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Unless otherwise credited, fotos by Will Van Dorp.
A few more fotos from Mayport include LCS-2 USS Independence, which reminds me of a DeLorean, somehow . . .
Day 7 away from the sixth boro had found me quite desperate. I’d started to see tugs everywhere although of an unfamiliar sort: carved into quartz monzonite,
even along the South Carolina/Georgia state line on my road atlas !
So imagine my joy today when I finally met face-to-face longtime friend of the tugster blog, JED, who invited me onto C-Tractor 12 to see
tugs at work doing what could never be seen in the boro up north where supposedly I carry the title of mayor. Here in the St Johns River, C-Tractor 12 and C-Tractor 5 assist USS Klakring (FFG 42) as it heads for sea.
That 70 is CVN-70 aka USS Carl Vinson, recently
departing San Diego for points west. These fotos come compliments of Michael Torres, who just a few weeks back sent spectacular fotos of the return to port of Splendor of the Seas.
The orange numbered tugs make up part of the Edison Chouest fleet. I believe these tugs make up a small minority of American tugs with forward-mounted azimuthing drives, or ATDs, in this article by Gregory Walsh in Professional Mariner.
For my mostly east coast eyes, these tugs are a distinctive as Michael’s fotos stunning. I’ve written about them before here.
The names are quite unusual also.
nomenclature for my east coast ears. I’ve got lots to learn about these, but
for now, I really appreciate getting these shots from Michael.