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Here a huge–by sixth boro standards–bulk carrier Percival offloads coal at the Tata steel works near the salty end of the Nordzee Canal.
Here Russian drillship Bavenit makes its way to sea through the Nordzee Canal.
This is diveship Nehalennia, which takes sport divers out helmet diving off the Dutch coast.
This has to be the most unlikely repurposing of an old ferry: overflow parking for bicycles just north of the main train station in Amsterdam.
Here’s the main parking on the south side of the same station!!
Here are a few vessels of Acta Marine at their yard in Den Helder. They specialize in workboats for shallow waters. L to R, Coastal Surveyor 2, Jutter, and Coastal Explorer.
This has to be the only vessel of this design . . . with leeboards! I know nothing more about it.
In Zaandam, translation of boat name is “flyer.”
Other than that Zuiderzee is a government vessel with a crane, I can say much else.
Here’s a more bucolic Zaandam sight, two windmills . . . one decapitated.
The intact capped and spinning one, was sawing logs!
And to bring this installment to a close, the first photo here was NEMO, an Amsterdam science center.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . who feels like he’s hopping between continents.
Unlike in the US, the Dutch lifeboat or life saving organization is NOT part of the Coast Guard. In fact, it’s a volunteer group with really impressive vessels. Click here for more info on KNRM, that group.
The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.
North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back to Coney Island this weekend for the m e r m a i d s.
Aaron is the smallest of the fleet.
Friesland . . . built 1982.
Here’s another shot of Triton (farther) and Telstar (nearer).
Another shot of Triton, built 2008 in Turkey.
Svitzer Svezia, Italy 1988.
PA 1 aka Castor looks like it could tow if equipment were added, but it’s actually an enforcement vessel.
And we end with a 1927 boat . . . aptly named . . . Obsessie.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
What a concept . . . all you can eat pancakes while motoring around Dutch waterways!
Aurora is a Cargill-operated cocoa tanker. Read the faint print on the starboard side of the tank.
Aqua Shuttle in Rotterdam and
School ship Princes Beatrix.
City Supplier . . as its sibling Beerboat keeps trucks out of the narrow streets in Amsterdam.
Colorful housing near a maritime school over on the north side of the Ij
is actually repurposed containers.
Two more work boats for now:
Scheurrak is a survey boat.
I love leeboards and the really upswept bow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, and I have more from the gallivant, but they may have to wait to late next week.
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.
I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder. A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch. I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.
Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.
Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has
Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?
No problem and you further insulate your home.
The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT
out of service. Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and
Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called
Lara dates from
1926. DAF powers this vessel.
Greta is just beautiful . . or mooi, as my relatives would say.
Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,
Bonheur. Odin, formerly of the sixth bork and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.
This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this
Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.
There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.
This post quite directly follows on 14 in this series, from two years ago. Just fotos today, all taken since the winter solstice. Call this where roads go
and where they end.
Before you leave . . .
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Actually the key is making it possible for the helicopter to find you. In some cases, assisting the task of arriving at your location makes the difference between life and death; things don’t always go so well. On a windy unsettled afternoon last week I happened to be there when
an obsessively circling C-130 over Oswego’s lighthouse demanded attention. I wish I’d stumbled onto this scene the day they trained search & rescue with a Reaper drone. Here’s another link about that drill.
As it was, the helicopter here working with the USCG puzzled me, and
having no VHF or binoculars, I couldn’t tell whether the debris on the jetty was just drifted remains of a Lake Ontario shoreline tree, but
someone had certainly swum to proximity of rescuer.
In the half hour that followed at least a half dozen “winchings up” and “down” before
it returned to USCG Station Oswego. Click here for their flickr page. Click here for info on the blue-yellow structure to the lower left, NYS Derrick Boat 8, the last steam-powered barge (with dredge capabilities at one time) on the Erie Canal . . . maybe even in New York . DB8 is also known as Lance Knapp, named for a salvage diver.
A half year ago I watched a helicopter rescue drill here.
All fotos taken within an hour by Will Van Dorp. Here was my previous swimming post.
PS: Enjoy the additional fotos below from the Port of Oswego, showing schooner OMF Ontario, LT-5, and fishtug Eleanor D, and Oswego West Pierhead Light.