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Count the tugboats in this one shot . . .  six! And a seventh is obscured right behind the nearest.  And no, it was not part of the annual tugboat race.  From (l) to (r), it’s JRT Moran, Amy Moran, Stephen B, (and Ellen McAllister is obscured) then Genesis Eagle, Magothy with Double Skin 57, and Elk River doing assist.

In case you suspect I’m making up the seventh tugboat, here’s a closeup of Ellen assisting Eagle just nine seconds earlier.

A bit later, I noticed a similar density over in the anchorage.  Just naming ships, (l) to (r), there’s Advance II, White Horse, Sten Odin, and Cielo di Londra.

Then among then, there are two more tug/barge units with tugs Barry Silverton and Helen Laraway.  Interesting how Barry Silverton is shrunk when beside a tanker.

And a bit later I zoomed down, around, and in to see the service vessels clustered around White Horse:  HMS* Liberty (I think), a Miller Launch boat, and on the far side Lesney Byrd.

All photos, WVD, who’s now outa town for a while.  Thx to everyone who’s sent in or pledged relief posts.

Also, a certain exotic ship is coming into the harbor, and I’d be very grateful if someone stepped forward to get photos of it as it arrives.  Email me, please, if you might be able to get the shot.

*HMS . . . Harley Marine Services is no more; out of its ashes rises Centerline Logistics.

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.

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Magothy . . . and  . . .

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and I missed the barge info.

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Dory and Port Chester . . . .  And notice just forward of Dory‘s wheelhouse, it’s

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Navigator . . . doing something at an oil dock.

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Ditto Mary H, over between the Empire State Building and BW Kronborg.

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Ditto Kimberly Poling.

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And McKinley Sea . . . with the icicle hanging from a scupper hole as evidence that oil is going for heat.

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Last one for now . . . Calusa Coast getting ready to hook up to a barge to take . .  well . . . down the coast.

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All photos yesterday by Will Van Dorp, who has to run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five years ago I did this post about barge names.  Here are some bows I’ve looked at recently, including this one that speaks to winter in the sixth boro.  When I started looking up vintage, I was surprised.  RTC 61 launched from Rhode Island in Sept. 2010.

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RTC 103, same provenance, June 2009.

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RTC 502, Texas, March 1976.    Notice the Vane barge with yellow trim between RTC 502 and the red ship?

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Coincidentally, Magothy is pushing Doubleskin 502, July 2008 out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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DBL 140 . .  Wisconsin December 1999.

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The hull looks different full v. empty.

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Scrap scow SMM 203 . . . I have no clue.

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All fotos taken in recent weeks by Will Van Dorp.

What happens in the time it takes to read the morning paper?  Well . . .

0635 . . . Maersk Montana passes the salt pile,

0639 . . . Catherine Turecamo sets up to nudge Nord Sea outbound,

0642 . . . Greenland Sea passes Con Hook while a cruise ship prepares to dock in Bayonne,

0644 . . . Catherine follows Nord Sea til the pilot debarks,

0649 . . . Viking approaches with DBL 102,

0659 . . . Davis Sea passes with DBL 32,

0701 . . . Magothy heads  . . . for the yard maybe,

0722 HS Livingstone (currently in Norfolk) passes an avian escort as it heads for sea with

a respectable GRADALL with an articulated-neck jackhammer that caused much

consternation among these geese.

0704 . . .  an hour and nine minutes have passed.  Siberian Sea and Davis Sea meet, and for me time for another cup of tea.

All fotos taken Sunday morning by Will Van Dorp.   More Sunday fotos to follow.

Sometimes passing is just passing, like when Wye River heads out as

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its sibling arrives, but which . . . given those siblings are as numerous as the sources of the Chesapeake.

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“And not alone are they, not strangers in the day . . .”   Oh, that’s inspiration coming from one of my favorite Phil Ochs’ songs.

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“In the stream cold and blue, barge double skin, named  number five oh two.    But the tug, I ask her for her name. . . .”

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“Stern answers with no shame and . . . wheels away do spin . . .”   Oops . . . thanks Phil, but inspiration lost for now.  And what rhymes with Magothy?

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See this link for Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders, who delivered Magothy to Vane in September 2008, and Wye River in June 2008.

All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.

Second call for help on Onrust:

Volunteers needed!!

We are planning on launching the Onrust ship on May 20th and are looking to schedule more volunteer help to assist in the construction of the ship especially in the next three weeks and were wondering if you and anyone you know would be able to participate? We need help to finish mechanical and electrical installations (engine room), carpentry work on and below deck, with moving of the wood piles around in the yard (with and without tractor), cutting small trees, with finishing touches on the outside of hull (caulking, painting).

We work SEVEN DAYS A WEEK from 9 am to 5 pm.
The ship is located near the Mohawk River at:

Mabee Farm Historic Site
1080 Main Street (Route 5S)
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

(From Schenectady Exit 1A on I-890 puts you on Route 5S, go 2,7 miles,
sign for farm is on right hand side)

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Greta

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052
ghwagle@nycap.rr.com

www.theonrust.com

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