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Bear with me here. Let’s go back to 1999. Nicole Leigh Reinauer was built in Alabama Shipyard to push a 135,000 brl barge. Look at the lines of this 118′ x 40 tug working with 7200 hp.
Ruth M. Reinauer is Senesco hull # 202, 112′ x 35′ and 4000 hp. She is the first of the “facet tugs.” As you can read in the link in the previous sentence, the design change was driven by easing the construction process of both tugs and double-skin barges. If the shape of the reminder of tugboats in this post seem odd to you, read this interesting article by Casey Conley with a title that alludes to the (now retired) F-117 fighter.
Laurie Ann Reinauer followed, same dimensions and power and hull # 203.
Reinauer Twins came out in September 2011, same basic dimensions by greater horsepower . . 4720.
I’m not sure what happened with hull#205, but #206 is B. Franklin Reinauer, 110′ x 33′ and 4000 hp.
By the way, there’s a LOT going on in the background of this photo, including what appears to be dredge Atchafalaya in dry dock.
Curtis is hull# 207, same numbers.
Haggerty Girls is hull# 208, same numbers.
Dean Reinauer is hull# 210, 112.2′ x 35′ and 4720 hp.
And that brings us up to date with respect to Reinauer facet tugs . .. it’s Dylan Cooper, operating less than a full year now, with the same numbers as Dean Reinauer.
Note that it was exactly five years ago that we were following the trials and tribulations of loading the previous Curtis and Dean Reinauer onto the heavy lift ship for West African waters. I’d love to see photos of those tugs five years on and working out of Nigeria. Does anyone out there have access to such?
For extensive documentation of many of these facet tugs during the building process, click here for the bulging albums created by Rod Smith at Narragansett Bay Shipping.
All photos of the handsome set of workhorses by Will Van Dorp.
Here were some previous posts with “dawn” in the title. I’d hoped to get photos like these on Easter Sunday, but overcast skies obscured the sun rise color.
Sunrise this particular morning was 0643. The photo below was at 0644.
Quantico Creek pushes a barge eastward while Stephen Reinauer heads west.
Curtis Reinauer westbound; Emerald Coast eastward.
And by 0729, the light was losing some of its richness. This is the joy of springtime light.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has left the building and the sixth boro again and asked the robots to put up the next week or so of posts. division of labor? I take the pics and write some commentary, and the robots do the rest.
From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.
To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background. At Blue Friday plus
80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.
The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage. Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.
Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.
Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek. Rae’s my age!.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph. The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile. Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified. For info on the tugs, click here.