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The point of this post is to profile the mobility of the world afloat . . . people, cargoes, movers . . . Here was Frances in Waterford early morning Saturday, September 12. Note Lehigh Valley 79 down the way.
The next two photos come thanks to Glenn Raymo, who lives and takes some great photos up by Poughkeepsie. Late Monday afternoon–September 14– he caught not only Frances but also the hitchhiking barge Lehigh Valley 79 southbound, along with several scows of crushed stone. I guess all barges hike hitches, technically.
The following morning I caught this photo of Frances over in front of Bayonne. By now, Lehigh Valley 79 had been returned to its place over in Red Hook Brooklyn.
From the Erie Canal, where some of the Frances crew may have taken part in the line toss, to New York City’s sixth boro in a couple days . . this is a water world. And what makes it even more remarkable,
a versatile tug like Frances could–if there was a compelling reason to do so, traverse the Erie Canal and head into the huge north coast area we call the Great Lakes Basin.
Thanks to Glenn Raymo for the two photos above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
It’s been a few years since Lehigh Valley 79 was there, but David Sharps added a new feature to the parade–a
to each vessel that passed for review.
And what a potpourri of vessels that was!
Folks who from Monday to Friday work on precision instruments indoors . . . on weekends go to the physics lab on the river and experiment with vectors.
Others compete shoreside commanding line to fly.
If you missed this one, make plans now for 2016.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Like Pelham, Frances has been around the block quite a long time, since 1957, in fact. Type Frances Turecamo –or just Frances– into the search window on the blog and you’ll see more of her.
I’m happy to see the shine on her and even happier to see her in the water and at work.
Do the maintenance and repairs. Keep the paint where it’s needed and
she’ll make money for a long time.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who is still on the road.
Well, L’Hermione (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos. Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker. Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.
It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.
And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.
And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.
And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new. I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.
Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .
as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.
And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014. I wonder where she’s headed. Anyone help out?
Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro. Need waterborne support for a project or . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.
Frances . . . built on Long Island in 1957 looked quite happy yesterday. She languished a few years a decade ago, but she’s now shiny and back at work. Click here and scroll through to see Frances as I first saw her in faux-wood paint. Here are the basics on her.
Cheyenne, a Brooklyn-built Bushey tug from 1965, is a veteran of the canal, as seen here and here. In the second link, she’s house down ducking underneath the bridge in Sylvan Beach with scows bound for the sixth boro. Here she was this past summer in Oswego after traversing the canal east to west and Lake Erie bound.
Also, some photos I took yesterday of Thomas D. Witte, built in Louisiana in 1961. Her air draft now precludes her operating on the canal.
For more canallers, click here.
Thank the verizon gods for internet service after a few more days’ drought. Click here for previous snowy posts.
I think today was the snowiest day yet in the sixth boro. So I hope you enjoy watching Orange Ocean emerge from the “particle fog.”
I missed Donjon’s Yankee leave town this morning, but I did catch Marie J Turecamo pivot Stolt Capability. Click here to see tug fax photo of Yankee in Halifax a few day back. Please get in touch if you got any Yankee photos .. . I’m that kind of a Yankee fan.
MOL Expeditor remianed in the Lower Bay anchorage for some time after losing power on the outbound run last night. Losing power in the narrow Ambrose Channel must be a terrifying experience.
Like I said earlier, I missed Yankee, but I caught Frances coming in the Narrows, and passing a vessel with the unlikely name . . .
Neverland Dream. I include a link here just in case you don’t believe me.
All photos today by Will Van Dorp, who is not certain of internet service from one day to the next.
Darell T. Gilbert took this foto . . . a hot air balloon over the water in Red Hook around the 5th of January. WTF?!@#@!! Anyone know the story?
Thanks to Sam Zapadinsky . . . can you identify this creature walking on the icy upper Hudson? Coyote? Here’s a post from a few years ago of eagles on the mostly frozen river.
Sam also took this foto from the tug Frances, which
is the forwardmost tug in this foto by Bob Dahringer. Frances and Kathleen Turecamo move crude oil tanker Afrodite into the dock in Albany, one of many water tasks that happens whether the temperatures are 0 or 100.
And finally, Mike Abegg took this foto of Alice Oldendorff in the Brooklyn Navy yard, taking on
fuel. Quantico Creek and a Dann Marine boat (either Chesapeake or Discovery Coast) assist with this operation in the ice-choked area around the docks.
Thanks much to Darell, Sam, Bob, and Mike for these fotos.
Click here for Bob Dahringer’s YouTube videos, recently with a lot of ice.
Now here from Harbin, China is a completely other reaction to cold weather.
Not Afrodite although Apollon is otherwise a twin.
This IS Afrodite. All the rest of these fotos are compliments of Paul Strubeck.
In this set of Paul’s fotos, you may conclude that his conveyance is overtaking Afrodite, but I’m reversing the order as the vessel Afrodite–leaves the upper Hudson running towards sea and St. John.
Click here for the rest of the TCM (I’m not sure why the T-E- N) fleet.
This looks like Kathleen Turecamo and Frances assisting Afrodite out of the berth.
I took the first foto, but all the others I am grateful to Paul Strubeck for.
. .. that gray vessel on the Jersey side just north of the Outerbridge, we know what it is, and
And this from l’amiga . . . Frances pushing north and Captain D pushing south . . .
kind of a reminder me of a Dr. Doolittle character . . . pushmi-pullyu . .
I hope a reader can clarify above vessel and procedure.
The first two fotos come compliments of Tony Acabono, and the last two by l’amiga, both of whom I’m grateful to for passing them along.
And to paraphrase the former vizier of defense, there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns . . . as in these two additional fotos from l’amiga.
I know this is Grey Shark, but will the trucks onboard come back? What if anything is in them? If they return, will they be empty?
Any answers to any questions would be quite satisfactory.
Late October 2011, Day Peckinpaugh and Frances Turecamo float above Lock 3, post-Irene, seen here through the eyes of the master of Tug44.
Here’s Day Peckinpaugh last weekend, nose to nose with Urger, the latter here for shaft work.
Blount’s two decade old Grande Caribe applies the same design to contemporary passenger cruising. Notice the popped-down house; in this post from three years ago, the house is up. I’d love to hear from someone who’s sailed on one of these “small ship adventures.” Shipboard romance? What are the stopping off places for adventuring off the mother ship?
And compare the tug Frances Turecamo (1957) in the top foto to her incarnation now. It’s great to see her back at work.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Thanks to Jonathan Boulware , interim president of South Street Seaport Museum, for passing along this article and video of salvage of Astrid.