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Here was 7 in the series.

ABC-1 is a harbor supply boat, restocking the larder and spare parts lockers while load shifting happens in port.  Click here to see her high and dry a few years back.

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BB 163 . . . is a still used antique, up on the Canal that connects the Great Lakes with the sixth boro.  Some day, when it’s warmer, I hope to learn much more about these BBs, buoy boats.  I’ll do more on BB 163 later.   For now, I can’t look at this and NOT see the flag of Colombia or Ecuador.

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Gabby has been featured here many times.

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Miller Boys is a crew boat.

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But really the focus here is the line boats operated by Ken’s Marine.

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It might be 5 above zero or 5 below 100 F, these crews are shuttling lines from ship to shore, negotiating with crews on a vessel as well as crews on shore.

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Note the ship line handler chief watching the line boat and signaling to his crew to pay out line.

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Once the line boat gets to the shoreline, the shore crew takes over.  Given the ice I know is on those rocks, this is a job requiring concentration and sure-footedness as well as  strength.

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Once lines are on, the line boat stands off until they get snugged.  Then there are lots more lines to get on.

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“All fast” needs to be done quickly and thoroughly.  Not long after this vessel was snug, two container ships passed between Medi Osaka on this side and UACC Masafi on the other side, creating tremendous lateral pressure on all vessels, straining the lines.

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But all fast is all fast.  Bravo, guys.

All Fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Crow languishes here in Port Newark.

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A detail-impoverished foto of Manson Construction‘s hopper dredge Glenn Edwards along with tug Kendall J. Hebert.  Actually Samantha Miller is hiding in the haze near starboard stern of the dredge, anchored in Gravesend Bay.

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Click here for a coloful foto of Kendall J. Hebert.

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Some of the other boats I’ve seen recently are Susan E. Witte,

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Katherine,  (Last summer I caught Katherine pulling a dredge scow in Morehead City, North Carolina)

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Pati R. Moran, 

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Ron G, which I first read as Rong.  Often she’s in Philadelphia.

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Gabby L Miller,

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Miriam Moran returning to base after retrieving the docking pilot,

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And finally, a boat I’ve never seen before . . . Navigator.  Anyone know her story?  I took this foto Sunday morning.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Here were 1,  2, and 3.  Looking back, my favorite of those three is number 1.  So what are the delights of the East River, other than my longstanding fixation on this aggregate carrier . . . ?

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Well, clearly I’m not the only one who recognizes how delightful Alice’s presence in the sixth boro proves to be.

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Thanks to the Long Island City Community Boathouse for these pics long on spirit if perhaps a bit short on focus.  My last trip with LIC Community Boathouse goes back five years already!!  On that Sobro cleanup trip I also took these fotos.

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These fotos remind me that I’ve yet to get myself to Four Freedoms Park (below) on Roosevelt Island, as well as

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Ship of Tolerance, which will be at the salt dock on Staten Island this weekend.   In the foto below, Gabby L. Miller is moving the Ship past the United Nations Building.

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All fotos are compliments of the Long Island City Community Boathouse.

From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.

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To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background.  At Blue Friday plus

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80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.

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The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage.  Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.

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Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.

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Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek.   Rae’s my age!.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated:  Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph.  The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile.  Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified.  For info on the tugs, click here.

Gabby L. Miller is only three years old.

Built right here in the sixth boro,

she just might grow into  . . . something larger than her 25′ loa x 13  and 660 hp.

Notice the crew quarters under the house?  Gabby first appeared on this blog last Labor Day.

Below, Mark Miller, a utility boat I’ve never seen closer than this, has dimensions of 65′ x 18 with 185 hp.

Sorensen is Miller’s largest crewboat:  110′ x 25 with 2040 hp.

It’s Miller’s Launch time.

Fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Happy . . . .  first sunny Sunday in April.  With balmy weather and a full spectrum of light conditions this first weekend of April, just call it the weekend right before summer although it may snow yet this spring  . . .  Whatzit below?  I’ll do a post on Gabby soon; for now that’s all I’ll say.

Adriatic Sea–the most powerful sounding vessel in the boro–and Lincoln Sea, off in the distance lower left both recall for me summers past.

Oleander heads off to Bermuda while Baltic Sea enters the east end of KVK.

Kuroshio Express flushes water through its dolly partons while arriving for its boro-6  appointment, escorted by

Brendan Turecamo.

Patapsco prepares for an assist.

Ellen McAllister escorts in Zim Virginia.

As I watched from pier 66, Melvin E. Lemmerhirt passes between me and the setting sun, which

also burnished the dull gray surfaces of Intrepid.

All fotos taken on good Friday afternoon by Will Van Dorp.

Thanks to Matt Perricone, I witnessed the 17th annual tugboat race from an up-close platform, kind of like watching the Kentucky Derby from hind edge of the jockey’s seat.  Cornell won the best vintage tug award today, and if you haven’t voted yet, vote for Cornell for the “People’s Choice” award at next week’s Waterford Tug roundup here.

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And they’re off.

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Fastest tug and winner of Class A (over 2000 hp) was Ellen McAllister.  She also won “best-looking” and a member of the crew had

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“best tattoo.”  Find the text here; scroll down til you see “The Last Watch.”

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Fastest in Class B was Megan Ann, whose very hospitable crew also won another award, to be shown later.

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It was 1901 Urger for the Class C speed award.  To get some sense of Urger‘s first life, appearance and function, click here.

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Nathan E. Stewart, second fastest overall, also won the line throw.

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Now which award might this be?  Best Viking award maybe?

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Karl, fearless Cornell crewman, didn’t win the spinach eating award, but gave the most intimidating pre-contest show.

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The “lil toot” award went to Lt. Michael P. Murphy, named in honor of the Navy Seal?

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“Best spirit” award went to all the Miller Launch boats, here from left to right:  Susan, Catherine, Shawn, and Gabby L.

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After a competition, all is forgiven and affectionate.

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My award for “best decoration” goes to Growler, who counted a Viking among its crew as did Megan Ann although Growler’s Viking identity shifted during the morning.  Growler comes from the USMMA at Kings Point.

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My special award goes to this gentleman–Antonio Alcaraz Arbelo–who traveled from Spain for the race today.  Boluda is a Spanish tug company.  Antonio’s blog is fotosdebarcos.com , great pics even if you don’t read Spanish.  Antonio and Samuel, welcome to the sixth boro.

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More fotos and video soon.    Please inform me if any information is wrong.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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