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I’m working on some tougher posts, but here’s an easy one.  Let’s flip the calendar back approximately 10 years, give or take a month.  Then it was Barents Sea, not Atlantic Enterprise.  Rowan M. McAllister is still around, although in Charleston SC.  And the container ship under the “un-raised” Bayonne Bridge is Zim Qingdao, currently eastbound across the Atlantic.  The other McAllister tug I don’t know.

Melvin E. Lemmerhirt, now Evelyn Cutler, eastbound toward the Brooklyn Bridge  . . . well, all’s quite changed about all this.

Maryland –I’ve yet to see her as  Liz Vinik–was bunkering the brand new Queen Victoria.

Peking was then–as now–out of the water, although currently her dry dock is in Germany.

Penn No. 4 still goes by the same name, but it’s now a Kirby boat.

George Burrows was never a regular here, and I’ve no idea of her current disposition.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who hopes you enjoyed this backward glance.


With the pilot still aboard this ship bound for sea, his egress awaited.

I must learn more about the lot of pilots, but the crewman here retracted this pilot’s ladder

This one still hangs almost to the waterline.

See the crewman under the upper house of Mary Alice?  Well . . .

here he is closer up studying his handiwork, having just set down his brush and paint.  Rust never sleeps.

In this foto sent by Ron Rice, notice the ladder to the riverbed leaning against the stern of George Burrows, a conveyance for a hardhat diver to get to his job assembling the Lower Manhattan ferry terminal.  Does this terminal have an official name?


All other fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated, yesterday was the 33rd anniversary of the loss of  Edmund Fitzgerald. Peter Mello and Cheryl called my attention to the sad date.

Also unrelated, see fotos of QE2 passing the northwest corner of Spain bound for Dubai on Amiga Atlantica‘s great blog.

or a few hours on the KVK. First . . . she almost wouldn’t be here, Linda Moran delivered August 2008 after the W&D fire, towed from the flames by a lobster boat.  Is Linda currently the newest vessel on the sixth boro?

Ocean Tower ex-Gulf Falcon.  1978.  Does it “tower” rhyme with “power” or “lower”?

Sea Raven ex-Dixie Commander and Star Providence.  1980.  Why does it have such long stacks?

Thomas D. Witte ex-Kendall P. Brake, Reliance, Tammy, Matty J, June C  1961. Is scrap metal the boro’s greatest real export?

Megan McAllister ex-Arthur Zeman Jr.  1985.

George Burrows. 1981.

Escort.  1983.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, late September 2008.

Match the age with the tug: Answers are 4, 6, 27, and 39 years of age. Answer below.

Mister T, taken within the past week. For out-of-towners, that’s New York City on the bank, the boro of Staten Island.



George Burrows, westbound pushing stone on the East River. That’s Brooklyn on the bank. Who was the George Burrows?



Normandy, northbound on Arthur Kill.



Paul Andrew, just north of the Verrazano.



Answers: Mister T, 6. George Burrows, 27. Normandy, 4. Paul Andrew (ex-Miss Holly), 39.

Photos, WVD.

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