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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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as does Frances out in Gravesend Bay.

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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.

So I’m going to do at least three posts on L’Hermione.

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L’Hermione passes in front of the classic Bayonne Bridge

Escort tug James Turecamo closes in.

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Notice the bow light of NY Media Boat.

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Docking pilot prepares to board

The final leg to South Street Seaport Pier 15.

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What is the technical name for the white sheet on James’ bow?

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Incoming vessels flanked by Fort William and a Staten Island ferry

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Crew takes to the rigging

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I missed photos of the perfect smoke rings in the salute.

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Pier 15’s design allows a large welcome party.

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Can someone explain the uniforms of the two sailors, one playing the cornemuse . . . ok, bagpipes?

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It seems that James‘ 92’ loa doesn’t quite work here.  Can anyone identify the flag below the Stars and Stripes and above the French tricoleur?

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Heaving lines finally all to the pier.

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And the word for tomorrow’s post–or if I have time–later today is Hennessey.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, with many thanks to  NY Media boat.   Here’s the story from the NYTimes.  And here’s what’s happening Saturday, July 4.

 

Back in March, I posted these photos taken by Xtian Herrou.  Xtian . ..  today I return the favor.  Tomorrow too.

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Pilot arrives at L’Hermione

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Tricoleur is hosted at the stern.

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Gunners prepare the guns for the salute.

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Hands hook the anchor ring for further hoisting.

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Hands on the wheel

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L’Hermione enters the Narrows and passes Fort Wadsworth

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James Turecamo delivers a docking pilot just off the French Statue.

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And I’ll pick up the story here tomorrow.  Many thanks to Bjoern Kils and the NYMedia Boat for a fun ride.  After a night of thunderstorms and rain, daybreak brought blue skies and sunshine.  All photos by Will Van Dorp.   Also, merci Lafayette!

Here’s the index if you want to see the previous installments.

A secret salt along the Saint Lawrence snapped this photo of Algoma Montrealais towed by Diavlos Pride and largely unseen) Ecosse on the stern.  To see photos of Algoma Montrealais’  last season, click here.

Montrealais in tow to scrap

For purposes of the transit to the scrapyard, she’s been renamed (by subtraction) as Mont.

Montrealais closeup

And from endings to beginnings, here from Jonathan Steinman is the arrival of Kirby Moran into the sixth boro via the East River and

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escorted in by the venerable James Turecamo.

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Also from Jonathan, Shelby towing Weeks 297 carrying a  . . . wind turbine vane.

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Anyone know where bound?

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Many thanks to the secret salt and freshwater salt of the Saint Lawrence and to Jonathan Steinman for these photos.

 

Sitting on the bank, I really enjoy watching large vessels turned at the dock.  Here is an index of previous “turning” posts.

Warm Sunday mornings are the best times to watch, though, because you might spend a long time waiting.  The first photo here was taken at 0929 hrs.  Can you identify the tug beyond the bow bulb?

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0845 . . . Gramma Lee T Moran arrives at Fidias’ gangway

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to deliver the docking pilot . . . 0848.  And then, as events unfold onboard, from the land, it appears that nothing is happening.

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At 0930 there is noticeable although quiet motion.

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0931 . . .  well, it’s less quiet when Gramma Lee spins her wheels to keep Fidias from slipping seaward with the tide.

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0932–10 sec

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0932–29 sec

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0932–53

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Once the 600′ vessel starts to spin, things happen very quickly.

All photos above by Will Van Dorp.  Photo below was taken by “Jed.”

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Today–and every day– is Earth Day, prompted post-Santa Barbara 1969.  Hat’s off to all the person-centuries of painstaking efforts at safety and coexistence.  Who said this?   “”It is sad that it was necessary that Santa Barbara should be the example that had to bring it to the attention of the American people. What is involved is the use of our resources of the sea and of the land in a more effective way and with more concern for preserving the beauty and the natural resources that are so important to any kind of society that we want for the future. The Santa Barbara incident has frankly touched the conscience of the American people.”  Answer here.  HR Constellation is the ex-Beluga Constellation.

Here was last year’s Earth Day post . . . sea junk.

 

Over six years ago, I did another asphalt post here.  Yesterday I was thrilled to get the following photos below from Jonathan Steinman of this unusual vessel on the middle portion of the East River.

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Asphalt Sailor–a great name–turns out to have a set of siblings ranging from a lot more capacious to somewhat less so.  On names alone, I’d love to see Black Shark.   Given the cargo, I wonder if the deck feels warm.

That’s James Turecamo overtaking on the west side.  Here’s a hydrodynamics problem . . . is the greater amount of froth churned up by James due only to its greater speed, or is hull shape a factor?

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For outatowners, that’s the 59th Street Bridge, and Asphalt Sailor is headed “south,” actually west.

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Unrelated:  Here’s an East River ship photo I posted six years ago.  The conclusion then was that it was “doctored.”  Anyone new thinking on it?

Thanks again to Jonathan for these unusual photos.

 

Here was a previous series called “landmarks.”

Houma at the 5.

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Brooklyn passing Robbins Light, with the tallest Queens building in the background and the newest hill on Governors Island–snow-covered–in between.

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James Turecamo passing the 3.

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Dace Reinauer  . . . the 30.

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The current Dean Reinauer  . . . south of Robbins. Click here and scroll for the previous Dean.

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Bering Sea with DBL 29, sans watermarks.

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Ditto Maryland.  Here are some photos of Maryland 2008 and earlier.

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Also . . . with landmarks, Mediterranean Sea . .  .  compare her here in a photo taken almost exactly three years ago.

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Evelyn Cutler at the KV buoy pushing Edwin A. Poling.

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And Pelham with my favorite bridge.  Does anyone know what the rectangular structure off Pelham‘s stern is?

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As the last photo for today, without watermarks or landmarks, where is Peter G. Turecamo?  For some of you this will be easy.  I didn’t initially know.  Answer soon.

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The photo of Peter G. Turecamo comes from Dirk van der Doe.  All others by Will Van Dorp.

 

. . . I haven’t figured out what the shakers are yet.  But of course, people are the primary movers, even for movers of people like Martha’s Vineyard Express.

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There are silt movers like Stuyvesant.

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And of course all manner of movers of fluids to be respected like Loya and

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Red Hook and

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Orange Blossom.

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There are movers of boxes like Vega and

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Josephine K. Miller, who can do local moves for cargo boxed or bundled or . . .  other.

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There could be a category of movers of movers like this and

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direct movers and

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indirect ones.

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Maybe I should spend some time today trying to figure out who the shakers are.  All photos recently by Will Van Dorp, who was being given a tour of traffic in San Francisco Bay and noticed this interesting assemblage of names of movers.

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McAllister Sisters is back there somewhere, on the windy side,

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not the sunny side where crew keep watch on

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Atlantic Trader.  If you’ve forgotten what Sisters looks like, click here on a post from over a year ago.

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Much more conspicuous is Bruce A.

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James Turecamo assists in Vega.

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And finishing this post out, it’s Pelham.

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Of course, the rooted talent in this post is of course Robbins Reef Light.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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.

 

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