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Here are the previous posts in this series. In today’s post, one word appears in every photo.
That word–Neutrino— seemed unlikely, given its New York harbor context. Some of you might remember Town Hall and Son of Town Hall, creations of Poppa Neutrino, inhabitants of Pier 25 a mere few decades ago.
It was all before my time here. But if you have stories and/or photos, please share them.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Guess the locations here and . . .
here? Answers follow.
This one should be obvious. What’s the Philly-bound tug?
It’s Lucky D.
Here’s Chesapeake Coast, probably North River and then Hudson River bound.
B. Franklin Reinauer is Sound-bound.
And some light tugs . . . Elizabeth,
. . . Margaret Moran and Pegasus.
The top two were . . . locations were Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the Staten Island side of the Narrows, with tug Gulf Dawn outbound. Click here for some Thai tugs from almost seven years ago. Thanks much to Ashley Hutto for the first photo.
Here was the first time I used this title, which clearly needs to be used again.
Let me start here at 13:38. Note from far to near, or black hull to black hull . . . Cartagena, Four Sky with Lee T Moran, Red Hook, and Genco Knight.
Twin Tube slides through the opening between Bow Kiso and Genco Knight.
Even the bow of Genco Knight is crowded as their vessel prepares to dock and resupply the salt depot.
Kimberly Turecamo works the bulk carrier’s stern as Evening Star passes with B. No. 250.
Add McAllister Girls in the foreground and Ellen McAllister in the distance against the blue hull, which will appear a bit later.
McCrews heads westbound and Four Sky now seems to be doing the same.
Are you out of breath yet? Only 10 minutes has elapsed.
Linehandler 1 cruises blithely through it, supremely self-assured.
Cheyenne adds color.
Another line handler boat scouts out the set up . . . as a new blue hull arrives from the west, as
. . . does Charles D. McAllister.
Crew on the blue hull–Nord Observer–stows lines as they head for tropical heat, escorted
by Catherine Turecamo although
at the turn on the Con Hook range they meet Mare Pacific heading in with Joan Turecamo and Margaret Moran. At this point . . .
14:12 . . . the mergansers decided to hightail it . . . or at least follow their crests. And I hadn’t even turned around yet to see the congestion on land behind me.
All these photos in a very short time by Will Van Dorp.
My thanks to Brian DeForest and Atlantic Salt, whom Genco Knight was arriving to restock.
Here was 8.
Do you recognize these vessels? At the moment I write this, both are working together to escort in NYK Meteor.
In the drydock earlier this year . . . Joan Turecamo and the other?
This one is unmistakeable. A year ago she was preparing to steam all night inside the sixth boro to ride out the storm.
Click here for a foto of her in late October last year after Sandy had punished some more than others.
From the land side, you can see some of the work recently done.
And here from the dry side of the first shot . . . it’s Kimberly Turecamo and Joan.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Guess this tug? This and alternate fotos here are taken by Seth Tane. Answer follows.
Joan Turecamo (1980 and one of the last tugs built at Matton in Cohoes)in the foreground. Guess the one in the distance?
Natoma . . 1976.
Vessel in the distance earlier was Susan Miller, 1981. I’m guessing the barge is loaded with riprap for shoreline protection somewhere in Raritan Bay. I wonder about the origin of those rockaceous chunks.
Peering over crane barge Delaware Bay, it’s Caitlin Ann, 1961.
And finally . . a tug with a tent passing a clock with no hands, it’s Miriam Moran (1979).
Top foto is Amnav’s Revolution at the Rainier Foss shipyard in 2006.
Left to right at the Narrows ahead of this front are Maersk Detroit, SSV Corwith Cramer, Oleander, and CMA CGM Utrillo.
SSV Corwith Cramer is a brigantine.
Also, racing in ahead of the storm was this unidentified sloop,
and Joan Turecamo with Nomadic Hjellestad.
And look at that rain.
All fotos this morning by Will Van Dorp.
At 0630 today . . . this vessel was still in Gravesend Bay, flanked by two tugboats. I recalled it’d been there for about two days.
As the tide turned, one assist tug switched out and others added.
Three hours later . . . it was Margaret Moran, Joan Turecamo, and Marion Moran . . . and
then Gramma Lee T Moran hooked into the bow, totaling over 16,000 hp if needed. Pretty World looked like a dead ship.
Towing stern first,
Gramma Lee T brought her into Upper Bay by noon and then on to GMD Bayonne. It looks like time to pop the hood on Pretty World.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
“Excessive wind” . . . i.e., a constant 20+ mph describes Wednesday’s weather quite well. The following fotos all come thanks to Capt. Fred Kosnac, who was on one tug of three accompanying the Weeks crane barge to the right. Farther up the dock, notice the blue/green hull of a container ship, MOL Destiny.
Two hours later, notice our perspective relative to MOL Destiny. The tugs with the crane barge were asked to move to make room for passing traffic . . . the black hulled container ship. The next fotos all transpire in a three-minute period as docking tugs struggle to safely get MSC Nerissa to the dock on the opposite side of the channel.
Count the tugs wrestling the MSC vessel over. There’s Joan Turecamo, Gramma Lee T Moran, and
Resolute. The other two container vessels are Zim Luanda and Ever Respect. And the Weeks 533, see her here lifting locomotives a few years back and an Airbus 320 –now in a Charlotte museum–before that.
These are the hidden dramas that routinely happen in the context of moving our goods into and out of the port.
By now . . . a mere 48 hours later, these behemoths are hundreds of miles from here and from each other, the docking tugs have finished at least a half dozen other docking assists, and the Weeks barge and tugs . . . at work on other projects. Again, thanks for these to Capt. Fred Kosnac.
Unrelated: Does anyone know whether whether any wooden 64′ USCG tugs still exist?
Totally related foto from summer 2009, the orange Fred K II.
From a moving vantage point in the center of the Upper Bay, I look south and see Shawn Miller pushing a deck barge to facilitate some trucking on the sixth boro.
To the north, it’s Gabby L Miller crossing with 1WTC in the background. At Blue Friday plus
80 days (i.e., 80 days since that day after Thanksgiving Atlantic Salvor brought antenna segments into the harbor), this is what the top of 1WTC looks like.
The new Curtis Reinauer lay at anchorage. Here are a few shots of the old Curtis . . . now working in West African waters.
Joan Turecamo, one of the last upstate NY Matton-built vessels, heads to Gowanus Bay.
Finally . . . it’s Rae, moving a recycling scow probably back to Newtown Creek. Rae’s my age!.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Here’s a foto and article from today’s NYTimes about dead ship Triumph. The caption mentions that USCG tugs are towing the vessel into Mobile. Predictably, the alleged tugs are not identified. For info on the tugs, click here.
I first used this title a year ago . . . when I caught morning light in December here. Solstice time for me . . . I want there to be light, preferably the golden kind outdoors. These fotos were all taken in less than 90 minutes. Lynx was southbound,
as was Joan Turecamo, each on the far side of a barge.
Maersk Katarina and Soley-1 awaited on the hook.
Overseas Atalmar did the same, closer to the Staten Island side.
As the sun declined behind Staten’s summit, a last gleam of sunlight did its magic.
A fortunate building in Brooklyn appeared to catch fire as
sun set over beyond the Kills.
Craig Eric Reinauer headed north and
Barbara McAllister slowed up to remake the tow.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, whose batteries run low in this season when there’s a need for light . . . . If you’ve never been down at the Battery at sunset this time of year, it’s high time you treat yourself.