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This hull was called Melvin E. Lemmerhirt for almost 40 years. I took the photo below in 2007, as she passed in front of a then very different piece of Brooklyn land’s edge.
Here’s how the vessel looks now, known as Evelyn Cutler, maybe good for another 40 years?
Evelyn‘s fleet mate looked like this in 2007 and today Kimberly Poling
looks a lot better.
Also in 2007, I caught a Barker Boys looking like this . . .
and here’s a closer up a month later . . .
Well . . . very recently, just after northern Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s, here
is the same
vessel now known as Foxy 3. I love the colors. I took the photo last week when it still looked like winter.
Since 2007 seems to be serving as baseline for this post . . . here was a tug known as Dory Barker then and
just plain Dory now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . in the sixth boro. Here’s an index to previous “second lives” posts. Honestly, my favorite–for now at least–is Second Lives 10. I’d love to find an answer to this . . . the truth is out there.
Here’s an index of previous posts with this title.
And a lot of photos of small craft. Given recent temperatures, it’s notable that all these vessels would NOT be able these days to navigate waters much north of the sixth boro or on the Great Lakes, because of ice conditions. Given the significant clues, can you identify the vessel and location below? Answers follow.
Here’s Julia, a sturdy all weather boat out with McKinley Sea.
Here’s Julia a few weeks ago–when the whelp of Hudson River ice still went out into the Lower Bay–
retrieving personnel from NS Lotus.
Taking the stern of Kimberly Poling . . . a small USACE I don’t recognize.
See the small unidentified boat beyond Mako‘s stern. I believe it’s the Vane crew boat, not
to be confused with Grace D.
ABC-1 was out with supplies a few weeks ago, no matter the single-digit temperatures.
These temperatures could kill, but small fish boats like Pannaway are out there.
And if I’m reading that right, Pannaway is registered in a New Hampshire, my home state as you can read on the “about tugster” page.
Harbor Charlie is out with the small NYPD boat.
Now, let’s mix things up a bit. Seth Tane took this photo in the sixth boro back in the late 70s or early 80s. Can anyone identify this boat, Karen L? I ran a lot of photos from that era by Seth in a series here almost two years ago. In this case, Karen L seems to have just returned four jolly tars back to their ship in the anchorage as another crewman watches from the rail.
Rich Taylor took this photo recently off St. Lucia, four different very balanced tars in a long narrow boat.
This photo comes via Fred Trooster in Rotterdam showing line handlers there. Here’s a post I did over three years ago of line handlers in the Kills.
And this somehow returns us to the mystery vessel at the top of the post: Knight Rider following the FDR just north of the United Nations, the blue flag in the top photo being the clue.
Thanks to Rich, Seth, and Fred for the photos already attributed. All others by Will Van Dorp.
It surprises me sometimes what titles I’ve not re-used. This blog has little grand design; I choose to let to drift serendipitously according to what I see or what you choose to share, and I am grateful to you all for sending along photos and suggestions. Rock Juice the title came out of a conversation some time back with one of you; thanks and I think you know who you are. Here was the first in the series.
Diane B pushes a load of it in John Blanche.
Magothy . . . and . . .
and I missed the barge info.
Dory and Port Chester . . . . And notice just forward of Dory‘s wheelhouse, it’s
Navigator . . . doing something at an oil dock.
Ditto Mary H, over between the Empire State Building and BW Kronborg.
Ditto Kimberly Poling.
And McKinley Sea . . . with the icicle hanging from a scupper hole as evidence that oil is going for heat.
Last one for now . . . Calusa Coast getting ready to hook up to a barge to take . . well . . . down the coast.
All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has to run.
First time photo of this tugboat underway . . . Stephen B pushing James Joseph. AND first time photo on this blog by Glen Dauphin, whose work I have admired on FB.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the same tug–previous name–and sans upper wheelhouse. I took the photo on New Years Day.
Haggerty Girls and RTC 107, with an assist from Matthews Tibbetts . . . getting underway.
Franklin Reinauer pushing past . . .
Kimberly Poling with Edwin A. Poling, no doubt headed up to where the ice is thicker.
Eric McAllister precedes her.
And finally Pacific Dawn . . .
. . . coming in from Gravesend Bay, where . .
can anyone explain what part of the gas project–if any–they’ve been working on just off Coney Island’s western tip?
Thanks much to Glen for the first photo above. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Eastbound and from left, it’s Sunny Williams, Sarah Ann, and Ellen McAllister.
Around the same time, it’s a light Patrice McAllister eastbound. Compare the April 2014 shot below with these April 2012 ones of her first arriving in the sixth boro after the tragic fire on Lake Ontario.
After all the ice work Kimberly Poling has done the past few months, Sunday was a welcome sunny day, I’ll assume.
It wasn’t until this tow turned away from head-one that I understood what I was looking at . . ..
but closer in . . . it was clearly Stephen Dann (I think this is her first appearance on this blog) towing
crane barge Strong Island.
Off Owl’s Head, it’s Pacific Reliance and Discovery Coast (I think) off to the west.
Pacific Reliance appeared here about six weeks ago.
Catherine Turecamo stands by near Gulf Pearl.
Parting shot . . . following up on the opening shot of this post.
All photos the past few days by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for an ice post from two years and two months ago, featuring the very same tug–Kimberly Poling–with a slightly different paint job. Know this bridge?
Here’s a closer up shot of the tug/barge. Our destination is the top of the cliff on the far side. Know the name?
Here’s looking north from below the bridge. Freight travels on the west side of the Hudson, although this particular CSX train
The east side of the river has AmTrak and commuter passenger lines and
here a New York Naval Militia vessel.
By the time we’re ready to start the serious climb, Kimberly is about ready to make the right turn around the base of Dunderberg Mountain.
Here’s our destination, Anthony’s Nose, as seen with a long lens.
And as seen from the top looking west and
looking south. By the time, we got up there, Kimberly was already beyond Croton Point. Here’s a previous tugster post from Croton Point. The land directly across the river from the base of the flagpole is Iona Island.
and approaching Tappan Zee Bridge, not visible.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a tugster post from 2.5 years ago showing the Bear Mountain Bridge–the bridge featured here and located about 40 miles north of the Battery— from underneath. . . scroll through. Climb Anthony’s Nose soon . . . before the leaves happen.
Some days more than others I’m only a bit more acutely aware of change. Certainly this is true in the sixth boro if you watch it over time. Name boards migrate from
one vessel to another. Actually, I’m told the foto above is Mary Gellatly the third, with the second below. It appears the first was a Navy built tanker. I’d love it if someone know the whereabouts of a foto.
Companies buy and sell floating stock . . . renaming and repainting . . .
Freddie K Miller is the fourth name for this 1966 vessel that was first dubbed New Haven. I can vouch that her interior looks brand spanking new as she nears the mid-century mark.
I don’t know that much about Sam M, 1972, other than that she was fire-engine red around Christmas, and
bleached-out white last summer.
Kimberly Poling, 1994, looks much better with the
modified roofline and more complex paint scheme.
June K in orange was one of my favorites some years back, but pushing old metal or
holding new metal as Sarah Ann . . . the 2003 vessel remains one of my favorites.
Herbert P. Brake 1992 . . . red or
blue . . . I don’t see her that often.
To paraphrase Heraclitus again . . . only change is unchanging . . . and it surely doesn’t happen at a constant clip.
All foto by Will Van Dorp.
Think of the sixth boro as a destination/origin as well as a crossroads. WMEC-905 Spencer anchored in that point of convergence as of midday.
In points not far from Spencer and the Statue, cargo destined for/originating in this port was moving only if it could transfer in the harbor, petroleum liquid, like here, congress happened between barges powered by Pati T Moran and Sassafras as Meagan Ann passes by with a scow. For debris?
Kimberly Turecamo stands by with Long Island itself . . . well, a fuel barge by that name. The spirit is greatly willing to move fuel to faltering consumers on the shore, but the distribution system is broken, for now.
Nicole Leigh Reinauer awaits the green light.
St Andrews with barge on this side and Kimberly Poling on the other . . . like thirsty twins on their mother, Glory Express.
Traversing the sixth boro . . . Marion Moran pushes LaFarge barge Adelaide to points south.
Supply boat ABC-1 passes tanker Favola.
Diane B waits with a barge. A problem is that debris like blowaway and sunken containers may lurk unseen at the transfer docks.
Doris Moran, with another LaFarge barge, makes a power turn from the North River into the East River.
A cluster of DonJon vessels–tugs Mary Alice, Thomas D. Witte, and Brian Nicholas–attend to crane barges Columbia NY and Raritan Bay on some “unwatering” project just west of the Battery Coast Guard station.
Transiting the sixth boro from south to North is Apollo Bulker. More fotos of her later. She may be headed to Albany.
Ken’s Booming & Boat Service tug Durham passes the “seeing boat” Circle Line Manhattan.
Over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, schooner Lynx heads for the Sound, past an East River ferry.
And–this just in–as of 1900 hrs tonight, APL Sardonyx became the first container ship to enter Port Elizabeth,
escorted in by McAllister Sisters and Barbara McAllister. Interestingly, see the foto here of her as one of the first into the port post-Irene!! Here’s another shot almost exactly two years ago of APL Sardonyx.
And a bit later, APL Coral came in, escorted by Elizabeth and Ellen McAllister.
Outside the Narrows waits USS Wasp, recently here five months ago for Fleet Week. A pulse has been re-established.
I am mindful that many residents of the area are hurting. My prayers go out for relief for them soon. Folks who suffered through post-Katrina are also sending along their prayers and encouragement, their solidarity with Sandy-afflicted.
We went through a “reboot” here 14 months ago, but this one is going to be much tougher.
First . . . around the boro, the light is beauteous enough to suspend a sense of time and obligation and stress and disappointment. This side of the boro, though on duty, works the milder solstice.
Lynx (1967, ex-Catherine Foss, Kainani) probably working with a dredging project, I’ve never seen here before.
a different season, as seen here.
In this heat and light, Kimberly looks positively artdeco: her aqua would blend in on South Beach and way beyond.
Miriam Moran cruises past Sailors’ Snug Harbor, as purposefully as always.
Jane A. Bouchard races deep into right field, showing what waters can be divided by more than 6000 hp on the wheels, while her older sister
the venerable Patty Nolan dons her midsummer’s bikini, freshens up her dancing paint . . . the mayor’s drum is soon to call to disorder the 2012 parade . . . the sixth boro’s shoreline version of Mardi Gras.
Unrelated: If you happen to “see things” when you pass the KVK salt pile on Saturday night, you’re not hallucinating. Lumen will happen.
For an auspicious virtual gallivant as they sally forth through the Rideau Canal from Lake Ontario to Ottawa and beyond, follow Sally W . . .