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Here’s Ocean Traverse Nord, 213′ loa and a trailing suction hopper dredge built in Quebec City in 2012.


photo taken on St. Lawrence in June 2015

Here’s Manhattan, trailing suction hopper dredge built in Sparrows Point in 1904, hull #43.




And this is Atlantic, hull #44, also from Sparrows Point.


Finally, Dodge Island, loa 275′ and built in Slidell LA in 1980.


photo taken off New Jersey in November 2015

Thanks to Barrel for the archival photos;  the two color photos by Will Van Dorp.

Related:  click here for lots of photos of vintage USACE dredge equipment.


This was the Narrows at 0730 this morning.

I joined the ‘scapegoats for morning contemplation . . . to the east and

north.  That orange tanker down there, they said, had a name I’d find interesting.    But I couldn’t read it yet.

Below us, yacht Dofle Dust was bound for sea past Ratna Shalini.

A closeup showed this was Dodge Island, not Padre Island, as I’d supposed.

The camouflaged goat was too busy scratching to notice that the herd had headed down the slope.

Wow!  SKS Tugela . . . what a name.  i should have gotten a closer-up shot.   And without google, I’d never have know a river by that name exists.

October dawn light is unique as it paints the stern here of Sea Valour.

Here’s a shot looking south  . . .

and another as I walked to catch the ferry.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who was actually hoping to catch anything but also Crowley Innovation, which sneaked into the Kills via Raritan Bay.

Soon after sunrise Sunday it seemed everything was inbound although the dredges then turned 180 and  back outbound.



Nicholas Miller had the most bounce,



YM Kaohsiung, many thousandfold larger, came in smooth,



and the pilotboat followed.



All photos, Will Van Dorp.

Dusting and keeping clutter off my desk never end, nor does keeping shipping channels cleared of silt. A few weeks ago I thought this was a dredge, and I was right.



I can’t tell if this one’s Dodge Island or a sister, but it’s a hopper dredge. A long tube vacuums the bottom and collects the silt/aggregate in a hopper midships.



Check this link for a superb drawing of the underwater view of the suction tube.



Check this link for equally superb view onboard showing various components. When the hopper is full, the vessel heads out to deep water, opens the underwater doors, and drops the silt elsewhere. To start the cycle again, I wonder? So come spring and melt and brown/bronze water, where do you suppose that Adirondack/Catskill sediment will drop and who’ll pick it up?

By the way, I’ve added new info to “Green Tugs.”  Check it out.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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