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Here’s the first in this series. David sent me some photos earlier this week and offered to write the commentary as well. Hence the quotation marks.
“Marie J. Turecamo steam harmlessly through the harbor.”
“James Turecamo makes a splash as she heads towards the Kill.”
Lincoln Sea sits patiently in the notch of the DBL 140.”
“Two displays of heritage in the form of New York State Marine Highway tug Margot and Ellis Island.”
“Herbert P. Brake pushes a scrap barge (possible future additions to her hull?) through the harbor.”
“Crystal Cutler pushes the Patricia Poling as Andrew Barbieri bears down upon her.”
My take: if a waterborne Rip van Winkle had fallen asleep 80 years ago and awakened today, the bridge and the light might be among the very few structures he would recognize.
“Stephen Reinauer steams lite through the harbor towards her next assignment.”
“Ever ready, ever vigilant.”
Thanks, David. The sixth boor’s the star here, IMHO. To post some corny doggerel in Poetry Month “collaboration is the game and “sixth boro” the star’s name!
Let’s start the clock here . . . as Miriam Moran lands the pilot on the red vessel, and then moves to the bow.
Time elapsed before there’s movement to be seen . . . T + 35 minutes: the deckhand in dark green jacket makes up the towline.
T + 43 minutes . . . Brendan Turecamo is made near the stern.
while at about the same time Miriam has moved around to the far side of the bow.
T + 45 . . . deckhand retrieves the heaving line.
Less than 20 seconds later he’s tidying up lines.
T + 46 . . . Iver Expert is perpendicular to the flow and spinning with momentum.
Brendan has backed away.
I could watch this all day.
About 48 minutes after the pilot first set foot on the vessel, Iver Expert is eastbound, and Miriam glides past, probably to retrieve the pilot.
Breskens . . . a small coastal village in SW Netherlands, punctuates my report on this spin . . . T + 57 minutes.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: As I add this, I noticed BBC Carolina is southbound between Newburgh and the Tappan Zee. Did anyone catch a foto? I’m interested in the interesting logo on both its stack and its house . . . .
Five years ago I did this post about barge names. Here are some bows I’ve looked at recently, including this one that speaks to winter in the sixth boro. When I started looking up vintage, I was surprised. RTC 61 launched from Rhode Island in Sept. 2010.
RTC 103, same provenance, June 2009.
RTC 502, Texas, March 1976. Notice the Vane barge with yellow trim between RTC 502 and the red ship?
Coincidentally, Magothy is pushing Doubleskin 502, July 2008 out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
DBL 140 . . Wisconsin December 1999.
The hull looks different full v. empty.
Scrap scow SMM 203 . . . I have no clue.
All fotos taken in recent weeks by Will Van Dorp.
Call me a wimp . . . but it’s icy out there. And yet people work outside. Bravo and hats on for the crews and shipyard workers out there where the spray sometimes freezes. Some quick fotos I took yesterday. Would you believe this is the same DBL 140 barge you see in the 5th and 6th fotos here?
Here’s DBL 140 and Lincoln Sea from across the Upper Bay.
Traffic never stops because of some cold.
A tanker with a classic name
One positive about cold, low humidity air . . . it’s clear. Ocean Leader could never look this good
on a muggy summer day.
Ditto Ruth M. Reinauer moving RTC 102 with an assist from Jill Reinauer.
Anyone handling line on a day like this needs the right gear and
a focus on getting the work done safely.
Bravo and hats on!!
As I write this post, Lincoln Sea is southbound on the Hudson, just south of where Stena Primorsk ran out of the channel a month or so ago. Weddell Sea/Lincoln Sea foto was taken back in earlier September 2012.
This closeup of the Lincoln Sea-DBL 140 embrace seems small and intimate until you read the gradations on the the barge . . . those numbers mark feet.
Length and breath of the tug-barge unit
is 597′ x 79.’
Ocean Leader, here coming into the Narrows four days ago and currently in Port of Albany, is also 597′ loa but a little beamier: 105′ . . . panamax wide.
I don’t have the tug/barge dimensions of B. Franklin Reinauer/RTC 82, here paralleling Ocean Leader.
Behind tugboat John P. Brown (75′ x 26′) lies Stena Primorsk, in the “hole” undergoing repairs at Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair, and shown
here about a week pre-accident. Dimensions of Stena Primorsk: 597′ x 131′ . . . . 280,000 barrel capacity. Lincoln Sea‘s DBL 140 capacity is 140,000 barrels.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.