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Happy 2020, so let’s go a decade back, and see a selection of photos from January 2010.

Ross Sea escorts Rebel eastbound past Atlantic Leo in the KVK.

Lucy Reinauer, bathed in morning light, approaches Howland Hook in the AK.

Miss Gill and Lucky D head for the smaller Bayonne Bridge and Goethals Bridge, off to the west.

Athena is way out of Block Island Sound, here doing winter work in the sixth boro.  Little did I know back then that I’d soon be taking my first ride to Block Island aboard Athena.

North Sea is on the hard in Kingston NY.

My favorite winter harbor fishing vessel passes Robbins Reef, leaving

the rest of the fleet farther to the NE in the Upper Bay.  Note how different the skyline of lower Manhattan was then.

Doris escorts a tanker into the KVK.

Davis Sea crushes her way into the Rondout with a load of heat.

It was, as all these “retro sixth boro posts,” only a decade ago, but so much has changed.

All photos in January 2010 by Will Van Dorp.  Happy 2020.


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,


Joan Turecamo,




Megan McAllister, 


. . . 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.

The amazing diversity of traffic on the boro all year round thrills me, like feather-light kayaks gliding past dredgers sucking alluvial ooze from the floor,

one human powered craft yielding to OOCL Verrazano Bridge 4738-teu vessel with almost 60,000 (59764.08…) horsepower,

more kayaks posing with Lucky D and different sullage scooping equipment before

heading north into the habitat of furious ferries, who might change their whole image by slowing down a notch and getting themselves renamed as Tinker Bell and Puck.

On another day, overlaid with haze, more traffic flows:  left to right are Petalouda, Lucky D, Patapsco,  dredge barge GL51, and Sarah Dann.  As to Petalouda, check out the name of the rest of the fleet in the link in the previous sentence.

And on a still hazier day,  Vera K waits as Cosco Boston rounds Bergen Point on its final mile into Port Newark.  That’s the Bayonne Bridge off in the east.

Fotos 2, 3, and 4 many thanks to Vladimir Brezina.  See his comments on “Mixed Use.”  Other fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated but you will be thrilled to check out these videos of paddlecam and icecam . . . via peconic jeff, 2010 comes to documenting surfing and ice-skating!!

A new movie monster?  A snared mutant terrapin or parrot?  Puff the magic dragon roused from a peaceful hibernation?  My wildest love with green painted nails?  Double click to enlarge, if you dare.

Dragster engine turned on its side?

A new dynamic stabile installed along the KVK?

Rock sampling?  Old port building demolition?  EPRC bucket advantages?

Sinewy muscle of a bionic arm?  A new type of prison cell?

A watery dozen plus cubic yard of problem-solving?

Enough red-bean chili to feed a horde?   The rock collector in me wants one of those rocks, no matter how smelly.

Props for a Mad Max sequel set on water?

Nah!  It’s Lucky D and just another

morning on bucket dredge New York.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

This post gets dedicated to a site I recently discovered called Oil-electric.  I’ve just added them to my blogroll.  Connections with Robert McDonald of Oil-electric were made with the carfloat post I did with Paul Strubeck a few days back.

Yup . . . it’s time for another set of random tugs.  Allen Baker sends along these shots of the brand spanking new Dublin Sea with DBL 185 that lists port of registry as Seattle.  Dublin Sea left its builders–Marinette Marine— in Marinette, Wisconsin in early November 2009.

If you’re traveling from the Great Lakes, where Dublin Sea was built, to the Pacific Northwest with such a unit, you need to go east to get west.

Also from Allen, Ross Sea (ex-Normandy).

And since this set is called random, here are two fotos from a few weeks back taken on the Delaware in Philadelphia:  Lucky D and


Cheers, and keep your eyes seeing.

NRT 3 ends with a shot and video of Grouper; given an important news bulletin, it’s fitting I start with Grouper in NRT 4.  The news . . . she’s got a NEW LEASE on survival.  As soon as she’s fit to travel west, she’s headed to a spot just north of Detroit.  Such news!  Updates will follow as her uncharted future allows.  I tinted the foto a bit yellow . . . as in sunny, a bright future taking her to her 100th!  Since 1912, identities she’s carried include the following:  Gary, Green Bay, Alaska, Oneida, Iroquois, all before Grouper.  Maybe a new name will follow too?  Thanks to Jon for 97 years of pedigree info in his comment a few days ago.

Thanks to Jed for this foto of Quenames, headed north here past Governor’s Island, bound for Boston, I suppose . . . with whatever that barge was designed to transport.  My last shot of Quenames was in late summer 2007!  Thanks much, Jed.

Nope . . . it’s not the Charles D.  It’s Responder, featured a dozen times here before, initially in 2007.  So what happened to the reel and boom that was her trademark?   I’ve no clue.

Taft Beach . . . and her crew worked through Thanksgiving, through the powerful gusts and ebbs of Saturday night’s storm, and will do so more on Christmas Day . . .  as the dredging must go forward . . . er downward!  Greetings and hats off to all who work through whatever holidays transpire.

While we’re on Norfolk tugs, here’s another, shot on the Delaware.  I’ve never seen Lucky D up in the sixth boro.

And while we’re on the Delaware, here’s a sibling of Heron, Falcon, and Sea Raven.  I’ve not noticed Petrel in New York harbor.

I mentioned Charles D earlier.

To round these out, a quite random choice although I love her lines, it’s Christine M.

All fotos in the past month by Will Van Dorp.

as promised . . . Allie B, eastbound on the East River, out of Tampa and ex-Express Explorer, Janet Graham.



Below it’s Lucky D, out of Chesapeake, VA, southbound in Arthur Kill.



Pushing lots of foam is Miss Yvette, westbound on the East River and out of Bourne, MA.



Captain Zeke, ex-Island Eagle and Lady Ora, out of landlocked Syosset, NY.



And finally, in familiar green-white-black colors, the unfamiliar Kimberly Poling.



At this link, check out this closeup of Kimberly Poling showing the back of a nameboard that reveals her previous identity, Jaguar. See the portside nameboard. As you might suspect from the color scheme, Kimberly is the niece of the generation that includes John Caddell, Coral Queen, and Kristin Poling, all featured previously. Use the search window.

Photos, WVD.

Since my conceptual framework was set on the dairy farm where I grew up, my associations often return there. Check out this one . . .
and this one.

Here’s the tug Lucky D below the first enclosed seat . . .

and my brother tugging a manure spreader on the farmland.
Heavy steel machines, diesel and a warm control seat with enough clearance and visibility . . . some enjoyment of wide open spaces, knowledge about invisible land features, involement in production of the bulk fluids that support our lives . . . like petroleum and milk, and vulnerability to the weather. Deere and more Deere (check the timeline). Who woulda thunk? Have any further tug and tractor parallels?

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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