You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘James E. Brown’ tag.

And random perspectives, like this of James E. Brown approaching the W’burg Bridge, whose namesake was an engineer you’d never guess.

 

Yes, that’s Manhattan.

Marty C is a Weeks tug I’ve never heard of, here assisting Weeks 500 modify shoreline.

If you’re wondering, you’re looking into the Bronx.

 

And finally, with queens in the near background, it’s the workhorse Ellen McAllister.

 

 

And that reminds me, I saw Prentiss Brown this morning, although she was way down on the horizon, so far off I couldn’t even force my camera to focus.  You may recall Prentiss Brown as Michaela McAllister.  And Chicagoans know her barge as the “jinx ship,” back when she was still self propelled.  Now I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the former Katie G and Colleen McAllister.  Have they been renamed?

All photos, etc. by Will Van Dorp.

 

Advertisements

First, thanks to Peter Eagleton, Philip T Feeney in the 1970s.  I haven’t the heart to go see her in her current condition.

Next, Miss Ila, resplendent as a springtime cardinal!

Haggerty Girls nudging RTC 107 out of the Kills,

 

Helen Laraway passing TS Kennedy over by ConHook,

James William leaving Mister Jim over by the scows,

James E. Brown taking some rail cars past a wall of containers . . .

and finally . . . is that Durham setting up Willy Wall?  Is that what it’s still called?

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, except that first one supplied by Peter, whom I thank.

Happy winter!

The photo below is from July 2015, and it’s how and where I expect to see James E. Brown.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So you can imagine how surprised I was to see James E. yesterday where I did, so join me in the experience.  I had to squint to understand this, squint and wait.  At first I thought it was a carfloating job that took a wrong turn.  Then I wondered why the railcars were so small.  Still later, I realized

jeb1

that what my eyes identified as boxcars were

jeb2

actually large I-beams.

jeb3

But when the tow got to the south end of Newark Bay,

jeb4

 

jeb5

they went north into the Hackensack.  I’m not sure what work is happening up there.

That’s a handsome boat, that James E. Brown.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

We’ve seen James D., Kirby, and JRT.  And now . .  welcome Jonathan C Moran.  Another photo of the 6000 hp newest in the port later in the post.

rtb1

For now, also resplendent in the June dawn . . . Jane A. Bouchard,

rtb3

the unique B. Franklin Reinauer,

rtb4

and so let’s add another of this facet tug,

adbfr

Evening Light (the former Frederick E. ), 

rtb5

the lean, green James E. Brown, 

rtb6

the age-defying Durham,

rtb7

the indefatigable James Turecamo,

rtb9

and finally another shot of Jonathan C Moran.

rtb2

 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who needs to get back to work.

Land mass area can be quantified in square miles, but I’d love to work with a mathematician to measure the area within NYC limits which is navigable, i.e., the sixth boro.  Of course, “navigable” would need defining too. Immeasurable, of course, is the number of photos  taken daily of vessels with the sixth boro.

Like this one of Crystal Cutler pushing

rt4

Patricia E. Poling westbound at the Brooklyn Bridge.

rt3

Taft Beach pushes BMLP 703 and 305 in the opposite direction.   Also working recently have been

rt2

Paul Andrew with scrap,

rt5

Sarah Ann with more scrap,

rt6

Thomas D. Witte with crane barge Columbia,

rt7

James E. Brown with a spud barge,

rt8

and Fort Schuyler in various locations.

rt9

rt1

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated, here’s an interesting video on the salvage of  Modern Express . . . passed along by JM.

Also, as we near the mermaid parade, here are details on a performance to get you in the mood, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s the “Fisherman and his Soul.”

 

I considered calling this “random vessels,” since I haven’t used that title in a while, but here is a tighter focus for a few days:  tugboats.  Here I also randomize the backgrounds and seek out some vessels infrequently seen.  Like the rare and exotic  Shelby Rose and

rt4b

Jay Michael and Vicki M and

rt5

Patricia with her racing stripes up against the gantry arms.

rt6

Wye River and James E. Brown here cross the south end of Newark Bay, where

rt7

Sandmaster has been tied up for (?) nearly a year now.

rt99

Sassafras did a circle in Erie Basin recently, and

rt8

 

Thomas, the Weeks tug, strode into town, picked up a barge and headed straight for Texas!  The first time I saw Thomas was January 2009.  Remember what memorable event splashed into the Hudson around the middle of that month?

rt4

 

Buchanan 12 here is light and seen from almost her prop wash.  I hadn’t noticed the Boston registry before.

rt1

Quantico Creek stays local a lot, but Severn I don’t see much.

rt2

Here’s Tangier Island behind . .  yes, Gerardi’s Farmers Market. 

rt3

 

OK . . . that’s it for today.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.  More random tugs tomorrow.

 

As you know, tugboats do all manner of work on the water.  They push train cars, increasingly these years–according to Peter D’Amato— after quite the plummet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tugboat here is James E. Brown with barge 278.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Christine M. McAllister is a 6000 hp tug that usually

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

wired to RTC 502.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ditto Evelyn Cutler, usually working with Noelle Cutler.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mister Jim here is pushing sand (or aggregate?), and

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gateway’s Navigator is pushing a newly painted GT Coast Trader dredge scow, in the same time/harbor as

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Balisco Marine Service’ Navigator pushes oil.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who offers this bonus below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

With many thanks to a friend up on the Erie Canal, it’s ex-Bear, journeying toward the west as Elizabeth Anna.  I suspect she might head for Lockport, rather than Oswego, so maybe someone will confirm they’ve seen her after turning to starboard or port at Three Rivers.  Here some years ago was part of the rest of her fleet.

0aaaabaer1

She seems small by current sixth boro standards, but not here.  Anyone know the location?  Answer follows.

0aaaabaer2

Thanks to Mark “woodywud” Woods, here’s Colonel, not a common sight up river, although that could change.

0aaaac2

0aaaac1

And finally, some pics I took . . . James E. Brown last week moving railcars on barge 278 between NJ and  Brooklyn, NYNJR. Here’s a 2012 article.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So the top two photos were taken at Sylvan Beach NY, east end of Oneida Lake, a popular stopping point along the Erie Canal. Thanks to Jim and Mark for sending these photos.  The Brown photos are by me, Will Van Dorp.

I will be back tomorrow with close-ups of L’Hermione and more, but Bjoern of New York Media Boat sent me the very intriguing photo below.  Recognize it?  Answer follows.  Clue:  Elizabeth Anna.

0aaaart1

Well, L’Hermione  (pronounced LAIR me un) will find her way into more of these photos.  Here’s the venerable W. O. Decker.  Click and scroll to see her at work a few decades back.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s Pelham, power unit for Wavertree not long ago.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And it’s James Turecamo, preparing to escort in the French frigate currently at South Street.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And Frederick E. Bouchard, in the process of switching B. No. 264 from on the hawser to alongside.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And my first shot of James E. Brown, brand spanking new.  I’ll devote a whole post to James E. soon, I hope.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Laura K. Moran watches the French lion pass . . .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And the answer to the question about Elizabeth Anna . . . the top photo . . . I believe it’s the erstwhile Bear, the Disch tug acquired by DonJon at an auction back in December 2014.  I wonder where she’s headed.  Anyone help out?

Except the top photo by Bjoern Kils, all photos in the past few days by Will Van Dorp.

And if I haven’t said this explicitly enough, New York Media Boat is the faster, most versatile, shallowest draft means to see whatever you want in the sixth boro.  Need waterborne support for a project or  . . .want to see or show someone the sixth boro and its borders with the other boros, check them out.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,172 other followers

If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Graves of Arthur Kill

Click on image below to order your copy of Graves of Arthur Kill, by Gary Kane and Will Van Dorp. 3Fish Productions.

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

Archives

September 2017
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930