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In my effort to catch up on shared photos, let me start with one I’ve heard about for a few years but never seen yet.

Al Circeo shared these next two over a month ago.  Is this tug still over at Mariners Harbor?  Does anyone know what her owners plan for her?

At one point she went by Sea Monster. ..   as in Monster.com.  Before that she was the Port Athur-built Mars, launched in 1953 and which you can see in the link here.  I don’t know if she’s been renamed, but right now as a yacht she appears to have come out of Monster Garage.

Over a month ago as well, I got this set from Russell Skeris, who took them from his Boston Whaler over by the Moriches Inlet.

Sea Cypress and Hercules were involved, as

were Capt Brennan and

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All of them in a group shot can be seen below.

A glance at AIS this rainy October morning shows some of these vessels are still working there, as seen below.

Many thanks to Al and Russell for these photos.

 

 

I visited Southport once before, six years ago, when I met a wonderful gentleman who showed off his 1938 restored fishing boat Solomon T, here.

This time a small dredge operation was going on near shore, involving P&L’s Hercules.  Also

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there was Sea Oak (whose fleet mates have some great names here)  and

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Candice L.  Thanks to SM.

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Also, working on the project was crew boat Captain Tom.

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I plan to get back to Southport in late spring.

Part of my interest here is explained by this book:  Masters of the Shoals. 

 

 

Know that boat below?  Answer follows.  It’s recently been in the news.  This trove of photos comes from JG, an out-of-towner whom I sometimes meet along the KVK.  This photo was taken between 2001 and 2007.

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Seguin (1972, YTB-816 Campti) has been sold foreign.  Anyone know where? The photo below was taken in 2003.

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Hercules (YTB-766, Wapakoneta) has also gone foreign, to Nigeria, as documented on this blog here.

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Natick (YTB-760, Natick) was completed at Jakobson’s although construction began elsewhere.  The photo below was taken in 2009.

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This photo of Phoenix LT-1975 was taken in 2007 in Constellation Maritime colors.  She’s currently in Maine as Fournier Brothers.

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King Philip, shown here in 2007, currently works as Olon in Panama.

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Chicopee, shown here in 2007, was built in 1952 by Higgins Industries as Army tug LT-1966.  Anyone know where she is today?

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Ludwig E., which became Nathan E. Stewart in 2007, sank in October and was raised earlier this month.  Anyone know if she will be refurbished?

Many thanks to JG for use of these photos.

 

“I have worked on two salvage tugs,” writes Jan.  “The first one, Hercules in 1957-1958, was a seagoing salvage-tug/icebreaker built in 1943 for the German Air Force/Navy to salvage plane wrecks in the Baltic Sea.  After the war the tug sailed for Bugsier and came under the Dutch flag in 1950.  In 1984 [ as Temi IV] it capsized and sank. Salvaged and scrapped.”
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“The second one was Zeepaard [ trans. Seahorse] in 1960-1961.   Zeepaard was built in 1947 and used as tug/salvage tug by Tak’s Berging (W.A van den Tak Bergings Bedrijf N.V.),  a sister company of L. Smit & Co. Internationale Sleepdienst Mij. N.V.  Still in service.  Now as a pusher-tug with the name Liberty.”
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Thanks, Jan.

Two tugboats built that year are still around:  Daniel McAllister (108.9′ x 23′) was built in Collingwood on Lake Huron, and Pegasus (96′ x 23′) on the Chesapeake in Baltimore.  Pegasus was launched as S. O. Co. No. 16 and Daniel  . . . as Helena.  Daniel worked until the 1980s;  Pegasus worked until 1997, retiring after nine full decades of service. Pegasus still runs, making its most recent trip here.

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Off Pegasus‘ stern, that’s the lightship/luxury yacht Nantucket.

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Daniel is in the old port of Montreal, certainly a place to wander around for awhile.

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Here Pegasus was about to depart Caddell Dry Dock back in March 2010.

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And here Pegasus was returning to the sixth boro from Mystic back in October 2010.

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I’m wondering about the claim that Daniel is the second largest preserved tugboat in the world.  I believe Hercules–also 1907!!!–is the largest at 151′ x 26.’  Where does Pegasus rank in this comparison:  third, fourth, ??

 

All photos here by Will Van Dorp.

 

This is the series with tugs from all over.  So let’s start in Miami last month with photos by John “Jed” Jedrlinic.  Miss Niz was in the sixth boro some time back.

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Also from Jed . . .it’s Akashi Maru in Yokohama, 2008. He has more photos of Japanese tugboats.

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Darrin Rice sent along this photo of the classic Hercules, built at the John H. Dialogue yard in Camden NJ but having worked its entire career on the West Coast, which it arrived at by circumnavigating the southern tip of South America.   The Camden yard of John H. Dialogue also built these classics.

Previously, Darrin sent along some photos of decaying classics here.

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From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster . . . what appears to be a just delivered (March 2015 just!) German-flagged tug FairPlay IX operating in the Netherlands.

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Brake is also an almost new boat.

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And  . .  yes, I do get out and take photos myself . . . here is Robert E. McAllister passing RORO Grey Shark . . . which it towed in from sea half a month ago after the RORO experienced mechanical difficulties. Beyond the dry dock buildings is Quantum of the Seas.

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Here Freddie K. Miller passes Robbins Light.  This vessel first appeared on this blog going on nine years ago here!

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And last for today but certainly not least, from Rich Taylor, it’s Chale, a classic tug at the half-century mark.

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Rich also sends along Istria, Italian-built . . . almost the same vintage.  Istria has been featured on this blog about two years ago here.

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Thanks to Rich, Jan, Fred, Darrin, and Jed for this look at a diverse set of vessels all referred to as tugboats.

 

Thanks to the many folks contributed to this post.

First, Russell Skeris sent this along of a James Turecamo in Turecamo livery.  Given all the flags, might this have been taken by an unknown photographer quite near her launch in 1969?

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Next, hats off to Rand Miller who caught this photo of a brilliant red and gold Delta Fox, lighting up this grey day on the East River.  Hats off especially because Rand had to hastily throw on some clothes and take these photos while holding an umbrella and cell camera.  Some of those words are his, and I am grateful, as I hope are you.

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New Bedford bound perhaps?

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And gracias to my gallivanting sister who is still along the Colombian coast, watching remolcadores like Sirocco racing out to

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escort in a freighter.

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And appreciation to Allan and Sally Seymour, who recently made a trip up a watershed that’s long been on my list of “gotta do’s.”   Joseph A and P & L fleet mates gather here among the colorful buildings the mysterious Miami River, where

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this vessel in TowboatUS colors perhaps stands watch in a manatee area.

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Judging by the coloration of the buildings in the background, this unmade vessel with classic tugboat lines lies in the same area.  Anyone know the name?  the history?

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Many thanks to Russell, Rand, Maraki, and Allan & Sally for these photos.

 

I borrow this title from an event I’d love to see more photos of, an art trip marking National Maritime Day in May 1987 and reported on here and here.  What better way to leap into the future with blasts from the past, borrowing again.

My purpose in this post is to inform about a unique celebratory event at the Pratt campus in Brooklyn that will not be repeated after this week, Wednesday December 31 late into January 1 wee . . .  Here are the directions:  “There will be two gates open, one on the corner of Dekalb and Hall Street; the other is the main vehicle gate on Grand and Willoughby Aves.  Grand Ave does probably not show on maps because  there are super blocks on each side of Willoughby.  Once on the campus head for the smokestack or follow the noise to the calliope.   Closest subway stop is Washington\Clinton on the G train.  Get out at the Washington end of the station.  One block along  Lafayette ,  turn left around the church.  One block down Hall Street you will see Pratt Institute.”

Here and here are previous posts I’ve done on the whistles Conrad Milster has at Pratt.

Here are some of my photos of steam whistles, my tribute to steam . . .

aboard Belle of Louisville,

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at the Pageant of Steam,

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and all the rest at the Stoom fest near Rotterdam this past May.   Like the 1930 steam tug Roek.

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Or the 1933 British Navy torpedo recovery vessel Elfin.

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Yes, that’s a child playing on the torpedo.

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Or the 1893 Pieter Boele .  . . a steam tug with a bowsprit.

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Or the 1915 Hercules.

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Dress warm and come bathe in the sound and steam hooked up by Conrad Milster at Pratt.  I’ll see you there.

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All Most photos by Will Van Dorp.  The photo above is by the inimitable bowsprite, who captured steam and cold water rituals here 4 years ago.

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I hoped to ride Elbe to Maassluis, but due to my misread of the waterbus schedule, we were JUST too late . .  and watched from the quay.  For two short movies of Elbe leaving the dock, check my Facebook page.

 

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