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March 2010, and
… can it be and not in Kirby white but
Vane classic green?
the LongIsland-built tug with a Louisiana name, Houma! And pushing DBL 25!
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp.
I had no idea why Fred Johannsen (47′ loa x 18′ and launched 1971) showed up at the east end of the KVK, westbound.
But a few hours later, she reappeared . . . with a dead ship.
Taurus, identified on the VHF as a dead ship?! !@#@!!
Up to Kingston she goes, and at 3 kts fighting the flood, it’s
going to be a long ride.
Click here for a post of almost five years ago when Taurus herself moved another dead ship.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Here was 18.
The following two fotos come thanks to Joseph Graham, a New Yorker who pilots a Kirby boat among various ports in the Gulf and on the Mississippi. Study the six tugs below . . . yes six. Recognize the one on the left?
Notice anything unusual about this staple? It may be common elsewhere, but I’ve never seen one with a stainless steel insert. This foto comes compliments of Allen Baker; here’s one of his many fotos on this blog. And the vessel . . .
these birds we know well in the sixth boro. I love the paint job on these fishing boats. Quiz: Can you name three of the six major rivers that drain Yunnan province?
Poor foto . . . I took on Sunday, but I was fascinated by this KVK cormorant struggling at least two minutes to swallow this sea robin. Cormorants must have throat tissue like a rubber tire!
The rivers flowing out of Yunnan–which borders Burma, Laos, and Vietnam– are the Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Red, Pearl, and Yangtze.
Thanks again to Joseph, Allen, and Lauren for use of these fotos.
So what happens in the rest of the sixth boro during Fleet Week? Works goes on. Ellen goes past the Statue to the next job, possibly to move USCGC Eagle out.
Terrapin Island continues its 24/7 sand moving.
Unrelated from Lake Michigan: 1907 SS Keewatin moves.
Kirbyfication, which looks
Others, like Miss Yvette take things much more in stride from here (third foto down) to June 2011
this one last week. And a year from now, as she plys waters off Equatorial Guinea . . . what will that look like?
one of my sources was of no value.
For a thrilling transformation story, check out The Skipper & the Eagle, which relates how Horst Wessel became Eagle back in 1946.
Tugster does not strive to be a “shipping news” site, but each time I walk or ride my beat, I DO keep an watchful eye for change, novelty, well . . . new sights. Certainly this was true yesterday: let’s start with the orange vessel to your left. You’ve seen the colors before, but is that a “hole through the stern above deck”?
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a bit more of Swan in the next few days. And I trust lessons have been learned from last spring’s Blue Marlin saga.
Rosemary Miller? New too. I wonder what has become of Sorenson Miller.
With spring comes the sailing season, and America 2.0 . . . I last saw closeup here last fall.
And one last “newby” I was lucky to catch yesterday was Mark Moran, headed south to . . who knows where? Mark‘s so new that even on Birk and Harold’s excellent site, there’s only a drawing of her.
For the news from the Narrows between Detroit (which means “the narrows” in French) and Windsor, click here for Isaac’s site and some great fotos from Wade. The surprise there for me was Zeus, who worked the sixth boro a bit a few years back. Also, there are more shots of DonJon’s huge Great Lakes ATB unit.
Also, of course please vote for tug Pegasus and Lehigh Valley 79. The fact that they’re not in the top few places should NOT be a reason to give up; we have a daily vote until the 21st.
Note: If you’re new to this blog and wondering what resources provide “pedigree” of these vessels, a fantastic reference work in progress is tugboatinformation.com Start out by clicking the letter of the company name to find the fleets, present and past.
This is what a “Kirbyfied” Barbara C looks like today. Scroll through to the bottom of that Kirby Corporation link to see their string of acquisitions.
Barbara C (now Arabian Sea) used to be sibling to Donald C (now Med Sea); as Seas, you could call them once-and-future siblings. If you squint while looking at Med Sea‘s stack, the shadow outlining one side of the logo board there almost looks like a crescent.
Another tool is the NOAA documentation registry. Here you just type in vessel name. You’ll find, e.g., that Maria J used to be called Jesus Saves. I took this fotos last Thursday in the rich colors of 7 am near Howland Hook container port, one of my “offices,” where NYK Constellation was having containers shifted. By now, Constellation has been in and back of Norfolk and Savannah and is heading ultimately through the Canal and out west . . .
araised and dry. Those props are at least 10′ diameter . . . I don’t know the exact number. Barbara E. first appeared here in 2008.
three years ago but I hadn’t seen since.
And of course with the gray training wheels and hard in pursuit of APL Spinel, it’s
Ellen McAllister (1966 Wisconsin), here neck-n-neck with Amy C. McAllister (1975 Louisiana). Ellen may have appeared on this blog more often than any other tug; here … with some additional lettering on her flanks … I believe is her debut post.
Potomac (2007 and built along the Bayou Lafourche . . . third foto) moves neck-n-neck with . . .
Considering the shipyards mentioned above, I’m wondering why–so far as I know–no active shipyards remain on New York’s Great Lakes shore, and when the last one on that shore closed.
Check out the name plate . . . Davis Sea. Yup, it’s THAT Davis Sea as captured less than a week ago by John Skelson. Two months ago, I got a foto of Davis Sea looking like this (third foto down).
exponentials. Here’s an old post about these floating featured things. Of course, birds aren’t the only animals I see. How about ponies
like this one? And maybe here’s the rider
And alien orbs . . . with Scott Turecamo and a turbine in the distance . . .
And finally, from the Argus-eyed bowsprite, what’s this? This sailboat . . . is it cargo or has this creative captain traded in the usual orange lifeboat for a higher-performance ride back to terra firma for a little déjeuner sur l’herbe a la Manet should it be desired?
Happy March! And seriously, consider chipping in some dinars or ducats to help float Harvest Dome this summer. The link is here.