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Christy Anne is a small tug that I’ve not seen in 15 years!!  I posted it here, after seeing it in the Hackensack River, a place I see rarely.  Unrelated:  where are those buildings on the ridge in the distance?  Is there some Fata Morgana effect going on there?

With the placement of tire fendering fore and aft, I had the impression of an amphibious craft, the hull shaped around the tires almost like fenders on a flat-fender Jeep.  Here’s the late Fred “tug44“s post about the boat. 

When I saw this boat sailing in the other day, with its serious lines, I had to learn its story.  It’s Sparrow, an Open 50 racing sloop, preparing for the Global Solo Challenge. More on the boat here

 

Nicholas Miller, 33′ x 11′ crew boat, is picking up a pilot on the fly as

MSC Elodie, 980′ loa, comes into the harbor.  Nicholas matched the ship’s six-knot speed, sidled up, and stuck the rubber to the ship’s hull;  once the pilot was safely aboard, 

powered her way to overcome the physical forces and get away from the ship.

Ocean Venture is a purse seiner that comes through the boro periodically.. Some concern exists about the menhaden fishery.

She was possibly headed for her base on the Penobscot.

The seiner skiff helps deploy the purse  net.

What was curious, I thought, was that UConn’s 90′ loa Connecticut came in right behind Ocean Venture. 

 

As seems true a lot these days, I suspect there’s much more to the movements of these vessels

than I will ever know.  

All photos, WVD, who’s just being his customary curious.

Underestimate C & J Marine’s Jayne Davis at your own peril: twin Cats delivering a total of 630 hp can push a respectable load.

 

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Also eastbound the same morning on the East River near the Brooklyn side was Annie G II, shorter by two feet and less beamy than Jayne Davis.

 

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At work on the Hackensack, Christy Anne was recently attached to a barge carrying this blue machine with a pithy name. Here’s some shots from Tug44, currently lost somewhere in upstate waters.

 

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I can’t pass on this:  that yellow machine on the spud barge moved by the tug… I guess that’s a tuggable truck.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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Of course, truckable pushboats aren’t the same as mini-tugs, which are truckable too, pickup truckable even.

 

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