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Guess the vessel cut off to the right?

The tug is Lois M, on hold in Brooklyn for about a month already.

It turns out she came to GMD with barge Tobias for a haircut and a shave, and maybe some new paint.

After the shipyard work, Lois M and Tobias might be headed across the pond ….

Given the size of the graving dock, Tobias is a huge barge.

Many thanks to Mike Abegg for these photos.

And that bowsprit . . . it belongs to Clipper City.

First there was one, and Mike

got a close up look of the “boss,” the curvaceous raised metal plate on the bow.  I love the seahorses on either side of that plate, a throwback to an era when mythological creatures decorated ocean charts.



Then beginning a week ago, there were two,

stern to bow.

Whatever work is underway on these two vintage vessels at GMD,

I’d say it’s akin to a restoration.


Many thanks to Mike Abegg for all these photos.

Previous related posts can be found here and here.


Many thanks to Robert Simko and Lee Gruzen for sending me some photos and lots of questions yesterday morning.

This large gray vessel–SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013)–arrived under tow

from, I believe, National Defense Reserve Fleet on the James River, where it has been used for training.

As SS Cape Avinoff is moved stern first closer to GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, Chris Kunzmann got this photo.

Many thanks to Robert, Lee, and Chris for use of these photos.  Can anyone confirm why she was moved to a NYC shipyard?

Robert publishes The Broadsheet.  Click here and here for info on GMD Shipyard.

Previous posts involving “dead ships” can be found here.


Hard hat-wearing man in basket watching two heads,


divers beside a tugboat or


two of them, suspended by multiple lines.  Where is


this?  Irish Sea and Iona McAlister, or so they’re called for now.  Why does Iona sport only ONE “l” in McAlister?


They may emerge from this graving dock experience with new names, new colors, and who knows . . .


new shapes . . .


All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

as in “integrated tug-barge,” as distinguished from “articulated tug-barge,” now in greater favor. Here’s the tug portion of ITB Philadelphia uncoupled in GMD drydock from its intimate partner barge. Yes, that’s a tug.



For a sense of scale, watch the self-propelled crane aka “man basket” at floor of dry dock.



Yes, there is a dock worker in the man basket.



For a company diagram of this vessel to see tug integrated with its barge, click here.Top down view fascinates me.



ITB Philadelphia has an LOA of almost 700 feet, with the intergrated barge!

More on this vessel later.

Photos, WVD.

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