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Click on the photo below to hear her run.
Click here to watch a 20-minute video documenting her meeting a near-sister a few years back. The sister has been converted into a private yacht. See them together here. The next two photos I took in NL in 2014.
That’s Fred Trooster and me in the photo below; thanks Fred for the invitation to come aboard Elbe.
For some of Fred’s photos of the visit, click here.
Marginally related, I wonder when a similar pilot boat–Wega–will leave its custody in Rio here (and scroll).
Also, marginally related and in response to a question from sfdi1947, click here for interactive navigation charts (waterkaarten or vaarkaarten) for Dutch inland waters, fun to play with but likely not guaranteed for actual use.
Here’s an index to previous posts with this theme. But truth be told, technology has no nationality. Click here and scroll through for the last vessel, a Dutch
tug vessel that for a time worked in the Chesapeake. Here she was last week, all decked out and doing a tour in connection with a Maassluis’ tugboat festival.
Enjoy these details, as well.
Engine room console and
Radio room (Thanks for the info, Jan)
Tugboat (Oops! As was Elbe/Maryland. Thx to Peter for catching this.) pilot boat Rigel dates from 1949;
Dock Yard V . . . from 1942.
And just to keep a hint of truckster alive from one April 1st to another, check out these two American beauties . . . living a well-kept expatriate existence.
Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.
Louise van der Wees is less new.
But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like the 1946 SS. Gebr. Bever. If that link is in Dutch, you can switch languages at the bottom.
Ditto Roek, 1930.
Spes . . . 1946
Wisent and many more.
a 1977 Hercules.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Personal note: Today I begin an extended gallivant in northern and western New York, the state. I have many more Dutch photos, but my ability to post may be limited.
Bergen Point, a 1958 Blount product, coming through the Narrows last weekend. Click here for many interesting vessels from Blount that have appeared on this blog.
And a first timer on this blog . . . John Parrish.
Penn No. 4 all painted white . . . click here and scroll through to see her in PennMaritime gray.
Bluefin . . still in PennMaritime gray . . . or is that primer?
Maryland . . . with reflections.
If my search window serves me right, then this is the first appearance of Katie G. McAllister on this blog.
This is definitely the first appearance of Pelican State here. The photo of this Great Lakes Dredge & Dock boat is here thanks to Mike and Michele Mcmorrow.
And thanks to Mage, here’s Esti and
And finally . . . it’s the mystery tug Elbe when it was Maryland Pilot boat Maryland. At its stern is its predecessor, Baltimore. I haven’t found out much about Baltimore. Any help? About Maryland, Capt. Brian Hope–who shared this photo, said this, “In 1985 and MARYLAND was donated to Greenpeace. She was a great boat, but too expensive to operate. She had a crew of 18, plus a chief steward. The crew worked two weeks on and two weeks off, so that, counting the steward, we had a total of 37 crew. When we went ashore that was reduced to about 21 and our fuel, repair and food costs dropped dramatically as well. I am very glad to see that she has been preserved (in Maassluis). She’s a great boat!” Thanks to a generous reader, here’s an article about her sea trials.
When next I post, I hope to share photos Elbe in her restored glory.
Sorry to miss NYC’s fleet week again.