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Grey Shark assisted out of the Kills by Catherine C.  MillerCatherine is still working, but Grey Shark has not moved from its berth in Las Caleras DR in almost three and a half years, so it’s safe to assume she won’t be calling in NYC’s sixth boro any more. By the way, July 2011 had some HAZY summer days.

The former Kristin Poling (1934 as Poughkeepsie Socony) had a few months to work, here alongside the almost new Crystal Cutler.

The mighty Viking was still working.  See the Celebrity ship in the haze.

along with even more powerful fleetmate Irish Sea, still intact and tied up at Vinik Marine.

Glen Cove was still working;  she was sold south.

Then the gallivanting started, here with a stop under the Route 213 bridge alongside the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to watch the almost-new Mako go by. 

Down to Key West and USCGC Mohawk WPG-78, now a fish condo.  She was reefed almost exactly a year later.

Florida is unusual in that few Kirby tugboats, to my knowledge, work as assist boat.  She’s currently operated as a Seabulk tug.

C-Tractor 5 and its fleetmate

the slightly more powerful lucky 13 set the bar for unusual design and color scheme.

All photos, WVD, who’s making arrangements for more gallivanting soon, although it looks to be in the interior on the continent rather than along the edges.

If you’ve not seen a ULCV, CMA CGM A. Lincoln is coming in this afternoon/evening.


If you’re new on this blog, for the past 27 months I’ve been posting photos from exactly 10 years before.  These then are photos I took in June 2010.  What’s been interesting about this for me is that this shows how much harbor activities have changed in 10 years.

Tarpon, the 1974 tug that once worked for Morania and below carries the Penn Maritime livery,  is now a Kirby boat.     Tarpon, which may be “laid up”  or  inactive, pushes Potomac toward the Gate.

North River waits over by GMD shipyard with Sea Hawk, and now also a Kirby vessel.   Sea Hawk is a slightly younger twin, at least in externals and some internals, of Lincoln Sea.

Irish Sea, third in a row, was K-Sea but now is also a Kirby boat.

Huron Service went from Candies to Hornbeck to now Genesis Energy, and works as Genesis Victory.

Ocean King is the oldest in this post . . . built in 1950.  She’s in Boston, but I don’t know how active she is.

Petersburg dates from 1954, and currently serves as a live aboard.  Here’s she’s Block Island bound, passing what is now Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Kristin Poling was built in 1934 and worked the Great Lakes and the Eastern Seaboard via the Erie Canal.

To digress, William Lafferty took this photo on 15 May 1966 at Thorold, Ontario, in the Welland Canal, same boat 44 years later.

And finally, she who travels jobs up and down the East Coast, the 1970 Miss Gill.  She’s currently working in the Charleston area.

All photos, WVD, who never thought a decade ago while taking these photos that I’d revisit them while in the midst of a pandemic.  June 2010 was a great month for photos, so I’ll do a retro a and b.

May 2010 . . . I took my first trip to see the thrills of the southern Arthur Kill, thanks to Bonnie.  Back then the hull of Astoria (1925-1967 on the East River Line) was still there. Since then, I believe it’s been removed  . . . said to be an eyesore.  !@#$?!!  Here’s more from that paddling trip.  Keansburg Steamboat Company operated it until it ended up here. If I read The Boats We Rode, Roberts & Gillespie, p.13) right, I’m wondering why it spent so many years before being broken up. And why isn’t it listed here?

ABC-1 was hauled out back that month. I know some of you are happy to see what she looks like below the waterline.

OSG Vision was new, and spent some time at the Bayonne shipyard. Here she’s nose-to-nose with Horizon Discovery.

I recall vividly this spectacular spring morning before work . . . Irish Sea went by pushing DBL 103, passing NYK Rigel at Howland Hook.  Mornings like that tempted me to skip work.

I’m not sure where this boat is today, but I did manage to get close-ups out of the water here, three and a half years later.

Heather M II here passed NYK Rigel.  I’ve never seen Heather M since, I believe, but she has classy lines and a great bow pudding.

Colleen was still in salt water back then.  I’m not sure she ever thawed out after a late December transit to Lake Michigan six years later.

Janice Ann, here pushing RTC 28, was still around here.  If you want to read about life aboard Janice Ann, I did a review of a book written by one of her captains here.

Niz C. Gisclair was an exotic in town, likely here working on a dredging job.  She has a Marquette logo on her stack.

Sorry about the backlighting here, but it’s Allied’s Falcon in the Kills. She has since appeared on this blog as Carolina Coast.

And finally .  .  . a sad shot of sister ship of Day-Peckinpaugh, launched as Interwaterways 101.  The vessel below was launched two months later as Interwaterways 105, and from 1936 until 1976 operated as Michigan. She’s languished in the AK for decades, possibly since 1976.  She’s an Eriemax, tailored to the dimensions of the Barge Canal locks, built in Duluth 99 years ago!

Here’s the same vessel on the Erie Canal, date and photographer unknown.

Yup . . . after 18 days of virtual Erie Canal touring, I needed to sneak another Erie Canal pic in here.

All photos except the last one by WVD.


Let’s go back to September 2009.  CMA CGM Marlin, launched 2007,  was the standard size back then . . .  The 5092-teu vessel has since been scrapped, after only nine years of service!!

Over a dozen sailing barges came to NYC to sail in New York waters in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Half Moon arriving here all those years ago.  Here are more posts from back then. Groenevecht, below, is a 2000-built replica of a lemsteraak.

Also in town to celebrate were Onrust and HNLMS Tromp. Here’s more on Tromp.

Old and new came.  On one end of the spectrum was Day Peck, 

her great hold still waiting to be transformed into museum.

Urger still operated, here sidling up to Lehigh Valley 79.

A different Rosemary McAllister worked here.

Irish Sea (1969) was still at work.

Yessir, stuff changes.  All photos in September 2009 by Will Van Dorp.


Here was 4.  Of course, many more than seven Seas exist and work east, south, and west of the United States.

Let’s start with Irish Sea, which was called something before that . . . .


taken September 2009, with Iona McAllister in Brooklyn Navy Yard



taken February 2016

Siberian Sea, before it was called that.


taken in 2007



taken in 2009



taken in 2013



taken in 2015

Barents Sea . . . .  anyone have news on her?  She too had names before it became Barents, although I suspect Barents Sea will be her last name ever.


taken in 2015

Mediterranean Sea, which  originally painted green.


taken in 2015

McKinley Sea, and I hope you get the point that all these boats had previous names.


taken in February 2016

Ross Sea, which actually shows its Thoma-Sea heritage. If you don’t know what I mean, look at the string of vessels built by Thoma-Sea just after Ross Sea was launched in February 2003. Thoma-Sea here actually makes eight seas.


taken in 2015


All photos by Will Van Dorp.

First, my take on the identification of the tug from the film in yesterday’s post, it’s a model and filmed in New Deal Studios in LA.    That would explain the logistics.

So, for today, let’s start with Miss Katie . . . outbound last Thursday.


Miss Katie, 1998



Mister T, 2001



Ruth M. Reinauer, 2008, pushing RTC 102



Discovery Coast, 2012



Kirby Moran, 2015, assisting STI Fulham



JRT Moran, 2015



McAllister Girls, 1968, moving B. No. 231



Amy C McAllister, 1975, also assisting B. No. 231



Brian Nicholas, 1966.   Sturgeon Bay, 1987



Eric McAllister, 2014, passing NYK Nebula



Irish Sea, 1969



James D. Moran, 2015, assisting NYK Nebula

And finally, we return to Miss Katie because two days later, she caught some unwanted attention.  Details here.



All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I didn’t take these fotos quite right, but  . . . look closely, on the left side of the foto and the channel are three orange channel markers, as they appeared on October 10.  That’s Bayonne in the distance.  Behind the camera and off the right side is Howland Hook terminal.

Of course Patrick Sky cleared that nearest marker without a slightest scratch.

But a few days later . . . October 14 and after a tip-off, I returned and

only two markers remained.

Of course, Irish Sea and Bering Sea had nothing to do with the lost marker. Nor did Kraken.

But one was gone, vanished, disparu!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who hasn’t returned here since . . . but might there now only be one?  Click here for some background info on Patrick Sky.  The Kirby unit in the top foto is Beaufort Sea.

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.

A connection between the vessels below other than that I took all the fotos in the past two weeks . . . eludes me for now, but you might know of a link, several even, beyond the obvious.    Brian Nicholas pushes scrap over to Claremont moving past the gray Penn No 6.


Catherine C Miller carries diminutive Donna M on the hip . . . er . . until Donna can serve as prime mover.


Joan Turecamo and Doris Moran dwarf the landmark Moran barn.


Since pairs has emerged as a unifier here, I’ll point out that Liberty Service anchors off the Palisades with its mated barge, but from this angle, all I know is that barge carries New Orleans registry, but then again, that’s true of all Hornbeck equipment, I think.


The outatowner Irish Sea hangs for now with DBL134 over at Constable Hook aka Con Hook.


Donjon, Penn Maritime, Miller, Hornbeck, Moran, K-Sea . . . a connection that presents itself is that they all operate in sixth boro waters, accessible to Atlantic Basin, where PortSide New York is poised to create a maritime hub.  This will increase access to the retired oil tanker Mary Whalen and create programs about the waterfront on the waterfront.  This space will host workboats like the ones above  as well as historic, government, excursion, and charter vessels.

Buy tickets here and now for PortSide NewYork’s fundraiser from 6pm til 9 pm this Saturday night  at the Brooklyn Lyceum. . .  or bid on line for the fabulous auction items (like a catered dinner at a private waterfront location with Bowsprite and me)  on eBay.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

PS1:    Remember the Nigerian tug Yenagoa Ocean taken by Somali pirates?  Here’s my post.  According to EagleSpeak (scroll to June 8 ) and Australia.To . . . the crew of Yenegoa Ocean has escaped, in their tug!  Bravo!

PS2:  On Thursday, June 11th at 7pm the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is hosting an Information Session for prospective City of Water Day volunteers.  Join us, bring your friends, and be a part of this one-of-a-kind celebration!

What: City of Water Day Festival Volunteer Information Meeting

When:  June 11, 7pm

Where:  457 Madison Ave. 4th Floor, NY, NY



The City of Water Day Festival takes place on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 from 10am to 4pm, but some volunteer tasks begin as early as 8am and end as late at 7pm. Follow the City of Water Day Festival at: <>

Unrelated for starters:  Watch nytugmaster travel the entire East River in under four minutes!  Love it.  Do more, Capt Brucato of Nicole Leigh Reinauer.  A second thought on that:  not only is it related to what I try to do, but it does something so much better than I can.  Bravo!

These really are random, taken Sunday and Wednesday this past week.  Some, like Morgan Reinauer, push water, chasing fish into range of the egret;


Caribbean Sea pushes sand past boxes that may contain vital imports like plastic beach toys ;


and then there’s this mash-up with Gramma Lee T Moran, Irish Sea, and Seacrown . . .


made even more congested if you add Apostolos and Margaret Moran in foreground.


By the way, Irish Sea is ex-Clipper.  I’ve not seen much of Irish Sea in the sixth boro.  I wonder where it has been.

Speaking of my favorite boro, lots happening:  Onrust has already arrived for tonight’s “blessing of the fleet.” Here’s a description of said blessing from the organizers:  “When you pass the orange buoy, you will be blessed by the spiritual leaders.” I wonder if this works with any orange buoy.  And what does one do to get the blessing of the spirits themselves?

River Day begins tomorrow;  I say that day “begins” tomorrow . . . because it lasts a whole week as in “The final day for River Day is Saturday, June 13.”  Long day!

Next week June 13 from 6 through 9 Portside holds a fundraiser to promote their mission of hosting visiting vessels (tugs, historic vessels, charter and excursion boats, government boats of the FDNY, NYPD, USACE, DEP, NOAA, and more. It all happens at Brooklyn Lyceum.  Tickets are $50, raffle on site.  An online auction offers a wide array of things and experiences (like a dinner with Bowsprite and your truly.  Tickets to fundraiser here and more info here.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Finally, check out my other blog . . . Henry’s Obsession, the projected thoughts of the troubled master of the original Half Moon, illustrated by the inimitable Bowsprite.

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