . Sea Trader.  Click here for a closer up photo.


Many thanks to Justin and Maraki for use of these photos.

Signet tugs previously appeared here and here.

I thought I’d used this title before, but I was thinking about this one, backgrounds.  The idea here is similar.

From this angle, can you identify this vessel?

It’s a shipshape Pegasus!

From the same perspective, Justine McAllister and Franklin Reinauer leaving the KVK for the AK.

Ditto equally shipshape Mary Turecamo, from a perspective such that the visor practically obscures the house windows.

What’s the tale of three wakes . . . one recent and the others less so?

This is a good view of how a model bow fits snugly in the notch.

Where’s this and what’s this?  Although it looks like a building being overrun by tropical flora and fauna,

this might generate a different set of associations.

This was taken from the same  vantage point but with the camera pointed a bit higher yet, and it makes all the difference.

It’s OSC Vision entering the Upper Bay last weekend, giving new meaning to the term “shipshape.”  And the fauna here could be called landscaping goats . . . . or “scapegoats,” for short.

Two ships . . .  well, at least until you examine the farther one more closely.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who did this earlier goat homage here.

Skepticism–that’s what I felt upon first learning about a category of ship called fruit juice tankers. But after taking them out of the corner of my mind where I’ve relegated the Easter bunny and Santa Claus, I’d still not seen one until a few weeks ago. Meet Orange Star offloading your favorite breakfast drink into a silo in Port Newark. A clean old vessel with “modern” (v. post-modern) lines, she dates from 1975! And here‘s a gallery of her peers.

Then there’s Althea, who caught my attention because her name matches one of my all-time favorite tunes, she who advises me, who foolishly lost her. It’s not about the marginally comprehensible lyrics though, but about the beat and how one moves from the previous, and about how once you can play that beat in your head, no problem can stand in your way. That’s the bow of John B. Caddell, featured here on a winter solstice.

A name like Butterfly obscures so much yet what difference does it make to us who use what she delivers. . . . It’s really about the name.

I rarely use the word cute, but . . . CFL Prospect, this calf of a ship . . . embodies cuteness, even perkiness as it heads south through Newburg. This website has great pictures although most of the text forces you to learn Dutch . . . oh well, you wanted to do that anyhow, right. Here it is about the cute and perky lines as well as the logo.

Finally, here’s Antwerpen. This link shows the self-unloading mechanism deployed and functioning. Guess that types her like Alice . . . who’s still hanging out in the Gulf of Guinea.

Alice . . . Maybe I should ask her about some Spanish boots? Mermaid boots?

Photos, WVD.

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