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I know vessels are just machines, but I prefer to anthropomorphize them, and thus miss them when they go. On this transition day, I want to acknowledge some vessels that I’d come to enjoy seeing but will now transition away .
Scotty Sky is a Blount design, launched as L. G. Laduca in 1960. I took the photo in January 2011. Click here for a photo of this vessel operating on Lake Erie.
Patrick Sky is also a Blount design, launched as L. G. LaDuca II in 1966. Click here for info on her other names and identities. Both were built for West Shore Fuel of Buffalo, NY, and named for the family of company president, Charles G. Laduca. Click here to see a 150′ version of these Blount boats. Click here to see an interesting but totally unrelated and now scrapped vessel called West Shore . . . fueling a steamer with coal.
Capt. Log is the smallest and newest of the now timed-out single-hulled tankers in the sixth boro. Click here for the recent Professional Mariner article on this vessel.
The three above vessels are still fully functional tonight, phased out notwithstanding. Crow, seen here in a photo from September 2011, was scrapped this year in the same location where
Kristin Poling, another single-hulled tanker seen here in a photo I took in March 2010, was scrapped two years ago. Click here for a number of the posts I did on Kristin.
Out with the old . . . in with the new, mostly because we have no choice, as time sprints on.
All photos here by Will Van dorp.
A search for a photo assignment sent me to the August 2009 section of the universe, and these photos served as a cold water shock . . . how much stuff has changed in under five years. Crow of course is as “good” as gone, but do you know which tugs are attached to Freedom and RTC 28?
How about Vernon C on Freedom and
Janice Ann Reinauer? In 2009 there was as much demolition happening on the Brooklyn side as is now crumbling on Manhattan side.
And from the same week . . . K-Sea was still in full force here. Where is Greenland Sea today?
And this classic . . . Kristin Poling along with fleet mate . . .
John B. Caddell, which as recently as last week was still awaiting the torches and jaws of repurposing.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Oh . . . this could be the first of many time warps.
I hope you’re enjoying this time warp as much as I am.
Foto #1. Princess Bay northbound through the Old Bay Draw.
Fotos #3 and 4. Reliable II northbound and . . .
showing the sculptural beauty of her house.
Foto #7. Another shot of Tabeling, here exiting the east end of the KVK. Foto is taken looking toward Richmond Terrace, current location of the salt pile.
All fotos taken by Seth Tane around 30 years ago.
There’s a link a bit later to a post from last winter. I hope you check it. For now I’ll say Robert Frost was on the money here.
Here’s what Robert Frost wrote, as a paraphrase of Dante Alighieri: “Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.”
Actually this is Kristin 3, counting the mystery vessel post. Let’s start in the wheelhouse, aka ship’s office, looking to port. Notice the gauging equipment, sound-activated telephone, all the manuals.
Here’s a closeup of the starboard
EMD 16-645-E2–if I recall–12-567
Looking down/forward from the fiddley at port engine
the galley. Again, the natural lighting is remarkable. A note about these fotos . . . Kristin has been idle for several months now, and no attempt was made during this foto shoot to “spruce-up” any of the areas.
A near-twin of Kristin—Chester A. Poling–was my introduction to the name Poling, although it was another company. I heard about Chester A. in the 1990s from a diver in Cape Ann, MA. Like Kristin, Chester A. was launched in 1934 from the shipyard in Mariner’s Harbor. Originally 251′, both were lengthened by a 30-foot midsection in 1956. From this foto, it appears the bow bulwarks on Chester were less protected. Click on the image to get to Auke Visser’s fabulous site, from which the foto is taken. Take your pic here from a wealth of video by folks diving on Chester.
Again, many thanks to Ed Poling and Jim Ash for the opportunity to see/foto Kristin in her dotage. Thanks to you all for reading and commenting. Special thanks to Johannah for the info on all-welded construction article and to Sachem1907 on the identification of the locks, which confirms operation by these vessels onto the Great Lakes. I welcome more info and further history on these vessels of past era.
My all-time favorite fotos of Kristin were taken here less than a year ago by Paul Strubeck and “lightened-up” by tugster.
Harold Tartell got it right, again: the mystery vessel yesterday was indeed this now retired Kristin Poling (ex-Poughkeepsie Socony (PS), Mobil New York, Captain Sam). I’ve posted on her here, here, here, and elsewhere. Kristin was built just over a mile away in Mariner’s Harbor at United Dry Dock.
From this, it appears her gestation period was a month shy of three years! Delivery date 15 Dec 1934 . . . I can’t fully imagine the ways that was a different time. If this “history of welding” is accurate (???) … albeit it sporting a wrong date, she was the first all-welded vessel built (See timeline for 1920s stuck between 1919 and 1920.) Here’s the main site. Was there a previous Poughkeepsie Socony built in the 1920s?
Appearance alone always led me to suspect the house on Kristin could be lowered since she operated on the Erie (Barge) and Champlain Canal. Click here for an article about Kristin (PS) tied up in Fulton, NY, over the July 4 holiday in 1956 as a precaution against a fireworks-caused catastrophe. Below, the house is down. Anyone recognize the double locks? I don’t.
From atop the house, looking forward, notice the breakwater aka delta.
Unrelated to Kristin but offered as counterpoint to this series . . . click here for a tour of a small Russian tanker of similar vintage.
Type Kristin Poling into the search window here, and you’ll find lots of references to the 1934 vessel, which still works as hard as ever. One of my favorites is here. The foto below shows her under load, looking ever so slightly likea vessel from 120 years before her . . . if you lop off the paddle wheels. To read how Clermont intersected my ife, click here. By the way, whatever became of the project to build a replica of Clermont a few years back?
Foto by will Van Dorp.