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They say we never had a winter in 2011 into 2012, but on this first full day of summer, a hot season has begun. What better day to look at Cook Inlet. I’m using these fotos with expressed permission from Seth Tane, who took them four years and a month ago; see his painting here.
Seth’s platform here is Polar Adventure. Click here and scroll to see her shuttle route between Alaska and the West Coast during the past 30 days alone.
And the “tailgating” tug is Tan’erliq, a Crowley ship assist and tanker escort, training.
Click here for a commendation Tan’erliq shared with an even more powerful Crowley tug for rapid response to a tanker power loss.
Line is made and pullback begins. This process makes me think of calf roping or kayak hunting.
Unrelated: Bravo to community Board 1 for passing a resolution supporting wood carver Sal Polisi’s right to stay put. Shame on EDC for their broad-broom sweeping all that impedes their planning.
Note the Crowley props and the orange-clad crew. Doubleclick enlarges image.
My question is this: what is the actual weight added to Swan by these five tugs, one barge, and one crewboat? Does the load change the draft of Swan at all, given that she like any vessel is ballasted as needed? And I do not know the answer.
For outatowners, these shots from Bay Ridge show the “west” end of the Verrazano Bridge. Yesterday’s fotos were taken from the bluff more or less just above the white dome of the lighthouse.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp, who probably has one more installment on Swan. For the title, my apologies to Marcel Proust.
(Note: Doubleclick enlarges.) The title . . . those were the exact words John Watson emailed me last night. If the message had been “hawk is down” . . . or “condor …” it would have alarmed me, but instead I charged my camera so that right after work I could zoom over to Fort Wadsworth for these shots. By one, I found Alert loaded onto barge BFT No. 38, which
was already on Swan. Gabby Miller was present, of course. Lined up on the Brooklyn side was a cast of characters identified as
The three Crowley tugs glided onto Swan‘s back, extending beyond the hull on
For outatowners, that’s Manhattan in the distance looking across most of what’s called the Upper Bay. The Lower Bay is behind me, as is the Verrazano Bridge. On the right is the boro of Brooklyn. The red tugs are Charles D. McAllister and McAllister
Next on board . . . Socrates, who in spite of the fog, found
Here was the first one, two years ago. Actually . . . this post should be called “waiting for Pioneer, ” one 1885 steel and iron schooner, said to be transiting through the Kills back to South Street Seaport.
But in the unpredictable ways of the sixth boro, this is the first Pioneer that showed up, stern first and
Anyone know from whence? Actually Crowley Mars also arrived that way midday today . . . stern by bow of Bruce A. McAllister. More fotos of the Crowley visitors tomorrow. Anyone know what the plans are?
For more on Katherine G, see what Newyorkology has to report.
And this Halifax-centric tugboat blog to check out . . .
Here was 10.
measured using the load line (draft markings) on the stern. Eyeballing it, I’d say that from the top of the stern bulwarks to the top of the brownish bottom paint is almost 20′. I.e., if (post-launch obviously) I dove from the bulwarks into the water, it would be a long way just to the water! ?? Stern anchor is already in place.
Also at the shipyard in Anacortes, John got this foto of a dry-docked Nanuq, a 301′ loa oil recovery/platform supply vessel build by Edison Chouest. Nanuq was delivered in May 2007; here’s a youtube of its launch. Click here for a foto/info on the newest vessel Edison Chouest is undertaking for Shell’s Arctic drilling.
And from Isaac of the tugboathunter blog, this foto taken in Toledo. OH, (it reminds me of those shots taken by “future car spies”) of the former tugboat Cleveland, possibly headed for the sixth boro as the new (and third) Patrice McAllister. Another shot of the future Patrice can be seen in the last foto here on this post from Isaac’s blog. For archival shots of the vessel, check out Birk and Harold’s site, of course.
Related: If you haven’t seen Jed’s blog, Cumberland Soundings, check it out here.
Also related: I’m suddenly thinking seriously about visiting the Panama Canal. A site like this one gives me the impression that there is an Canal/shipping enthusiast-friendly tourist infrastructure in Panama. Can anyone who’s been there comment? Would it be better to use Panama City or Colon as a homebase for a four-day trip? The “screen capture” below is interactive but time sensitive. When I studied traffic just now, I quickly recognized a half dozen vessels I think I know from their transit through the sixth boro. One is NYK Meteor, which I got fotos of eight days ago exiting the KVK. Is this possible?
Many thanks to Fran Van Staalduinen for snapping these fotos, in a snow storm. Given the foreground, any guesses on the diameter of the props? identity of the tugboat?
Click here for a series of construction fotos from tugboatinformation.com.
Harold Tartell asked that I add the following: “Sister Tug LEGACY Is Out And In Service. The Second Tug In This Series Of Three LEGEND, Is Over 90 Percent Complete, And Is Due Out Very Soon.” Click here, here, here, and here for more info on the Legacy-class Crowley tugs.”
Note: Doubleclick enlarges.
Thankgiving, and snowfall on the Delaware, and what it brings–with 9000 hp and San Francisco on its stern–
Pilot! It’s a Crowley’s tug on
La Princesa, the triple-deck 580′ loa barge that runs between Pennsauken, NJ and San Juan, PR.
Just over a year ago, I saw fotos of La Princesa push ashore by the storm named Ida near Virginia Beach, VA, and I read it was big, but here Grace Moran and
huge the barge is. See it in the St. John’s River, FL here.
3 pm Thursday they headed upriver under the Ben Franklin Bridge, and
as of noon today, they were still docked at Pennsauken, and I had to move on. More La Princesa fotos here. More Delaware River first snow fotos soon.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
I leave Seattle today, reluctantly. But days to come will feature more fotos I took here. From this angle, can you guess this one?
(left to right) Flyer, Hornet, Wasp, and Fearless. For more info, see the Western Towboat site here.
Closing shot for now: Arthur Foss (ex-Wallowa, 1889), movie star and much much more. I don’t know the small vessel beside her.
Salish Sea is an inclusive term like the sixth boro, where on day 1, I’ve walked nearly a dozen miles. Special thanks to Meryll and Tom, and their newly launched Coot, sporting colors inspired by W. O. Decker. New Yorkers . . . we have much to learn on waterfront coexistence from Seattle.
Just a listing for now: Andrew Foss (1982, 4000 hp) over by the stern of Katie Ann and Pier 90. Thea Foss, founder of this company, . . . now there’s a story of a determined mail-order bride, the original Tugboat Annie.
Pacific Star, wearing Foss colors, docks right across the Canal from Titan.
K-Sea’s footprint is just to the west is marked by Pacific Pride and Sirius.
Out on Lake Washington, it’s Sea Prince pushing a spud barge.
And Lake Union, just in from the Ship Canal, has lots of houseboats and tugboats converted into yachts, like Owl.
Or maybe in the process of being converted, like Pathfinder.
More boats along the Lake include Triton and
Newt. I’m curious about this name for a tug: nature or Shakespeare?
Final shots for now . . . air harbor?
Check out these flying boats at Kenmore on the north end of Lake Washington.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, now too eager to see more of the Salish Sea to further research any of these fotos. Research . . . that’s for rainy, cold, stormy weather . . . not today.
Special thanks again to Meryll and Tom.