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I took these photos in early September.  That’s New Bedford on the far side of the Acushnet River;  I was standing on the Fairhaven side of the hurricane barrier.  Acushnet was also the whaleship name in Moby Dick.

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Note the Portuguese name:  Sao Paulo, built 1977

A member of the crew looks homeward.

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Mary K, built 1990, and registered

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in Woods Hole.

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Megan Marie, built 1980, is registered in

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Montauk.  If you want to watch fish boats, the hurricane barrier is a good spot.

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Sao Jacinto, 1977, and registered n New Bedford. And following them out, it’s

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Jim Dandy, 1977,  of So. Dartmouth.

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Direction, Westport, MA.

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Michigan, Fairhaven, 1947.

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Nicole Danielle, Atlantic City, NJ.

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Whitewater, Marathon FL!

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Here are four vessels of the Eastern Fisheries fleet. 

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There are two boats by this name in New Bedford, as is

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true of this one.

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The registration on the stern says “New Bedford.”

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The density of boats on the docks makes credible that this port is rated #1 in the US for catch value, and has been for the past decade and a half.

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Check out Cape May NJ and Lowland, NC.

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All photos taken over a two-day period around the mouth of the Acushnet by Will Van Dorp.

Someone more informed than me could identify what fishery each of these vessels engages in.

Photo from Nate Lopez.  Name that tug?  Here are some previous photos by Nate.

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Technically Ellsea is a freight ship.  The location for the next set of photos is the Acushnet River between New Bedford (background) and Fairhaven, where I spent the past week mostly incommunicado.  That’s the Palmers Island Light.  New Bedford, former whaling port and more and now the US top fish port?

 

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I don’t know the name of this vessel . . . might it be R. Marcel Roy?

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Here’s a profile shot.  Beyond her you see a portion of Tucker Roy’s tug named by subtraction as Co.

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And here, as seen from the Route 6 Bridge, it’s those two along with another mystery tug, which might be Pleon?

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Here, with interesting stern fendering, it’s Sea Fuels Marine’s Emma Nicole.

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Here’s a close up of the unusual fendering, and

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a clue to previous ownership.

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Now, in keeping with the colors of the unconfirmed Pleon above, let’s move way down east to Belfast, where I’ve also touched base recently.  It’s Capt. Mackintire.

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And rounding out this set, here’s the identification of Nate’s photo above, it’s Buckley McAllister fueling in New Bedford.

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I’m happy to be home . . . in time for the tugboat race tomorrow.   Don’t be late because the race runs at 10 . . .  with a parade before that.  Be there by 9.   I’ll be there.

 

 

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