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I suddenly have a full hopper of photos from readers like you.  Thanks.  Let’s start with a photo of these two boats from Tony A taken on October 29.

Yesterday, November 3, I got this photo from Dan Horton showing how things are trending.  My wager is that by now the red on Evening Star is gone and she matches Susan Rose and might be even be carrying Jordan Rose signage.  At first I thought this was a gray, but here it looks like a flat off-white.

Meanwhile, in Belfast, here’s a surprise from William Mitchell

She’s not been renamed but she joins the fleet of this boat.  Know it?

It’s Fournier Tractor, previously McAllister Tractor and Mabel Colle Fournier Tractor appeared in this blog here a few years back.

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Since we’re in Belfast, how about this rudder?  Ever seen one like it, with it’s three-part design?

Here’s the vessel it’s from, Sequoia at French and WebbSequoia made its way up there on a deck barge two years ago, as seen here.  The photo above and below come from Allan Seymour.

Liz Alma has been in the area this past month.  I’ve just missed her a few times, but Tony A got this photo over in the Arthur Kill.  I caught her along the North Carolina coast here a few years back.

And let’s close this out with this lowly supply boat for Alcatraz Island, an LCM-8 built by Higgins in New Orleans in 1954.  George Schneider sends it along as a boat on his list of “seldom cared about vessels.”  He writes that she’s “commercially documented as # 1191433, and was given an appropriate name for her service:  Solitary.”  I’d say some name paint is in order, although maybe supply chain woes have delayed it. A striped livery might work well too, almost a dazzle in this case to call attention to itself.   George goes on about a large tour boat on this coast named Escape. He writes, “You’d think that name has an overtone of Shangri-la, but she was originally purchased for the Alcatraz tourist business until found inappropriate for that run.”  I wonder if only the boat was inappropriate or the name as well.

Many thanks to Tony, Dan, William, Allan, and George for these photos. 

I’ve traveled the ICW from Charleston SC to NYC, some parts several times.  This is a “revisit”  focusing solely on tugboats. I’ll start in Charleston with Elizabeth Turecamo in the fog.

Recycling comments on the boats below from Georgetown SC, by George Schneider:  “The little one shows the name Laura , which has one of two possible origins: A 45-foot tug by the Equitable Equipment Company of Louisiana, or a 45-foot Army dredge tender of Army Design 320, mirroring the Equitable design. I’m guessing she’s ON 1060493, originally the Army ST 2051, then the Army Corps Fort  Brooke , and now owned by Sampit Towing of Charleston SC.”

And by William Lafferty: “I’m thinking the larger tug is Susan Richards, built in 1909 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation at Quincy, Massachusetts, as the Gen. R. H. Jackson for the Army Quartermaster Corps and stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, later named Fort Sumter and Three Bros. It’s owned by Richards Marine Towing at McClennanville, South Carolina, and has been a fixture at Charleston for decades, originally run by White Stack Towing there.”

Thx George and William.

Crossing the border north to North Carolina, my next stop is Southport, where Sea Oak was working on a dredge project.

And after that, it’s Wilmington and Cape Henry.

The next batch is from Morehead City NC.  Atlantic Dawn was working on a dredging project there.

Na Hoku was there also, formerly a K-Sea boat. She currently works out of Jacksonville.

Liz Alma was too.  

Morehead City is the deep water export center for potash, mined farther north in Aurora.  Grace Moran then waited at the dock.  Is she still around?

Beaufort Belle, then PSC Phosphate, is now Norfolk tug.  Has she been repainted?

Peter G. Turecamo appears still to be working in Morehead City.

Clearly marked here in Norfolk are Miss Willa, Nancy McAllister, and McAllister Sisters.  Second from the left might be Steven Eileen McAllister.

Jack T. Moran was just a year old back ion 2017.

Thunder is one of a trio of Robbins Maritime small tugs with meteorological names:  Thunder, Lightning, and Storm.

Camie  is also a Robbins Maritime boat.

Anne Jarrett is another Norfolk Tug vessel.  It resembles a Vane tug, and at least two former Vane boats are now with Norfolk Tugs:  ex-Patapsco and Sassafras.

All photos, WVD.  The * denotes that most but not all photos were taken in May 2017.  It’s high time I take another trip along the ICW to see what has changed.  And we still have more from Norfolk to the sixth boro.

 

Leg 3 took us from Beaufort NC to the Elizabeth River, Norfolk.

Again, when I’m back, I’ll catch up on identifying in words what you can identify yourself.

 

Morehead City is a deepwater port.

 

 

After some rough weather spent in port, the shrimp fleet heads back to work . . . parade style.

Yup . . . I like it.

The long bridge at the top end of NC.

I can’t wait to play with night images I took as we approached Norfolk.  Just enough water vapor in the air traced the line of the spot light as we confirmed location buoy by buoy . . . 0300.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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