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Back three decades again with more fotos by Seth Tane, in this case with some vessels  now considered dead.

Foto #1.  QM2 assisted at the dock by Diana L. Moran, a 1956 Jakobson boat now seven years scrapped.


Foto #2.  Rio la Plata.  Here’s what Harold Tartell has to say about her:  ” In 1984, RIO LA PLATA was built [by Sanchez Marine Services of Fall River, MA].  At the time Turecamo was quite busy, short on boats, and chartered the boat with the option to buy.  Turecamo also had another tug on charter from Tidewater Marine Services around the same time period.  She was EL ZORRO GRANDE.  She was to be renamed HELEN J. TURECAMO, but I never saw a photo of her officially with that name affixed.  She was sold to Dunlap Towing Co., LaConner, Wa., & renamed MANFRED NYSTROM.  In 1987, RIO LA PLATA went West to become Oscar Niemeth Towing’s SILVER EAGLE.  She is still in service.”


Foto #3.  Harold says  “The McAllister tug assisting LASH Atlantico with barges is MARGARET M. McALLISTER.”


Foto #4.  “The red canaller towing the two light oil barges is Morania Oil Tanker Corporation’s MORANIA NO. 8.”


Foto #5.  “JULIAN A was built 1943 By George Lawley & Soms, Neponset Ma., as DPC-28, WSA-22, WOTOCO, GAY MORAN (1967).  In 1972, she became JULIAN A. owned by Julian A. Corp.  In the early 1980’s she was owned by River Towing Corp. name unchanged.  She was later sold to Raymond Connelly Shamrock Marine Corp. & renamed INTREPID.  By 2001 her existence was in doubt,”  Harold.

Here’s the class of Army DPCs.   In this foto, Julian A was towing salvaged scalloper Fatima from Massachusetts waters to the sixth boro, where her  engine parts would be used in a restoration project.  Not long after this foto was taken, the tug was searched by the federal agents who found $32 million of marijuana.


Foto #6.  About the yard vessel sporting the flag and striped stack, Harold says, ” JOE WEBER McAllister’s little yard tug at Tug & Barge Drydocks, Jersey City.  They built her in 1975.  She was later sold to Miller Launch, & is now MILLER GIRLS.”

Click here and jump ahead to 1983 in this fascinating compilation of Jersey City history from 4.6 billion years ago to the present for a reference to the now-gone McAllister Tug & Barge Drydocks.  Click here for a tugster foto of Miller Girls.


Foto #7.  Harold says, “I’m having a little difficulty indentifying.  Under the handrails on the lower small white panel near the pilothouse door, it appears to read N.J. MATHER.  I will continue to work on it.”  Any ideas?  She seems narrow boat;  someone with long arms in the wheelhouse could have a hand out each each at the same time.


Foto #8.  On the Morris Canal . . .  here’s a foto I wish I could truly travel back in time to see.  Part of the house seems to be a huge rectangular tank.  Up high the sign says “nite blues limited.”  Anyone know the story?  The Morris Canal today has changed.  Anyone have water-focused fotos of the Canal you are willing to share on tugster?  Type morris canal into the search window and you’ll find lots more fotos.


I’m eager for your interpretation of these fotos of a lost sixth boro, captured on fotos of Seth Tane.

Graves of Arthur Kill has archival footage of a boneyard on the Arthur Kill from about the same era.  I’d love to see more fotos of what was new and what was derelict in the sixth boro from then and before.

And the answer is . . . “Can’t stump me on this one either.  I witnessed this from Fort Wadsworth . . . the final departure from New York of  Queen Mary September 22, 1967.”  Harold . .  you win again.  Here’s a link to roughly corroborating evidence from videoal’s flickr stream. And  Another.. .  although in both these videoal give September 16 as the date.  ?    Like Harold, though, I come up with September 22, 1967 from this article.

This “tugster teaser”  calls attention to my selective vision of sixth boro traffic:  over half dozen cruise ships traverse the harbor weekly, but I had to go back to early summer for the most recent cruise ship foto I’d taken.  Norwegian Hussy, I think this vessel is called, given the meretricious lips on this vessel.  If I’d waited a split-second longer, the building onthe ridge would give a more convincing sense of being an oversize stack for Bart to wax eloquent about.


Don’t misunderstand . . . I like Norwegians.  And full disclosure, my only “passenger vessel” trips have been the length of the Red Sea and across a portion of the Med on what I chose as a cheap and scenic alternative to flying,  aboard Al-Makkah and another vessel whose name–egad!  I’ve forgotten.  I enjoyed seeing the sharks and flying fish.

Thanks to Dave Boone for use of this foto, which identifies as October 1957, with tugs Turecamo Girls, Newport, Carol Moran, and Diana L. Moran.  I’m wondering about the blimp.  In 1957 the Navy was experimenting with airships.   Might this event be honoring Snowbird‘s record-breaking flight, or is the blimp there to help fete some other honoree not depicted?  Anyone hazard a guess?

By the way, the current Turecamo Girls was launched in 1965.  Carol Moran was reefed off New Jersey in 1990.  Diana was scrapped in 2006.


I hadn’t intended this as the next Tugster Teaser, but I would like to know the event.  Airships, yeah, we see them . . . like here framed between the fins of the flying fish on Pier 66

aaastt1in summer over the harbor;  in fact, the one below I posted back in December 2006.  One of my favorites, I had taken it on an especially hazy summer day that summer.


I might not know what I’m choosing, but I’d love a long voyage in an airship.  Here are images of Hindenburg interiors.   Here are many more images:  scroll through to see my favorite is the bedroom called “deluxe cabin.” Might I get “re-honeymooned”  just for a spot for a voyage in this cabin!!  Wait . .  I never had a first honeymoon.

Maybe post-cheap-oil, we’ll return to this technology??

By the way, if you’re interested in seeing fotos of the final departure of another legend, check out “Surfing QE2’s Wake . . .”

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