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Let me clarify the title .  . all these photos were taken in Dutch waters by Aleksandr Mariy.  Jade is actually a German tug built in 2000.


Union Emerald–the tailing portion of this tow–is Belgian, 2005 built.


And in between, the barge is Dutch.


I like the lines of Veritas with a telescoping wheelhouse, but searches turn out empty.  Can anyone help out?


Friendship is 1942 built.


Thamesbank dates from 1992.




Amber II, previously called “camber,” was built in 2007.


Union 7 is a URS boat.  The company has roots going back almost 150 years. 


Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos.

And apropos of nothing, I stumbled upon this boat Uranus while researching this post . . . a tugboat with dimensions of 244′ x 60′ x 8′ draft and with four engines adding up to more than 24,000 horsepower!!  Here she is.

Finally, if you are in the NYC area and have not yet seen Graves of Arthur Kill, join us for the 2 pm showing on Saturday at the St George terminal of the Staten Island ferry.


Below is a photo of State of Maine taken off Antwerp, Belgium,  on 12 July 2016 and used with permission.


Another recent visit to the sixth boro by an ocean academy training ship happened on July 19.


The photo above and below were taken by Lew.  Golden Bear is currently steaming SW 100 nm off SW Puerto Rico, headed home.


These photos prompted me to look up the location of Empire State, which should be headed home for the fall semester as well.  It was west of the Azores and headed west as of this writing.  Kings Pointer is home, but I think I caught a smudge of it on the Sound a little over a week ago.  Currently State of Michigan is headed south into the Soo, and earlier this month (5July), I saw her headed south past Wyandot MI toward Lake Erie . . .


so they’ve been around.   General Rudder— formerly known as Kings Pointer and other names–is headed SE in the Gulf of Mexico.  I’ve not seen her in Texas A & M livery.  And finally, TS Kennedy is in homeport, Buzzards Bay.

For the top photo, thanks to Ron Van Maanen via Aleksandr Mariy.  Golden Bear photos come from Lew.    And only the last one is mine.


Let’s pick it up in Toledo, OH and the century-old GL tug Mississippi.


“Dieselized” 41 years after its launch, it still steers with a brass tiller in the wheelhouse, as demonstrated here by Captain Stabler.


Keep good paint and in repair, and a 1929 tug like  Nebraska still has lots of life left.  Compare that boat to its terrestrial counterpart, a 1929 Mack truck.


Mighty John III is a 1962 tugboat. The bands in the water distinguish sunlight from shadow in the Maumee silt water.




Sea Eagle II is Louisiana built but now flagged Edmonton, AB.




Pioneerland dates from 1943.


Titan, here in the River Rouge, dates from 1940.


Sheila Kaye is 65′ loa built in 1943.  Was it originally a government boat?


Here in the St. Clair River is a small unit about which I know nothing.  That’s Canada on the far bank.


Karen Andrie dates from 1965.


And finally, from my sister in Frankfort MI, it’s the 1956 Kurt R. Luedtke.


The last photo comes from my sister;  all others by Will Van Dorp.


Here are more photos from Aleksandr, taken on a canal between Middelburg and Vlissingen.    Ruurtje tows while


F-50 takes the stern as they move


the aluminum superstructure of a future Damen-built patrol craft on barge Risico 11.






Click here for another view of the tow.   Click here for a view of the Damen yard there.

I started a series called transitioning, but here’s something new.  Actually I did a transit post a few years back when a Boston ex-fireboat transited the sixth boro on its way to  Lake Huron to reinvent as a dive boat.

This post started with Glenn Raymo catching a shot of NOAA 5503 northbound in Poughkeepsie.


Then, unprompted, Mike Pelletier, engineer of Urger noticed it between locks 2 and 3 in Waterford, westbound.  When I noticed it on AIS, southbound on the Welland, I knew she was doing a long haul.  So here’s what I’ve since learned:  this vessel “was transferred to NOAA from the CG in Fort Macon NC.  Its final destination is Muskegon MI,  where it will undergo a full overhaul and be refit for service as a research vessel on the Great Lakes.”   Many thanks to Glenn, Mike, and my other sources.


But if NOAA is transiting far, Sand Master is going much much farther.  Any ideas what HN RTB is?


Here’s a photo of Sand Master I got just over a month ago at the Great Lake just west of the Bayonne Bridge.


Try Roatán, Honduras.

Thanks all for the photos and the information.  And please help keep eyes open for unique transiting vessels and those who work mostly here.

Here was 55.

Glenn Raymo took this photo in Germantown yesterday, the all-new Sarah D; previously I used these photos by Glenn.  Check out an example of one of many of his zazzle products here.


Sarah D until very recently was Helen D. Coppedge.  Almost all these photos were taken by other people, but I add the next two I took in 2010 for comparison purposes.




Also, new–as in out-of-the-shipyard new . . . it’s Barry Silverton, with the Fight ALS barge.  Click here for the story of the names. Many thanks to Allen Baker–click here for previous photos he’s shared– for this photo and to


Ted Bishop for the photo below.


This photo comes thanks to Renee Lutz Stanley.  It’s Lyman–I think–looking insignificant in one of the huge graving docks at the Brooklyn Navy yard.  Click here for previous photos by Renee.  Anyone know which dock this is?


With news of a wooden boat found under a house during a construction project in Highlands NJ still –well news– what you see below are photos of another wooden vessel found during a construction project in Boston.  Many thanks to Tom Mann for these photos.  Here are previous photos from Tom.


As soon as imaging is complete, it will be removed.


Archeologists at the site believe it was a 19th century vessel delivering lime.


Many thanks to Tom, Renee, Ted, Allen, and Glenn for photos used here.

Related:  Here’s a story about a shipwreck discovered during construction of WTC1.


Click here for previous photos from Jed.  Click here for a photo of John W. Brown when she housed a high school in the sixth boro, pre-1988.  Jed took these photos while he was onboard in Norfolk this past weekend.   Click here for info about her September 2016 visit back to her place when she was assigned to the NYC Board of Education.




For the rest, I’ll let Jed’s photos speak for themselves.

photo date 22 MAY 2016

photo date 22 MAY 2016



Steven McAllister is a 1963 YTB.   John W. Brown had already passed 20 eventful years under her keel by then.

photo date 22 MAY 2016

photo date 22 MAY 2016


photo date 22 MAY 2016

photo date 22 MAY 2016


photo date 22 MAY 2016

photo date 22 MAY 2016


Many thanks to Jed for these photos.  NYC should be seeing its own wave of gray arriving today.

Below is a photo taken on June 10, 1946 showing dozens of Liberty ships anchored between where the TZ Bridge would be built  (BF is correction thanks to Tony A’s comment)  and Haverstraw.  That looks like Ossining in the distance.  This photo and hundreds of others can be found in the Digital Collections of the NY State Archives here.   Who knows, Brown could actually be anchored among the others.



Aleksandr sent me these photos about a month ago.  He took them on April 20 passing Vlissingen and headed generally northward.   And I’m somewhat stumped.  What does Flintercoral look like to you?


To me it looks like a new build, going elsewhere for completion.


Multratug 27 takes the bow and


Multrasalvor 3 at the stern.


So I guess here’s the story:  it was completed as a container vessel, and although it has a Flinter- name, Flinter- never took ownership because the yard had gone bankrupt beforehand.  It seems then that some time later, the ship was purchased by Necon, and  converted into a semi-submersible.  Necon, it seems, has only this vessel.  But why it was under tow a month ago is a mystery.

My experience with Flinter is from 2009, when Flinterduin brought the Dutch sailing barges to the sixth boro, and then Flinterborg picked them up in Albany and returned them to Dutch waters.

The same day, Aleksandr caught Smit Sentosa on its arrival from a one-month passage in from Capetown.


Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos.  Previously his photos and drawings have appeared here.  Vlissingen (origin of the name of the NYC area called Flushing, settled in 1645) is a quite old port in Zeeland.

So here was 1 and in it I said I would answer a question in a few days and now a few weeks have passed.  The question pertained to the device mounted on the stern of vessel


Husky.  Congrats to Seth Tane, who guessed correctly.  Here’s what Xtian writes:  “It’s a plough.  In French we talk about “nivelage” [leveling], which means after dredging the bottom of the sea is like a field that has just passed a plow.  This tool cuts the bump to fill the gap.  It’s also used in the rivers where the “alluvium” or the mud stays in always same places because of the current and built like “bottom hill” there.  And it happens also in some harbour (like ferries’ harbour) as because the ferries always doing the same maneuver and raise the mud that still lay at the same place.

With the plough used at the right time, ebb tide for example, the mud is raised and leaves the harbour with tidal current.  In some places the plough is used to feed the hopper dredger –  when the dredger is too large, the plough is used to remove a “bottom hill” when they are close to the bank to give the mud at the place where the hopper dredge is working.   The plough is not only used with mud but also with sand or pebble.  Google with words : Dredge – Plough.


About Husky, the day I took this picture she was working closely with the dredge Rijndelta at the entrance of Maasvlakte harbor.   I add a picture of her below.”

More of Xtian’s photos follow, like this closeup of the captain of Smit Cheetah,




Fairplay 24 and 21,


Union 11 passing the Mammoet headquarters,


Smit Schelde,


SD Rebel,


Multratug 31, 


Osprey Fearless, 


Pieter (?) towing Matador 2,


and finally the recently completed Noordstroom.



Many thanks to Xtian for these photos of another watershed.

Back to the Caloosahatchee Canal and a few miles east of Cowgirl Way . . .


more traffic, like MV Sea Star and




Summer Star pushing a Gator Dredging’s Jesse Marie Ellicott 670 dredge and a deck barge and




the USACE’s Leitner.  And is that a bovine up on the ridge?


Many thanks to the Caloosahatchee Canal office for these photos.

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